I’m seeing more of that. I’m seeing more of these really prestigious editors, poets and critics embrace the social web because it’s where readers are, it’s where conversations are happening.
The problem is, especially somewhere like Facebook, it feels like you’re at conferences 24/7 now. I was talking to a friend and I was like sometimes I feel like we’re at AWP and we never really leave. [laughs]
SA: So actual hell.
SJ: Right. Literary writers seem to thrive on Facebook more so than on Twitter and I’m not entirely sure why. But you see people using Facebook and the status update. One it’s sharing, the practical function, it’s the status update — a new issue of our literary magazine, having a reading, a new opportunity. You also see all the commentary and the comments and positioning. In that way it’s very similar to any panel at AWP or MLA. A 365 question / answer period with all the same horrible, horrible aspects of that.
So that’s interesting. And you see literary gatekeepers in some ways trying to play catch up.