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 2019 in Chicago in Columbus EF at the Hyatt.

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 Janine Utell at

The Schedule:

We will be in Columbus EF in the Hyatt.

Jan. 4 10:00am–noon


  1. Helena Gurfinkel, Papers on Language and Literature
  2. Benjamin Fraser, Hispania
  3. Gary Totten, MELUS
  4. Debra Rae Cohen, Modernism/modernity


  1. Logan Browning, Studies in English Literature 1500–1900
  2. Benjamin Fraser, Hispania
  3. Susan Tomlinson, Legacy:  A Journal of American Women Writers
  4. Michael Cornett, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Jan. 5 9:00–11:00am


  1. Becky Byron, Studies in English Literature 1500–1900
  2. Debra Rae Cohen, Modernism/modernity


  1. Thomas Beebe, Comparative Literature Studies
  2. Michael Tavel Clarke, ARIEL
  3. Faye Halpern, ARIEL
  4. Adam Zucker, English Literary Renaissance