The In Print Festival of First Books is a two-day event featuring a reading and panel discussion by writers who have just published their first books, as well as an editor from a small press or literary journal. This year's reading features poet Caroline Ebeid, fiction writer Nick White, and creative nonfiction writer Jan Shoemaker.
Jan Shoemaker’s essay collection, Flesh and Stones: Field Notes from a Finite World, was published in 2016 by Bottom Dog Press. Her essays and poems have appeared in many journals and magazines. Having recently participated in a community reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” in northern Michigan, she is increasingly interested in the idea of public readings as a form of political action. She writes and teaches in Michigan where she lives with her husband and a succession of bed-hogging but well-meaning rescue dogs.
Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer. A native of Mississippi, he teaches creative writing at Ohio State University. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, LitHub, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. He short story collection, Sweet and Low, will be published in the summer of 2018.
Carolina Ebeid is a the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press, 2016). Sheis a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver, and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. She has won fellowships and prizes from CantoMundo, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the NEA. Her work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, and more recent work appears in PEN America, Bennington Review, and jubilat.
Kristen Elias Rowley completed her graduate work in literature at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is Editor-in-Chief at The Ohio State University Press where she acquires nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for OSUP’s new literary trade imprint Mad River Books, as well as critical race and ethnic studies and gender and sexuality studies. She has published such authors as Joy Castro, Lee Martin, Sue Williams Silverman, Patrick Madden, Mary Clearman Blew, Dan O’Brien, Ilan Stavans, David Lazar, Jared Carter, R.A. Villanueva, and Susan Blackwell Ramsey.