Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century


Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century

“Any reader or writer who needs to know about the present and future of literature in our time should consult this collection. It is opinionated, lively, and instructive.”—BILL HENDERSON
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Gutenberg’s invention of movable type in the fifteenth century introduced an era of mass communication that permanently altered the structure of society. While publishing has been buffeted by persistent upheaval and transformation ever since, the current combination of technological developments, market pressures, and changing reading habits has led to an unprecedented paradigm shift in the world of books.

Bringing together a wide range of perspectives—industry veterans and provocateurs, writers, editors, and digital mavericks—this invaluable collection reflects on the current situation of literary publishing, and provides a road map for the shifting geography of its future: How do editors and publishers adapt to this rapidly changing world? How are vibrant public communities in the Digital Age created and engaged? How can an industry traditionally dominated by white men become more diverse and inclusive? Mindful of the stakes of the ongoing transformation, Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century goes beyond the usual discussion of ’print vs. digital’ to uncover the complex, contradictory, and increasingly vibrant personalities that will define the future of the book.

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Travis Kurowski is co-editor of Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century as well as Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at York College of Pennsylvania, and editor of Story


Wayne Miller is the author of five collections of poems, including Post- and We the Jury, forthcoming March 2021. He is also a cotranslator of two books from the Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo, and a coeditor of three anthologies, including Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century and New European Poets. Miller is a professor of English at the University of Colorado Denver, where he edits Copper Nickel.


Kevin Prufer is co-editor of Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century and the author of six collections of poems. He teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University, serves as Editor-at-Large for Pleiades, and co-curates the Pleiades Press Unsung Masters Series with Wayne Miller.

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