F304. African Diaspora Caucus

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm


Uniting attendees from across disciplines, the African Diaspora Caucus will provide a forum for discussions of careers, best practices for teaching creative writing, and obtaining the MFA/PhD. We will work with AWP’s affinity caucuses to develop national diversity benchmarks for creative writing programs, and will collaborate with board and staff to ensure that AWP programs meet the needs of diaspora writers. This caucus will be an inclusive space that reflects the pluralities in our community.


Alyss Dixson is an award-winning writer-producer. She studied comparitive literature at Yale, film at Columbia University, and creative writing at SFSU. She won the Joseph Henry Jackson award, fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and Callaloo Workshop, and she has been published in Callaloo, Day One, and The Atlantic.

Nicole Sealey is the author of The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. She is the programs director at Cave Canem Foundation.

Diem Jones is the Executive Director and cofounder of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation/VONA Voices and has served as director of grants for the Houston Arts Alliance, deputy director at Arts Council Silicon Valley, national administrator of WritersCorps, and associate director of AWP.

Sanderia Faye is a PhD student at the University of North Texas. She received an MFA in creative writing/fiction from Arizona State University. She is the author of Mourner's Bench, a novel, and is the cofounder of Kimbilio.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside