The Best Apology Is Changed Behavior: An Editorial Call to Action

118BC, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The permanent impacts of COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement on the publishing industry have yet to be determined, but the early ripples prove a need for a top-down reassessment of editorial practices. Small presses and literary magazines must reckon with patriarchal white supremacy if they plan to survive this social justice moment. Writers/editors discuss how identity impacts editorial biases, while offering strategies such as apprenticeships and training, to create lasting change.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2022_EVENT_OUTLINE.pdf



Adrienne Perry is a Kimbilio Fellow and Hedgebrook alumna teaching nonfiction at Villanova University. Adrienne's work appears in multiple journals and has received funding from The Elizabeth George Foundation and Friends of Writers. From 2014–2016, she served as editor in chief of Gulf Coast.

Monica Prince is an assistant professor of activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University and the managing editor of the Santa Fe Writers Project. Her creative focus is in choreopoems and performance poetry.

Somayeh Shams has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook, and her work has appeared in multiple journals. Her novel was a finalist of the Larry Levis Fellowship prize and the Ruby's Artist Grant. She is the prose editor of Nimrod International Journal.

Julia Brown is an editor-at-large at AGNI and a former fiction editor at Gulf Coast. She is a writer, teacher, and doctoral student in the creative writing program at the University of Houston.


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