F265. How Readers Read: A Report from the Stacks of Submissions

Room 303, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This panel will examine all the ways that prose writers get read over the course of their literary careers, from magazine submissions to submitting to agents, to submitting to contests, book editors, and anthology editors. This panel will cover the whole range of submissions from the reader's point of view, and at all levels of the selection process. This isn't just about the slush level submission or the high level placement of a manuscript; this panel will address all levels.



Lisa Mecham's work has appeared in The Drum, Barrelhouse Online, and Carve. She is an associate editor for Unboxed Books, a reader for Tin House, and she is writing her first novel as part of the "One Book Semester" program at Queens University of Charlotte.

Jeffery Hess served six years in the U.S. Navy aboard the fleet's oldest and newest ships before earning degrees in English and Creative Writing. Editor of the award-winning Home of the Brave anthologies, he leads the DD-214 Writers Workshop for military veterans.

Dawn Raffel is the author of a bestselling memoir, The Secret Life of Objects; two story collection, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division; and a novel, Carrying the Body. She is the editor of the Literarian at the Center for Fiction in New York.

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary fiction, YA, and narrative nonfiction.

Erika Goldman is publisher and editorial director of Bellevue Literary Press, a nonprofit mission-driven publisher of literary fiction and authoritative nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tinkers by Paul Harding.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center