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.

Damoe; Zarazua

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

Nomadic Press logo

 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.

“Insider Tips for Navigating the Publishing Process” with Brenda Knight — May 18th, 2014

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From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple.

Twenty-two-year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New York Times best sellers. One of the great joys in my life is to help authors get their work into print and published successfully,” says Knight.

Brenda Knight started her career at HarperCollins, where she fell in love with publishing. Today she is the publisher of Cleis Press and founder and publisher of Viva Editions, an imprint of Cleis Press.

Knight is also the author of Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award, and The Grateful Table: Blessing, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal.

Click here for information about location and time.