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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6 p.m. EST


Listen to a recording of this panel hosted by the New York Public Library.

CLMP and the NYPL host a discussion between editors Ram Devineni (Rattapallax), Meara Sharma (Guernica), and Laura Pegram (Kweli), moderated by Clarence Reynolds (Director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY) about the state of equity and diversity in the publishing industry. 

Why aren’t there more POC in publishing? How can an editor protect writers against institutional racial biases? What are the best ways to change the publishing landscape from within?

Featured Panelists

CLARENCE V. REYNOLDS is Director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, in Brooklyn, New York, and editor of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters. For seven years, he served as managing editor of Black Issues Book Review. Reynolds also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.

LAURA PEGRAM is a multidisciplinary artist and Editor in Chief of Kweli journal. She has worked as Development Associate at Scholastic Productions, Inc., as an Instructor at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, and as Acting Director and Instructor at the John Oliver Killens Young Writers Program.

MEARA SHARMA is a senior nonfiction editor at Guernica; prior to that she was the magazine’s senior interviews editor. She is also a producer for the public radio program On the Media, based at WNYC.

RAM DEVINENI is the editor of Rattapallax magazine and co-creator of the “augmented reality” comic book, “Priya’s Shakti,” supported by the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund from the Ford Foundation. Devineni also produced a feature documentary “The Russian Woodpecker” which won the 2015 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.


This event will take place at the main Fifth Avenue branch of the New York Public Library, in the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room (first floor), on February 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit: nypl.org/periodically-speaking

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