Chat with an Editor

The CELJ is committed to mentoring authors at all career stages.  MLA members—especially new faculty, emerging scholars, and graduate students—are invited to meet with a journal editor—”Chat with an Editor”—to discuss their writing for academic publication. This opportunity, managed by the Mentoring Coordinator, is provided at each MLA Convention by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and is one of the organization’s signature events.

The “Chat with an Editor” session may address submission to a particular academic journal or address submission to academic journals in general. Topics may range from formulating a publishable project to understanding the review process to responding to the editor’s letter or readers’ reports about a submission. The “Chat” is intended to be a form of professional mentoring, one that will strengthen scholarly publication and academic career progression.

“Chat with an Editor” has been scheduled during MLA 2020 in Seattle in WSCC Room 609.

Those interested in signing up for a 20-minute slot with a preferred editor, or who have questions about which editor might be a suitable match, may write to CELJ Mentoring Coordinator Nora Gilbert at

“Chat with an Editor” Schedule of Editor Participants, MLA 2020

 All sessions will be held in WSCC Rm 609

Friday, 1/10

Marshall Brown, MLQ, 10:00 – 11:00

Logan Browning, SEL, 11:00 – 12:00

Faye Halperin, ARIEL, 10:20 –11:20

Bruce Holsinger, New Literary History, 10:20 – 11:20

James Phelan, Narrative, 10:00 – 12:00

Susan Tomlinson, Legacy, 10:00 –12:00

Gary Totten, MELUS, 10:00 –12:00

Adam Zucker, English Literary Renaissance, 11:00 –12:00

Saturday, 1/11

Thomas O. Beebee, Comparative Literature Studies, 10:00 – 11:00

Michael Tavel Clarke, ARIEL, 10:00 – 12:00

Michael Cornett, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 10:00 –12:00

Anne Fernald, Modernism/Modernity, 10:00 – 12:00

Daniel Hack, Victorian Literature and Culture, 11:00 – 12:00

Rajani Sudan, Configurations, 11:00 – 12:00