“Nothing vast” Sophocles tells us, “enters mortal life without a curse.”

2020 and 2021 have also proved the opposite to be true — no curse enters mortal life with an attendant blessing (however small).

The pandemic made it necessary to adapt our social and educational norms; new technology made it possible to bring together distant friends and colleagues.

Given these needs and possibilities, the YSU Poetry Center and Etruscan Press Outreach Program has gone virtual. Over the last eighteen months, we conducted nearly sixty interviews with an array of national and international figures in the literary community: writers, publishers, editors, scholars, literary agents, filmmakers, and program directors on a wide range of topics in the world of the arts and the publishing industry.

In these pages, you’ll find these interviews cataloged and tagged for easy browsing, along with brief descriptions, bios, and study guides. Also available are curricula and materials for courses in Creative Writing, Literature, and Publishing, where these interviews have been embedded.

Now we’d like to facilitate the next step: bringing these literary professionals to your group or class. Let us know who you’d like to invite and we’ll set up a virtual meeting at a convenient time, at no cost to you.

Contact us here and we’ll make the arrangements.

Given our global crisis, this may be a small blessing. But it speaks to our need to sustain the art we cherish and the books and lives we love. Please join us in sharing in this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to enrich our experience of the arts.

Philip Brady
Director, Youngstown State University Poetry Center
Executive Director, Etruscan Press
Faculty, Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program

Etruscan Press is grateful for support and funding from the following organizations:

The Stephen & Jeryl Oristaglio Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Wilkes University
Ohio Arts Council
Youngstown State University
Community of Literary Magazines and Presses
The Thendara Foundation
Drs. Barbara Brothers & Gratia Murphy Endowment

Special thanks to the following individuals:

Etruscan Associate Editor Jason Miller, who curated the online Outreach Program, editing the interview descriptions, creating the interview catalogue and the study guides.

Etruscan Webmaster Douglas Martin, who designed the Outreach Program website.

Etruscan interns Heather Jenkins and Andrew Wilczak, who copyedited the text.

And finally, to all the literary professionals interviewed here, whose time, passion, and expertise have made the YSU Poetry Center and Etruscan Press Virtual Outreach Program possible.

Etruscan Outreach Videos

Amanada Cino, The Start


Run Time: 19:57 Amanda Cino is a middle school English teacher and founder of The Start, an online YA Literary journal. Ms. Cino discusses the journal’s inception, how they reach new writers, what goes

H. L. Hix Wilkes June 19


Run Time: 18:28 H. L. Hix is a professor at the University of Wyoming and an Etruscan Press author. Mr. Hix reads five poems that reflect on the nature/culture binary including three of his

Dr. Michael Lennon, Mailer Biographer


Run Time: 31:21 Dr. Michael Lennon is co-founder of the Wilkes Creative Writing Program, a program instructor, a publishing professional, and Norman Mailer’s biographer. Dr. Lennon discusses pitching to a publisher, the contract process,

Barb Taylor, Novelist


Run Time: 31:09 Barb Taylor is a freelance editor, novelist, and retired teacher. Ms. Taylor discusses working with small publisher Kaylie Jones Books, grassroots and social media marketing, how to find an agent, and

Bill Schneider, Etruscan Managing Editor


Run Time: 27:31 Bill Schneider is managing editor of Etruscan Press. Mr. Schneider discusses the small press publishing process, from acceptance of the manuscript through printing of the book, and beyond into promotion and

Bob Mooney on Joyce


Run Time: 30:07 Bob Mooney is a professor of English at Washington College, an instructor with the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program, and Executive Editor at Etruscan Press. Dr. Mooney discusses the themes

Robert Mooney discusses literary editing


Run Time: 31:29 Bob Mooney is a professor of English at Washington College and Executive Editor at Etruscan Press. Dr. Mooney discusses the origin of Etruscan Press, his editing practices, writing as an editor,

Bonnie Culver, Wilkes CW Program Director


Run Time: 34:00 Bonnie Culver is a playwright, screenwriter, and co-founder and retired director of the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program. Dr. Culver discusses her involvement with AWP, the founding of the Wilkes

Literary Agent Chris Tomasino


Run Time: 37:44 Chris Tomasino is a literary agent and founder of the Chris Tomasino Agency. Ms. Tomasino discusses the role of the literary agent, how she got started, her relationship with publishers, what

Damilola Aderibigbe on Nigerian Poetry


Run Time: 16:21 Damilola Aderibigbe is a poet and Ph.D. student. Mr. Aderibigbe discusses the Nigerian’s rich literary tradition, its literary scene and how it has been influenced by American Poetry, Africa’s oral history,

Poet Diane Raptosh on William Blake


Run Time: 28:23 Diane Raptosh is a poet, English and Creative Writing professor at the College of Idaho, where she also directs the Criminal Justice/Prison Studies program, and an Etruscan Press author. Ms. Raptosh

Diane Raptosh Reading From Dear Z


Run Time: 33:47 Diane Raptosh is a poet, English and Creative Writing professor at the College of Idaho, where she also directs the Criminal Justice/Prison Studies program, and an Etruscan Press author. In this

Donna Talarico, Director of Hippocampus


Run Time: 24:25 Donna Talarico is founder of Hippocampus Magazine and Hippocampus Press. Ms. Talarico discusses founding Hippocampus, the submission process, their annual conference, marketing, and internships at the press.

Dr. Felix Kaputu on African Literature


Run Time: 47:08 Dr. Felix Kaputu is a professor, author, and anthropologist. Dr. Kaputu discusses his early education in Dutch-controlled Zaire and introduction to Classic, British, and American literature, his later seeking out of