DIY Your Lit Mag: How to Build a Literary Magazine From the Ground Up

Room 2103C, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


You have an idea for a lit mag…great! Now what? Four founding editors share how they launched a literary magazine outside of academia. How do you fund it? How do you staff it? How do you sustain it over time? The editors of DIAGRAM, Honey Literary, In Short, and Lucky Jefferson will provide practical tips and advice for those looking to do-it-themselves.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_24_DIY_Your_Lit_Mag_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_24_DIY_Your_Lit_Mag_Resources.pdf



Steph Liberatore is the founding editor of In Short, a new journal of flash nonfiction (fall 2023), and a professor at George Mason University. Her essays have appeared in River Teeth, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Cream City Review, Inside Higher Ed, and elsewhere.

An emerging Black writer, and art collector, NaBeela Washington holds a Master's in creative writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University and Bachelor's in visual advertising from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the founder of Lucky Jefferson.

Dorothy Chan is the author of five poetry books, including Return of the Chinese Femme. They are an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the cofounder and editor in chief of Honey Literary Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

Tommy Dean


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center