S248. Support for PoCs in Publishing: A Conversation

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


As a marginalized writer, how do you find support and care within the book business? What can you expect from your agent, editor, or publicist during the publication process? Young PoC publishing professionals will share industry insights and working experiences before an extended Q&A—please bring questions, and let's have frank conversations about publication, formal and informal publishing relationships, finding and building community, and how identity, money, and class affect access and opportunity.


Jenny Xu is the poetry editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Victory Matsui is an editor at One World, a new imprint of Random House that publishes works of literature that challenge the status quo. Victory works with Thi Bui, Anelise Chen, Riva Lehrer, Jordy Rosenberg, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Pronouns: they/them.

Monica Odom is an agent at Liza Dawson Associates, where she represents a variety of nonfiction, literary and upmarket fiction, and illustrators. Monica earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital & Print Media from New York University in 2014, and has a BA in English from Montclair State University

Karen Gu is the publicity associate at Graywolf Press. She also runs the Graywolf Press instagram (@Graywolfpress).

Annie Hwang is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management where she represents literary fiction and select nonfiction. A former journalist, Annie is constantly on the hunt for underrepresented voices and gifted storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center