S125. Hip Lit: How Innovative Reading Series Are Revamping the Literary Scene

Room 618/619/620, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How can literature hold its own against mass media and pop culture? Reading series that showcase fine work in inventive ways can build dynamic arts communities and help authors promote and popularize their books among diverse new audiences. In this lively panel, curators and hosts of wildly popular series such as Literary Death Match, The Rumpus, Page Meets Stage, and Rain Taxi discuss how to deploy ingenious PR strategies, curate creatively, turn events into hip hangouts, and keep things fresh.



Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Southern Review, Harvard Review, and Best New Poets. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and MacDowell, and several awards.

Eric Lorberer, editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books, has published poems, essays, and criticism in numerous magazines and has been awarded a SASE/Jerome Fellowship for his writing. He directs the Rain Taxi Reading Series and Twin Cities Book Festival.

Adrian Todd Zuniga is the producer of Literary Death Match (a literary event series he created that's now featured in forty-eight cities worldwide) and the founding editor of Opium magazine. His fiction has been featured in Gopher Illustrated and Stymie, and online at Lost magazine and McSweeney’s.

Marie-Elizabeth Mali is the author of one book of poetry, Steady, My Gaze, and co-editor with Annie Finch of the anthology, Villanelles.


February 7–10, 2024
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