R298. Women's Caucus

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm


Where is the place for women writers within AWP and within the greater literary community? The Women's Caucus discusses questions of continuing inequities in creative writing publication and literature, issues of cultural obstacles in the form of active oppression, stereotypes, lack of access to literary power structures, and the historical marginalization of women's writing. The caucus also explores perspectives and the diverse voices of women and offers networking opportunities.


Amy King's The Missing Museum is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She is on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, received the 2015 WNBA Award, coedits Bettering American Poetry and Big Energy Poets anthologies, and teaches creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, the middle-grade novel Six Weeks to Yehidah, and more. She is the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views and a vice president for the Women's Caucus.

Gabrielle Bellot is a staff writer at Literary Hub. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Guernica, Slate, Tin House, HuffPost, Lambda Literary, Electric Literature, Small Axe, and elsewhere. She is a Poynter Fellow and holds a PhD in creative writing from FSU.

Hafizah Geter's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and Narrative magazine, among others. She is on the board of VIDA and she is a poetry editor for Phantom Books. She is an editor at Amazon Publishing's Little A and Day One.

Lynn Melnick is author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope, both with YesYes Books. She is a 2017–2018 Cullman Center Fellow at the NYPL. She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside