Both/And: Boosting Women, Genderqueer, & LGBT Writers

118A, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The Claw—a Philadelphia-based salon for genderqueer, trans, and cis women writers—invites you to imagine diverse communal spaces beyond the writing workshop. Members of The Claw discuss how they create safe spaces and promote mentorship and collaboration between writers. Participants will introduce frameworks, guidelines, and rituals fostering connection rather than competition, boosting rather than boasting. Audience members are given tools to return home and launch their own collectives.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Agenda_2022.pdf



Liz Moore is the author of four novels, including Heft, The Unseen World, and the internationally bestselling Long Bright River. A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia and works as an associate professor in Temple University's MFA program in creative writing.

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of National Book Award finalist story collection Her Body and Other Parties and the memoir In the Dream House. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, and her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Tin House, Conjunctions, and elsewhere.

Asali Solomon is the author of two novels, The Days of Afrekete and Disgruntled, as well as the short story collection Get Down. She teaches fiction writing and the literature of the African diaspora at Haverford College.

Emma Eisenberg

Annie Liontas's novel, Let Me Explain You, was featured in the New York Times Book Review as Editor's Choice. She is the coeditor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors. She teaches at George Washington University.


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