about Joanna R. Demkiewicz
Joanna R. Demkiewicz is an editor, writer, and marketing director with experience in magazines and book publishing. She graduated with a Bachelors in Journalism with an emphasis in Magazine Writing from the University of Missouri in 2013, the same year she co-founded a print and online women's longform magazine, The Riveter, which has been featured in the New York Times, Poynter, Jezebel, Bustle, the Star Tribune, and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Alongside her partner, she produced six print issues and more than five hundred longform stories, published both online and in print. She served as editorial director of the magazine for five years but announced its retirement in 2017 in this letter.
She is currently a freelance editor for The Sager Group's Women in Journalism Series, specifically Newswomen: Twenty-Five Years of Front-Page Journalism (2015) and New Stories We Tell: True Tales By America's New Generation of Great Women Journalists (forthcoming).
Demkiewicz works in book publishing for Milkweed Editions, an independent literary press. For three years, she was the press’s publicist; she developed publicity campaigns, worked with the media, and coordinated author tours. During her time as publicist, Milkweed authors were featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, O, the Oprah Magazine, Nylon, Poetry Magazine, and PBS NewsHour, and the press also opened a bookstore, which was featured in BookRiot, the Star Tribune, City Pages, and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Currently, Demkiewicz is the marketing director. She works with booksellers, librarians, and the press’s distributor to sell Milkweed poetry, nonfiction and literary fiction titles, like Ada Limón’s The Carrying, a National Book Critic Circle Award winner, and Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She also strategizes digital marketing, advertising, partnerships, and social media engagement.
She’s written about books for Literary Hub, Guernica, Nylon, and the Los Angeles Review. She lives in Minneapolis.
NEWSWOMEN: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF FRONT PAGE JOURNALISM
Edited by Joyce Hoffman, with Interviews by Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz
Newswomen: Twenty-Five Years of Front-Page Journalism is an anthology of stellar work by seventeen great female literary and investigative reporters whose newspaper writing has garnered awards over the past quarter century—including Jacqui Banaszynski, Lane DeGregory, Diana Henriques, Christine Pelisek, Loretta Tofani, Edna Buchanan, and more. Each chapter features a bio, a selected story, and an author’s afterword prepared especially for this book.
A large percentage of college and graduate school journalism students are women. Yet textbooks and resource materials available is decidedly male-centric. Working together with the co-founders of The Riveter, a magazine dedicated to longform nonfiction written by women, The Sager Group has responded to a demand for affordable, female-centric textbook/anthologies.
$21.95 | PAPERBACK | 304 pages
NEW STORIES WE TELL: True Tales By America’s New Generation of Great Women Journalists
Edited by Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz
New Stories We Tell is the third in a series of women-centric journalism text/anthologies created to celebrate the great women of American longform writing. New Stories features stories by sixteen of the most talked about contemporary magazine writers—including Jia Tolentino, Rachel Aviv, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Sheelah Kolhatkar, and more.
Each chapter features a landmark story, a bio, and an interview with the writer. We learn about lives, careers, writing philosophies, tricks of the trade, and backstories. Taken together, the assembled articles—republished from both legacy and new media—paint a picture of the shifting role of the genre known variously as longform, creative or literary nonfiction, and the New Journalism.
While journalists today, as always, are pledged to intellectual honesty and a true reporting of the facts, more than ever the genre is seen as an outlet for agency and a tool of social justice. Almost all of the women featured in New Stories aim their considerable journalistic talents at pressing issues of our day.
interviews / ESSAYS
Literary Hub | "Breaking Up the Boys Club: On Women in the Rare Books"
Women's eNews | "This Time, a Rwandan Man Listened to a Story of Rape"