S173. Virtual Pathways: Publishing, Editing, and Writing Millennial Fiction & Poetics

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


We live in a connected world of mediated communication and internet activism. How do media technologies alter literary forms? A panel of publishers, editors, and emerging writers investigates the new wave of contemporary literature, from virtual reality stories commissioned by documentary filmmakers to chapters as long as tweets. The publishers and editors who support progressive work offer practical advice about publishing in an industry in transition, unlimited by the geographical boundaries.



Shazia Hafiz Ramji is a poet, writer, editor, and MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her first book of poetry, Port of Being, is forthcoming.

Ashley Opheim is the founder and managing editor of Metatron Press and the author of two poetry collections: Ambient Technology and I Am Here. She was also the scriptwriter for Museum of Symmetry, a virtual reality experience, which was produced by the National Film Board.

Jasper Avery is a poet and MFA candidate at Temple University. Her first full length collection, number one earth, is the winner of the 2017 Metatron Prize and is forthcoming. Her work has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and longlisted for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize.

Leigh Nash is the publisher of Invisible Publishing, and co-curator of The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Guelph, and she the author of the poetry collection Goodbye, Ukulele.

Amanda Ghazale Aziz


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center