S123. So You Want to Change the World? Literary Editors on Writing with a Social Purpose

Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Are you interested in crafting literature that speaks to the world’s larger social issues? Do you know where to publish and what editors are looking for? Gain insight from five leading literary publications that focus on the social context, from class to environment, feminism to race. The editors of Guernica, Orion, So to Speak, the Straddler, and Terrain.org will share their experiences, insight, and wisdom on writing and publishing with a social purpose.



Simmons B. Buntin is the editor-in-chief of Terrain.org. His books of poetry are Bloom and Riverfall, and his newest book is Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places. His work has appeared in Orion, Kyoto Journal,  and Versal, and he is the recipient of the Colorado Fellowship for Poetry.

Michael Archer is the editor in chief and co-founder of Guernica. His reporting, commentary, and fiction have appeared in numerous publications.

Michele K. Johnson is the rising editor in chief of So to Speak, based at George Mason University. She is currently working toward her MFA in Poetry, and her work can be seen in the Ucity Review, OVS magazine, the Ampersand Review.

Elizabeth Murphy is a freelance editor and poet and cofounding editor of The Straddler. Her book, A Critical Friendship: Donald Justice and Richard Stern, 1946-1961 was published in December.

Jennifer Sahn is editor of Orion. Articles she has edited have won the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Pushcart Prize, and have been reprinted in The Norton Reader, Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Nonrequired Reading.


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