F109. More Than Numbers: How Conscientious Poetry Editors See Beyond Quotas

Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel, featuring editors who have successfully published a diversity of poets in both magazines and anthologies, will explore ways that poetry editors can diversify their own publications. With an eye toward the VIDA Count, we discuss how poetry editors might become more aware of, and actively seek out, the plurality of voices in poetry and how the pages of journals and anthologies can only be enriched by seeking new voices.



Amy King teaches English and creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College, serves on the executive committee for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv, and she was the 2015 Winner of the WNBA Award. She also coedits Poets for Living Waters and blogs for Boston Review.

Timothy Donnelly’s most recent book is The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is a poetry editor for Boston Review and chair of Columbia University's Writing Program.

Cathy Park Hong's third book of poems is Engine Empire. She is an associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College

Phillip B. Williams is the author of Thief in the Interior, which is forthcoming. A Cave Canem graduate, he has received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Currently, he is the 2015–2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.

Lynn Melnick is author of If I Should Say I Have Hope, a book of poems, and coeditor, with Brett Fletcher Lauer, of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. She teaches at 92Y and is the social media and outreach director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


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Seattle Convention Center