Leading, Styling, and Other Navigations: Writers and Editors as Designers

Rooms 333-334, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Reading experiences depend not only on language but also on the design of the material iteration of a given text. What happens when we think about the printed page or screen as a space for text? What should or could a journal or a poem look like? What if someone reads with their ears instead of their eyes? With accessibility and budget in mind, panelists explore constraints and innovations of physical and digital spaces, share practical design tips, and suggest options for visually driven work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_2023_PDF.pdf



Anna Leahy is a poet, nonfiction writer, pedagogy scholar, and medical humanities facilitator. Her books include What Happened Was:, Aperture, Tumor, and Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom. She directs the MFA in creative writing program at Chapman University and edits Tab Journal.

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and recipient of three Bread Loaf scholarships. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University. Keith works as a writer and game designer in Chicago.

Amanda Niehaus is a writer, scientist, and cofounder and editor of Science Write Now—Creative Writing Inspired by Science (www.sciencewritenow.com). She is author of the novel The Breeding Season (2019) and her essays and stories are published in Creative Nonfiction, AGNI, Noon Annual, and more.

Allison Blevins is a queer disabled writer. She is the author of the collections Handbook for the Newly Disabled, A Lyric Memoir and Slowly/Suddenly. She is also the author of four chapbooks. Allison is the director of Small Harbor Publishing and the executive editor at the museum of americana.


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