The Future of Independent Book Production: From Writing to Publishing

Friday, Nov 5, 2021
3pm EDT / 12pm PDT

Panel: 60 min

Partner Session
Organized by 2021 Convening Partner S Rodriguez
Presenters: Angel Lartigue, S Rodriguez, M Téllez

The creation of books is a huge ecosystem that encompasses everything from mass-distributed bestsellers to self-made zines and artist books. In the US, the institutional success of someone in the literary arts is based on their complicity in a traditional publishing framework, a mostly white, cis-normative field.

Outside the bounds of traditional publishing and distribution, writers, artists, and organizers are creating myriad models in pursuit of sustainability and thoughtful action. In this panel, presenters will discuss what it's like to engage critically with the framework of conventional publishing. Panelists, all of whom include books as a part or basis of their artistic practice, will talk about alternate methodologies of sharing and producing books.


S Rodriguez is a Texas-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts organizer. They are the co-creator of Paraspace Books, a transient bookstore dedicated to queer sci-fi and speculative fiction.

M Téllez writes and performs speculative tales about desolation/intimacy, class/objectification, borders/land-based memory/media control, and the violence in relying on binaries to order the world. A heavily cyborg storyteller and sloganeer from the 215, they are a founding member of METROPOLARITY, a corner store sci-fi & thought collective that uses speculative thinking as a shield and wand against standing empire. M is rendering a novelization of their All That’s Left series about disabled cyborg workers in a flooded out near future. Visit for more.