Meant to Last: Maintaining Longevity as an Independent Lit Journal

Rooms 443-444, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


For independent literary journals, establishing a journal in the larger writing community can be a major hurdle, but maintaining the journal once it’s established can prove to be even more of a challenge. From funding to retaining readers to building a brand, members of independent journals will come together in this panel to discuss the hurdles they experience and the strategies they’ve implemented to survive in an ever-changing literary landscape.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Panel__Meant_To_Last.pdf



CD Eskilson is a trans poet, editor, and translator. They serve as poetry editor of Exposition Review and assistant poetry editor of Split Lip magazine, as well as run the Open Mouth Literary Center based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They are an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas.

Anya Maria Johnson serves as assistant book editor at [PANK] Books and fiction editor at Exposition Review. Anya is a multigenre writer and an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. In 2022, she won the John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in poetry.

Viva Padilla is a poet and the founding editor of Dryland, an independent print literary journal founded in South Central Los Angeles and owner of the bookstore and cultural center Re/Arte Centro Literario. She is a first-generation Chicana, a daughter of immigrants who crossed the border.


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