Below, you’ll find an extensive collection of multimedia recordings of past live CLMP offerings. From panels at the AWP conference to Poetry Month readings in Brooklyn, a diverse collection of conversations informing contemporary literary culture are collected here for your perusal.
2022 Firecracker Awards Ceremony
This virtual ceremony celebrates the winners of the eighth annual CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature. Prizes are awarded in the categories of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Magazine/General Excellence, and Magazine/Best Debut. The Lord Nose Award, given to a publisher or editor in recognition of a lifetime of work in literary publishing, is awarded to Bradford Morrow, Editor of Conjunctions magazine. This ceremony is a recognition of the books and magazines that make a significant contribution to our literary culture and the publishers that strive to introduce important voices to readers far and wide. June 23, 2022.
2022 Reading with the Constellation Award Winner & Finalists
Constellation Award winner Nomadic Press and finalists BLF Press, FlowerSong Press, and La Impresora came together to share their work and celebrate independent publishers who champion the writing of people of color. The event featured readings by Ayodele Nzinga, Krystal A. Smith, Matt Sedillo, Salomé Marejada, and Raquel Salas Rivera. February 17, 2022.
2021 Firecracker Awards Ceremony
This virtual ceremony celebrates the winners of the seventh annual CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature. Prizes are awarded in the categories of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Magazine/General Excellence, and Magazine/Best Debut. The Lord Nose Award, given to a publisher or editor in recognition of a lifetime of work in literary publishing, is awarded to Charles Alexander, the founder of CHAX Press. This ceremony, hosted by the Center for Fiction, is a recognition of the books and magazines that make a significant contribution to our literary culture and the publishers that strive to introduce important voices to readers far and wide. June 23, 2021.
Annual Brooklyn Indie Party 2020
Co-hosted by Greenlight Bookstore and CLMP, eleven Brooklyn-based independent literary publishers introduce a featured author for a brief reading from selections of their work. Participating publishers include Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, BOMB Magazine, Enchanted Lion Books, Ig Publishing, One Story, A Public Space, Radix Media, Restless Books, Turtle Point Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse. October 2, 2020.
From CLMP panels at the 2019 Associated Writing Programs Conference in Portland, OR:
Hold for Oprah: Connecting with Literary Influencers and Bloggers
A panel on publicity with Christina Blok (CLMP), Karen Gu (Graywolf Press), Jenn Abel Kovitz (Catapult/Counterpoint), and Trisha Low (SPD).
Keeping the Boat Afloat: Challenges of Sustainable Nonprofit Publishing
A panel on funding and sustainability with Chris Fischbach (Coffee House Press), Mary Gannon (CLMP), Erika Goldman (Bellevue Literary Press), and Jamia Wilson (The Feminist Press).
Lit Mag Editors in Academia
A panel on navigating university-affiliation with Jennifer Acker (The Common), Stephanie G’Schwind (Colorado Review), David H. Lynn (The Kenyon Review), Lisa Roney (The Florida Review & Aquifer: TFR Online), and Jodee Stanley (Ninth Letter).
Small Accounting 101 and Beyond
A panel on the fundamental concepts of accounting with Brent Cunningham (SPD), Rafay Khalid (Global Lit Fund), and Jeffrey Lependorf (SPD).
From the 2018 LWC}NYC — Literary Writers Conference:
Winding Up for the Pitch
In this session at CLMP’s 2018 LWC}NYC Literary Writers Conference, literary agents Grace Ross (Regal Hoffman & Associates) and Serene Hakim (Ayesha Pande Literary) discussed how writers and agents work together, how to craft a query letter, and the right way to approach a literary agent. Panel moderated by Priya Doraswamy (Lotus Lane Literary).
Literary Agents 101
In this session at CLMP’s 2018 LWC}NYC Literary Writers Conference, literary agents Renée Zuckerbrot (Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents) and Anna Stein (ICM Partners) discussed how the role of literary agents and their relationships with writers. Panel moderated by Leslie Zampetti (Dunham Literary).
Case Study: Memoir
In this session at CLMP’s 2018 LWC}NYC Literary Writers Conference, writer Amanda Stern and editor Millicent Bennett discussed working together as a team to publish her memoir Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life.
Case Study: Fiction
In this session at CLMP’s 2018 LWC}NYC Literary Writers Conference, writer Shobha Rao & editor Amy Einhorn discussed working together as a team to publish Shobha’s fiction novel, Girls Burn Brighter. Panel moderated by Montana Agte-Studier (CLMP).
The Author & His Team
In this session at CLMP’s 2018 LWC}NYC Literary Writers Conference, writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, agent Meredith Kaffel Simonoff (DeFiore & Company), editor Naomi Gibbs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and publicist Taryn Roeder (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) discussed working together as a team to publish and promote Nana Kwame’s NYT Bestselling story collection, Friday Black. Panel moderated by Shaun Randol (publisher, The Mantle).
From CLMP panels at the 2018 Associated Writing Programs Conference in Tampa, FL:
There’s Waldo: Marketing a First Book
A panel on marketing with Nicole Dewey (Shreve Williams), Jane Friedman (Open Road Integrated Media) & writer Rosamond S. King.
Political Pivoting – Literary Publishing at the Pace of Politics
A panel with Paul Reyes (Virginia Quarterly Review), Amanda Johnston (Black Poets Speak Out), Meara Sharma (Guernica) & Johnny Temple (Akashic Books).
Publishing the Disabled Voice
A panel with with Cecil S. Giscombe (University of California, Berkeley), poet and filmmaker Stephanie Gray, & Jen Hyde (Bellevue Literary Review).
From FACE OUT: A Celebration of Emerging Writers, November 2017
Readings by Four Emerging Poets
Through the FACE OUT program, publishers along with their authors receive two years of technical assistance workshops and other group activities plus financial support (made possible with support from the Jerome Foundation and New York Community Trust). Rosamond S. King, Celina Su, Anne Lai, and Samantha Zighelboim read. November 14, 2017.
From the 2017 READ & FEED Festival of Literature and Food:
John Ashbery’s GIRLS ON THE RUN
A complete reading of John Ashbery’s book-length poem, Girls on the Run, on the occasion of his upcoming 90th birthday, featuring (in order of appearance):
- Parts I – VI: Jeffrey Lependorf, Eric Keenaghan, Charles North, Eric Lorberer
- Parts VII – X: Tom DePietro, Michael Leong, Daniel Nester, Ellen Thurston
- Parts XI – XIV: Sara Wintz, Dara Wier, Rosanne Wasserman, Eugene Richie
- Parts XV – XVII: Dave King, Danniel Schoonebeek, Rebecca Wolff, Robert Polito
- Parts XVIII – end: Andrew Durbin, Adam Fitzgerald, Erica Kaufman, and Joan Retallack.
Poets in the Kitchen
Whiting Award-winning poets Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs cook up salmon cakes with moderator Jeffrey Lependorf (CLMP) while discussing poetry, food, and things as far afield as language and lotion.
Loving Reading Ashbery
Poets Ann Lauterbach, Joan Retallack, Dara Wier, and Robert Polito (moderating) offer a “users manual” on the poetry of John Ashbery on the occasion of his upcoming 90th birthday.
From CLMP’s 2017 Poetry Month evening at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop:
Poets Read Fiction
Featuring poets/novelists Lee Ann Brown, t’ai freedom ford, Diana Hamilton, and Morgan Parker reading from their fiction.
From Periodically Speaking, CLMP’s Reading & Discussion Series at the New York Public Library
Changing the Literary Landscape: Writing & Publishing the Disabled Voice
Featuring Rachel Adams, Jennifer Bartlett, Jen Hyde, Laura Pegram, and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry.
From CLMP panels at the 2017 Associated Writing Programs Conference in Washington, D.C.:
Current Trends in Literary Publishing: 2017
A panel discussion featuring Porter Anderson of Porter Anderson Media; Katie Freeman of Penguin Random House’s Riverhead Books; Dawn Davis of 37 Ink; Literary Hub’s Jonny Diamond; and Michael Reynolds of the independent publisher Europa Editions.
Face Out: Maximizing the Visibility of Emerging Writers
Hear publisher+author teams Alan Felsenthal of The Song Cave with writer Emily Skillings, Sarah McCarry of Guillotine with writer Lyric Hunter, and Stephen Motika of Nightboat Books with writer Ely Shipley share what they have been doing to initiate, develop, and market their small press projects.
Publishing Diversely: Challenges and Successes
Piyali Bhattacharya, editor of the NEA grant-winning anthology, Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion and Charles Flowers, founder of BLOOM, a journal for queer writing, discuss issues and challenges of publishing diversely, moderated by Trisha Low, Small Press Distribution‘s Publicity Manager.
From the 2016 LWC}NYC — Literary Writers Conference:
Case Study of a Personal Essay Collection: Chloe Caldwell
A conversation featuring essayist Chloe Caldwell (I’ll Tell You in Person, published by Coffee House Press and Emily Books; WOMEN published by Short Flight/Long Drive; and Legs Get Led Astray, published by Future Tense Books) together with editor Emily Gould (Emily Books). Moderated by CLMP program director Paul Legault.
Case Study of a Poetry Collection: Amanda Nadelberg
A discussion featuring poet Amanda Nadelberg (Songs From a Mountain and Bright Brave Phenomena, published by Coffee House Press; Building Castles in Spain, Getting Married, published by The Song Cave, and others), together with publisher Alan Felsenthal (The Song Cave), moderated by CLMP executive director Jeffrey Lependorf.
From the 2016 READ and FEED Festival of Literature and Food:
Complete “Marathon” Reading of John Cage’s How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)
Featured readers of the Siglio Press book include Roger Berkowitz, Anselm Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown, Marilyn Crispell, Brian Dewan, Kyle Gann, Peter Gizzi, Philip Good, Dan Hurlin, Erica Kaufman, Dave King, Laura Kuhn, Jeffrey Lependorf, Rachel Levitsky, Maria Manhattan, Bernadette Mayer, Debby Mayer, Stephin Merritt, Anna Moschovakis, Will Nixon, George Quasha, Joan Retallack, Tony Torn, and Matvei Yankelevich.
From CLMP’s 2016 Poetry Month evening at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop:
Poets Read Fiction
Featuring poets/novelists Ben Fama, Lucy Ives, Sophia Le Fraga, and Rachel Levitsky reading from their own and their favorite fiction.
From CLMP panels at the 2016 Associated Writing Programs Conference in Los Angeles:
Current Trends in Literary Publishing
A panel of industry experts shaping literary publishing discuss how publishers are addressing current challenges and hurdles, as well as creating new opportunities. Hear these literary leaders of publishing, bookselling, and reader engagement reveal how they reimagine traditional forms of publishing while integrating innovative new trends. With Chris Fischbach (Coffee House Press), Neal Thompson (author/Amazon Literary Partnerships), Tyson Cornell (Rare Bird Books), and Jane Friedman (janefriedman.com). Moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf (CLMP).
Winding Up for the Pitch: Making Effective Proposals to Bookfairs, Bookstores, and Literary Presenters
Publishers face enormous competition for limited time and space when approaching bookfairs, bookstores, and literary programmers to feature their books and authors. Learn the most effective ways to create programming that fits the mission and goals of individual venues and stand out from the crowd. Major festival, bookstore, and literary venue programmers discuss what they respond to, what falls flat, and the best way to reach them. With Steph Opitz, Amanda Bullock, Maret Orliss, and Jennifer Ramos. Moderated by Paul Legault (CLMP).
Managing Digital Formatting and Subscriptions for Literary Magazines
A variety of tools and challenges exist for literary magazine publishers to both deliver their wares in digital form and build/manage circulation. In this panel discussion, publishers discuss various approaches to digital conversion and delivery, as well as the many ways that online and other digital tools can be used to attract new readers, convert submitters, and manage the complexities of subscriptions and renewals. With Ellen Duffer (Ploughshares), Stephanie G’Schwind (Colorado Review), and Marcia Parlow (New England Review), moderated by Montana Agte-Studier (CLMP).
So You Think You Want to Start a Lit Mag: Straight Talk from Editors About Launching Mags and Keeping Them Afloat
You want to start a literary magazine, or recover an old one. Why? And now what? How do you communicate your vision, and what do you need to spend your nights and weekends doing to realize it? Founders and editors from A Public Space, Atlas, The Common, and Electric Literature share their experiences and advise how to balance the idealism and realism necessary to gain fame and fortune—or at least some fun, excellent writing, and great community—through running lit mags. With Jennifer Acker, Benjamin Samuel, Jonathan Lee, and Natalie Eilbert. Moderated by Paul Legault (CLMP).
From past iterations of LWC}NYC — Literary Writers Conference:
Making a Name for Yourself
Industry professionals share innovative ways writers promote their work and maintain a presence in their various and sundry communities, online and otherwise, with Amanda Bullock (Director of Public Programing at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe), Justin Taylor (author), Kate Travers (Director, Digital Business Development at Workman Publishing) and Rob Spillman (Editor at Tin House). Moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf.
Celebratory Reading: Lydia Davis, Nick Flynn, Leslie Jamison, and Joan Retallack
(from All LIT Up — annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival)
Tenth Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival celebratory reading featuring Lydia Davis (can’t and won’t), Nick Flynn (The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands), Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams), and Joan Retallack (Musicage). Introduced by Jeffrey Lependorf (CLMP).
The Business of Being a Writer: Colson Whitehead
“Happy Endings” host Amanda Stern in conversation with author Colson Whitehead.
A Conversation With The National Book Foundation: Tiphanie Yanique
Author Tiphanie Yanique (Escape From a Leper Colony) in conversation with Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation.
The Author and His Team: Michael Cunningham
Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham with his publisher, agent and publicist: Jonathan Galassi (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Gail Hochman (Brandt & Hochman), and Jeff Seroy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Moderated by Jeffrey Lependorf (CLMP).