How One Literary Magazine Made an Impact, and How You Can, Too: A Conversation with Edgar Garcia and Fence Editors Emily Wallis Hughes and Jason Zuzga
Thursday, November 02, 2023, 04:00pm - 05:30pm
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For print final nov 2nd flyerJoin us for a roundtable discussion with poet, scholar, and visiting editor of Fence issues #40 and #41, Edgar Garcia, along with Emily Wallis Hughes and Jason Zuzga, editorial co-directors of Fence Magazine, Inc, a 501c3 small independent not-for-profit publisher. Participants will talk about the history and interventions Fence has made in the literary world, our current efforts, and their poly-visions for the future. Conversation will also focus on ways to get involved with Fence as well as other literary magazines and independent publishers, what they are currently reading and excited about, and thoughts about the health of literary arts in the United States. 

Panel will be moderated by Joanna Fuhrman. This event is sponsored by the Rutgers Book Initiative and Writers House.

Edgar Garcia's collection of poems and anthropological essays, Skins of Columbus: A Dream Ethnography, was selected for the 2018 Fence Modern Poets Series award. His other books include a scholarly monograph, Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu (University of Chicago Press, 2020), and a collection of essays, Emergency: Reading the Popol Vuh in a Time of Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2022).He is associate professor of English at the University of Chicago and works in the fields of indigenous and Latinx studies, American literature, poetry and poetics, and environmental criticism. Edgar grew up in California and now lives in Chicago.

Emily Wallis Hughes is the author of Sugar Factory, published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2019. Spanish translations of her poems are forthcoming in Buenos Aires Poetry. Poems from her second book of poems, Alkali Bloodred Fragrance, are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review. She is a lecturer in the Creative Writing Program here in the English Department at Rutgers. Emily lives in Astoria in Queens, New York, just a twenty-minute walk from where her mother lived as a child in Jackson Heights.

Jason Zuzga is the author of Heat Wake, published by Saturnalia Books in 2016. His poems have been published in many literary journals, including The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Yale Review. He earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote a dissertation about nature documentary and media, which was awarded the Diane Hunter Prize for Best Dissertation. Jason was born in Camden, and lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Location CCA Room, Academic West 6051