Hi James
It’s an interesting thought – where will the rise in popularity in creative writing lead, especially with the rise of e-publishing?
I must say though, as a person who has combed the internet trying to get my poems published, if there is anything that is infinite in the universe, it is literary magazines and online magazines. Each one vying with the next to produce the more original work. So, if creative writers are producing interesting work, there IS a place for it – it’s just a matter of trying to get it out there.
Actually, as you mention spoken word events, I think this site is really useful: http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/index.php