The Writer’s Center welcomes the DC Writers Room for a special editors panel. Four local editors discuss current trends in publishing and give advice on how to navigate this ever-competitive market, featuring Ian Anderson, Caroline Bock, Melissa Scholes Young, and Rose Solari.
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Ian Anderson is a writer and designer living in Baltimore, MD, and the founder/editor-in-chief of Mason Jar Press. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing arts from the University of Baltimore in 2014.
Caroline Bock is the author of Carry Her Home, winner of the Fiction Award from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and LIE and Before My Eyes, young adult novels from St. Martin’s Press. The winner of the Writer magazine story award and the Adrift short story award from Driftwood Press, her creative work has also recently appeared in SmokeLong, Brevity, Janus Literary, Gargoyle, Grace & Gravity: DC Women Writers, Jarnal and more. She studied creative writing with Raymond Carver at Syracuse University and holds an MFA in Fiction from the City University of New York. Currently, she is the co-president at the Washington Writers’ Publishing House, a nonprofit independent literary press based in Washington DC, and this fall will be a teaching artist at the Olney Theatre in Maryland. She lives in Rockville, Maryland.
Melissa Scholes Young is the author of the award-winning novels Flood and The Hive. She received the Shelf Unbound Best Book Award in 2021 and the Next Generation Indie Book Award in 2023. She’s published two chapbooks of fiction, Scrap Metal Baby and Guinea Pig. She serves as Editor of Grace in Darkness, Furious Gravity, and Grace in Love, anthologies by women writers and publishes the From the Attic online series. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Ms., Washington Post, Poets & Writers, Literary Hub, and Believer Magazine. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation, the Center for Mark Twain Studies, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Humanities Truck. Born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, she is a Professor in the Literature Department of American University where she directs the undergraduate creative writing program. Melissa teaches every summer at the Tennants Cove Writers Workshop in New Brunswick, Canada.
Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Last Girl, Orpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather; the one-act play, Looking for Guenevere, in which she also performed; and a novel, A Secret Woman. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; the University of Maryland, College Park; St. John’s College, Annapolis; and The Centre for Creative Writing at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, The Columbia Book Award, an EMMA award for excellence in journalism, and multiple grants. In 2010, she co-founded Alan Squire Publishing, a small press with big ideas.
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