R115. Inclusive Anthologies: The Challenge of Building Books That Reflect Our World

Monument, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Five anthology editors discuss the choices they’ve made in soliciting writers of varied backgrounds and experiences to reach a broader, more diverse audience. How best to solicit diverse contributors? Should submissions be read “blind” or with knowledge of and attention to writer background? Each panelist shares what (s)he’s learned from creating anthologies that reflect our world, including strategies for making the experience both broadening and meaningful.



James Engelhardt is a former managing editor of Prairie Schooner and is now the acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press. His scholarly and creative writing appears in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

Holly J. Hughes is editor of the award-winning anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease, coauthor of The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, author of a full-length collection of poems, Sailing by Ravens, and a fine art letterpress chapbook, Passings.

Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of two poetry collections, Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown, and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of a Nautilus Award in Poetry, plus the lyric essay chapbook, Borderlines. Jill is series editor for the University of Nebraska Gender Programs anthologies.

Tina Schumann is editor of the forthcoming anthology Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. She is a Pushcart nominee, author of two poetry collections, and recipient of the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies.

Marybeth Holleman is author of The Heart of the Sound, coauthor of Among Wolves, and coeditor of Crosscurrents North. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her essays, poems, and articles have appeared in such venues as OrionChristian Science MonitorThe Future of Nature, and on National Public Radio.


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