R136. From the Margins: Literary Magazines Supporting Writers of Color

Diamond Salon 6&7, JW Marriott LA, 3rd Floor
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


“It isn’t hard to find writers of color,” Roxane Gay wrote in a 2012 blog post. “All you have to do is read.” In this panel, editors from five literary magazines dedicated to publishing writers often marginalized by the publishing industry talk about what it looks like to publish voices from the periphery. Topics include where they find new emerging writers of color, where they situate their work in the landscape of literary publishing, and what kinds of writing they’re looking for now.



Jyothi Natarajan is managing editor at the Asian American Writers' Workshop where she edits the Margins, an arts and ideas magazine featuring the work of Asian American writers, artists, and thinkers. She was previously an editor at the Caravan magazine, and prior to that worked in book publishing.

Ron Kavanaugh is publisher and editor of Mosaic, a literary magazine focused on the African Diaspora. He is executive director of the Literary Freedom Project, a nonprofit arts organization based in the Bronx, New York.

Melody Nixon is cofounder and editor at large of Apogee, a literary activist journal that highlights "voices from the margins." She cocurates NYC's First Person Plural reading series and facilitates workshops on writing and activism. Melody holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University.

Janice Lobo Sapigao is a poet, writer, and educator. Her first book, Microchips for Millions, is forthcoming from PAWA, Inc. She cofounded an open mic in Los Angeles called Sunday Jump. She teaches at Skyline College and San Jose City College. Visit her website: janicewrites.com


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