R297. Indigenous-Aboriginal American Writers Caucus

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm


Indigenous writers and scholars participate fluidly in AWP, teaching and directing affiliated programs, or working as independent writers/scholars, and/or in language revitalization and community programing. Annually imparting field-related craft, pedagogy, celebrations, and concerns as understood by Indigenous-Native writers from the Americas and surrounding island nations is necessary. AWP Conferences began representative caucus discussions 2010–2013. Program development continues in 2018.


Erika T. Wurth's published works include a novel, two poetry collections & a forthcoming short story collection, Buckskin Cocaine. Her work has appeared in numerous journals. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University, and she was a guest writer at IAIA. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee.

LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) writes novels, plays, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her memoir, Choctalking on Other Realities (2013) won the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literature. Other awards include the 2012 United States Artist Ford Fellowship, and an American Book Award for Shell Shaker.

Toni Jensen is the author of the story collection From the Hilltop. Her stories and essays have been published in journals and anthologies, including Catapult, Ecotone, and Denver Quarterly. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. She is Métis.

Michael Wasson is the author of This American Ghost. He serves as an editor for Bettering American Poetry and As/Us Journal. He is nimíipuu and teaches abroad.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside