AWP 2019 Preview

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. This year’s conference will take place next week in Portland, Oregon from March 28-30.

UNP (and our Journals department!) will be exhibiting throughout the conference at booth 9093 & 9095. Stop by and browse our creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and literary journals, or get a signed copy these outstanding books during our author signings:


In addition to *in-booth signings, many of our authors will be speaking on panels throughout the conference. Below is a schedule of events for our poets and writers.


Thursday, March 28

10:30 a.m.: Que savent-ils?: What Classic Essays Can Teach Contemporary Essayists with Randon Billings Noble, David Lazar, and Dinty Moore

12:00 p.m.: Writing Into the Silences: A Reading of Recent Creative Nonfiction with Randon Billings Noble

12:00 p.m.: The Critical Creative: The Editor-Poet with Kwame Dawes

*1:30 p.m.: Randon Billings Noble signing of Be with Me Always at booth 9093 & 9095

1:30 p.m.: 25 Years of Creative Nonfiction: An Anniversary Reading with Dinty Moore

3:00 p.m.: Ain’t Got Time to Die: Immortality in the New World with Safiya Sinclair

4:30 p.m.: Holocaust Poetics: Writing the Traumatized Past and Present with Luisa Muradyan


Friday, March 29

10:30 a.m.: Poets vs. Poets: Dismantling the Bias Against Performance Poetry with Safia Elhillo

*11:00 a.m.: Micah McCrary signing of Island in the City at booth 9093 & 9095

12:00 p.m.: The Strengths of Complexity and the Power of Limitations: Writers on Disability with Sandra Gail Lambert

12:00 p.m.: Knowing the Story: Flannery O’Connor Award Winners on Writing Short Fiction with Amina Gautier

12:00 p.m.: Reshaping the Short Story: Four Authors on Innovative Contemporary Short Fiction with Venita Blackburn

1:30 p.m.: “Bad Hombres” and “Malas Mujeres:” Immigrant Women Writers in the Age of Trump with Mahtem Shiferraw

1:30 p.m.: The Personal Political Essay with Mimi Schwartz and Philip Lopate

*1:30 p.m.: Stephanie Anderson signing of One Size Fits None at booth 9093 & 9095

4:30 p.m.: Creative Self-Care: Balancing Your Own Writing with Support for Your Students with Toni Jensen


Saturday, March 30

9:00 a.m.: The Way and Why to Say No: Women in Academia with Amina Gautier

9:00 a.m.: Diaspora & Endurance: Immigrant Legacies in American Poetry with Safiya Sinclair

10:30 a.m.: The World Splitting Open: From Memoir to #MeToo with Sue William Silverman

*11:00 a.m.: Sandra Gail Lambert signing of A Certain Loneliness at booth 9093 & 9095

12:00 p.m.: Crossing Genres, Exploring Disability: A Tribute to Floyd Skloot featuring Floyd Skloot

12:00 p.m.: Two-Country Careers: Writers on Living and Writing in More than One Place with Xu Xi

*1:30 p.m.: Xu Xi signing of This Fish Is Fowl at booth 9093 & 9095

1:30 p.m.: Monstrous Men, Monstrous Women with Joy Castro

3:00 p.m.: Flash Fiction Exercises that Work from Award-Winning Masters of the Form with Venita Blackburn

4:30 p.m.: Women Writing the Forbidden Narrative: From Inception to After Life with Sue William Silverman

4:30 p.m.: “The boat I can feel so lonely in”: Writing the Unusual Childhood with Joy Castro

4:30 p.m.: How to Cuss on the Page & Get Away With It: The Katherine Dunn Formula with Kwame Dawes as moderator

6:00 p.m.: Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus with Sonya Huber


Follow @awpwriter, @UnivNebPress, @unp_journals@AliciaC711 and @Anna_Bee_94 for updates during the conference!

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