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Saturday, June 26 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The New Editorial Vanguard

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Following fraught, and often cyclical conversations about the lack of equity in the publishing industry, a new vanguard of BIPOC editors are encouraging their publishers to take meaningful steps towards an anti-racist future. In the spirit of transparency in an opaque industry, our panel will speak to the business of publishing and what it takes to build a sustainable career as a BIPOC author, naming and celebrating the lineage they are part of, and the editors of color who came before them. With Ibrahim Ahmad, Jennifer Baker, Yuka Igarashi, and Yahdon Israel, moderated by Nadxieli Nieto.

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Yahdon Israel

Yahdon Israel is a Senior editor at Simon Schuster and founder of Literaryswag, a cultural movement that intersects literature and fashion to make books accessible.  He has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, LitHub, Poets and Writers and Vanity Fair. He teaches creative writing... Read More →
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Nadxieli Nieto

Nadxieli Nieto is Executive Editor at Flatiron Books. She is an editor of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and illustrated anthologies including the Shirley Jackson award finalist Tiny Crimes with Lincoln Michel and the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona winner Carteles Contra Una... Read More →
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Ibrahim Ahmad

Ibrahim Ahmad joined Viking Penguin as executive editor in January 2021. As editorial director at Akashic Books, where he worked for two decades, Ahmad published a list that included extraordinary writers from around the world, including Maaza Mengiste, Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, Tayari... Read More →
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Yuka Igarashi

Yuka Igarashi is an executive editor at Graywolf Press. Before joining Graywolf, she was editor in chief of Soft Skull Press; she was also the founder and editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the managing editor of Granta magazine. She coedits the annual Best Debut Short Stories... Read More →
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Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of almost 20 years, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and faculty member of the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Bay Path University. Formerly a contributing editor to Electric Literature, she received a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA... Read More →

Saturday June 26, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT