The Pleasures and Pains of Small Press Publishing

In March 2011 Updates on November 6, 2017 at 12:16 am

If you are planning to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, please check out “The Pleasures and Pains of Small Press Publishing,” a panel on Thursday, March 8 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am EST at the Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor in Tampa, FL.

Small presses offer unique advantages and challenges for writers. This panel, moderated by Thaïs Miller, seeks to help writers successfully navigate the world of indie publishing across genres, especially as additional work falls on writers’ shoulders, from hiring outside editors to generating publicity. Poets, playwrights, fiction writers, essayists, and editors discuss the practices that helped them foster high quality books and connect with readers while addressing the limitations of the small press world.

Panelists include:

  • Olivia Kate Cerrone, the author of The Hunger Saint, an SPD Fiction Bestseller. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Prize. Her writing appears in The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post and elsewhere. She is an editor for Consequence Magazine.
  • Monica Wendel, whose first book No Apocalypse, was selected by Bob Hicok as the winner of the Georgetown Review Press Poetry Manuscript Contest. She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently English Kills (Autumn House Press, 2016), which won the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest.
  • Peg Alford Pursell, author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the director and founder of WTAW Press and Why There Are Words national reading series.

Zoetrope: All-Story Fall 2017 Issue

In March 2011 Updates on November 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

Zoetrope All Story Fall 2017 Issue Cover

Richard Misrach guest designed the Fall 2017 Issue (Vol. 21, No. 3) of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, where Thaïs volunteers as an editorial reader. This issue features the work of Elizabeth McCracken, David Bezmozgis, Onyinye Ihezukwu, and Craig Davidson.

This issue is available for purchase on the Zoetrope: All-Story website:

Action!: Performance, Sport, and Moving Bodies in Film and Visual Media Conference

In March 2011 Updates on August 2, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Thaïs will be presenting original research entitled “Attempts at Historical Revisionism to Reclaim the Legacy and Empowerment of Female Performers in GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” at the Action!: Performance, Sport, and Moving Bodies in Film and Visual Media Conference.

This conference will be hosted by the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO) at the University of Pittsburgh from September 29th-30th, 2017. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Doyle, University of California, Riverside, Department of Literature.