Session and Speaker Preview: Athena Dixon, Reloading the Canon: On Being an Editor of Color

athena dixonAs the founder/editor-in-chief of Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Athena Dixon brings a wealth of experience to HippoCamp 2016. She also served as a contributor at For Harriet, a managing editor for Z-Composition, and a fiction reader for Gigantic Sequins. Athena spoke as a panelist at AWP 2013 in Boston, and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of publications.

In Reloading the Canon: On Being an Editor of Color, Athena will be addressing the lack of diversity in the canon and what journals and editors can do to create a safe haven for marginalized writers. She spoke to us about her excitement for HippoCamp 2016.

Hippocampus: Please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

Athena: I’d like for those who attend my lightning round presentation to take a bit of time to consider how we can each make the work we publish reflect the entirety of those who write and submit.

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why.  

Editors and writers who may feel they feel obstacles when submitting or accepting/rejecting work.

What is your best advice for those attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

I would suggest attending sessions for writers/presenters with whom you do not have a personal connection. I believe it is a good way to build upon the ideas and energy your writing circle has bantered about. As well, there is a good chance you are privy to a friend’s panel in advance so being able to sit in on another presenter’s session gives you double the information!

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the HippoCamp?

I’m very much looking forward to experiencing my first writing conference outside of AWP. I think it will be interesting to see the dynamics of a conference focusing on one genre which also offers both a standard presentation and lightning round model.

What’s on your personal conference agenda?

Healing Through Storytelling, Multiplication and Division, Literary Citizenship Project

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster?

My Pennsylvania experience has been limited to visits to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia where I now live. I’m interested to experience city life outside of the norm.


Join Athena and the rest of our fantastic presenters this August at HippoCamp 2016. Register today!