Saturday, April 20, 2024 10:30 AM |

Literary Arts Magazine Summit

When and where

icon calendarDate and time Saturday, April 20, 2024 10:30 AM
icon marker Location Varscona Hotel on Whyte
Edmonton, Alberta

10:30 am – 4:30 pm MST

Some days it can feel like no one could possibly understand the challenges that come with publishing a literary arts magazine.  AMPA wants to put you around a table with the people who get it. Our Literary Arts Magazine Summit will bring you face-to-face with your peers and other industry professionals who understand the ins and out of your role, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from successfully navigating the demanding world of publishing a small press literary magazine.

Join AMPA and your host Kyle Flemmer for an informative and collaborate day with a mix of sessions, presentations and expert-led roundtable discussions. Bring your proven solutions, and your questions, and prepare to learn from industry leaders and each other. Lunch will be provided.



10:30 AM
What’s the Plan? Big-picture thinking for small magazines with Laurie Graham

What sort of future do you want for your magazine? Is it possible to infuse lofty goals into an often-precarious day-to-day? How do you make a plan, and then effectively carry it out? This session will examine the concrete benefits of strategic and long-range planning for literary magazines. Using real-world examples and shared experiences, we’ll consider the relationship between high-level thinking and on-the-ground operational challenges, we’ll discuss our visions for our literary magazines and for the sector in general, and we’ll learn how those visions can better guide the work we do.

12:00 PM

12:30 PM 
Fostering a Creative Community with Nisha Patel

Cultivating a literary community extends beyond the pages and into the lives of our readers and writers. Celebrated poet Nisha Patel joins us for a reading and presentation that explores how championing stories that reflect who we want to be builds a stronger creative community.

1:30 PM
Revenue Smorg with Trevor Battye

Discovering the optimal revenue mix for your literary magazine requires finesse, especially when resources are constrained. Whether it’s through advertising, sponsorships, crowdfunding, or events, Trevor Battye offers invaluable case studies and real-world examples to guide you through these challenging decisions. Learn how to strategically allocate your resources to unlock maximum revenue potential.

3:00 to 4:30 PM
Facilitated discussion with Matthew Stepanic

Connect with colleagues, identify collective goals, and find opportunities for collaboration during this knowledge sharing session facilitated by Matthew Stepanic. In small breakout groups, we will discuss common obstacles and reflect on the lessons of the day, exchanging successful strategies with each other to develop practical, future-facing plans and encourage solidarity among literary magazine staff.

6:00 PM

What better way to conclude a gathering of literary magazines than with an open mic reading and social mixer? Join us after the summit at Roosters Kitchen and Bar for refreshments and a chance to showcase your magazine and connect with the local writing community in a fun and casual setting. We encourage summit attendees to invite their readers and writers in Edmonton to participate! Snacks are on AMPA!

Your Literary Magazine Team

Trevor Battye is the founder of Trevor Battye Advertising Sales provides client-driven advertising and monetization strategies for print and digital publications, festivals, and events for over 15 years. Clients include The Alberta Teachers Association, Brick A Literary Journal, The Tyee, The Vancouver Writers Festival, The Vancouver Film Festival, and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. In addition he is a sessional instructor in the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University Courses include Pub 456 Festivals and Events and Pub 458 Journalism as Publishing Problem.

Kyle Flemmer is a writer, publisher, and digital media artist from Calgary in Treaty 7 territory. He founded The Blasted Tree Publishing Co. in 2014 and his first book, Barcode Poetry, was published in 2021. Kyle’s first trade book of poetry, Supergiants, is forthcoming from Wolsak & Wynn in 2025. His most recent chapbooks include WikiPoems from 845 Press and Alternate histories from above/ground press.

Laurie D. Graham is a poet, an editor, and the publisher of Brick, a journal of (largely) literary non-fiction that this year will celebrate 47 years of publishing. Laurie has nearly two decades of experience working with literary magazines and is on the steering committee of the newly formed Canadian Literary Magazine Collective. Laurie grew up near amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton, and she currently resides in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, Ontario.

Nisha Patel is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of the City of Edmonton. An award-winning disabled and queer artist, she is a Canadian Poetry Slam champion and holds a master of arts in cultural studies from Queen’s University. Her debut poetry collection, Coconut, is out with NeWest Press, alongside her latest chapbooks. Her second book, A Fate Worse Than Death, will be out with Arsenal Pulp Press in spring 2024. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal and the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund. She is currently finishing her master of fine arts in creative writing at the University of British Columbia, where she is writing a graphic novel and children’s books.

Matthew Stepanic is a queer writer who lives and works on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton. He is a co-author of Project Compass (Monto Books, 2017) and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Queer Little Nightmares (Arsenal Pulp, 2022), Plenitude, FreeFall, and others. He’s the poetry editor for Funicular and hosts VERS/E, a queer poetry open mic the first Wednesday of every month at Felice Cafe.