LITERARY JOURNALS: A NEW GOLDEN AGE?
Hearing Room 1: 3:30—4:30pm
Amidst the much-discussed collapse of print under the pressure of online publishing, the small literary journal marshals on. New magazines emerge; old stalwarts are reinvigorated. To what end? Under financial strain, in an economy where independent bookstores are forced to close their doors, is the small journal still relevant? How do technologies, the appetite for stories found in supermarket glossies, and the general desire for a “quick fix” impact the literary journal’s role and its future? Is this the end of the road—or a new beginning?
ROGER D. HODGE is the editor of the Oxford American and the author of The Mendacity of Hope: Presidential Power, Corporate Money, and the Politics of Corrupt Influence. Hodge’s essays have appeared in many publications, including Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, Popular Science, Men’s Journal, and Harper’s Magazine, where he was editor-in-chief. He is writing a book about life in the West Texas borderlands.
CLARA JEFFERY is editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, where she has won two National Magazine Awards for general excellence as well as a PEN award for editing. Before joining Mother Jones, she was a senior editor of Harper's magazine. Works she edited have been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. She lives in San Francisco with her partner Chris Baum and their two-year-old son Milo.
DAVID ROSE is an author and the publisher of Lapham’s Quarterly. His two books include, They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books, and its sequel, Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland.
JEANNE MCCULLOCH (moderator) is a former managing editor of The Paris Review, and currently serves on its board of directors. She is a founding editor of Tin House magazine, and the founding editorial director of Tin House Books. McCulloch has also worked as an editor in the Features Department of Vogue magazine, and is a director of the Todos Santos Writers Workshop, which she co-created in 2013 with Rex Weiner. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, The Paris Review, Tin House, the North American Review, O magazine, Allure, and other publications. She was a regular columnist for Real Eats, a culinary online magazine in 2011. She is currently completing a memoir to be published by Harper Collins.