Wilcox Editing

Appearances at the Tucson Festival of Books

This Saturday afternoon, I’ll have the pleasure of giving a reading and moderating a panel at the Tucson Festival of Books, an event that attracts upwards of 130,000 attendees each year, making it one of the top-five literacy festivals in the country. This festival, completely free and open to the public, funded only by sponsors & exhibitors, has donated $1.25 million to local literacy providers since its inception seven years ago. More than 1,800 community volunteers help the event run. It is a sight to behold!

The festival is held on the University of Arizona campus. On Saturday, March 12, I’ll be reading my poem published in The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide, a beautifully illustrated literary anthology that melds art and science. Every contributor wrote a poem about flora and fauna found in Tucson’s Saguaro National Park. Mine is about the pinacate beetle, or stink bug. The reading is from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. in the Student Union, Kiva Room.

Next up, I’ll be moderating a panel on Working with an Editor. Members and associates of the Editorial Freelancers Association, whose experience spans both sides of the editing/writing divide, will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of working with an editor, offering tips to maximize success. Panelists include award-winning writer, editor, and EFA member Wynne Brown, debut novelist and WES client Andria Williams (author of The Longest Night), and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo! This panel was born out of my wildest dreams. I cannot wait to host the discussion. Please join us! The event is in the Ventana Room of the Student Union from 4:00 to 5:00. If you’d like, you can RSVP for the event and contribute to the discussion here.

There are so many exciting authors coming to town. Check them all out at the festival’s authors A-Z page. An app is also available, so you can customize your own festival calendar.


If you want an editor with enormous professional integrity who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth about your work, but knows all about fragile egos and therefore murders your babies with courteous brutality; who is suitably persnickety without being pedantic; who always respects the writer’s voice and is just as committed to your project as you are: give Erin Wilcox a try. You will not be disappointed.”

Dominic Lagan,
The Coming Storm

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