Only This: Running a Themed Journal in an Era of Distraction and Specialization

Room 2502B, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Jacqueline Woodson says, “The more specific we are, the more universal something can become.” Does this apply to a themed magazine? Starting and running a lit mag is hard. Why make it harder by restricting its theme to something deeply specific? In this intellectually lively session, the editors of Slag Glass City, After the Art, Consequence, and Past Ten will discuss the pleasures and challenges of running themed lit mags. Come for inspiration and practical advice!

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP24_Event_Outline_Only_This.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_Only_This_Panelists_Bios.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: AWP_Only_This_Panelists_Journals.pdf



Parisa Saranj is a writer, translator, and editor at Consequence Forum. Her writings on contemporary Iranian politics and translations from Persian have been published in several publications, including Ms. Magazine, Your Impossible Voice, Two Lines, and Defunct Magazine.

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. She is the author of the collection Be with Me Always and the editor of the lyric essay anthology A Harp in the Stars. She is the founding editor of the literary magazine After the Art and teaches in the MFA programs at Goucher and West Virginia Wesleyan.

Matthew Krajniak earned his PhD from the University of Houston. He was hired as the executive Editor of Consequence Forum in 2020, and has helped grow the staff from six to fifty people, the readership to nearly 5K unique online visitors a month, and the programming to include workshops and panels.

Timothy J. Hillegonds is the author of the memoir The Distance Between (Nebraska, 2019). He has published work in The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Salon, Brevity, and other publications. He serves as a contributing editor for Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center