F242. Labor of Love: Working with Volunteer Staff

Room 400, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Sometimes the old adage “you get what you pay for” feels painfully true when working with volunteer staff in the literary world. It doesn’t have to. Experienced editors will share their tips and tricks for successfully engaging volunteers in everything from reading the slush pile for literary journals to serving as editorial assistants at small publishing houses.



Jennifer Schomburg Kanke is a PhD student at Florida State University and serves as poetry editor at the Southeast Review. Her work has appeared in Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Tampa Review, and the Laurel Review. She also worked for ten years facilitating organizational development trainings.

Katie Cortese holds an MFA from Arizona State University and a PhD from Florida State. Her fiction and nonfiction appears most recently in Gulf Coast, Carve magazine, and the Tusculum Review. Editor of the Southeast Review from 2010-2013, she is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University.

Damien Cowger’s work has appeared in various journals including the Southeast Review and the Rumpus. He is the winner of the 2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Poetry Contest in the short form category. He lives in Athens, Ohio where he is the Managing Editor of New Ohio Review.

J.W. Wang is the editor of Juked. His fiction and poetry have appeared in such journals as Quarterly West, Cimarron Review, Wigleaf, Hobart, and Poet Lore.

KMA Sullivan‘s poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, the Good Men Project, the Nervous Breakdown, diode, and Anti-. She is the editor of Vinyl Poetry and the publisher at YesYes Books.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center