Small Press Workshop (10/6)

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Say Yes to the Small Press
With Sean Pravica, Romaine Washington, Allen Callaci, Ruth Nolan, and Cati Porter

Riverside Arts Walk  
FREE • Thursday, October 6 • 6:30–8 PM (doors open at 6 PM)  
Riverside Main Library Community Room  
3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

The gatekeepers of “traditional” publishing let comparatively few new authors in. What are the other ways a writer can bring a book into print? Hear from authors who have published with micro, small, and independent presses who are changing the face of publishing today. Sean Pravica, Romaine Washington, Allen Callaci, Ruth Nolan, and Cati Porter will be on hand to share what they’ve learned along the way.

Indie authors and booksellers will be on hand to meet and sell their published works. A pre-panel lineup of writers will read and share from their work beginning at 6:30 PM.

Sean Pravica is a Californian writer and the author of Stumbling Out the Stable, a novel, and Hold Still Fast, a collection of microfiction. He enjoys ample time outside with his partner, Danelze, with a special place in their hearts for the Mojave Desert and the Eastern Sierra.

Romaine Washington is the author of Purgatory Has an Address (Bamboo Dart Press)which was nominated for a Pushcart and Sirens in Her Belly (Jamii Publications). She is a fellow of The Watering Hole, SC and Inland Area Writing Project UCR and has served as an educator for over twenty years.

Allen Callaci is the lead singer for the band Refrigerator, an adjunct professor at Mt Sac Community College, and a librarian at the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library where he is the proud co-founder of the Library’s Star Wars Day, the largest Star Wars library event on the West Coas.  He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in MungBeing, the Poly Post, The Huffington Post, BK Nation, Cinefantastique and various ‘zines in the 90s. His memoir Heart Like a Starfish was released in 2016 on Pelekinesis. He hails from the Inland Empire region of Southern California.

Ruth Nolan grew up in the Mojave Desert and is professor of creative writing at College of the Desert. She is author of a new poetry book, After the Dome Fire (Bamboo Dart Press), and her writing has been most recently and notably published in Boom: California; KCET Los Angeles; McSweeney’s; Joshua Tree: Where Two Deserts Meet (Wildsam National Parks) and Writing the Golden State: The New Literary Terrain of California (Angel City Press, 2023). A California desert literature scholar, she is editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books) and curator of the humanities project Fire on the Mojave: Stories from the Deserts and Mountains of Inland Southern California, based in part on her experiences fighting wildfire for the USFS and BLM CA Desert District. Her work has been supported by the California Residency at Yefe Nof; Breadloaf; and California Humanities. She is co-founder of the Inlandia Institute creative workshop program.

Cati Porter has been a leader in the nonprofit arts sector for more than ten years, and writing and publishing for three decades. She has a Masters in Fine Arts from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is the author of ten collections of poetry, including The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019)and Novel (Bamboo Dart Press, 2022). Her poems and essays have been published in Terrain, Rattle, Shark Reef, Salon, Zocalo Public Square, table//FEAST, Pratik, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Your Daily Poem, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Hags on Fire, and elsewhereShe lives in Inland Southern California with her family where she runs Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and directs Inlandia Institute, a literary nonprofit. Find her on the web at

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