R137. CANCELLED: A Place at the Table: Nurturing an Inclusive Literary Ecosystem

Room 217B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How do we ensure that our literary communities reflect the diversity of our towns and that everyone has a place at the table? In this panel, writers connected with Inprint—a Houston-based literary arts nonprofit—will discuss the various Inprint community writing activities they lead for senior citizens, the incarcerated, healthcare providers, the Latinx community, and more, expanding the notion of who is a writer and nurturing an inclusive literary ecosystem.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_-_A_Place_at_the_Table_-_Inprint_AWP_2020_panel.pdf



Rich Levy is a poet and, since 1995, executive director of Inprint, a literary nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas. His collections include Why Me? and the letterpress chapbook One or Two Lights. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Niki Herd is the author of The Language of Shedding Skin. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Cave Canem and has appeared in a number of journals. She is completing her PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.

Kaj Tanaka is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Houston. Since 2014, Kaj has developed writing workshops for incarcerated people in jails and prisons across the country. Currently Kaj runs a poetry workshop for recovering drug users at Houston's Harris County Jail.

Ricardo Nuila is a practicing doctor, teacher, and writer. His nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker and VQR, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories. A former Yaddo, MacDowell, and Dobie Ranch fellow, his first book is on safety net hospitals.

Lupe Mendez (educator/writer/activist) has prose work in the Kenyon Review and Sudden Fiction Latino as well as poetry that appears in Huizache, Luna, The Texas Review, Tinderbox, Hunger Mountain, Glass Poetry, and Gulf Coast. His book is Why I Am Like Tequila.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center