The Paris Review will once again be at the AWP Conference & Bookfair, the largest meeting of writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers in North America. This year’s convention will take place in San Antonio, Texas. The conference features more than 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts more than 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. If you’ll be attending, stop by Booth 1422 at the bookfair or attend events featuring staff members of The Paris Review.


Digital director Craig Morgan Teicher at F248. Of Two Minds: Editors Who Are Writers

Room 006A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
3:20 P.M. to 4:35 P.M.


The relationship between writers and editors is as storied as the history of publishing itself. An editor must be able to subsume their own voice in order to attend to another’s. Yet there are creative benefits to the writer who also edits. What is the overlap between writing and editing? What does it take to function effectively as both a writer and an editor? In this panel, contemporary writers who are also editors will discuss the practice of being of two minds: editorial and authorial.


Moderator: James Cihlar

Participants: Karen Babine, Heid E. Erdrich, William Johnson, Craig Morgan Teicher



Editor Emily Nemens at S154. Making a Career as a Lit Mag Editor

Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:35 A.M. to 11:50 A.M.


What are the paths to editing a literary magazine? This panel of accomplished editors will share their best advice for those hoping to break into the field. They’ll cover getting that first job, getting paid, what hiring parties are looking for, issues of inclusivity and bias, industry trends, and how editing can complement or conflict with other parts of a writer’s career. Journals represented include EcotoneMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Paris ReviewShenandoah, and Virginia Quarterly Review.


Moderator: Rachel Ranie Taube

Participants: Khaled Mattawa, Emily Nemens, Beth Staples, Allison Wright



Editor Emily Nemens at S205. Behind the Curtain: The Editors Speak!

Room 217D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:10 P.M. to 1:25 P.M.


The submission process can be daunting and mysterious. Most of us use an online submission system and then patiently wait—sometimes for more than a year—before receiving a canned rejection. So what can the average writer do to be a better submitter of their work, to catch an editor’s eye, to get past the slush pile? This diverse panel assembles some of the top literary-magazine editors in the country to answer questions about the submissions process and what goes on behind the scenes.


Moderator: Christian Kiefer

Participants: Emily Nemens, Adam Ross, Oscar Villalon, Allison Wright





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