S164. Editor-Author Relationships: How Should They Be?

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Literary journals and small presses provide a platform for launching the careers of writers, and strong editorial support is key to this role. Collaboration between editor and author happens in real time, on the page. In turn, editors are often writers, with their own distinct experiences sending work into the world and being edited. What can and should editors provide authors, and how can their own experiences as writers and literary citizens inform and expand these collaborative relationships?



Jennifer Acker is founder and Editor in Chief of The Common. Her debut novel The Limits of the World will be published in 2019, along with a nonfiction title. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and she teaches and directs the Literary Publishing Internship at Amherst College.

John Freeman is author of How to Read a Novelist and editor of Freeman's, a literary biannual. His other books include The Tyranny of E-mail and Tales of Two Cities. Former editor of Granta, he teaches at the New School. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and a 2012 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her work has appeared in GrantaVQRThe AtlanticThe New YorkerRolling StoneThe Guardian, Guernica, The Literarian, Narrative, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me. His work has appeared in The Best American Short StoriesTin House, the Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. A former editor at Granta, Patrick is the editor of One Story.


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