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Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event

Sat, April 24 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT

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.

Pitching a Book 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST)
Distilling the important elements of a book into a concise and gripping pitch is a true art. In this presentation, seasoned literary agent Fiona Kenshole lays out the fundamentals of good pitching. This webinar is intended to aid writers in preparing for a pitching session with a publisher or agent later on in the day.

Demystifying Book Publishing Panel 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)
So much of the process of getting published, finding an agent, navigating contracts, building an author brand, and much more are shrouded in mystery and secrecy in the book industry. This webinar brings together a wide range of Portland book industry professionals who are there for one primary purpose: to answer all the nitty-gritty questions about the industry that you’ve been itching to ask. Panelists: Denise Morales Soto (A Kids Book About), Kathryn Jurgens (Timber Press), Elizabeth DeMeo (Tin House), Katherine D. Morgan, and Eric Wong.

Pitching Sessions with Publishers and Agents 1:00 to 2:00 PM (PST)
Sign up for a 10-minute session to pitch your work to a Portland literary agent or publisher. Slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Click here to register for these webinars in advance. To reserve a slot for a pitching session, email Jessica at jessica@literary-arts.org. 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. You’ll need to email to register for the final event of the day, as we only have limited spots.

Viveca Shearin

Viveca started off as a freelance editor who joined Not a Pipe Publishing to work on a single novel and has worked her way to the top. In 2020 she was promoted to co-publisher and co-owner. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not working, Viveca can often be found with a big mug of tea (or coffee), her face buried in a good book or video game, and her beloved cat nearby for company.
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Denise Morales Soto

Denise Morales Soto is a book person from Utuado, Puerto Rico that is currently based in Portland, OR. She’s an editor at A Kids Book About and a freelance book designer and editor. She’s dedicated pretty much her entire life to books, which she thinks is pretty cool, and everything involved in bringing one to life. She’s been fortunate enough to work on nonfiction and fiction books across different genres and targeting diverse audiences and markets.
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Elizabeth DeMeo

Elizabeth DeMeo is the Associate Editor at Tin House, where she acquires fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and graphic literature. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas, where she was Managing Editor of the Arkansas International and Director of the Arkansas Writers in the Schools program. Authors she's worked with include Raymond Antrobus, Destiny O. Birdsong, Jo Lloyd, Rachel Long, Ben Shattuck, and Bianca Stone.
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Eric Wong

Eric Wong is a comics writer, artist, and educator based in Portland, Oregon and holds an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. He has contributed to Sci-Fi San Francisco, a science fiction anthology published by Skoda Press, and has self-published comics in print and on the web, including Rooted with his co-creator Phillip Fleming. Eric has also contributed several comics theory articles to the Sequart Organization, an online magazine dedicated to studying comics and pop culture.

When he is not creating comics, Eric is a freelance editor and sensitivity reader. He is a former mentee of the Representation Matters Mentorship Program and Tessera Editorial’s editor-in-training program, initiatives created by veteran editors aimed at helping people of color gain a foothold in the publishing industry.

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