S110. Money, Power, and Transparency in the Writing World

Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


As writers, we’re too often in the dark about how money is allocated in the institutions where we work, publish, and produce. When we’re negotiating paychecks and contracts, we often don’t know how much to ask for, or we don’t have access to how the surrounding systems work. When we’re asked to do uncompensated work, we often don’t know if it’s worth it. Join us for some much-needed frankness about money from the worlds of publishing, publicity, academia, and freelancing.



Natalie Shapero is the professor of the practice of poetry at Tufts University, an editor at large of the Kenyon Review, and the author of the books Hard Child and No Object. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Kenyon Review Fellowship.

Kima Jones has received fellowships from PEN Center USA Emerging Voices, Kimbilio Fiction, Yaddo, and The MacDowell Colony. She is an MFA candidate in fiction and Rodney Jack Scholar in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She works as a book publicist.

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé. A Cave Canem graduate fellow and Pushcart Prize winner, she is an editor at Little A and teaches undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University.

Jane Friedman teaches publishing and digital media at UVA, and formerly held positions at VQR and Writer's Digest. She's a columnist for Publishers Weekly, and her essays have been published in collections by the University of Chicago Press, Seal Press, Milkweed Editions, and McPherson & Co.

Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. She teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of AGNI's editorial staff.


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