F194. Political Pivoting: Literary Publishing at the Pace of Politics, Sponsored by CLMP

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Politics pivots from one issue/story to the next very quickly. How can small publishers keep up with the pace while remaining both relevant and true to their literary values? A panel of writers, activists, and independent literary publishers tackling current events discuss challenges and opportunities.



Paul Reyes is the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession. His essays and reporting have appeared in VQR, Harper's, The Oxford American, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Slate.

Johnny Temple is the publisher of Akashic Books and one of the main organizers of the Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys who have toured extensively across the globe. His writing has appeared in The Nation and Publishers Weekly, among other publications.

Amanda Johnston is the author of Another Way to Say Enter. She is an Affrilachian poet and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, founder of Torch Literary Arts, and faculty with the Stonecoast MFA program.

Meara Sharma is a writer, radio producer, and senior nonfiction editor for Guernica magazine. She has reported from India, Liberia, and Rwanda and has contributed to The New York Times, NPR, Matador, WNYC's On the Media, and elsewhere.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center