R144. Intentionally Inclusive: Growing Your Independent Press, Journal, and Organization

Room 006A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The indie lit scene is stronger than ever, but many journals, presses, and organizations start strong, then fade away. The editors of Barrelhouse, The Rumpus, and Split Lip magazine discuss growing an organization with purpose, especially in terms of diversity, inclusion, and community-building. These goals are smart business models not obligations. For example, are submission fees an access issue? How can an editorial board be introspective when reflecting on diversity and inclusivity?



Christopher Gonzalez serves as a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and a contributing editor at Split Lip. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, Wasafiri, Third Point Press, Cosmonauts Avenue, JMWW, and elsewhere. He currently works in book publishing.

Dave Housley is the author of four story collections, most recently Massive Cleansing Fire and If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, and the novel This Darkness Got to Give. He is a cofounder of Barrelhouse magazine and co-organizer of the Conversations and Connections writer's conference.

Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice's short fiction appears in Indiana ReviewCopper NickelWigleafPaper DartsSmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the former editor-in-chief of Split Lip Magazine and is currently at work on a collection of linked stories.

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies. He has received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Karissa Chen is the editor-in-chief at Hyphen magazine, fiction editor at The Rumpus, and a contributing editor at Catapult. She has published prose in numerous publications including Longreads, Gulf Coast, PEN America, and Guernica. She was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Taiwan in 2015–16.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center