S205. Editing an Anthology: Representation, Aesthetics, and Responsibility

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


An anthology can serve as a powerful force of inclusion for underrepresented writers, but just as easily can instantiate exclusionary value systems. What kinds of responsibility do editors have to seek out and include underrepresented writers in putting together anthologies? How do they balance this responsibility with their own notions of aesthetic value? How do editors counteract their own biases? Four editors of recent anthologies with an inclusive mission discuss these questions and more.


Jason Koo is the author, most recently, of More Than Mere Light and Sunset Park and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and an assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University.

Tina Chang is the Brooklyn Poet Laureate. Author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers, she is also coeditor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond.

Amy King's The Missing Museum is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She is on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, received the 2015 WNBA Award, coedits Bettering American Poetry and Big Energy Poets anthologies, and teaches creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

Joanna C. Valente is the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Xenos, and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside