AWP 2021 Preview

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is the annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers of contemporary creative writing. It includes thousands of attendees, hundreds of events & bookfair exhibitors, and five days of essential literary conversation and celebration. This year’s conference takes place virtually from March 3-7. Even though AWP is taking place virtually this year, several of our authors are doing virtual signings for their outstanding books:

Many of our authors will be speaking on panels throughout the conference in addition to *virtual signings. Below is a schedule of events for our poets and writers.

Wednesday, March 3

10:00 -11:00 a.m.: Gag Me with Nonfiction: Writing and Publishing Gross Stuff with Joey Franklin

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.: Free Verse: Making a Life outside the Tenure Stream with Paul Guest

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.: On Grading Creative Writing: Process, Product, and Talent with Bryn Chancellor

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: To Make a Long Story Short: How to Design a Successful Course in Flash Fiction with Sherrie Flick and Venita Blackburn

Thursday, March 4

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Life Studies: Poets Writing Biographies of Poets with Terese Svoboda

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Women Who Wit: Readings by Writers (Who Happen to be Women of McSweney’s) with Tiffany Midge

*11:00 a.m.: Jennifer Sinor virtually signing Sky Songs

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: New Poetry from Graywolf Press with Natalie Diaz

12:20 p.m.- 1:20 p.m.: Close Readings: Experiments in Bibliomemoir with Kim Adrian

*1:00 p.m.: Grace Bauer virtually signing Unholy Heart

*4:00 p.m.: Joey Franklin virtually signing Delusions of Grandeur

4:10 – 5:10 p.m.: Game on Again: Teaching Writing for Video Games 2.0 with Eric Freeze

5:20 – 6:20 p.m.: When Confession Isn’t Enough: Adversity, Art and Remembering Mike Steinberg with Sandi Wisenberg and Mimi Schwartz

Friday, March 5

*10:00 a.m.: Dinty W. Moore virtually signing To Hell with It

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Beyond How-To: the Art of the Craft Essay with K. L. Cook

*11:00 a.m.: Steven Wingate virtually signing The Leave-Takers

11:10 a.m.- 12:10 p.m.: Poetry and Science: Writing Our Way to Discovery with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

*12:00 p.m.: David Lazar virtually signing Celeste Holm Syndrome

*1:00 p.m.: Rick Bailey virtually signing Get Thee to a Bakery

*2:00 p.m.: Mimi Schwartz virtually signing Good Neighbors, Bad Times Revisited

4:10 – 5:10 p.m.: Publishing: The Next Generation with Barrie Jean Borich

4:10 – 5:10 p.m.: Room 222 and the Lineage of Confessional Poetry with Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ

Saturday, March 6

*11:00 a.m.: Hilda Raz virtually signing Letter from a Place I’ve Never Been

11:10 a.m. -12:10 p.m.: At Home and Out of Place with Patrick Madden

Sunday, March 7

11:10 a.m. -12:10 p.m.: Hey, You!: Craft and Social Justice Possibilities of You, We, He, She, and They with Sonja Livingston and Ira Sukrungruang

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.: The Emotional Currency of International Writing Programs: Sozopal Seminar’s Case with Steven Wingate

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Facts vs. Fascism: Women Nonfiction Writers on WWII with Julija Šukys

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Get Lost: Redefining Literary Travel Writing with Micah McCrary

4:10 – 5:10 p.m.: The Influence of the “White Gaze” on the Production of African Literature with Saddiq Dzukogi

5:20 – 6:20 p.m.: Runway to the Leap: Students and Their Teachers Explore Mentoring Relationships with Jennifer Sinor

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

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