[A panel discussion held at the 2016 AmpLit Fest, a co-production of Lamprophonic and Summer on the Hudson]
Here’s the second of our two panels, which we’re also thrilled to share in full with our digital community! Click the link to hear four wonderful writers and editors discuss their efforts to expand and diversify the literary marketplace. Featuring Jennifer Baker, Zareen Jaffery, William Johnson, and Leigh Stein. Moderated by Clare Smith Marash
MIND THE GAP: DIVERSIFYING THE FIELD
While the range of authors published each year may be growing (slowly), many of the books that gain attention — those that are reviewed and taught — are written by white, heterosexual, cis-gender men. Behind the scenes, the industry is made up predominantly of white, heterosexual, cis-gender women and men. How does the world of books remain so unrepresentative of the one outside them? How do we change that? In this panel, we’re talking to the individuals who grapple with this lack of diversity in the literary field on a daily basis, exposing disenfranchisement and creating a space to correct the injustice. What are their to-do-lists, their five-year plans? What strategies have they mapped out? Learn from the writers and editors across the industry working to combat prejudice, to explore the actions we can all take, and to discuss how to balance creating a space and building community.