Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

5-8-2024 11:00 AM

End Date

5-8-2024 1:00 PM

Subjects

Equity and growth through economic research (project), Nonprofit organizations, Publishing & business consultants

Other

Book Publishing

Advisor

Kathi Berens

Student Level

Masters

Other

Book Publishing

Abstract

In 2015, data expressing the lack of diversity in literary institutions was made publicly available, yet equitable change remains slow. How do literary institutions achieve and evaluate successes in equity? Do certain factors expedite this transition?

In a three year Diversity and Inclusion plan (2019-2022), the Portland nonprofit, Literary Arts, drastically altered their internal and external practices to accommodate/introduce BIPoC writers, presenters, and employees. The equitability of this plan is assessed at the Portland Book Festival (PBF), 2023. Data concerning the identities, placement, and publications of Writers and Presenters at PBF is analyzed within the context of the goals set by Literary Arts. Cross-genre placement, interest in regional/independent stories, and frameworks of discovery were significant markers in prompt racial inclusion within literary spaces.

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May 8th, 11:00 AM May 8th, 1:00 PM

Evaluating Equitable Success in Literary Spaces: A Portland Book Festival Case Study

In 2015, data expressing the lack of diversity in literary institutions was made publicly available, yet equitable change remains slow. How do literary institutions achieve and evaluate successes in equity? Do certain factors expedite this transition?

In a three year Diversity and Inclusion plan (2019-2022), the Portland nonprofit, Literary Arts, drastically altered their internal and external practices to accommodate/introduce BIPoC writers, presenters, and employees. The equitability of this plan is assessed at the Portland Book Festival (PBF), 2023. Data concerning the identities, placement, and publications of Writers and Presenters at PBF is analyzed within the context of the goals set by Literary Arts. Cross-genre placement, interest in regional/independent stories, and frameworks of discovery were significant markers in prompt racial inclusion within literary spaces.