2017 Speakers

Meg Thompson Thurs, Feb 9, 3 – 5PM Publishing Roundtable

Meg Thompson started in publishing in 2002 working for President Bill Clinton in his Harlem office as a researcher and fact checker on his memoirs, My Life. She then went to work for Charlie Rose as a writer and researcher at his legendary PBS show before joining LJK Literary Management, LLC. She worked at LJK for six years before founding her own firm, which is now Thompson Literary Agency. Meg is interested in memoir, narrative non-fiction, psychology, health, science, cookbooks, and books on popular culture and humor. Her clients include New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Leake, Ken Denmead, Kelle Hampton, and Jeremy Rifkin; Scientific American reporter Katherine Harmon Courage, New Yorker and New York Times essayist Tim Kreider, New Yorker cartoonist and essayist Emily Flake, New York Times Style reporter Julia Chaplin, journalist Mason Currey, memoirist and novelist Gordon Chaplin, mapmaker and author Becky Cooper, party planner to the stars Mary Giuliani, James Beard Award-winner Alan Tardi, Missy LeHand biographer Kathryn Smith, memoirist and women’s rights activist Maria Toorpakai, and many more. She is a member of the Association of Authors’

gottlieb-ohotoMark Gottlieb Thurs, Feb 9, 3 – 5PM Publishing Roundtable                                                                                 Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on publishersmarketplace.com in Overall Deals and other categories.

Nick Triolo Wednesday, Feb 8 pre-dinner talk (venue: Serendipity): “Psychoscapes of Love and Revolution: Personal Narrative on Ecology, Activism, and Human Wholeness”

bioshot2Nick Triolo is a writer, long-distance runner, and activist living in Missoula, Montana. Nick holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies (Focus Area: Creative Nonfiction.) His writing has been featured in Orion Magazine, Terrain.orgTrail Runner Magazine, Whitefish Review, Clackamas Review, and others. Nick has lived and visited Todos Santos for the past decade, and in 2014 he directed the documentary “The Crossing,” about resisting open-pit gold mining in Southern Baja. He’s currently at work on his first book. Learn more: The Jasmine Dialogues.

Jonathan Penner Monday, Feb 6, 3 – 5PM “On Language” 
PENNERJonathan Penner is the author of two novels, Going Blind and Natural Order, and two story collections, Private Parties and This Is My Voice. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Paris Review, and many other magazines. He has held writing fellowships from the Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his many honors include the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Penner has taught fiction writing at the University of Arizona, the University of Hawaii, and Vanderbilt University, and has given lectures and readings abroad under the auspices of the U. S. State Department.