Lit News Roundup

Looking for a book job with a view beyond the Empire State Building? Bustle rounded up some of our peer indie presses from across the country. Like us, they’re championing unique and original voices that may have been eschewed, or were not the right fit, for the big five. Glad to see two of our Southern favorites in the mix: John F. Blair Publisher in Winston-Salem, NC (our distributor), and Hub City Press in Spartanburg, SC.

Speaking of indie presses, our publisher, Emily Louise Smith, will give a presentation at the Pamlico Writers Conference this weekend on the role of independents in the current book publishing landscape. If you missed it on Facebook, check out Pamlico’s interview with Emily.


The biggest book fair of the year is fast approaching! We can’t wait for everyone to converge on Minneapolis in early April for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference. Don’t miss our mingle with the Common, Archipelago Books, New Directions, New York Review of Books, and our sister magazine, Ecotone, at Mackenzie’s Scotch Pub on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

You can also say hello to the Lookout and Ecotone crew at tables 1018 & 1020 in the book fair, and hear us talk about our favorite subjects on the following panels:

Founding editor David Gessner
But Seriously . . . Is It Time for More Humor in Environmental Writing?
Friday, 4:30 p.m.

Publisher Emily Louise Smith
Image Is Everything: Literary Magazines on Design, Friday,4:30 p.m.
Literary Publishing in the 21st Century, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Editor Anna Lena Phillips
at Ten: A Reading and Conversation
Friday, 10:30 a.m.

Associate editor Beth Staples
Pinning Editors Down: Lit Mag Fiction Editors Define What Works
Friday, 9 a.m.

Wondering what else to do when you’re not filling your tote bag with books or attending panels and readings? Claire Kirch of Publishers Weekly recommends the best bookstores, literary hubs, bars, and restaurants in the Twin Cities. There’s plenty to do beyond those convention center walls.



In author news, we’re thrilled for Tegan Nia Swanson, who has won the 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for her debut novel, Things We Found When the Water Went. This annual award includes a $5,000 prize as well as publication by Black Balloon Publishing, an imprint of the newly established Catapult. We’re especially proud of this news, because Tegan’s first published story, “The Memory of Bones,” appeared in the pages of Ecotone 15.

In other award news, the longlist for the PEN Literary Awards was announced this week. Congratulations to all of the nominees, including Ecotone contributors Molly Antopol and David James Poissant—who has an essay forthcoming in our spring tenth anniversary issue.