Monday, April 06, 2009


Latest News from Richard Peabody / Gargoyle Magazine

Notes from the Bell Tower
News from Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press/ and Richard Peabody
Three upcoming events of note that will attract a large % of the local lit community.

1. Conversations & Connections

Saturday 4/11 there's the 3rd annual "Conversations & Connections" conference at Johns Hopkins DC campus near Dupont Circle. Runs 8:30am-5pm, featuring Amy Hempel. Reg fee is $55.

2. Small Press Fair at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD.
Saturday 4/18 the , Noon-5pm A few blocks from Metro. 4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
(301) 654-8664

And from their site:

Bethesda Literary Festival and Small Press Fair, April 17-18
4/17/2009 [7:30 PM - 10:30 PM]
7:30 p.m. on Friday April 17 The Writer's Center will host a reading and discussion with Kimberly Dozier and E.J. Dionne.

Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18
Meet editors and publishers of literary journals and small presses at the Small Press Fair. Participants include The National Endowment for the Arts, Abbey, Barrelhouse, Cherokee Books, The Delmarva Review, Gargoyle/Paycock Press, GirlChild Press, Gival Press. Kings Estate Press, Little Patuxent Review, little press books, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Pretend Genius, Settlement House, Toad Hall Press, Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and Wineberry Press.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Creative Writing for Younger Children with long-time Writer’s Center Workshop Leader Sally Canzoneri

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18
Poetry reading by David Keplinger and Michael Collier at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD

Keplinger is author of, author of The Prayers of Others, The Clearing , and World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors: The Selected Poetry of Carsten Rene Nielsen (translations).

Michael Collier is author of Dark Wild Realm, The Neighbor, and The Ledge. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD

Bethesda Idol, April 18
4/18/2009 [8:30 PM - 11:00 PM]
The Writer’s Center hosts Bethesda Idol. Similar to the pop culture TV show, this will be an opportunity to have your work judged by industry professionals: literary agents Deborah Grosvenor (from Kneerim & Williams) Jeff Kleinman (from Folio Literary Management) and Paige Wheeler (from Folio Literary Management).

To participate, please STAPLE together your entry in the following order: (1) a cover sheet with your project’s name, genre, and “tag line” (a one-to three-sentence description of your story), (2) one-page query letter addressed to "Dear Agent," and (3) the first three pages of your book. DO NOT include identifying information on any page of your submission. All genres are welcome (except children’s, young adult, poetry, plays, or screenplays). Prizes include free tuition to a multi-session Writer’s Center workshop (up to a $345 value), and a free one-year membership to the Writer’s Center.

Agent Bios

Deborah Clarke Grosvenor
Deborah Clarke Grosvenor is a Director of Kneerim and Williams. Grosvenor ran the Grosvenor Literary Agency for 10 years before merging her agency with Kneerim and Williams in late 2007. Her client list includes nationally prominent writers, New York Times bestselling authors, and Pulitzer-prize winners, among them Stephen Coonts, Eleanor Clift, Morton Kondracke, Thomas Oliphant, Henry Allen, Aaron Miller, Scott Wallace, Nina Burleigh and Curtis Wilkie.

Before becoming an agent, Grosvenor worked in book publishing as an acquisitions editor and in subsidiary rights. Her best known acquisition as an editor was a first novel, The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. During her publishing career, she has edited or represented hundreds of nonfiction books in the areas of narrative nonfiction, history, biography, politics, current affairs, memoir, the environment, the Middle East, the military, science, and the American South, all areas in which she maintains a strong interest. For fiction, she is particularly interested in works with historical or American South themes and settings or set in Italy. Grosvenor is a recipient of the TWIN award (Tribute to Women in Industry), an award given by the YWCA and industry to "outstanding women who have made significant contributions to their companies in managerial and executive positions."

Paige Wheeler
Paige Wheeler is a founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC. Over the course of her career, Ms. Wheeler has worked as an agent in both a literary and entertainment capacity. Prior to FOLIO, Ms. Wheeler founded the literary agency, Creative Media Agency, which she ran for nine years. At New York-based Artists Agency, she repped writers, producers and celebrities for television. She also worked as an editor, for both Harlequin/Silhouette in NY and Euromoney Publications in London.

Ms. Wheeler has worked with a wide variety of award-winning authors and celebrities, such as Nora Roberts, Robin Leach, Kathleen Eagle, Gordon Elliott, Candace Camp, Bob Vila, Emilie Richards, Karen Salmansohn, Kate Kingsbury, and The James Beard Foundation, to name a few.

Currently she represents international and award-winning authors in commercial fiction, and upscale fiction, which includes women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers, psychological suspense; as well as narrative nonfiction and prescriptive nonfiction including self-help, how-to, business, pop-culture, popular reference projects and women’s issues.

Jeff Kleinman
Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a literary agency in New York and Washington DC which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Garth Stein, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Jon Clinch, Bruce Watson, and Philip Gerard.

Nonfiction: especially narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also memoir, health, parenting, aging, nature, pets, how-to, nature, science, politics, military, espionage, equestrian, biography.

Fiction: very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream commercial and literary fiction.

No: children’s, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays, novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, raped, etc.).

3. Anthology reading
Thursday 4/23 7pm Free

Anthology reading from Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, edited by Robert L. Giron. Featured readers: Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Naomi Ayala, Mel Belin, Jody Bolz, Ye Chun, Teri Ellen Cross, Patricia Garfinkel, Peter Klappert, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, C. M. Mayo, Judith McCombs, E. Ethelbert Miller, Miles David Moore, Richard Peabody, Kim Roberts, Blake Robinson, M.A. Schaffner, Gregg Shapiro, and J. D. Smith

Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Virginia Square neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 248-6800. Arlington Arts Center A few blocks from the Virginia Square Metro stop on the Orange line.

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