F229. Beyond Special Features: Curating Diverse Spaces in Literary Communities

Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Special calls for submissions can help boost the diversity numbers of a literary journal or press, but what else can we do to foster a deeper equality in the literary community? This panel of writers, editors, and professors discusses a variety of methods we use to open doors across the career spans of writers in various genres and mediums and in the context of anthologies, submissions tracking tools, writing and tutoring centers, pedagogies, and editorial policies.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Outline.docx



Mike Shier is the publications coordinator and a research specialist at UCF's Center for Humanities and Digital Research. He is managing editor and creative nonfiction editor of The Florida Review. His nonfiction and poetry have appeared in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies.

Nicole Oquendo is a nonbinary, Latinx writer, artist, editor, and educator specializing in multimodal composition. They are the author of five chapbooks, a hybrid memoir, and a visual poetry collection. They serve the writing community by editing for a small press and literary journal.

Mistie Watkins is a writer, editor, educator, and painter interested in fiction and nonfiction that explore poverty, religion, and place. She currently works as an associate coordinator at a tutoring and writing center.

Lisa Roney is editor in chief of The Florida Review and Aquifer: TFR Online. She is author of Sweet Invisible Body (memoir); The Best Possible Bad Luck (poetry); and Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres (craft guide). Roney is associate professor of English at University of Central Florida.

Miguel M. Morales grew up in Texas working as a migrant/seasonal farmworker. A Lambda Literary fellow and alum of VONA/Voices and the Macondo Writers workshops, his work appears in several anthologies and literary journals. He is coeditor of the Pulse/Pulso anthology and of the Fat & Queer anthology


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