We have three publishing professionals at varying career stages and with different areas of expertise. Bring your questions—we will let these guide the conversation.

The 2021 event will take place via Zoom and in room 406 of the Education Building.

The Pros:

Kaylee Hirzel-Duff is an Honors Creative Writing graduate from BGSU and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from The New School. She is a children’s literary scouting associate with Maria B Campbell Associates. She also interned with several other agencies and literary publications.

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is the advisor for Subnivean, a publication of SUNY Oswego. There, she is a professor of Creative Writing and Digital Storytelling. In 2015, she founded COG, a multimedia literary publication, at Cogswell, which featured work by Denise Duhamel, Gish Jen, Chen Chen, and Dave Eggers. Soma’s own work has been praised by Nikki Giovanni, Lemony Snicket, HBO, and other well-known people and outlets, and has appeared in such publications as Glimmer Train, ZYZZYVA, Hyphen, and elsewhere. Having recently completed her first novel, Soma is now represented by Victoria Sanders & Associates.

Daniel O’Malley is an Australian novelist, author of The Rook (Hachette, 2012) and Stiletto (Little, Brown and Company, 2016), the Checquy novels, which were made into a TV series for Starz. The Rook was the 2012 Aurealis Award winner for Best Science Fiction Novel. Dan is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a master’s in Medieval History from The Ohio State University.