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Politics and Prose: Lit Mags on Political Writing

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6 p.m. EST

Join us Tuesday, October 11 at The NYPL for a discussion between editors Matt Lord (Boston Review), Katherine Rowland (Guernica), Dayna Tortorici (n+1), and moderator Dan Simon (Seven Stories Press) about the difficulties and benefits of publishing politically engaged prose in a politically charged climate and the relationship of the literary arts to contemporary journalism and social action.

This panel features a diverse group of literary decision-makers who will speak to how political writing gets edited, printed, and read. The panel will address questions including: Who are the great political writers of our time working outside of traditional news media? Where are the most relevant conversations taking place? How does the American publishing industry engage with global politics? How does an election cycle affect the way literature is being written? What are today’s most pressing issues, and whose job is it to represent those topics in print and online outside of traditional journalism?

Featured Panelists

MATT LORD is assistant editor at Boston Review, which he joined in 2013. He’s also edited the most recent volumes of the Boston Review book series, including Greening the Global Economy and Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post–Cold War Order, published with MIT Press.

KATHERINE ROWLAND is the Director and Publisher of Guernica Magazine where she had previously spent several years as a senior editor. Her reporting has appeared in Nature, Financial Times, OnEarth, The Indepe ndent, Green Futures, Aeon, among other outlets.

DAYNA TORTORICI is coeditor of n+1, a journal of literature, culture, and politics based in Brooklyn.

DAN SIMON (moderator) is publisher of Seven Stories Press, coauthor of a biography of Abbie Hoffman, and a noted translator and essayist.


The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Ave and 42nd Street, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, 2nd Floor. Event is free and reservations are not required.

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Presented by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and The New York Public Library, the Periodically Speaking reading series highlights the riches of literary magazines (and indie lit publishing in general) in New York City and the magazine collections of The New York Public Library.

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