The Publishing Panel: The Joy of Litmags


67 Erb Street West, Waterloo ON
Saturday November 4, 2017
9:30 am to 10:50 am. Room 1-42

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The Joy of Litmags with Emily Donaldson, Laurie D. Graham, Pamela Mulloy, and Anna Ling Kaye. Moderated by Susan Scott.

67 Erb Street West,
Saturday November 4, 2017
9:30 am to 10:50 am, room 1-42


Join our lively panel of editors in celebrating the unsung role that literary magazines play, introducing writers and poets to the world. What do magazine editors do and what are they looking for when they open your submissions? What role do lit mags play in securing the interest of book publishers and agents in your work? Sip your morning java while our panelists muse, opine, advise—and encourage our decoding the mysteries of the masthead.

Emily Donaldson is the editor of Canadian Notes & Queries, Canada’s oldest journal of literary criticism, and a freelance writer and book critic for the Globe & Mail, the Toronto StarMaclean’sQuill & Quire, among other publications. Originally from Montreal, she lives in Toronto with her husband and two boys.

Emily was featured in the Globe and Mail for her work as editor-in-chief at Canadian Notes & Queries! She was also interviewed by Canadian Women in the Literary Arts.

Laurie D. Graham, from Treaty 6 territory (Sherwood Park, Alberta), currently lives in Haldimand Treaty territory (Kitchener, Ontario), where she is a poet, an editor, the publisher of Brick, and a member of the advisory board for the Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. Her first book, Rove, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada; her second book, Settler Education, was nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry.

Laurie’s book, Settler Education, was reviewed in The Goose, of Wilfred Laurier University!

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has most recently been short-listed for the 2015 Journey Prize. A former editor at PRISM international and Ricepaper magazines, she is co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival and sits on the board of Project Bookmark Canada. In 2015, Quill & Quire named Anna as one of seven women imprinting change in the Canadian publishing industry.

More information about Anna’s involvement with Hapa-palooza can be found in this CBC feature!

Pamela Mulloy is the editor of The New Quarterly and the creative director of the Wild Writers
Literary Festival. She is also a writer with short fiction published in the UK and Canada, most
recently in Polish(ed) (Guernica, 2017), an anthology of Polish–Canadian writing. Her debut
novel The Deserters will be published by Véhicule Press in 2018. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario
with her husband and daughter.

Susan Scott is a utopian at heart, and thus a fit for TNQ, where she is the lead nonfiction editor. Susan is associate creative director of the Wild Writers Festival and TNQ’s resident instructor at Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat. Editorial projects underway include the anthology, Body & Soul: Creative Nonfiction for Skeptics and Seekers, with a foreword by Alison Pick.


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