Past Event

Art + Life Pitching & Publishing Panel: What Do Editors Want

March 2, 2023
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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501 Dodge Hall

Join Kiara Barrow (co-founding editor of the Drift and senior editor at Penguin Press), Denne Michele Norris (writer and editor-in-chief of Electric Literature), and Jiwon Choi (poet and editor at Hanging Loose Press) for a frank and demystifying conversation about pitching and publishing. This 90-minute session will discuss topics such as how to get your foot in the door, how to pitch editors, general best practices for freelancers, and what, exactly, is a “peg”? Panelists will also field questions from the audience. Adjunct Assistant Professor James Yeh '09 (writer and McSweeney's Quarterly deputy editor) will moderate.

Organized by the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at the School of the Arts.


Kiara Barrow is a co-founder and coeditor of the Drift and a senior editor at Penguin Press.

Jiwon Choi is an editor at Hanging Loose Press and the author of two poetry collections, One Daughter Is Worth Ten Sons and I Used to Be Korean, which both deal with her identity as a Korean in the diaspora. She is an early childhood educator at the Educational Alliance, where she works on developing emergent curriculum.

Denne Michele Norris is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, winner of the 2022 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, where she is the first Black, openly trans woman to helm a major literary publication. She co-hosts the critically acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot, and her debut novel, When The Harvest Comes, is forthcoming from Random House.