Publishing industry event series Colophon launches Feb. 24

Brenda Copeland, DeMisty Bellinger, and Alice Tasman

calendar icon February 12, 2021 by CAS

The Department of English is launching Colophon, a new series of live, online events with editors, agents, writers, and other publishing insiders, in conversation about literary careers. Timothy Schaffert, director of the creative writing program, will lead conversations covering a range of topics, from the literary journal to the major commercial houses of New York. The events are free and open to the public via Zoom.

The spring events:

  • February 24 with Brenda Copeland, an independent editor with 25 years of publishing experience in New York. She was previously the executive editor of St. Martin's Press and has also worked for Hyperion Books and Simon and Schuster. She has also taught editing at NYU's Center for Publishing.
  • March 10 with DeMisty Bellinger, a Nebraska alumna who serves on the board of directors of Associated Writing Programs. This semester she is teaching "Composing Historical Poetry" at Sarah Lawrence College. She is on faculty at Fitchburg State University and is an editor at Malarkey Books and Porcupine Literary. She is the author of the books Peculiar Heritage (forthcoming) and Rubbing Elbows.
  • March 25 with Alice Tasman, an agent in New York City with the Jean Naggar Literary Agency, since 1995. Focused primarily on literary fiction and memoir, Alice has brokered deals with all the major houses, including FSG, Knopf Doubleday, William Morrow, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House.