Monday, November 6th, 6-8 pm, Bianco Room
FREE & Open to the public Pace University, One Pace Plaza, Level B. Enter on Spruce Street.
The Fall 2017 Poets @ Pace reading features two of the most talented and original young poets in the country. It will include a Q&A, book signing, and refreshments. Poets @ Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace NYC campus each semester, is organized by Pace’s Poet-in-Residence, Charles North, and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.
Jiwon Choi lives in Brooklyn, teaches preschool at the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side, and is an active urban gardener and garden administrator. Her first collection of poems, One Daughter is Worth Ten Sons (Hanging Loose Press, 2017), has received a great deal of praise.
“Pissed off, stripped down, and deadly accurate, these poems spare no one. One of the joys of Jiwon Choi’s poems is that her acerbic wit, rather than limiting experience and shutting down inquiry, instead evokes the riddle of our complex, contradictory human selves.” —Joan Larkin
“Drop me off anywhere with Jiwon Choi—these wildly radiant poems of music & magic reel us in, fairy tale realisms mingled with elemental sound songs.” —Naomi Shihab Nye
Amanda Nadelberg was born in Massachusetts and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works as an editor. She has published three books of poems, most recently Songs from a Mountain (Coffee House Press, 2016), as well as three chapbooks. She was selected in 2011 as a “New American Poet” for the biennial feature of the Poetry Society of America, and she is the recipient of a Fund for Poetry award.
“Nadelberg’s touch is nimble without being precious, colorful without being tacky, and she confronts loneliness without dwelling, making her sorrow sting all the more with its deftness…her ebullient language captures the giddiness of love and youth.” —Publishers Weekly
“Songs from a Mountain is a dizzying achievement that rings out loud and precise and clear.” —John Ashbery
This post is for Pace’s pop-culture junkies. Whether you’re a comic book connoisseur, a would-be media magnate, or a run-of-the-mill fan fanatic, Comic Con has something for you.
New York Comic Con (NYCC) is the largest pop culture convention on the east coast. An added bonus for NYC attendees is that it also takes place in Gotham City, the comic book capital of the world. More than 185,000 fans attended New York Comic Con in 2016, which made it the largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the U.S. last year. This year’s event will run from October 5–8 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan at 655 West 34th Street.
In addition to panels, screenings, and special events, NYCC features hundreds of guests who will be signing autographs in a designated autograph area, in Artist Alley, in private rooms, and at various booths on the show floor. A very small snapshot of guests include:
Adi Granov | Iron Man, Star Wars: Darth Vader, Marvel Movies
Afua Richardson | Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Genius, All Star Batman
Geoff Johns | Green Lantern, DC Universe Rebirth
Amy Mebberson | Disney Princesses
Billy Martin | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mavel Cover Artist
Felicity Jones | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jason Isaacs | Harry Potter
Josh Hutcherson | Hunger Games, Future Man
Peter Capaldi | Doctor Who
Yetide Badaki | American Gods
Jodi Meadows | Before She Ignites, My Lady Jane, The Orphan Queen duology
Jason Fry | Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Jonathan Hennessey | The Comic Book Story of Video Games, Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father, The Comic Book Story of Beer
Rachel Ignotofsky | Women in Science, Women in Sports
R.L. Stine | Goosebumps
The New York Public Library will also play a part in this year’s show. On October 5th, from 9am–4pm, the library will host a free, ticketed event, or “professional day,” for librarians, teachers, and educators on comics and graphic novels.
We’re posting about Comic Con now because you need to get tickets early. You must also have a Fan Verification profile to attend NYCC.
Well, everyone, we’ve made it to week two. First and foremost, congratulations. Between classes, assignments, and publishing events, we’ve all hit the ground running.
For returning students, the transition from summer to fall is a familiar one. For new students, many of whom have never lived – or perhaps even visited – this dense and sprawling city, the shift and pace of life can seem overwhelming and mysterious. Even the great mystery novelist Agatha Christieis reported to have said, “It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.”
That said, the American novelist, poet, and short story writer John Updike is renowned for having said, “The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”
These teaser quotes have paved the way for what the blog is going to spotlight today for the Quote of the Week. It is an uplifting, hopeful statement meant to put New York City newbies – those who are familiarizing themselves with Updike’s understanding of the city’s charms – at ease.
“One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as
much in five minutes as in five years. “ — Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1931. After studying at Washington and Lee and Yale, he became a reporter. Very early on in his career, his coverage of Cuba for The Washington Post won him the Washington Newspaper Guild’s foreign news prize. Wolfe is best known, however, for helping to bring about the New Journalism movement, in which literary techniques were combined with journalistic principles to highlight actual events. Wolfe is also the author of 14 books. His most recent novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons, was published by Picador in 2005. (Picador is a Macmillan imprint.)
Rachael is a loud-and-proud lover of the written word. Born in Canada but raised in Arizona, she left the Grand Canyon State in 2012 to study journalism and law at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The self-proclaimed bibliophile got her start writing about real estate and art, but most recently worked in communications where she designed marketing mockups, took photos, and made videos for the oldest law school in Canada. When she wasn’t at the farmers’ market or at work, she was copyediting two novels and one nonfiction work that went to print this past summer. She’s very much looking forward to learning the ins-and-outs of publishing and managing the MS Pace Publishing Blog. You’ll often find Rachael with a coffee in one hand and a book or magazine in the other reading about art, history, or contemporary culture.
Kimberly Holcombe was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her BA in English with a Creative Writing minor and her MA in Writing at Coastal Carolina University. For the past two years, Kimberly was the design editor, copyeditor, and managing editor of CCU’s online literary journal, Waccamaw. Waccamaw is where she found her passion for the publishing industry, bringing her to Pace University’s M.S. in Publishing program. At Pace, Kimberly will be the graduate assistant in the publishing lab, maintaining the lab and helping students when needed. She will also help write posts on the M.S. in Publishing blog. When she isn’t working, writing fiction, or editing, she is listening to music, playing video games, or hanging out with friends.
Bryan Potts, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant
Bryan Potts is an incoming graduate student in the M.S. in Publishing program. A proud Jersey boy, Bryan was a Literature major (concentration in Creative Writing) and International Business minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. While at Ramapo, he was part of the editorial team for Trillium, the college’s student-run creative writing magazine and proudly served as the student representative on a council to reconfigure the structure of Ramapo’s general education courses. He also served as a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing on campus and was a Supplemental Instructor for the Educational Opportunity Fund program for two summers. Editing and writing are two loves of his life, though he also dreams of one day owning and operating his own Murakami-esque jazz bar. He is an avid board and video gamer and is especially interested in studying the publication and editorial processes that tie-in products, novelizations, and multimedia projects.
Elliane Mellet, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant
Ely Mellet was born and raised in Houston, Texas but moved to Chicago to study Journalism and Graphic Design at Loyola University. Ely interned at the Better Government Association helping to hold government officials accountable and was a terrible radio host at her university’s radio station. She had hoped to publish news articles that would change the world but soon realized that books were much more influential in instilling change and offering new perspectives. Ely is a graduate assistant for the Pace University Press and will be aiding in the editing and production process for the journals published there. Ely is excited to begin her first year in the M.S. in Publishing program at Pace, but not excited about New York winters.
Jennifer Thompson, Office Student Aide
Jennifer Thompson is in her second year in the program with an expected graduation date of May 2018. From Atlanta, GA, she went to Pennsylvania State University for undergrad and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology. She loves to travel and has been to England, France, and Costa Rica. (She will be in Thailand in January.) Besides her obvious passion for books and reading, she has a special interest in children’s books because she doesn’t want to grow up. In her Student Aide position, she will be handling any and all office-related tasks, as well as helping out with the blog.
Lin Wu (Grace), Publishing Lab Student Aide
Lin Wu (Grace) is a current M.S. in Publishing student at Pace University. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After being an editor’s assistant back in China at a local magazine publisher years ago, she started to have a passion for magazine publishing and production. Grace is very excited to learn about publishing through this program and working towards her goals.
Personally, I was struck by the warmth of the people I met. It was very exciting to meet dignitaries from Phoenix Publishing & Media Group and China Publishing Group, which are among the largest publishing companies in the world. But it was heartening to meet a number of former students who were so grateful to Professor Raskin and Professor Lian for what they learned at Pace.
I was lucky to have a tour guide in Beijing who worked at China Publishing Group named Yin “Ling” Mengling. I spoke with her at length about some of the great opportunities available in publishing associations in New York. We also discussed a book called Designing Your Life, which I recommend people use to think about their career and life goals.
After we parted, she paid for her own overnight train to Wuhan to attend the weekend conference and take Professor Lian, Professor Raskin and me around Wuhan University. She has since started a Literary Salon speaker series for her friends and colleagues, which she said I inspired her to do. Mark Fretz, who also attended the conference as part of the delegation from Pace, spoke at the inaugural session. I am very proud of Ling and happy I was able to touch her life.
Another thing that struck me in China that I hadn’t fully appreciated before was the giant contribution that Professor Raskin and Professor Lian have made to publishing education in China. Professor Lian was actually one of the founding members of the first publishing program in China at Wuhan University and was instrumental in starting the partnership between Pace and Wuhan U. Professor Raskin has made extremely strong relationships with the major publishing companies in China and, because of this, the companies have hand-picked executives to come train at Pace every year. (And they were able to start the Confucius Institute at Pace University, where I took Chinese classes before I went.) I have a newfound respect for the hard work they have done to build such strong ties.
At the conference, my talk was on innovation. I spoke about projects in the publishing industry, including grass-roots efforts, where employees at any level can test their idea and pitch it to management. I was surprised that I was asked how an employee would be reprimanded if they had an idea that failed. I explained the value of a learning organization, where failing fast (and small) is a good thing. I was happy to see that they were thinking about how this idea could be implemented in their environment, and I hope in the future that organizations encourage their employees to submit ideas.
While Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites are blocked in China, the country is very technologically advanced. Most people use a platform called WeChat, which is a combination of the functionality of many programs in the U.S. like texting, FaceTime/Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and many others. (WeChat was created by TenCent, a phone company.) Many restaurants have you order and pay through your phone with Alipay, which is from the e-commerce company Alibaba, which has 423 million annual active buyers and about 80 per cent market share of e-commerce in China. There are QR codes everywhere on posters, bus shelters, ads, and menus, and they are very useful in connecting quickly through WeChat and other systems. I made many new contacts and friends in China and hope to stay in touch through WeChat.
I also visited many bustling bookstores in China. It was incredible to see the multi-story homage to the books owned by Phoenix Publishing & Media Group. I also visited a few branches of the Librarie Avant-Garde, including the famous one in a former bomb shelter/parking garage that has a beatnik vibe; a rustic one in a lush park, where you could sink into a comfy chair and feel like you were in a log cabin surrounded by books; and one on the Purple Mountain that sold only poetry books with lots of little rooms to explore. I felt right at home!
It was a fascinating trip, and I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to go! It really opened my eyes to different perspectives and I learned a lot about international publishing, innovation, and myself.