College of Saint Benedict to Offer Inside Look at the Changing Publishing Industry Through Week-Long Summer Workshop for Students and Career Changers

Workshop is Only One of its Kind in the Upper Midwest; Guests Include Pulitzer Prizewinning Poet Jorie Graham and Independent Publishing Experts Fiona McCrae, Graywolf Press and Joseph Parisi, Poetry Magazine
The College of Saint Benedict will give an exclusive look at small presses, literary magazines and alternative publishing with its first-ever "Inside Books" program beginning July 10. The week-long program (July 10-14) will offer writing and publishing career enthusiasts a unique opportunity to gain expertise in book, magazine and online production.

A host of experts, including Pulitzer prizewinning poet Jorie Graham, Fiona McCrae, publisher of Graywolf Press, and online publishing practitioner Mark Stafford from Marsilio Press, will lead classes, readings, screenings, field trips and other hands-on learning experiences. Geared toward career changers and those seeking new jobs within the publishing world, Inside Books is the only program of its kind in the Upper Midwest and priced much lower than other national programs. The workshop will include representatives from alternative and electronic publishing, large trade presses and independent publishers.

"As the state with the third largest publishing industry in the country, Minnesota has a lot to offer people wanting to enter publishing," says Mark Conway, Director of Special Projects at Saint Benedict's. "Participants will be able to learn from some of the best that the publishing world has to offer."

Lecturers and instructors include; Todd Maitland, Managing Editor of the Ruminator (Hungry Mind) Review; Joseph Parisi, editor of Poetry magazine; Philip Patrick, Associate Director of Marketing at Vintage Anchor; Jane Von Mehren, Associate Publisher of New York's prestigious Penguin Putnam Inc.; Margaret Klis, Chief Operating Officer with Jay Walljasper, Editor-at-Large, of Utne Reader; and many others. The program also includes an inside look at making everything from handmade to online books, including an introduction to the school's new book arts studio, featuring hand-set printing presses and paper-making equipment.

The workshop is subsidized by a grant from the Teagle Foundation in New York. The cost per attendee is $500, with room and board priced at an additional $300. For more information contact Aaron Berstler; Kohnstamm Communications (ph:651/228-9141) or Greg Hoye, director of public affairs, College of Saint Benedict (ph:320/363-5399).