Foglifter at Whale Prom
“In response to the rising costs of AWP book fair tables & demands from attendees for a more inclusive experience, Whale Prom is an irreverent, accessible, free-admission book fair dedicated to independent presses & the people who love them.
Whale Prom believe independent literary ventures doing great things deserve a more affordable option to sell their books, showcase their hard work, broadcast their missions, and celebrate their freaking incredible authors.
Whale Prom are excited to spotlight small presses who advocate for historically marginalized voices. We’re excited to spotlight presses that do-it-together. We’re excited to offer free space to local literary organizations devoted to QTPOC writing & interests, and we’re actively reaching out to such organizations.
Whale Prom are thankful for all the open grumbles about the rising costs of AWP, and we appreciate the actions and ideas. We also wouldn’t be here without the ecosystem of zine fairs and DIY reading/writing communities sometimes overlooked as outside the “traditional scope” of AWP.
Whale Prom planned to start small, but enthusiasm for this event greatly exceeded our expectations: over 1,000 indie lit lovers visited to see what the 55 indie presses, journals, and organizations had to offer.”