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Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event- Fall Session

Sat, November 20 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Literary Arts, Ooligan Press, and Portland State University’s English Department partner to present the Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event. This event is designed for writers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color to connect to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices.

Promoting Your Book Panel 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST)
You’ve written a book … now what? Join four experienced book industry professionals as they expertly discuss the best ways to promote your book, applicable across a variety of genres. Whether you’ve finished your manuscript or are gathering information about promotion for when that day comes, you won’t want to miss this important information about getting your book seen and connecting with your audience. Featuring panelists Keely Platte, Helena Brantley, Alexandria Gonzales, and Jessica Mehta.

Query Letter Workshop 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PST)
The query letter is a vital document for getting your first agent or publisher. But what are the essential elements needed in a query letter and what is the best way to present them? Join this interactive workshop with examples, discussion, and hands-on activities to hone your query letter writing skills. Featuring Ivory Fields.


Click here to register for these webinars in advance. If you have any questions about registration, contact Jessica at jessica@literary-arts.org.

Note: The two webinars will take place in the same Zoom room. One link will give you access to both webinars, but you do not have to attend both webinars.

Alex Gonzales

Alex Gonzales (she/her) grew up in the New Mexico desert surrounded by the endless blue skies and the smell of green chile. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2019 at the University of New Mexico for Journalism & Mass Communications and Psychology. That year, she followed her passions for reading and writing to rain-soaked Portland where she earned her master’s degree in Book Publishing. She is now the Publicity Assistant for Tin House, where she gets to help authors get the recognition they deserve for their books. When she's not working, you can find her with her nose in a book or sketching in her journal.
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Jessica (Tyner) Mehta

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, interdisciplinary artist, multi-award-winning poet, and author of several books. Place, space, and personal ancestry inform much of her work. She’s also the owner of an award-winning small business. MehtaFor is a writing services company that offers pro bono services to Native Americans and indigenous-serving non-profits. Her novel The Wrong Kind of Indian won gold at the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) and at the American Book Fest Best Book. Mehta’s Savagery won the Reader Literary Reviews 2020 award for “most innovative collection of poetry.” Selected Poems: 2000 – 2020 received the 2020 Birdy Prize from Meadowlark Books. Jessica has also received numerous fellowships in recent years, including the Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship at the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington and the Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship at The British Library in London. Jessica is a popular speaker and panelist, featured recently at events such as the US State Department’s National Poetry Month event, “Poets as Cultural Emissaries: A Conversation with Women Writers,” as well as the “Women’s Transatlantic Prison Activism Since 1960” symposium at Oxford University. She has undertaken poetry residencies around the globe including at Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, Paris Lit Up in France, and at the Crazy Horse Memorial and museum in South Dakota. Her work has been featured at galleries and exhibitions around the world, including IA&A Hillyer in Washington DC, The Emergency Gallery in Sweden, and Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. Her doctoral research addresses the intersection of poetry and eating disorders. Learn more at www.jessicamehta.com.
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Ivory Fields

Ivory Fields received her Bachler’s degree in English Literature from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Book Publishing at Portland State University. As the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Publishing Assistant for Ooligan Press and the Social Action chair for her chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, she is dedicated to promoting equity in every avenue of her life.  
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Keely Platte

Keely is currently Publicity Director at BookSparks and has over 11 years of experience working with major publishing houses on both children's and adult releases. She's worked on a multitude of genres including literary fiction and commercial thrillers, narrative nonfiction and self-help parenting, contemporary romances and historical fiction. Current and former authors represented include: Elizabeth Gonzalez James, M Shelly Conner, Amanda Rosenberg, Joanna Ho, B. B. Alston, Kendare Blake, Emery Lee, Abdi Nazemian, amanda lovelace, Natalie Jenner, Lou Diamond Phillips, and more. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband, her dog, and her daughter.
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Helena Brantley

Helena Brantley is an avid reader works with scholars, Subject matter experts and publishers to promote adult nonfiction books. Helena began doing business as Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing in 2010, after working for HarperCollins in San Francisco, where she created and managed book publicity campaigns, including a string of national and New York Times best-sellers.

Early in her career, Helena, a New Jersey native, worked at public relations, and marketing agencies on the east coast, and ran the communications office of a small nonprofit organization that convened people from across the political and religious spectrum to help reduce poverty.

As Principal of Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing, Helena is hired by publishers and authors and she works with a growing team of subcontractors to develop and execute promotional campaigns that blend event planning and production, social media marketing, and media outreach and relations. Helena lives in Alameda, CA, with her husband and two daughters, all of whom are avid readers.

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