R273. Diverse Voices, United Purpose: The Literary Journal in Undergraduate Creative Writing Programs

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


In undergraduate creative writing programs, how do we promote diversity and unheard voices in literary journals while also focusing on unity and inclusion? How do we teach undergraduates to become strong, global readers and editors to keep the literary magazine relevant in today’s academic/political climate? Editors from internationally distributed/award winning literary journals share strategies for cultivating diversity in a multitiered editing and publishing environment with undergraduates.


Keya Mitra is an associate professor of creative writing/literature at Pacific University and coeditor of the lit journal Silk Road. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices, Kenyon Review, and Ontario Review, among other journals. She was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar in India.

Erika Jo Brown is author of I’m Your Huckleberry. A University of Houston PhD student, she is poetry editor and reading series curator for Gulf Coast. She teaches community workshops for WITS and Inprint. She serves as graduate advisor for UH’s Glass Mountain magazine and the Boldface Conference.

Audrey Colombe is an associate professor at the University of Houston specializing in pedagogy and curriculum. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is faculty adviser for Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary journal, and oversees the Boldface Conference.

Ian Schimmel teaches courses in fiction writing at Rice University and advises the literary journal, R2. His own work has appeared in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, North American Review, and Glimmer Train. In 2014, R2 received the AWP’s National Program Directors’ Prize.

Abigail Cloud is an instructor in English, publishing, and creative writing at Bowling Green State University. She serves as editor in chief of Mid-American Review. Sylph is her first poetry collection.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside