What makes a literary community? This question is one that has been posed to me many times over, and I have some difficulty answering it, to be honest. Part of this comes out of a certain squeamishness I have around the word community. It is a slippery word to me because of the way it’s used. There’s a sense in which it is used to mean a neighborhood, or a section of a neighborhood where people share similar cultural markers, and I find that much easier to parse than the more broad uses of the word i.e. “the black community”, “the LGBTQ community” etc.