R242. Reviewing the Review: Literary Journals as Student Professional Development

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


While literary journals have been a tradition in academia, there has been increased pressure in the Humanities to provide vocation-oriented opportunities. Panelists will discuss their experiences in undergraduate, graduate, and organizational support contexts as they describe the student-centered literary landscape and how their editorial and pedagogical philosophies have evolved to address technological, financial, and cultural shifts in the spirit of high impact student experiences.



Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone. His stories have appeared in ConjunctionsZYZZYVABlack Warrior Review, and Electric Literature, among others. He is an editor of Psychopomp Magazine and an assistant professor at St. Olaf College.

Patricia Ann McNair is the author of And These Are The Good Times and The Temple of Air, winner of Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year. She directs the undergraduate programs in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago where she is an Associate Professor in Fiction and Nonfiction.

MIchael Czyzniejewski is the author of three collections of stories: I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories, Chicago Stories, and Elephants in Our Bedroom. He teaches at Missouri State University, where he edits Moon City Review. In 2010, he received an NEA Fellowship in fiction.

Sarah Einstein is an Asst. Professor of Creative Writing at UT Chattanooga. Her book, Mot: A Memoir was selected for the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction for 2014. She's the Special Projects Editor for Brevity and her work has appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, and other journals and been awarded a Pushcart Prize.

Natalie Mesnard is a writer and game designer currently employed at Grove Atlantic as a digital media strategist. She has worked with numerous literary magazines as an editor, teacher, volunteer, and advocate. Her award-winning board game, DemocraSea, is forthcoming from Game Salute.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center