Jennifer AckerMay 5, 2022
Behind the Scenes at a Literary Magazine
A Talk with Jennifer Acker, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at The Common
New Books Network 2021
Welcome to The Academic Life! In this episode you’ll hear about:
- How the Common got started
- What is involved in running a literary journal
- Why grants and institutional support matter so much in the literary arts
- The importance of finding mentors and building a network
- How the Common creates community
Our guest is: Jennifer Acker , who is the founder and editor in chief of The Common, and author of the debut novel The Limits of the World, a fiction honoree for the Massachusetts Book Award. Her memoir “Fatigue” is a #1 Amazon bestseller, and her short stories, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in Oprah Daily, Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, and The Yale Review, among other places. Acker has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches writing and editing at Amherst College, where she directs the Literary Publishing Internship and LitFest. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband.
Our guest is: Elizabeth Witte, who is a writer and editor based in western Massachusetts. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Artist Fellowships in Poetry and author of the chapbook, Dry Eye (Dancing Girl Press); her work appears in a variety of journals, including Prelude, Word For/ Word, and Denver Quarterly. She is Associate Editor of The Common and directs the journal's education program The Common in the Classroom.
Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, the co-creator and co-producer of the Academic Life. She is a historian of women and gender.
Listeners to this episode might also be interested in:
- Fatigue, by Jennifer Acker
- Amherst College
- The Bennington Writing Seminars https://www.bennington.edu/writing-seminars
- The Common
- More about the Common in the Classroom can be found here The Common in the Classroom,
- The Common Young Writers Program
- A podcast from The Common magazine on The New Books Network “This is the Place”
- Amherst College LitFest
- The Whiting Literary Magazine Prize
- Learn more about The Alternative Press conversation with co-founder Ken Mikolowski (courtesy of Centre For Print Research, UWE Bristol); and the Press’s Multiple Originals project
- The Poetry Foundation
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