S173. Literary Citizenship: It’s Not About You

Room 101 H&I, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Literary citizenship is about building strength in community. Regardless of genre, geography, finances, or publication experience, there are ample ways to engage with others, foster local and national communities, and support our cultural ecosystem. Panelists will discuss how to support and create opportunities for the benefit of others, including the development of reading series’ and online communities, working with nonprofit organizations, book reviewing, mentoring underserved writers, and more.



Lori A. May is the author of six books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life. She founded Poets’ Quarterly, a volunteer-run review journal. May teaches in the University of King’s College, Halifax MFA program and is an internship supervisor at Wilkes University.

Kamy Wicoff is the founder of SheWrites, the largest global online community for women who write, and the co-founder of SheWrites Press. She is the author of I Do But I Don't and the upcoming novel Wishful Thinking. She also serves on the board of the NYC mentoring organization Girls Write Now.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a poet and prose writer, editor of award-winning Mongrel Empire Press, and contributing editor to Sugar Mule: A Literary Journal and to Oklahoma Today. She is director and faculty mentor of the Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University.

Joe Ponepinto is co-publisher of Tahoma Literary Review and the former book review editor for the Los Angeles Review. His short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in dozens of literary journals.

Susan Tekulve is the author of In the Garden of Stone, winner of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Award, and three short story collections: Savage Pilgrims, Wash Day, and My Mother’s War Stories. She is an associate professor of English at Converse College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center