Writing in Written-Off States: Literary Nonprofits on Advocacy & Outreach

Room 3501AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In our charged political climate, representatives from literary nonprofits located in so-called “red states” will discuss their pitfalls and their triumphs in literary programming. This panel will discuss the importance of nonprofit literary arts organizations in states with often-hostile political climates, what problems (from funding to program security) they face, and their current initiatives and future goals to foster a more inclusive community and uplift marginalized voices.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Writing_in_Written_Off_States_AWP_PANEL_OUTLINE_2024.pdf



Ed Southern is the executive director of the North Carolina Writers' Network and the author of Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South. His stories and essays have appeared in The Bitter Southerner, the North Carolina Literary Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Meg Reid is the publisher of Hub City Press and executive director of the Hub City Writers Project, a literary nonprofit that cultivates readers and nurtures writers throughout the South to foster an inclusive literary arts culture.

Ashley M. Jones is the poet laureate of Alabama and the author of three award-winning poetry collections, most recently Reparations Now! (Hub City Press, 2021).


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center