AWP Offsite Event: Small Presses Get BIG

Join us for reading, drinks, and conversation with small press authors Chelsea Biondolillo, Leland Cheuk, Leah Dieterich, Sanda de Helen, and Melissa Duclos. Brought to AWP by “Magnify: Small Presses, Bigger,” a monthly newsletter that celebrates small press books and the independent bookstores that sell them.

Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of The Skinned Bird, forthcoming from KERNPUNKT Press, and two prose chapbooks, Ologies and #Lovesong from Etchings Press. Her work has been collected in Best American Science and Nature 2016 and has been published widely online and in print. She is a Portland native with an MFA in English and Environmental studies from the University of Wyoming.

A MacDowell Colony and Hawthornden Castle Fellow, Leland Cheuk is the author of the story collection LETTERS FROM DINOSAURS (2016) and the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (2015), which was also published in translation in China (2018). His newest novel NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN is forthcoming from C&R Press in Fall 2019. He’s the founder of 7.13 Books and lives in Brooklyn.

Sandra de Helen’s essays and poetry appear in Artemis Journal, Dramatist, ROAR, The Medical Journal of Australia, The Dandelion Review, Lavender Review, Sweatpants & Coffee, Mom Egg, and other journals. Her full-length poetry collection Desire Returns for a Visit was published by Launch Point Press November 2018. She lives in California.

Leah Dieterich is the author of the memoir Vanishing Twins: A Marriage (Softskull, 2018). Her essays and short fiction have been published by Lenny Letter, LitHub, Buzzfeed, Bomb magazine, and more. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.

Melissa Duclos is the author of the novel Besotted (7.13 Books, 2019). Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, and Bustle, among other venues. She is the founder of Magnify: Small Presses, Bigger, a monthly newsletter celebrating small press books. She has an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Portland, Oregon.