S232. Literary Publishing in the 21st Century

AWP Bookfair Stage, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In 1980, Bill Henderson assembled The Art of Literary Publishing, an anthology that defined the challenges publishers would face for the next thirty years. In recognition of the seismic change in the industry over the past decade, Literary Publishing in the 21st Century brings together a diverse group of publishing professionals to explore challenges the next thirty years may hold. This panel assembles four contributors to the anthology to explain how publishing will thrive in the 21st century.



Travis Kurowski teaches creative writing and publishing at York College of Pennsylvania. He is the Literary MagNet columnist for Poets & Writers and the editor of Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine.

Daniel Slager is the publisher and CEO of Milkweed Editions, an independent literary press based in Minneapolis. Previously, Slager was an editor at Harcourt in New York, and the associate editor of Grand Street, a quarterly magazine of literature and art. He is also a widely published translator.

Jane Friedman is the co-founder of Scratch, a magazine about writing and money, and she currently teaches digital publishing and media at the University of Virginia. She is a former editor at VQR and has served on grant panels for the NEA. Her blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com receives 100,000+ visits each month.

Emily Louise Smith is the co-founder and publisher of Lookout Books and its sister magazine, Ecotone. She teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she also directs the publishing certificate program and the Publishing Laboratory, a student press. Her poems appear in Best New Poets and the Southern Review.


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