S268. If You Build It, They Will Write: How to Curate, Edit, Pitch, and Release a Successful Anthology

Marquis Salon 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Anthologies offer a unique opportunity to unify the voices of multiple writers under a single literary umbrella, but putting them together presents a number of editorial challenges. Among them are conceptualizing the anthology, drafting a call for submissions, soliciting authors, curating work, finding a publisher, and promoting the final product to potential readers. In this panel, five editors discuss strategies for bringing anthologies into the world.



E. Kristin Anderson is the author of eight chapbooks, including Fire in the Sky and Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I Wrote to Prince in the Middle of the Night. A special projects manager at ELJ Publications, she edits at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at the New Yorker.

T.A. Noonan is a writer, artist, witch, and translator. Her books include The Bone Folders, Petticoat Government, four sparks fall, and The Ep[is]odes: A Reformulation of Horace. She currently serves as an associate editor at Sundress Publications and treasurer of its board of directors.

Vanessa Angelica Villarreal is a writer, editor, and advocate for hispanohablante communities. Her work has appeared in Caketrain, Diagram, the Western Humanities Review, NANO Fiction, the Colorado Review Online, and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo 2015 Fellow and a first-generation American.

Carlo Matos is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. He has published nine books of poetry, fiction, scholarship, and creative nonfiction. He is the recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council and FLAD. He is also an English professor at the City Colleges of Chicago.

Lynn Melnick is author of the poetry collection, If I Should Say I Have Hope, and coeditor of the anthology, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. She teaches poetry at 92Y in New York City and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


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