The AWP Conference & Bookfair features around 550 events and more than 2,000 presenters. Events are selected by the city-specific conference subcommittee below. Visit the How Events Are Selected page for more information about how the subcommittee evaluates the conference proposals.
AWP is grateful to the subcommittee members for their time and effort in providing an inclusive schedule to our numerous and varied constituencies. Please see the Conference Schedule page for a list of accepted events.
Portland 2019 Subcommittee
January Gill O’Neil, Chair
Board of Trustees
Northeast Council Chair
Salem State University
January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, Misery Islands and Underlife. Misery Islands was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. It was also selected by Mass Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book for 2015, and it won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award. She is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and a Cave Canem Fellow. With Ben Berman, she coedits poetry for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.
Board of Trustees
Rigoberto González is the author four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and ten books of prose, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, he is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine and a professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle. As of 2016, he serves as critic at large with the LA Times.
Portland State University
Diana Abu-Jaber’s most recent memoir, Life Without a Recipe, is described as “a book of love, death, and cake.” Her newest novel, Birds of Paradise, won the Arab-American National Book Award. It was also named one of the top books of the year by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The Oregonian. She has written three other award-winning novels, including Origin; Crescent; and Arabian Jazz. Her first memoir, The Language of Baklava, has been published in many languages and taught around the world. Diana teaches at Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Carl Adamshick is the author of Curses and Wishes, which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and Saint Friend, published with McSweeney’s. Both titles received an Oregon Book Award. He has taught at Catlin Gabel and lectured at Stanford University and the American International School in Vienna, as well as being a writer in residence at the William Stafford Archive at Lewis and Clark College. He is a founder and editor at Tavern Books, a nonprofit press dedicated to poetry and the preservation of books.
Danielle Cadena Deulen
Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of three books: The Riots, which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award; Lovely Asunder, which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award; and Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, which won the Barrow Street Book Contest. She has been the recipient of a University of Wisconsin Creative Writing Fellowship and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. She is the poetry editor of Acre Books and lives in Salem, Oregon where she teaches for Willamette University.
Copper Canyon Press
Elaina Ellis is an editor and writer in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems appear in Vinyl Poetry, Muzzle magazine, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Horsethief, and elsewhere. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow and author of the poetry collection Write About an Empty Birdcage. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and works at Copper Canyon Press.
University of Virginia
Paul Guest is the author of four collections of poetry and a memoir. A Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner, he teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Virginia.
University of Oregon
Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai`i and grew up on the North Shore of O`ahu and in Los Angeles. He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and UC Irvine, where he received an MFA. His work includes three books of poetry, three anthologies, Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai`i, and The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays.Among his honors are the Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, and the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences.
College of Staten Island
Tyehimba Jess is the author of Olio, which was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, and leadbelly, a National Poetry Series selection, also named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2005 by Library Journal. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Whiting Award. Jess is a Cave Canem fellow and associate professor of English at the College of Staten Island.
Joan Naviyuk Kane
Institute of American Indian Arts
Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Straits, and Milk Black Carbon. Honors for her work include the Whiting Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP, the American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, and the Aninstantia Foundation. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Universit’s School of the Arts, she raises her sons in Anchorage, Alaska and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Western Washington University
Kristiana Kahakauwila is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University. The author of This is Paradise: Stories, she was the 2015–16 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. Recent publications have appeared in RED INK, Kartika Review, Mistake House, and Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian and Indigenous Writers, among others.
Queens University of Charlotte
Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte low-residency MFA program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.
Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen
University of San Francisco
Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen is the author of three books: the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and most recently the novel Pioneer Girl. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies and included in university and community reads programs. She directs the MFA in writing program at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.
Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University. He is the author of the memoir, Wedlocked, which received the Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again. His essay “Listen to This” was mentioned as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2010, and more recently, “On Navel Gazing” was mentioned as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015.
Andrew Proctor is the Executive Director of Literary Arts, Inc., a nonprofit literary center based in downtown Portland, Oregon, that serves over 20,000 readers and writers each year. Literary Arts is comprised of five main programs: Portland Arts & Lectures, Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, Youth Programs, Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, and Delve Readers Seminars. Previously, Proctor was the membership and operations director at PEN America. He has also been an associate editor at HarperCollins and worked in the Cultural Affairs office at the Canadian High Commission in London (UK).
Highline Community College
Susan Rich is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy. She coedited the anthology, The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Crossing Borders. She teaches at Highline College and lives in West Seattle, Washington.
Oregon State University
Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books of short fiction and essays, including the linked story collection Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime, winner of a 2004 National Jewish Book Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as AGNI, The Georgia Review,and The Harvard Review, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Her edited international short story anthology, The Uncanny Reader, appeared in 2015. She teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University and the Rainier Writing Workshop.
Zachary Schomburg is the author of four books of poems including, most recently, The Book of Joshua, and the novel, Mammother. He is an illustrator, teacher, and also the publisher of the small poetry press, Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
University of Washington
Shawn Wong is the author of two novels, Homebase and American Knees, and editor and coeditor of six anthologies of Asian American or American multicultural literature, including the landmark anthology, Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers. Americanese, the award-winning film version of American Knees, was released in 2013. Wong is professor of English and comparative literature, cinema & media at the University of Washington.