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Poetry Publishing Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Chase Public 2868 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH, 45225 United States (map)

Join Chase Public and Cincinnati’s poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for a panel discussion and Q&A focused on the world of publishing and poetry.  Come, learn, and interact with the perspective and experience of seasoned experts who exist at many levels within the publishing structure.  It’s an exciting and intimidating process, and we’re here to help you along the way!

Our Panelists:  Lisa Ampleman, Pauletta Hansel, Matt Hart, Nicci Mechler, Stacy Sims, and Tyrone Williams.  

The Format: Each Panelist will have 5-7 minutes to express their thoughts and focus, their wisdom and experience.  After the six short presentations, the floor is open for questions and discussions from the audience.  


Lisa Ampleman is the author of a book of poetry, Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), and a chapbook, I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State UP, 2012). Her poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry, Image, Kenyon Review Online, 32 Poems, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. A graduate of the doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati, she is the managing editor of The Cincinnati Review. She'll discuss literary magazine staff structure and The Cincinnati Review process for reading submissions, as well as some points of advice from her/my own experience as a poet and freelance writer, including the need to embrace rejections.

Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate, is author of six poetry collections, including Palindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017), poems and memoir in response to her mother’s dementia. Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry. Pauletta is managing editor of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative’s literary journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel and a board member of Dos Madres Press. Pauletta will discuss her theory of the literary community as an ecosystem, as well as her own experience as editor, editee and sad rejectee. 

Matt Hart’s most recent books are Radiant Action and Radiant Companion. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he is Associate Professor in Creative Writing and the Chair of Liberal Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He plays guitar and shouts in the bands TRAVEL and NEVERNEW. He will encourage people to focus more on their writing than their publishing, as well as some of the nuts and lightningbolts of how this world works.  

Nicci Mechler runs Porkbelly Press, a queer-friendly, feminist micro press, and edits the lit. mag. Sugared Water. She is the author of Deep in Flesh (dancing girl press, 2017), and collaborative chapbooks in these cups (dancing girl press, 2016), and how wild & soft you are (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2016), writing with three other poets as Wild Soft. She is a printmaker & bookbinder living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nicci will discuss how she chooses chapbook manuscripts and individual poems for publication, including tips on how to find the right home for your work.

Stacy Sims is a mind-body educator, social practice artist, and author. Her first novel, SWIMMING NAKED, was published by Viking in 2004. Her first play AS WHITE AS O was produced by the Road Theatre in LA. Most recently, she has children's books with Blue manatee press, WHEN WE ARE QUIET, and BABY LOVES TO WIGGLE WIGGLE. A third will be published Spring, 2019. Stacy will share her experience as a published (and unpublished!) writer across multiple genres, how the publishing world has changed over the last decade, and how she thinks of writing, publishing and the intersecting strategies around each project.

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and five books of poetry: c.c., On Spec, The Hero Project of the Century, Adventures of Pi and Howell. A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. A new book of poetry, As Iz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in fall 2018. His website is at He will discuss the ins and outs of small press publishing for poets.


Chase Public
2868 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Doors open at 7:00
Panel at 7:30


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