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Publisher Roundable with Kaya, Moontide, Tia Chucha, Red Hen, and Unnamed

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415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Independent publishers talk about their publishing process, what they seek in manuscripts, how indie publishers get books in bookstores nationwide, and what they hope for the future of independent publishing. At the table: Kaya Press, Moontide Press, Tia Chucha Press, Red Hen Press, and the Unnamed Press. Join us with your questions, enjoy refreshments, and take a look inside the workings of independent publishing in the Southland.

Founded in 1994, Kaya Press publishes cutting-edge Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic writers residing in the United States, with a diverse list of titles that includes experimental poetry, noir fiction, film memoir, avant-garde art, performance pieces, “lost” novels, and everything in between. Kaya and its authors have been the recipients of numerous awards, including the Gregory Kolovakas Prize for Outstanding New Literary Press, the American Book Award, the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award, the PEN Beyond Margins Open Book Prize, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Award, and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize. Originally based in New York, Kaya Press is currently housed in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Moon Tide Press was founded in 2006 by journalist and poet Michael Miller. For a decade, the press published full-length collections, anthologies, and featured a Poet of the Month on their website—always bringing new and necessary voices to the forefront of the Southern California poetry scene and beyond. In 2017, Eric Morago became its new publisher and editor-in-chief, and continues the Press' focus on new, diverse, and daring voices.

Tia Chucha Press is a cross-cultural press focused on socially engaged poetry and literature that matters. TCP began in 1989 with the publication of Luis J. Rodriguez’s first book, the 19-poem collection Poems Across the Pavement. The press published collections from the thriving Chicago poetry scene, and in 1991, became the publishing wing of the nonprofit Guild Complex Literary Arts Center in Chicago, run by Michael Warr and co-founded in 1989 by a collective of artists, writers and activists, including Rodriguez as editor. A chapbook series of Chicago poets and anthologies were also developed in the 1990s and early 2000s as well as an album of Chicago performance poets titled Snake in the Heart. By 2005, TCP became the publishing wing of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and published the anthology Dream of a Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology edited by Quraysh Ali and Toni Assante Lightfoot. In addition to Rodriguez, other TCP poets include Patricia Smith, national and international poetry slam champion and Pulitzer Prize nominee; Terrance Hayes, who won the National Book Award; Elizabeth Alexander who was President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet in 2009. Other TCP poets have won recognitions including the PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers Award, Carl Sandburg Book Award, Paterson Poetry Prize, Lannan Fellowship in Poetry, and as a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012, TCP published its first non-poetry book, Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community, edited by Denise Sandoval and Luis J. Rodriguez with a companion documentary of the same name, written and directed by John F. Cantu.

Red Hen Press is a place for writers’ work to be published and celebrated; a literary family for a diversity of voices that articulate the variety of human experience. Founded in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull, Red Hen is a literary press that publishes poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Their imprints and series support diversity and representation in literature and include Arktoi Books, edited by Eloise Klein Healy and dedicated to publishing high-quality literary fiction and poetry by lesbian writers; Boreal Books, edited by Peggy Shumaker and focused on fine literature and fine art from Alaska; DJS Books, formed Ming Di of Poetry East West and publishing cutting-edge poetry books in Chinese; Letras Latinas, a series established with Francisco Aragón of University of Notre Dame that focuses on Latinx poets; Pighog, an imprint originally founded by John Davies and featuring writers from the British Isles; Quill, established by Tobi Harper and focused on prose by queer writers; Story Line Press, originally founded by Robert McDowell, Lysa McDowell, and Mark Jarman and publishing poetry with a focus on Formalism; Xeno Books, an imprint that publishes titles outside the boundaries of Red Hen’s regular literary program. They offer several literary awards each year, including the Benjamin Saltman Award.

The Unnamed Press publishes literature from around the world. Whether fiction, memoir or something in between, they are always interested in unlikely protagonists, undiscovered territories and courageous voices. Distributed by Publishers Group West, their sister nonprofit press is Phoneme Media, which promotes cross-cultural understanding by connecting people and ideas through translated books and films.

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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

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