Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Ecstasy & Agony of Collaborative Books

Room 2502B, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, February 9, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Collaboration is a deeply enriching, inspiring, and challenging experience for writers seeking creative connection and growth. The exchange of ideas and trust within a collaborative book project is intimidating, but it can have transformative effects on writers' voices and visions. In this panel, five authors of collaborative books across a range of genres will shed light on the process of writing, editing, and publishing collaboratively.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWPOutline.pdf



Rochelle Hurt is the author of three books of poetry: The J Girls: A Reality Show; In Which I Play the Runaway; and The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is a professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include the poetry volumes People are Tiny in Paintings of China, and Futureless Languages; her experimental memoir is called The Betweens. cynthiaarrieuking.blogspot.com

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of This is How the Bone Sings and The Dead Wrestler Elegies, and coauthor of Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology and the chapbook Slash/Slash. He is a Kundiman fellow, former coeditor of Waxwing magazine, and an associate professor at Grand Valley State University.

Sophie Klahr is the author of Two Open Doors In a Field (Backwaters Press, 2023) and Meet Me Here At Dawn (YesYes Books), and coauthor of There is Only One Ghost in the World (Fiction Collective 2, 2023) with Corey Zeller. She lives in Los Angeles.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Swimming With Dead Stars, A Bell Curve Is A Pregnant Straight Line, and the play Waiting for God. She was the winner of the 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest for A Brief Alphabet of Torture, a collection of short stories.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center