Lightning Readings by Writer to Writer Alumni

Bookfair Stage, AWP Bookfair, Exhibit Halls D & E, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, February 10, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Celebrating its fourth year at AWP, the event focuses on quick reads performed by published writers from the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. We invite you to enjoy a mix of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from these talented writers. Organized and emceed by alum P.D. Keenen. Participant bios can be found at the following link in January 2024: https://pdkeenen.com/2023/05/30/awp24-lightning-readings-by-writer-to-writer-alumni/

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP24_Event_Outline_s219_Final.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWPs219ReadingTextforAccessibilityDevices.pdf



P.D. Keenen is a writer, empathy activist, and Washington-based constellation facilitator. They write memoir and poetry. Their work focuses on our shared humanity, points of cognitive dissonance, and advocating for the less visible.

Born in the Republic of Panama, Karen Rigby is the author of the poetry collections Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Fabulosa (JackLeg Press, forthcoming 2024). A National Endowment for the Arts literature fellow, she lives in Arizona. https://www.karenrigby.com/.

Claire Wahmanholm is the author of Meltwater, Redmouth, and Wilder. A 2020–21 McKnight Fellow, her work has recently appeared in TriQuarterly, Cream City Review, Missouri Review, Ninth Letter, and Washington Square Review. She lives in the Twin Cities. Find her at https://clairewahmanholm.com/.

Janée J. Baugher is the author of the craft book, The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as two poetry collections. She’s an assistant editor at Boulevard magazine and the recipient of a 2024 CityArtist award from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center