Pub Hub 2018
Ready to connect with people in publishing? Pub Hub is back. Sponsored by the Graduate Publishing Program of Rosemont College, this annual networking event brings together Philadelphia-area publishing professionals. Regardless of what you do in publishing--and whether you work in comics, games, journals, magazines, textbooks, trade books, or online--Pub Hub offers you the chance to connect, plan, and create exciting new things.
|Friday, November 16
448 N. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Light fare and drinks included.
Doors open at 6pm
Networking all evening
Panel Discussion 7:30-8:30
We're also pleased to announce that this year's Pub Hub will feature a panel of publishing professionals who will discuss what's happening in Philadelphia's publishing, literary, and creative circles. It feels like something exciting is happening--something that hasn't happened in a while. Is it really? And if so, what does it mean? We will explore this and more with our panelists.
Nicole Amato is a research analyst, who also designs board games, writes, and edits. At Moore College of Art and Design, she teaches occasionally in Animation & Game Arts. She also runs Cardboard Fortress Games with husband, Anthony Amato. Their four published games include Lazer Ryderz and RESISTOR_. She is co-founder and co-organizer of Game Makers Guild Philadelphia, a board game playtesting group, and a member of Tabletop Co-op, a cooperative of game designers. She serves as a consultant for Philly Game Mechanics. She has worked on digital games and co-founded Warp Zoned, a site dedicated to video games.
Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is Founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal, which she launched in 2012.
Athena's work has appeared in various publications both online and in print. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee (2016, 2017), a Best of the Net nominee (2017), a Callaloo fellow (Oxford 2017), a V.O.N.A. fellow (2018), and a Tin House Scholar (Winter 2019). Athena is a member of the Moving Forewards Memoir Writers Collective. Additionally, she has presented at AWP (Boston 2013), HippoCamp (2016, 2017, 2018) and The Muse and the Marketplace (2019).
She is the author of No God In This Room, a poetry chapbook , published by Argus House Press. Her work also appears in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books). She writes, edits, and resides in Philadelphia.
Emma Copley Eisenberg's fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Granta, Tin House, McSweeney's, VQR, American Short Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of Books, AGNI, and others. She lives in Philadelphia where she co-directs the community literary hub Blue Stoop. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl, will be published by Hachette Books in 2020.
A true child of the 80’s, Ariell R. Johnson grew up on a diet of He-Man, She-Ra, Thundercats, Transformers. This would be the gateway to a lifelong love of super-powers, super-heroes, and comics. With the love and support of her family and friends, she turned this passion into a career at the age of 32 when she opened, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, a comic book store and coffee shop hybrid. Amalgam is the only black-woman owned shop of its kind, and the only black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast.
Ariell has a strong passion and commitment to diversity, representation, and inclusivity. She uses her shop to showcase and promote works that are created by and feature people of color, different faiths, women, and the LGBTQ community. Amalgam has garnered national media attention, leading to Ariell’s 2016 "Geek of the Year" nomination. Amalgam, which opened on December 14, 2015, is about to celebrate its 3-year anniversary!
Lynn Rosen is the co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, located in Elkins Park, PA, just north of Philadelphia. She runs Open Book’s extensive program of classes, workshops, and events for readers and writers. Lynn is a long-time book publishing industry professional with many years of experience as an editor, literary agent, teacher, and author. Most recently, she was Editorial Director of Book Business magazine, and Director of Graduate Publishing Programs at Rosemont College. She has served as Editorial Director at Peter Pauper Press, as Senior Editor at Running Press and, earlier in her career, as an Editor in the Trade Division of Ballantine Books. In 1991, Lynn launched Leap First, an independent literary agency, which she ran until 1999. She is the author of Elements of the Table: A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests (Clarkson Potter). Lynn graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an Honors degree in English, and holds a Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She teaches writing and publishing classes at Open Book, and has been a professor at Drexel University, Temple University, Rosemont College, and numerous other academic institutions.
Blair Thornburgh is a Developmental Editor at Dovetail Fiction, a boutique YA fiction packager and arm of international publisher Working Partners Limited. Previously, she was Senior Editor at Quirk Books, where she acquired and developed pop-culture-inspired titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including New York Times and indie bestsellers. She is the author of two YA novels with HarperTeen (Who’s That Girl and Ordinary Girls) and a picture book with Atheneum/S&S (Skulls!) and is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.