The Impossible “Best Of”: A Conversation With Laura Pegram

Editors, Laura Pegram and Angie Cruz will be in conversation about the making and the sustaining of a literary journals, answering questions around the editorial process, contemporary publishing and diversity.

Date

Monday, November 14, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location and Address

501 Cathedral of Learning

Directions and Parking Information

Editors, Laura Pegram and Angie Cruz will be in conversation about the making and the sustaining of a literary journals, answering questions around the editorial process, contemporary publishing and diversity. We will also work through questions of how do our biases inform our decision making and our aesthetic preferences when editing or reading literature from diverse communities.

This culminating event proceeds a semester long conversation with Pitt’s MFA/ PHD students who have volunteered to read through the archives of Kweli, a journal dedicated to diasporic writing, featuring some of the most exciting contemporary writers of color. The goal being to rank the works for the Aster(ix) Winter issue "BEST OF KWELI.”  In the spirit of journals spilling into other journals rooted in Jane Heap and Margaret Anderson’s editorial work during the modernist period, Aster(ix) has committed to dedicate some of our print issues to honor and highlight the work of online journals edited by women of color.

Laura Pegram is the Editor of Kweli.  who is influencing a new generation of aspiring writers. Author, educator, and a jazz vocalist whose cabaret performance teamed her with jazz pianist, Donald Smith, Ms. Pegram is also a painter. Her richly hued vibrant murals are part of several private collections. She has worked at Scholastic Productions, Inc., the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center and the John Oliver Killens Young Writers Program.

Kweli is an online quarterly that celebrates cultural kinships and the role of the literary imagination in writing. Since 2009 Kweli has grown into a multifaceted community organization that offers numerous writing opportunities, including an Annual Writers Conference, Professional Development Workshops, and our Kweli Scholars program.   “KWELI is one of my favorite never-miss journals: truly indispensable.  KWELI is beautiful in all the right ways, showcasing the magnificent breadth and extraordinary literary power of our communities.” —JUNOT DÍAZ

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