Writing Under the Influence: Accessing the Unknown through Divination

Room 2215C, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Divination and writing are both processes that draw from archives of knowledge, but divination opens us up to sources often difficult to access: ancestral, somatic, elemental, natural, spiritual, unconscious, silenced. By accessing these sources to inform and guide writing, our writing, in turn, generates meaning and connections that alter the archives in structure, content, and accessibility. We will explore how divination creates new paths to hidden ways of knowing and writing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_Event_Outline.pdf



Michele Battiste is author of three poetry collections, most recently Waiting for the Wreck to Burn, which won the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press. She has taught workshops for Gotham Writers Workshops, Teen Ink, and Wichita State University. She currently raises funds to protect nature.

Kristen E. Nelson is the author of In the Away Time (2024) and the length of this gap; and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark and Write, Dad. She is the cofounder of Four Queens with Selah Saterstrom and a literature PhD student at UCSC.

Hoa Nguyen is an educator and author of several books, including Red Juice: Poems 1998–2008, the Griffin Prize-nominated Violet Energy Ingots, and A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, winner of the Canada Book Award and finalist for a 2021 National Book Award and the General Governor’s Award.

Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist—and the author of three books of poetry, most recently Gentlewomen, and Prairie Divination, a collection of essays and oracle deck (with artist L. Ann Wheeler). She is professor of creative writing and environmental studies at the University of Kansas.

Teresa Carmody's books include The Reconception of Marie, Maison Femme: a fiction, and A Healthy Interest in the Lives of Others, forthcoming in 2024. Her essays have appeared in Michigan Quarterly, Waterstone Review, LitHub, and more. She teaches at University of Nebraska Omaha.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center