The Hidden Toil of Editing a Literary Journal & How It Impacts Inclusivity

Thursday, March 24, 2022
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm


Being at the helm of a literary journal comes with plenty of rewards—and an equal amount of stress. Costs range from financial to emotional to vocational. These literary journal editors discuss the hidden obligations and labor of literary editing, including facing cancel culture, declining colleagues, encountering poor behavior from submitters, and receiving retribution rejections from editors. In light of these, they advise on best practices for ensuring inclusivity, diversity, and fairness.

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Celia Lisset Alvarez (she/her) has been the sole editor of Prospectus: A Literary Offering for over a year. She has three collections of poetry: Shapeshifting, The Stones, and Multiverses, a speculative memoir in verse about the death of her son.

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of the poetry books The Dead Wrestler Elegies and This is How the Bone Sings and coauthor of Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology. He is a Kundiman fellow, former coeditor of Waxwing magazine, and an associate professor at Grand Valley State University.

Ashley M. Jones is the author of Magic City Gospel. She teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Lesley Wheeler’s books include the essay collection Poetry's Possible Worlds; The State She's In, her fifth poetry collection; and Unbecoming, a novel. She is poetry editor of Shenandoah. Her work appears in American Poetry Review, Ecotone, Poetry, and Massachusetts Review.

Catherine Esposito Prescott


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