Finding & Creating Community as a Writer, Sponsored by WITS Alliance

Room 2103B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Writing and being a teaching artist can both be solitary professions, as much of the work of creating, planning, and leading classrooms is often done alone. How can writers find their people and build a writing community that will motivate and support their writing practices? In this panel, teaching writers will share their strategies for finding or creating writing communities, including generative writing communities such as writing groups and beta readers, mentorships and fellowships, fundraising, and career support.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Session___Finding_Creating_Community_as_a_Writer,_Sponsored_by_WITS_Alliance.pdf



Jason Koo is a Korean American poet and the author most recently of More Than Mere Light and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and an associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University.

Nicole Callihan's books include This Strange Garment and SLIP (forthcoming). She is also the founder of the Braving the Body project which includes workshops, ekphrastic experiences, and an anthology. A teaching artist in hospitals and schools, she taught expository writing at NYU for two decades.

Brenda Cárdenas, former Milwaukee poet laureate, has authored Trace: Poems, Boomerang: Poems, and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone. She coauthored two chapbooks and coedited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest.

Javan Howard is a poet and writer from Bronx, New York. He truly believes that the lived experience is the ultimate teaching tool and uses poetry as a social forum to foster discourse about love, culture, and identity. He is the TAP codirector for curriculum mentorship & facilitation.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center