R205. CANCELLED: A Reading & Conversation with Shira Erlichman, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Brenda Shaughnessy, Moderated by Cortney Lamar Charleston, Sponsored by Alice James Books

HemisFair Ballroom C1, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


AJB presents three exciting and award-winning writers to share their most recent work. Abdurraqib’s They Don’t Dance No Mo’ is a bracing examination of black performance and race, history, and culture. In Odes to Lithium, Erlichman pens a love letter to lithium, her medication for bipolar disorder. In The Octopus Museum, Shaughnessy expresses fear over survival in a world rife with very real threats: school shootings, climate change, etc. Introduced and moderated by Cortney Lamar Charleston.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AJB_Event_Outline_for_AWP_2020.pdf



Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies. He has received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming.

Shira Erlichman is an author, visual artist, and musician. She recently released her debut poetry book Odes to Lithium and children's book Be/Hold. She's received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Millay Residency, and AIR Serenbe.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry books, most recently The Octopus Museum. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 and is associate professor at Rutgers University-Newark.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center