Twelve Days of Giving Reason Ten: We’re Part of a Broader Community
NANO Fiction loves connecting with our readers whether it be online through our twitter and facebook pages or through our website, and we relish any opportunity to connect with folks in person. Thankfully conferences like AWP, The Letters Festival, The Texas Book Festival, The Menil Arts Festival, and The Alabama Book Festival make it easy. We love having the opportunity to bond with loyal subscribers, answer questions from submitters, and just talk about flash fiction. And, since our editors are scattered throughout the country from Portland, OR to Tuscaloosa, AL, it also gives us a chance to see each other!
This year won’t be any different. We’ve already purchased our table for AWP, and you can find our editors sharing their thoughts on a number of different panels. Kirby Johnson will be on a panel about cover art and design along with David Lynn, Quincy Troupe, and Kwame Dawes. Sophie Rosenblum will join editors from Ploughshares, The Paris Review, The Indiana Review, and Better Magazine to consider how literary journals connect with our readers on Twitter, and Elizabeth Wade will be discussing ways that students can be involved with lit mags.
Participating in conferences also allows us to get a sense of the many other wonderful journals that are working hard to add to the literary community, and speak with other editors about their experiences. But, by far, the most rewarding part of attending these events is meeting people whose work has been published in NANO Fiction and connecting with educators who have used our materials in their classrooms. In fact, two of those meetings have also resulted in our hiring editors! So, if you see us around, please say hi!