S213. Launching a Literary Start-up

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


“If I’d known what it would take, I never would have done it” is a common refrain among founders—of startups, of organizations, and yes, of books and magazines. Always, it takes more work than expected. But the literary scene today is alive with new endeavors—proof that transforming an idea into a platform is hard but not impossible. This panel brings together four founders to talk about this tricky-to-perceive line between hard and impossible.



Colleen Kinder has written essays and articles for The New Republic, Salon, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, theatlantic.com, the WSJ, Ninth Letter, A Public Space, The New York Times Magazine and Creative Nonfiction. Author of Delaying the Real World, she teaches at Yale.

Joel Whitney is a founder of Guernica: A Magazine of Arts & Politics and author of Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers, which has been called "riveting" (Kirkus), "ingeniously researched" (Pankaj Mishra in The Guardian), and “a powerful warning” (The New Republic).

Ander Monson is the author of eight books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including the forthcoming I Will Take the Answer and The Gnome Stories. He teaches at the University of Arizona and edits the magazine DIAGRAM, the website Essay Daily, and the New Michigan Press.

Dedi Felman


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Seattle, Washington

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