Writers Making Comics and Collage: How Changing Mediums Changed Our Writing

Room 2101, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Our panelists are writers who started making comics and collage to explore new ways of seeing the world—and our work. Our poems have exploded into collages; our characters speak in balloons; our metaphors are multi-sensory. Learn how graphic literature has energized our creative practices and clarified our voices and style. We’ll share our processes, materials, techniques, and drawing tips! Attendees will come away with strategies for transforming their own writing through comics and collage.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_Comics_Collage_2024.pdf



Kelcey Ervick is the author of the graphic memoir The Keeper, along with three previous books of fiction and nonfiction. She is coeditor of the Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature and a professor of English at Indiana University South Bend.

Naoko Fujimoto is a poet and her collections are We Face The Tremendous Meat On The Teppan (C&R Press 2022); Where I Was Born, winner of the Editor's Choice (Willow Books 2019); and Glyph:Graphic Poetry=Trans. Sensory (Tupelo Press 2021). She is a RHINO and Tupelo Quarterly translation editor.

Nick Francis Potter is a writer, cartoonist, and educator. He is the author of two books, Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine and New Animals. He serves as the director of undergraduate studies for the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri, where he teaches a range of hybrid writing courses.

Lauren Haldeman is the author of the poetry collections Instead of Dying, Calenday, and the chapbook The Eccentricity of Zero. A comic book artist and poet, she's been a recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

David Dodd Lee is the author of ten books of poetry, including two books of Ashbery erasure poems. He is editor of The Glacier, EIC of 42 Miles Press, and associate professor of English at Indiana University South Bend. His book of collages and erasures, Unlucky Animals, is forthcoming in 2023.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center