S154. Making a Career as a Lit Mag Editor

Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


What are the paths to editing a literary magazine? This panel of accomplished editors will share their own experience and best advice for hopeful future editors. We’ll cover getting that first job, getting paid, what hiring parties are looking for, issues of inclusivity and bias, industry trends, and how editing can complement or conflict with other parts of a writer’s career. Journals represented include Ecotone, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

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Rachel Ranie Taube is the managing editor of Ecotone at UNC Wilmington, where she is pursuing her MFA in fiction. Her writing has appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Cleaver, matchbook, Penn Review, and The Millions.

Emily Nemens became editor of The Paris Review in summer 2018, after five years coediting The Southern Review. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, n+1, The Iowa Review, and Esquire. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, is forthcoming in 2020.

Khaled Mattawa's latest collection of poetry is Mare Nostrum. He teaches in MFA program at the University of Michigan and is the editor of Michigan Quarterly Review.

Beth Staples is editor of Shenandoah at Washington & Lee University, where she is assistant professor of English. Previously, she was senior editor at Ecotone and Lookout Books at UNC Wilmington and editor of Hayden's Ferry Review. She received her MFA from Arizona State and is working on a novel.

Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review and former editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas and teaches journalism at the University of Virginia.


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