F203. Challenges and Triumphs: Underrepresented Voices in Publishing

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


In this panel, we’ll hear from a diverse mix of agents, editors, and authors at different stages in their careers. The panelists will talk about the challenges they face as part of communities underrepresented within the publishing industry, their approaches to overcoming these obstacles, and what we can do to foster diversity and inclusivity among both readers and publishing professionals.


Ayesha Pande is a literary agent who has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her agency, Ayesha was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers.

Sonali Chanchani is an assistant and rising literary agent at Folio Literary Management, where she specializes in upmarket fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Emi Ikkanda is a senior editor at Spiegel and Grau. Her authors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power and bestselling authors Richard Reeves, Julia Angwin, and Michael David Lukas. She pursues journalism, memoir, history, pop culture, science, and multicultural fiction.

SJ Sindu is the author of the novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies and the chapbook I Once Met You But You Were Dead. Her short work has appeared in various journals. She holds a PhD in creative writing from Florida State University, and teaches creative writing at Ringling College of Art & Design.

Rakesh Satyal is a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, where he focuses primarily on narrative nonfiction. He is also the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Blue Boy. His second novel is No One Can Pronounce My Name.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside