R246. Let's Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication

Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This panel explores the process of starting and sustaining a new literary publication. Countless small presses and journals launch every year only to die after a couple issues. Let's talk with some people who avoided that fate. This panel will discuss how to choose the right publishing medium, secure funding, attract readers, and deal with unexpected hurdles.



Chelsea Werner-Jatzke has an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and she is a 2013 Jack Straw Writer. Her fiction is in the Conium Review and ListenParty.com. She founded Lit.mustest, a reading series, and was editor of Pitkin Review. She teaches writing at Seattle Central Community College.

Stefanie Torres is a nonfiction writer and PhD candidate at the University of Kansas, where she is one of the co-editors of the graduate-run literary journal, Beecher's, for the second year in a row.

Joshua S. Raab is editor, creative director, and carnival master for theNewerYork Press. His aim in life is to publish weird literature, make book readings less boring, and experiment with publishing methodologies.

James R. Gapinski is Managing Editor of the Conium Review. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His fiction has recently appeared in Line Zero, theNewerYork, and the Pink Fish Press anthology Involution. He teaches Short Story Writing at Mt. Hood Community College.

Matt Muth is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Pacifica Literary Review. He graduated from the University of Washington's MFA program in 2011 with a concentration in poetry and also teaches Screenwriting and Composition as an adjunct instructor at Digipen Institute of Technology.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center