F179. The Role of the Literary Journal in Publishing Noncommercial Fiction

Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


“The Little Magazines,” wrote Lionel Trilling in 1946, “keep a countercurrent moving” and “make the official representatives of literature a little uneasy.” Seventy-four years later, we ask if journals are still bent on the same experimenting and countercultural relevance. Looking at fiction, we ask what formal traits and conventions of commercial publishing are resisted in “little magazines” and if this resistance hinders or helps the effort to include writing from underrepresented communities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

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J.A. Bernstein is the author of Rachel's Tomb (AWP Award Series Prize) and Desert Castles. His honors include a Fulbright, the Hackney Novel Prize, and contests at Crab Orchard and Southern Indiana Review. He’s an assistant professor at the University of South Mississippi and the fiction editor of Tikkun.

Gilad Elbom is the fiction editor of the North Dakota Quarterly and author of the novel Scream Queens of the Dead Sea. He teaches in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University.

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. He is a former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as a past board member of the National Book Critics Circle. He is also a contributing editor to Literary Hub.

Rachael Fowler


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