S276. Changing of the Guard: Editors on Inclusion and Diversity in Literary Journals

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


The VIDA Count is an indispensable measure of gender diversity in literary journal publications. While the numbers layout disparities within this community, the question remains: how can we increase contributor and staff diversity in areas such as race, sexual identity/orientation, and disability? Where is the line between diversity and tokenism? This panel of literary journal editors will share their strides, missteps, and questions on inclusive staff and contributor practices.



Sarah McGrail is an essayist and fiction writer with an MFA from Adelphi University. Her work has appeared in Vegan Feminist Network and The Monmouth Review. She is the recipient of the 2017 Donald Axinn Award for Poetry and 2014 Monmouth University Fiction Prize.

Jeremy Schraffenberger is editor of the North American Review and an associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of Saint Joe's Passion and The Waxen Poor. His other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

Tara Campbell is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, a Kimbilio Fellow, and an MFA candidate at American University. She is the author of TreeVolution (novel) and Circe’s Bicycle (fiction and poetry collection). She teaches fiction at American University, the Writer’s Center and the National Gallery of Art.

Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice is the editor of Split Lip Magazine. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Paper Darts, and Booth.

Joyce Chen.

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