S163. Literary Innovation: Staying Solvent and Relevant in a Changing Publishing Landscape

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Changes in funding and technology present challenges for many literary journal and independent book publishers. Particularly in light of possible reductions in support of the arts, innovative business models may be the key to survival. In this panel, editors with experience at a variety of small and mid-sized publications discuss the outlook for publishers, and strategies they’ve explored to ensure continued solvency and cultural relevance.


Yi Shun Lai has written for publications ranging from The Los Angeles Times to Bustle. She is the nonfiction editor at the Tahoma Literary Review. She is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program.

Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of publishing industry experience, and she has taught writing and digital media at the University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia. Her new book, The Business of Being a Writer, will be released by University of Chicago Press in spring 2018.

Hattie Fletcher is the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine and the editor of True Story magazine. She has been a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series and is coeditor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction.

Joe Ponepinto is the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, and the author of the novel, Mr. Neutron, which is forthcoming. His short stories have been published in many literary journals in the US and abroad.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside