F260. Why Start a Literary Magazine?

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Some say more excellent literary journals exist than anyone could ever read, so there’s no need for any more. We disagree. The founders and editors of four mission-driven magazines—The Collagist, Anthropoid, Newfound, and Waxwing—discuss why we started our journals, and how we’re changing the literary landscape by publishing aesthetically brilliant, diverse voices. We are doing the necessary work of expanding the conversation through the range and rigor of our authors.



Erin Stalcup is the author of the collection And Yet It Moves, and the novel Every Living Species. She has taught in community colleges, universities, and prisons throughout the US, and now teaches at her alma mater, Northern Arizona University, in her hometown. Erin cofounded and coedits Waxwing.

Kenzie Allen is a descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, and a PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the managing editor of Anthropoid, and her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Narrative, Drunken Boat, Indiana Review, and other venues.

Gabriel Blackwell is the author of four books of prose, the most recent of which is Madeleine E., a commonplace book. His work has appeared in Tin House, Conjunctions, Post Road, and elsewhere. He is the editor of The Collagist, and teaches writing at the University of West Florida.

Levis Keltner is the author of the novel Into That Good Night. He has an MFA in creative writing and teaches writing at Texas State University. He cofounded and manages Newfound.


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