We’re All Imposters Here: On Writing with Imposter Syndrome

Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 11, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Our panelists look at each other and see successful, brilliant people, so why don’t we see ourselves that way? Why are feelings of not belonging and not being enough so pervasive for writers? Join the hosts of Poetry Unbound and Wednesday Night Poetry, the editor of Whale Road Review, and the author of Neruda on the Park for a wide-ranging discussion about the origins of imposter syndrome and our strategies for continuing to write and work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_-_Imposter_Syndrome_Event_Outline_-_1.20_.pdf



Katie Manning is the author of Tasty Other, which won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and six poetry chapbooks, including How to Play and 28,065 Nights. She is the founding editor in chief of Whale Road Review and a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Kai Coggin (she/her) has authored four poetry collections, is a Queer POC, and a K–12 Teaching Artist with the Arkansas Arts Council. Named “Best Poet in Arkansas” by the Arkansas Times, her fierce poetry has won Best of the Net 2022 and been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, three time for Best of the Net, and Best American Poetry 2015.

Cleyvis Natera is the author of the forthcoming novel Neruda on the Park.


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