Lit Mags Explore Challenges & Methods of Expanding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Room 3501AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Literary magazines have historically been criticized for being dominated by white, cisgender, heterosexual voices, and too focused on the experiences of a privileged few. Editors from Solstice, Pangyrus, and AGNI will explore diversity, equity, and inclusion in literary magazines; specific challenges and opportunities, and how editors, writers, and readers can create a more inclusive and truly representative literary landscape.

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Lorena is a Latina immigrant writer, storyteller, and editor-in-chief at Solstice Literary Magazine. Her work appears in KHÔRA, Tasteful Rude, Cognoscenti, Pathfinders Collective, and on WORLDChannel/PBS’s TV program Stories From the Stage. She’s a 2023 PEN America Emerging Writer Fellowship finalist.

Robbie Gamble is the poetry editor of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. He has been a recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship for the Kenyon Writers Workshop, and the Carve Poetry Prize. He worked for many years as a nurse practitioner caring for homeless people in Boston.

Anri Wheeler is an alumna of Tin House, VONA, and GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator, and is reviews editor for Pangyrus. She teaches at GrubStreet and facilitates DEI workshops as cofounder of Beyond Binaries Consulting. Her writing has appeared in Lit Hub, Boston Globe, Hippocampus, and others.

Shuchi Saraswat's prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, AGNI, Ecotone, Tin House, and elsewhere. She founded and directed the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith until 2021. She's now senior editor at AGNI.

Artress Bethany White is associate professor of English at East Stroudsburg University. She is the author of the Trio Award-winning poetry collection My Afmerica: Poems. Her book Survivor's Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity received a 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Award.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center