3/15 – PANEL DISCUSSION with Bay Area Small Press Editors


March small press editors event

What’s the difference between working with a small press and a large mainstream publisher? Should I submit my work to a small press? Do local publishers want local authors? Why pitch to a small press if I can be a small press?

Our writers have a lot of questions around getting published, and are curious about how small presses fit into the publishing ecosystem. Fortunately, Oakland is full of wonderful small-press publishers! We’ve invited three of them to help writers answer these questions… and many more!

On Sunday, March 15th, please come and meet:

Daniel Zarazua of Pochino Press

 Daniel draws upon a diverse background that includes 20 years as an educator, DJ, and photographer. His work has taken him across six continents, working with artists including Underground Resistance and the Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers, as well as organizations such as the Rock Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan. In 2015 he served as a cultural diplomat to El Salvador. His writing and photography have appeared in publications such as Hyphen, The Detroit Metro Times, Sydney’s Cyclic Defrost, and La Verdad: An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades.

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Daniel is a co-founder of Pochino Press, which focuses on underrepresented voices, particularly those that draw upon multiple cultures and perspectives to create new sensibilities. Since its founding in 2013, Pochino Press has published nearly 20 publications, including Ethiopian children’s books and a collection of short stories set in San Francisco’s Mission District. While being Oakland-based, the press has worked with creatives from across Africa, Asia, Central America, and the United States.

Pochino Press strives to be responsive to its authors’ and artists’ needs and is committed to being an active member of its community, including writing workshops for youth and hosting events at local businesses such as barber shops.

Jennifer Joseph of Manic D Press

Jennifer Joseph has been publisher/editor of award-winning, internationally distributed Manic D Press since its founding in 1984. She has been a guest lecturer at the Library of Congress, the AWP Conference, Rice University, CalArts, Mills College, and San Francisco State University, among other venues. She has also appeared on CSPAN’s BookTV in a panel discussion about West Coast publishing presented by the National Writers Union, and on Michael Krasny’s Forum on KQED radio.

Manic D Press

J.K. Fowler of Nomadic Press

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 J. K. Fowler is the founder and executive director of Nomadic Press, a community-focused literary and arts non-profit with operations in Oakland, CA, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY. He also serves as the Director of Communications for Peace and Partnerships at the Oakland Peace Center. He serves on the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission, is Co-Chair on the board of North Atlantic Books, sits on the board of the Oakland Peace Center and Cogswell College’s English and Humanities Professional Advisory Board, has taught anthropology and sociology at Rutgers University, and has guest lectured at Mills College. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including Oakland Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook SF, Bay Area Reporter, Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, COG Magazine, and elsewhere, has performed across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, and has been featured in a number of radio shows and online podcasts, including KPFA, KPOO, Fuel My Fiction, StoryCorps, and others. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and travels this world with a Kelpie named Stella. He is currently working on a book on events and publishing tentatively titled Making Space.

JK Fowler of Nomadic Press
JK Fowler of Nomadic Press

Nomadic Press

Full Schedule of Events

Preservation Park
Preservation Park, where we have our meetings

12:00 pm Setup
12:30 Doors open & member services
1:00 Small Press Panel
2:00 Announcements & Networking
3:00 Marketing Group*
4:00 Craft Group*
5:00 The End

$5 for members, $10 for non-members*

  • Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
  • Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket

PLEASE PLAN TO PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET! Only $1 each or 6 for $5, every ticket supports the club’s equity program. You can win a book written by our club authors!

* Support groups are members-only but guests may audit
* Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are writers helping writers, a welcoming community.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.

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Our Forthcoming Events:

  • April 19th – Author/Editor Tanya Egan Gibson (featured member Lynn Fraley)
  • May 17th – Agent Andy Ross ( featured member Nicole Berg) 
  • June 20th – Member Book Launch

Check for support groups and more member events on our Calendar.

“Blogging & Branding — Why Aren’t You?” with Kymberlie Ingalls, Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Yes, an author’s work should speak for itself, but authors are as important a character as any we create. In today’s pop culture, people want to know more about the artist behind the work. If you want your work to be seen by a larger audience, making a splash is essential, and being personable is key. Blogging has become such a widespread trend that it’s hard to find a starting place. Once you do, driving traffic there is even harder. We’ll talk about creative ways to make your site one readers will want to find.

Kymberlie Ingalls has a long history with words. She earned her comedic chops at a young age by putting characters in precarious situations. From there she found herself desperately scribbling poems filled with angst. Thinking everything had to have structure, she floundered, trying to squeeze her chaotic life into that box.

At the age of 16 Kymberlie won entry to a workshop with an award-winning poet and found her freedom. Writing became more reason than rhyme, but it wasn’t her passion. Acting, comedy, and radio broadcasting all called to her, but eventually she came back to the written word.

With her first blog appearing in 1997, she garnered a small following. Kymberlie moved into the exciting arena of short-track stock car racing in 2003, creating a highly successful community website uniting fans with drivers. Her current network of blogs began in 2009, featuring personal essay, memoir, opinion, and short fiction. She writes on themes of love, loss, humanity, and her struggles with amnesia, all from her little corner of the world. A memoir novel is in progress.

Kymberlie is also a freelance editor, personal writing coach, and class instructor.

The location of the talk is the Oakland Public Library (enter on Madison Street); see flyer for meeting schedule.