Publishing Colloquium Featuring Halimah Marcus and Jac Jemc

Authors Halimah Marcus and Jac Jemc will discuss the current landscape of the publishing industry and explore what the future of publishing holds.

“[Halimah Marcus] is a brilliant writer and editor, an innovative thinker, and the perfect person to lead Electric Literature into the future.”

—Andy Hunter, founder of Electric Literature

“Jemc’s words haunt the reader as much as they haunt the characters in her latest novel, making The Grip of It an unforgettable experience.”

Jake Marly, on Jemc’s The Grip of It

As part of the English and Creative Writing Department’s Spring 2018 Reading Series, Columbia will welcome Halimah Marcus and Jac Jemc for a publishing colloquium.

The event will kick off with a reading by Poetry MFA candidate Mica Woods, after which Jemc will read from her catalog. Following this, Jemc and Marcus will discuss their experiences in contemporary publishing, examining recent trends and exploring where the industry is headed in the future.

Marcus first joined Electric Literature as a volunteer in 2010 before being promoted to Executive Director in 2016. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of its weekly fiction magazine Recommended Reading. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, serves as chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival Fiction Committee, and has been published in Gulf Coast, One Story, and Indiana Review, among others.

Jemc is the author of The Grip of It and currently serves as a web nonfiction editor for Hobart and has previously taught writing at the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago. Her work has appeared in Guernica, The Southwest Review, and LA Review of Books, among others.

Columbia’s Reading Series “is committed to curating critically engaged contemporary works that challenge traditional discourse and embrace culturally relevant, diverse voices.” The event is free and open to the public.

Spring 2018 Creative Writing Reading Series: Publishing Colloquium Featuring Halimah Marcus and Jac Jemc
Thursday, April 5
3:30 p.m.
Stage Two
618 S. Michigan Ave.