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Friday, September 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Curating the New Voices of the West

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As editors and publishers at some of the most beloved literary magazines and presses in the West, our panelists have a responsibility to both the legacy of their publications as well as the future that they usher in with each new issue and book they publish. Names like Hugo, Welch, and Stegner once graced the pages of these magazines, and the weight of their contributions—toward an ethos of the West as both a geography and a community—are lasting. But what do the new voices of the West sound like? And how do today’s literary magazine editors and small press publishers find them? At this panel, you’ll hear from eight editors and publishers at High Desert Journal, Poetry Northwest, Basalt, CutBank, Camas, and YesYes Books about what they’ve found and what they’re still looking for.

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KMA Sullivan

Publisher, YesYes Books
KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, diode, and elsewhere. Essays have appeared in The... Read More →
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Jackie Bussjaeger

Senior Editor, Camas Magazine
Jackie Bussjaeger is a graduate student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, with a focus in writing. She is especially interested in science writing and science communication. Originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, her passion for the environment... Read More →
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Bill Carty

Senior Editor, Poetry Northwest
Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books) and the chapbook Refugium. He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, and the Hugo House. He was awarded the 2017 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America... Read More →
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Jodi Varon

founding editor, contributing editor, Basalt
Jodi Varon is the author of the memoir Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father (University of Missouri Press), a WILLA Award Finalist from Women Writing the West. Her translations from the Chinese Tang Dynasty poet Li He are collected in The Rock's Cold Breath... Read More →
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Bryn Agnew

Fiction/Flash Editor, CutBank
Bryn Agnew holds an MFA from the University of Montana where he served as the editor-in-chief of CutBank. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Yemassee, Mid-American Review, the Nottingham Review, and North Texas Review. He now serves as a fiction and flash editor for CutBank... Read More →
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David Axelrod

David Axelrod is the editor of basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts, and Sensational Nightingales: The Collected Poetry of Walter Pavlich, published by Lynx House Press. His new collection of poems, The Open Hand, appeared from Lost Horse Press in the autumn of 2017. His second... Read More →
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Keetje Kuipers

Senior Editor, Poetry Northwest
Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), which was a book club selection for The Rumpus, and All Its Charms... Read More →

Friday September 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
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