Hosted by Marie Gauthier with the staff and authors of Tupelo Press
MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, 7 p.m.
A presentation on book production, book sales and distribution in the new market, from marketing, editorial, and creative perspectives, by a panel comprised of members of Tupelo Press, a nonprofit literary press headquartered in North Adams now entering its twelfth year.
Rose Carlson is the Administrative Director at Tupelo Press, where she also serves as graphic designer and audio editor. Before coming to Tupelo, Rose was the co-founder and Executive Director of Devanaughn Theatre in Boston. During her twenty years as a director, producer, actor, and designer, she has been involved in over 120 plays, films, and video projects. In addition to her duties at Tupelo, Rose currently directs and produces independent films from the Berkshires, designs costumes for Belmont Hill Theatre Department, and does public relations outreach for Burr and McCallum Architects. Rose has held a variety of positions in the business world, managing administration, public relations, events, marketing, and financials for large real estate firms, small non-profits, and philanthropic organizations. She has served as an educator for a variety of ages, leading theatre workshops, and tutoring reading and math. Rose studied at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, Harvard Summer School and Extension School, Gordon College, the Yeats International School in Sligo, Ireland, and many other programs.
Cassandra Cleghorn is Associate Editor for Nonfiction for Tupelo Press. She has taught English and American Studies at Williams College since 1990. She received her B.A. in Greek from University of California, Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Her poems have appeared in journals including The Paris Review, Yale Review, Seneca Review, Prairie Schooner, Western Humanities Review, and Southwest Review; reviews and interviews have appeared in Tin House. In 2000 she was a finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council poetry award. With the quartet, Merge, she has performed her poems at venues including the Bowery Poetry Club and Naropa Institute; their debut CD was issued in 2007 and the second in in production. Her most recent publications appear in New Orleans Review and Poetry International.
Marie Gauthier is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Tupelo Press, co-curator of the Collected Poets Series, and previously general manager of the Jeffery Amherst Bookshop & College Store. She’s the author of the chapbook, Hunger All Inside, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Cave Wall, The Common, Linebreak, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of a 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize as well as Honorable Mention in 2010. She lives with her family in Shelburne Falls, MA.
Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, Ellen Doré Watson is the author of Dogged Hearts and This Sharpening (Tupelo Press, 2010 and 2006), We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music (Alice James, 2001 and 2002), as well as Broken Railings (Green Lake Chapbook Prize, Owl Creek Press, 1996). She is also the translator of twelve books from Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), and serves as Poetry and Translation Editor of The Massachusetts Review. In 2011, she was appointed an Elector of the Poets’ Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Watson’s poems have appeared widely in journals, including The American Poetry Review and The New Yorker. Among her awards and honors are the Bullis-Kizer Prize from Poetry Northwest, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and a 1990 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. Library Journal named her one of “24 Poets for the 21st Century.”