R186. From the Inside: Writers of Color on Editing and Diversity

Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


This panel, comprised of writers of color with editing experience, discusses topics related to editing with a focus on diversity. Discussion includes soliciting, competing for a limited number of diverse writers, having diverse work approved by colleagues, nurturing writers of color early in their careers, and promoting one's journal as diversity grows. Panelists share their experiences as writers negotiating writing with editorial duties and comment on editing as a career option.



J.L. Torres is the author of The Family Terrorist and Other Stories, The Accidental Native, and the poetry collection, Boricua Passport. A Fulbright recipient, he teaches literature and creative writing at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he is executive editor of the Saranac Review.

Allen Gee is professor of English at Georgia College, where he serves as the faculty fiction editor for Arts & Letters. He is the author of the essay collection, My Chinese-America, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, the Crab Orchard Review, the Common, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of Amnesiac, Speleology, with artist Scott Rankin, and Thingification, a verse-based solo play with music. Editor of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora and cofounder of the Black Took Collective, she is an associate professor of English at ISU in Normal, IL.

Christine Amezquita is an MFA candidate at Georgia College, where she is the assistant poetry editor for Arts & Letters. Her work has been appeared or is forthcoming in Whiskey Island, Revolver, and The Diverse Arts Project.

Erica Mena


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center