R227. Women in Publishing: The Business of Publishing as a Woman Today

AWP Bookfair Stage, Level 1
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


A discussion between women editors, authors, and academics on gender bias and female ghettoization in the culture of publishing. Each panelist will discuss their personal experience of gender in the publishing world and the landscape of buying, editing, and publishing as a woman. Is publishing still the male-dominated domain it started out as? How have things such as the VIDA count impacted the visibility of women in literature? How difficult is it to avoid the “chick lit” category?



Elisabeth Schmitz is vice president and editorial director of Grove/Atlantic, Inc. where she has worked for eighteen years as an editor of both fiction and narrative nonfiction. 


Sabina Murray is the author of the novels Forgery, A Carnivore’s Inquiry, and Slow Burn and two short story collections, the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning The Caprices and Tales of the New World. She has received many awards, including a Guggenheim and an NEA. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Fiona McCrae has been the director and publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994.

Emily Raboteau is the author of a novel, The Professor's Daughter, and a work of creative nonfiction, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora. She teaches creative writing at the City College of New York, where she is an associate professor in the English Department.

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan and American writer whose political and creative work appears internationally. Her novels, A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, are published in English and translation. She is a national speaker and writes for the Huffington Post.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center