2018 AWP Conference Schedule

Below is a list of AWP events for the #AWP18 Conference & Bookfair in Tampa, Florida. The schedule is searchable by day, time, title, description, participants, and type of event. This schedule is subject to change. A version accessible to screen readers is also available. Visit the offsite event schedule for a listing of literary events taking place throughout the Tampa area during our conference. Offsite event listings may be submitted until Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Scroll over participants’ names in blue to read their biographies. To create and save your own personalized conference itinerary, use the “Check here to add to my schedule” box, and then select the blue “my schedule” link to view the schedule you have created. The check box will prompt you to sign in to your AWP user account before you are able to add events to your schedule. You do not have to be an AWP member in order to create a user account. Your personalized schedule on the AWP website can be saved and printed, but it cannot be transferred to the digital conference app because the two systems are independent.

Official AWP events will take place at the Tampa Convention Center (333 S Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602) and the adjacent Tampa Marriott Waterside (700 S Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602). Unless otherwise noted, events outside these venues are not produced, moderated, or curated by AWP.

 

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

7:30 am to 8:45 am

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S100A. Sober AWP. Daily 12-Step Meeting. All in recovery from anything are welcome.

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Registration Area, Tampa Convention Center, Second Floor

S100B. Conference Registration, Sponsored by Saint Leo University Master of Arts in Creative Writing. Attendees who have registered in advance, or who have yet to purchase a registration, may secure their registration materials in AWP’s registration area located in West Registration of the Tampa Convention Center, Level Two. Please consult the bookfair map in the conference planner for location details. Students must present a valid student ID to check-in or register at our student rate. Seniors must present a valid ID to register at our senior rate. A $50 fee will be charged for all replacement badges.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Room 34, Tampa Convention Center, Fourth Floor

S101. Author Portraits by Adrianne Mathiowetz Photography. () Stop being embarrassed of your author photo! A great portrait is not only flattering, but actively invites your audience to get to know you and your work. Returning for a second year at AWP, photographer Adrianne Mathiowetz will be offering twenty-minute studio sessions on site. See your proof gallery of images immediately; any portrait you choose will be fully processed and digitally delivered in high res for $75. (Conference discount: sessions usually priced at $300.) Put your best face forward on websites, book covers, social media, and published interviews. Advanced sign-up required at https://am-photography.ticketleap.com/awp18/

Adrianne Mathiowetz is a Boston-based portrait and editorial photographer. She is a Spring 2010 photo graduate of The Salt Institute of Documentary Studies, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and Entertainment Weekly, amongst others. She lives for the in-between moments, and loves to take photos of costume changes, interruptions, and delays.

8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Room 33, Tampa Convention Center, Fourth Floor

S102. Lactation Room. The Lactation Room is located in room 33 of the Tampa Convention Center. To access the Lactation Room, please see the AWP Help Desk to obtain the key. For reasons of privacy and security, access to the lactation room is granted with permission by AWP only.

Room 31 & 32, Tampa Convention Center, Fourth Floor

S103. Dickinson Quiet Space. A dedicated quiet space for you to collect your thoughts, unwind, and escape the literary commotion. Please consult the map in the conference planner for detailed location. "There is a solitude of space, / A solitude of sea, / A solitude of death, but these / Society shall be, / Compared with that profounder site, / That polar privacy, / A Soul admitted to Itself: / Finite Infinity."  –Emily Dickinson

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

AWP Bookfair, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floor

S104. Bookfair Concessions, Bar, & Lounge. Breakfast and lunch concessions are available inside the Exhibit Hall in the Tampa Convention Center. Cash, debit, and credit cards are accepted at all food and beverage locations. Please consult the maps in the conference planner or mobile app for location details.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

AWP Bookfair, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floor

S105. AWP Bookfair, Sponsored by Wilkes University Low-Residency MA/MFA in Creative Writing. With more than 800 literary exhibitors, the AWP bookfair is the largest of its kind. A great way to meet authors, critics, and peers, the bookfair also provides excellent opportunities to find information about many literary magazines, presses, and organizations. Please consult the bookfair map in the printed conference planner or AWP mobile app for location details.

AWP Booth 834, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floor

S106. Writer to Writer Mentorship Program Booth. AWP's Writer to Writer Mentorship Program matches new writers with published authors for a three-month series on the writing life. Now in its fourth year, Writer to Writer is open to all members, but we particularly encourage applications from those writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are typically underrepresented in the literary world. To learn more, visit AWP’s Bookfair booth, where you will be able to talk with past program mentors and mentees. Diane Zinna, the program’s director, will also be there to answer your questions.

Room 2, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S107. Traveling Stanzas Interactive Exhibit. With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas interactive exhibit allows users to browse poems and videos from the refugee and immigrant community in Akron, OH. Through Emerge,™ the Center’s app, users contribute their own stanza to an AWP Community Poem around socially relevant themes. Traveling Stanzas celebrates the diverse cultural identity of our democracy and engages AWP participants in a national civic dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. Visit www.travelingstanzas.com.
Christine Gosnay and Hannah Stephenson will be doing a signing at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 in this space.

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S108. The Speculative Essay. (, , Sean Prentiss, Leslie Carol Roberts) Essayists have long employed speculation, relating nothing verifiable, rather than engaging “fact.” Some even delve into the realm of the fiction writer, overturning traditional notions of point of view in the essay. Still, the discourse surrounding nonfiction too often focuses on truth versus lies, a reductive discussion that ignores the myriad imaginative possibilities of nonfiction. This panel moves the discussion forward, pointing to the ways in which speculation is important to the form.

Lawrence Lenhart is the author of The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage. His prose appears in Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, and Prairie Schooner. He holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, teaches genres at Northern Arizona University, and rolls with DIAGRAM. He writes of islands and ferrets.


Twitter Username: Law_Is_Len

Leila Philip is the author of four books of nonfiction and poetry. Numerous awards include from the NEA and the Guggenheim. She writes for Art Critical and is the contributing editor at River Teeth. She teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and as MFA faculty at Ashland University.

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S109. The Thing Builders: Building Literary Communities That Matter. (, , , ) Building a literary thing takes more than money. It takes vision, determination, and faith that, somehow, it will be worth it. Conferences, courses, publications, and socio-political movements are opportunities for writers to find each other, share and improve skills, and create social change. As “thing-builders” who are supporting their own careers while supporting other writers, panelists will share how and why they do it in this time of almost limitless competition and scarce resources.

Amanda Johnston is the author of Another Way to Say Enter. She is an Affrilachian poet and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, founder of Torch Literary Arts, and faculty with the Stonecoast MFA program.


Twitter Username: amejohnston

Website: www.amandajohnston.com

JP Howard's debut collection Say/Mirror was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. JP was awarded the 2016 Judith Markowitz Emerging Writers Award from Lambda Literary Foundation. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Lambda, and VONA/Voices. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon.


Twitter Username: JPHoward_poet

Website: https://www.facebook.com/JPHowardAuthor

Janna Marlies Maron holds an MA in creative writing from CSU, Sacramento. She is an independent author, editor, and educator. She is the founding editor and publisher of Under the Gum Tree, a quarterly digital literary arts magazine exclusively publishing creative nonfiction and visual art.


Twitter Username: justjanna

Website: jannamarlies.com

Penny Guisinger is the author of Postcards from Here and the founding director of Iota: Short Prose Conference. Her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Rumpus, and others. Pushcart nominated and a Best American Essays notable, Guisinger is an assistant editor at Brevity.

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S110. Writing Complex Female Characters for Young Audiences. (, , , , ) Five YA and MG authors discuss how their main characters stand up for themselves and equality in this wide-ranging discussion covering various genres, voices, choices, character arcs, family structures, and backgrounds. The authors will examine the responsibilities inherent in writing for young audiences and how they approach creating complex, compelling, and inspiring female characters worth rooting for.

Natalka Burian received an MA from Columbia University where she studied Eastern European literature. She is the co-owner of two bars in Brooklyn, Elsa and Ramona, and the cofounder of the Freya Project, a feminist fundraising reading series. Welcome to the Slipstream is her first novel.


Twitter Username: natalkaburian

Margaret Dilloway is the author of the upcoming MG novel Summer of a Thousand Pies; Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters, winner of the ALA Asian/Pacific Islander Honor Award; and its sequel. She is also an award-winning women's fiction author.


Twitter Username: mdilloway

Laura Shovan’s middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, is a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a 2017 Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and won Cybils and Nerdy Book Club awards. A longtime poet-in-the-schools, Laura is the author and editor of three books of poetry for adults.


Twitter Username: LauraShovan

Website: http://authoramok.blogspot.com/

Betsy Aldredge is the co-author of Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things, a YA contemporary romance which has been called "the most hilarious, charming, feminist Sasquatch hunting book ever to grace a bookshelf."


Twitter Username: BetsyAldredge

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times–bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an AB in English literature and language. She received her JD at Yale Law School. Pintip’s novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book.


Twitter Username: pintipdunn

Website: www.pintipdunn.com

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S111. First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: When, Why, and How Short Stories Become Novels. (, , , ) According to Lorrie Moore, “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.” And as in a romance, sometimes one leads to the other, as in Evan S. Connell’s Mrs. Bridge (originally, “The Beau Monde of Mrs. Bridge”) or Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! (“Ava Wrestles the Alligator”). While most published stories stay short, writers sometimes see in a select few the potential for more. The authors on this panel will describe their experience of writing novels that evolved from short forms.

Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories and the forthcoming Make Way for Her and Other Stories. Her work recently appeared in Indiana Review, Wigleaf, Juked, and elsewhere. She teaches at Texas Tech University and is the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.


Twitter Username: KatieCortese

Website: www.katiecortese.com

Julianna Baggott is the author of over twenty books under her own name and two pen names, including two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Pure and Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonder. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and on NPR.


Twitter Username: jcbaggott

M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, and Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War. She directs the MFA in creative writing at the University of Miami, and she is board member and faculty of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).


Twitter Username: HerWildAmSelf

Website: www.mevelinagalang.com

Chigozie Obioma is a Nigerian writer from Akure, Nigeria. The Fishermen, his debut novel, won numerous awards, including the FT/Oppenheimer Awards, and an NAACP Image Awards, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book award.


Twitter Username: chigozieobioma

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S112. Beyond Genre: Writing, Editing, and Publishing Hybrid Forms in the Age of Fake News. (, , , , ) Authors who mix fact with fiction, poetry with prose, memoir with history, can fall through generic cracks in the literary landscape. How do we compose with few examples to follow? Where do we publish composite forms that defy or subvert categorization? In a time when hybrid identities of all kinds, and even truth itself, have come under scrutiny, what are the ethical ramifications of writing across genres? Five writers and publishers of hybrid work will discuss approaches and best practices.

Geoff Bouvier's first book of prose poetry, Living Room, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published by Copper Canyon. His second, Glass Harmonica, appeared from Quale Press. He is an assistant professor of poetry and writing at the University of Tampa and the poetry editor of Tampa Review.

William Todd Seabrook is the author of four novellas-in-flash including The Imagination of Lewis Carroll, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and The Genius of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He earned his PhD at Florida State University, and is the coeditor of The Cupboard Pamphlet, a prose chapbook press.


Twitter Username: wtseabrook

Website: williamtoddseabrook.net

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She is the coeditor of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings, and her second novel is Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. She teaches at DePaul.


Twitter Username: KathleenMRooney

Website: http://kathleenrooney.com/

Carol Guess is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Tinderbox Lawn, Darling Endangered, and Doll Studies: Forensics. She is professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches creative writing and queer studies.

SJ Sindu is the author of the novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies and the chapbook I Once Met You But You Were Dead. Her short work has appeared in various journals. She holds a PhD in creative writing from Florida State University, and teaches creative writing at Ringling College of Art & Design.


Twitter Username: sjsindu

Website: http://sjsindu.com

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S113. The "So What?" Factor: Making Meaning in Personal Essays and Memoir. (, , , , ) Often in creative nonfiction writing it isn't enough to tell well-crafted stories from our lives. Readers crave perspective, insight, interpretation, and sometimes researched information. This panel will discuss ways of crafting essays and memoir that move beyond “What happened?” to answer, at least implicitly, “So what?”

Jericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, Brevity, and elsewhere. She is the associate director of the MFA in writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at Champlain College. www.jerichoparms.com

Kate McCahill lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is a member of the English faculty at the Santa Fe Community College. Editor in chief of the Santa Fe Literary Review, McCahill holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first book is Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America.


Twitter Username: katewriterly

Tim Hillegonds earned a master of arts in writing and publishing (MAWP) from DePaul University in Chicago. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, River Teeth, Baltimore Review, Brevity, The Fourth River, and others.


Twitter Username: timhillegonds

Miles Harvey is working on a book about the 19th-century prophet and con man James Jesse Strang. His previous work includes The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime and How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, an oral-history collection he edited. He teaches at DePaul.

Michele Morano is the author of Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain and of essays published in many venues, including Best American Essays, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Boulevard, and Ninth Letter. She teaches creative writing at DePaul University in Chicago.


Twitter Username: MicheleMorano

Website: www.michelemorano.com

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S114. Conflict, Crisis, Verse: Four Poets in Conversation. (, , , , ) During a period of political exigency and social anxiety, how can poets and poetry teach, inspire, connect, and heal? Four widely published and celebrated poets—two military combat veterans, an Iraqi-American emigre, and the spouse of a military officer—draw on the urgency and insight born of their experience of war to trace the dynamic relationship of poetic voice and technique, personal circumstance and perspective, and turbulent national and global events.

Peter Molin teaches in the writing program at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He publishes and presents often on contemporary war literature, 19th-century American literature, and composition studies, and blogs at Time Now: The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Art, Film, and Literature.


Twitter Username: TimeNowBlog

Website: acolytesofwar.com

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of six poetry collections, including most recently Dots & Dashes, The Arranged Marriage, and Red Army Red. She is as an associate professor at the University of North Texas.

Dunya Mikhail was awarded the Kresge Fellowship in 2013 and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing in 2001. Her books include The War Works Hard, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea, The Iraq Nights, and the newly released The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq.


Twitter Username: Dunya Mikhail

Benjamin Busch served as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq. He is the author of a memoir, Dust to Dust, and has published in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Five Points, and North American Review.

Brian Turner (author of My Life as a Foreign Country; Here, Bullet; and Phantom Noise) received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Fellowship, an NEA grant, the Amy Lowell, the Poets’ Prize, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He directs the MFA in creative writing at Sierra Nevada College.


Twitter Username: TurnerBriturn3

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S115. Tearing Down Walls: The International Experience in Low-Residency MFA Programs. (, , , ) This panel will explore the variety of international programming offered by low-residency MFAs and seek to understand how such programs work and to what end. We will ask: what role does literary citizenship play in the education of a writer? How can international experiences enrich our students’ writing, especially in light of recent talk of travel bans and building walls? How might the low-res MFA program be uniquely positioned to espouse such a mission?

Kathleen Driskell has published four collections of poetry, most recently Blue Etiquette. Her collection Seed Across Snow was listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation. Kathleen is a director of the Spalding low-residency MFA program and vice-chair of the Mid-Atlantic region.


Twitter Username: kathdriskell

Website: http://kathleendriskell.blogspot.com

Robin Talbot is the associate director of Stonecoast MFA, University of Southern Maine. She has written two documentary scripts: A Call to Action: A Community's Dream and Starting Over; and Understanding and Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Experiences. Robin holds an MA in arts administration.

M.O. Walsh is the author of the story collection The Prospect of Magic and the novel My Sunshine Away, which was a New York Times bestseller, an Indie Next Pick and winner of the Pat Conroy Book Award for Fiction. He currently directs the creative writing workshop at the University of New Orleans.


Twitter Username: m_o_walsh

Website: www.mowalsh.com

Janet Pocorobba is associate professor and associate director of the Lesley low-residency MFA in creative writing program. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Harvard Review, The Writer, Kyoto Journal, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S116. Green Writers Press Celebrates 5th Anniversary Reading. (, , , , ) Green Writers Press, a small, Vermont-based publishing company, is dedicated to spreading environmental awareness by publishing authors who proliferate messages of hope and renewal through place-based writing and environmental activism. In just five years, Green Writers Press has expanded significantly, publishing such authors as Julia Alvarez, Chard deNiord, John Elder, and Clarence Major. This event will be a lively reading from poets, novelists, and essayists from the press and The Hopper.

Dede Cummings won the Mary Dunning Thwing Award at Middlebury. Her poetry has been published in Mademoiselle, Connotation Press, and other literary magazines. Her collection To Look Out From won the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. She lives in Vermont, where she runs Green Writers Press.


Twitter Username: dcdesign1

Website: www.dedecummingsdesigns.com

Tim Weed is the author of a novel, Will Poole’s Island, named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year, and a short story collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing. He teaches at GrubStreet and in the MFA writing program at Western Connecticut State University.


Twitter Username: weedlit

Ellen Skowronski-Polito is a freelance translator, editor, and writer. Awarded the ASLE Translation Grant 2016, Ellen has published various essays and translations in Ecozon@ and other ecoliterary publications. She received her MA in Spanish literature from NYU (Madrid/NY).

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland is a Mexican American poet and painter. She is most inspired by the lineages of heirloom seeds and old family folktales. The name of her first poetry collection is Dirt and Honey.


Twitter Username: poet_raquelvgil

Ellene Glenn Moore is the author of the chapbook The Dark Edge of the Bluff. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University, where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow in Poetry, and a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S117. Literary Public Citizen: The Laureate in the Community. (, , , Chad Frame) What does it mean to be a literary public citizen? One state, two city, and two township laureates discuss developing programs and strategies that effectively use poetry to build community and address local needs. Topics include best practices for addressing a wide range of audiences (in age, exposure to poetry, and interest), navigating bureaucratic structures, applying for grants, teaching in community settings, advocating for the arts, and nurturing one’s own career while serving as laureate.

Elline Lipkin is the author of a book of poems, The Errant Thread, and a critical book, Girls' Studies. A Research Scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women, she also teaches poetry for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Currently, and she serves as the poet laureate of Altadena, California.


Twitter Username: girlsstudies

Website: www.EllineLipkin.com

JoAnn Balingit is a 2017 VONA/Voices fellow and author of Words for House Story (2013). Her poems appear in Best New Poets, Salt Hill, The Rumpus, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. An assistant editor at YesYes Books, and editor at Delaware Poetry Review, she was Delaware poet laureate from 2008 to 2015.


Twitter Username: jabalingit

Amy Dryansky's second book, Grass Whistle, won the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, was published by Alice James Books, and her poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals. She works at Hampshire College, and she is poet laureate of Northampton, MA.


Twitter Username: adryansky

Website: http://amydryansky.wordpress.com

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor

S118. Identity/Theft: A Conversation for the Classroom About Race, Appropriation, and Rachel Dolezal. (, , , ) Arising from a conversation on race, gender identity, culture, and appropriation sparked by the 2017 memoir from controversial self-identified “transracial” writer and activist, Rachel Dolezal, this culturally diverse panel of educators and social activists seeks to address and explore current questions for the teachers and students of creative writing and literature in the postmodern global society.

Arielle Silver teaches in the MFA, BA, and community writing programs at Antioch University Los Angeles, where her scholarship on stepmothers, feminist pedagogy, and lyric essay won the Library Research Award in 2016 and 2017. She serves on the International Women’s Writing Guild advisory board.


Twitter Username: relsilver

Rochelle Newman-Carrasco's career blends writing, performing, and corporate thought leadership specializing in US Hispanic marketing. She holds an MFA from Antioch, Culver City. An award-winning writer, her work has appeared in Lilith, NAILED, Role Reboot, Ad Age, LunchTicket, PopSugar, and others.


Twitter Username: nuevohombre

Angela Bullock is a writer/actor. She holds an MFA in creative writing from AULA and she is a contributing blogger and assistant editor for Lunch Ticket literary magazine. Her book review of Margo Jefferson’s award-winning memoir Negroland will be published in the June 2017 issue of Lunch Ticket.


Twitter Username: OKAngelaBullock

Kiah Danielle is a graduate of the MFA in creative writing program at Antioch University of LA. She is a writer, freelance writer, and an ESL teacher.

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S119. The Creation of Word Thug and the Intricacies of Cross-Community, Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration. (, , , , ) In an era of ideological conservatism and spending cuts, how might writers, artists, and teachers work to facilitate creative expression in communities? Panelists discuss the intricacies of cross-community, cross-disciplinary collaboration during the creation and pilot of Word Thug, a critical multimedia space for community artists and writers whose works challenge dominant language and culture. How do we collaborate to support projects on climate change, hip hop culture, and youths in politics?

Rossina Zamora Liu is a clinical assistant professor of education at the University of Iowa. She is a faculty fellow in the Provost’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, and director of the College of Education Writing Resource. She has a PhD in literacy studies and an MFA in nonfiction from Iowa.

Jeremy Swanston is a graphic designer whose research interests pertain to the utilization of graphic design in visualizing data in an accessible and meaningful way. He is passionate about the impact social design can have in an academic environment as well as the community.

Bernadette Esposito is an adjunct assistant professor of writing at Maine College of Art. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, The Normal School, and others. She has taught writing for fifteen years, and she holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa.

Meg Jacobs served as an assistant professor of education at Cornell College from 2013–2017 after working with youth writers throughout her fifteen-year elementary teaching career. Meg is a three-year research fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Steve McNutt (MFA, nonfiction; PhD, language, literacy, and culture) has taught writing to some of the most diverse undergraduate communities at the University of Iowa. Research interests include ways of teaching writing as a liberating act and the interplay between identity and pedagogy.


Twitter Username: stevebmcnutt

Website: www.stevemcnutt.com

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S120. Literary Publishing at the Community College: Preparing a New Generation of Writers and Curators. (, , , , ) Riverside City College's Muse and Mount San Antonio College's Creepy Gnome together have decades of experience providing highly diverse student staff with opportunities to design, edit, curate, and promote nationally recognized literary magazines. Panelists will outline best practices of applied learning and mentorship in literary publishing, with emphasis on empowering students at HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) to contribute to the literary marketplace and develop their artistic vision.

Jo Scott-Coe is an associate professor of English at Riverside City College and serves as advisory editor of RCC Muse. Her essays have appeared most recently in Tahoma Literary Review, American Studies Journal, Talking Writing, and Catapult. Her second book is Mass: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest.


Twitter Username: joscottcoe

Website: joscottcoe.com

James Ducat is a poet and assistant professor of English at Riverside City College, where he is assistant editorial advisor to the literary magazine, MUSE, and teaches creative writing and composition. He holds an MFA from Antioch University, LA, as well as an MA in composition/rhetoric.


Twitter Username: jamesducat

Lloyd Aquino teaches English composition, literature, and creative writing at Mount San Antonio College. His poetry, fiction, and drama have been published in both the United States and England.


Twitter Username: lloydavidaquino

Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, of the Costanoan-Rumsen Carmel Band of Ohlone Indians, graduate of the IAIA's low-residency MFA program, is the winner of the Muse Times Two poetry contest, 2016, nominated for a pushcart, as well as a Periphery Poets Fellow, and former editor of poetry for Mud City.

Marcos Corona is an undergraduate student at Riverside City College and a senior contributing editor with MUSE Literary Journal.

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S121. Arab American Poetics. (, , , , ) Arab American literary aesthetics and poetics are critical and avant garde, transnational and translingual, cosmopolitan and cosmopolitical, absurd and comic, and ultimately uncategorizable. Poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers will be present to discuss, celebrate, critique, and share in his rich conversation on Arab American poetics, with a focus on visual qualities and experimentations of texts, as well as the ways in which they stretch, interrogate,and change the English language.

Marwa Helal is a poet whose work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, The Offing, Poets & Writers, The Recluse, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN and Invasive Species. Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest.


Twitter Username: marwahelal

Website: marshelal.com

Hayan Charara, NEA Fellow and University of Houston faculty, is the author of three poetry books, most recently Something Sinister; a children's book; editor of Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry; and a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha's book of poetry, Water and Salt, is published by Red Hen Press. Her chapbook, Arab in Newsland, won the 2016 Two Sylvias Press Prize. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and the Rita Dove Prize. She is an MFA candidate at the Rainier Writing Workshop.


Twitter Username: LKTuffaha

Website: www.lenakhalaftuffaha.com

Deema K. Shehabi is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon and coeditor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, for which she received the Northern California Book Award's NCBR Recognition Award. She's also coauthor with Marilyn Hacker of Diaspo/Renga.

Randa Jarrar is the author of the critically acclaimed novel A Map of Home and the short story collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Her essays have appeared in The Sun, Guernica, Oxford American, New York Times Magazine, Utne Reader, and Salon. She is associate professor at Fresno State's MFA program.


Twitter Username: randajarrar

Website: randajarrar.com

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S122. The Shadow of the Mouse: How Florida Fiction Can Escape Theme Park Culture. (, , , , ) When Americans think of Florida too often they think of theme parks or mobility scooters. Those who write in and about this region hope to be taken seriously when the place they write about isn’t. Five writers of literary fiction consider the inward and outward facing qualities of Florida literature. Specifically, how can fiction writers make Florida feel real when it’s so often associated with make believe? How can they humanize a cartoon state?

Chris Eder is a graduate of the Adelphi University MFA program. He has just completed his graduate thesis (a collection of stories), and is currently working on new material.


Twitter Username: chriseder6

Regina Sakalarios-Rogers is an instructor of creative writing at the University of West Florida. Her short fiction stories and essays have been published in various magazine and literary journals, She edits a regional literary journal and has completed a satirical crime novel set on the Gulf Coast.

Jeff Newberry is the author of a novel (A Stairway to the Sea) and a poetry collection (Brackish). The poet in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, he teaches in the Writing and Communications Program and serves as an advisory editor for the literary magazine Pegasus.


Twitter Username: FlaExile

Website: http://www.jeffnewberry.com

Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me. His work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. A former editor at Granta, Patrick is the editor of One Story.


Twitter Username: patrickryannyc

Lynne Barrett, author of the story collections Magpies and The Secret Names of Women, has received the Florida Book Award's fiction gold medal and an Edgar Award for best mystery story. She teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.


Twitter Username: LynneBarrett

Website: www.lynnebarrett.com

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S123. Xavier University of Louisiana Creative Writing Minor 20th Anniversary Reading. (, , , ) Located in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana is a Historically Black and Catholic University founded by St. Katherine Drexel and the Sister of the Blessed Sacrament in 1915, and also the first to start a minor in creative writing, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. One of the founders, creative nonfiction writer Patrice Melnick, as well as a current professor, the poet and translator, Biljana D. Obradovic, will read from their work with their successful creative writing

Biljana D. Obradović is a Serbian American poet (three collections; newest, Incognito), translator (Gery, Kunitz, Weigl, de Rachewiltz, Osundare, Milanovic, Anthology Cat Painters of Serbian Poetry), who teaches at Xavier University of LA in New Orleans.


Twitter Username: bdobradovic1

Website: http://biljanaobradovic.wordpress.com

Patrice Melnick is cofounder of Xavier University's creative writing minor. Melnick writes essays and poems, and currently directs the Festival of Words nonprofit organization in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. She pays the bills working in tourism, helping visitors have fun.

Jonathan Moody holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. He’s also a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Moody's first book of poetry is entitled The Doomy Poems. His second collection, Olympic Butter Gold, won the Cave Canem second book prize.


Twitter Username: JonathanMoody8

Kayla Briette Rodney, currently a student at the University of Florida pursuing her PhD in English, earned her BA in English at Xavier University of Louisiana, and her MFA in poetry at San Diego State University. Her current areas of focus are race, education, and Womanism.


Twitter Username: k_briette

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S124. The Lives of Others: Biography as Creative Nonfiction. (, , ) Amid the explosion of memoir, attention to biography as creative nonfiction has been scant. Few MFA programs teach the genre, and reviewers often summarize the life at the expense of the writing. Panelists will discuss biographical research; ways to create historical context, including issues of race and gender; and how to face gaps in the record and ethical quandaries. The panel will explore recent innovations in literary structures as well as biography's boundaries with other genres.

Terese Svoboda has published seventeen books of poetry, fiction, biography, memoir, and translation, most recently Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet in paper. She teaches frequently at Stonybrook/Southampton.


Twitter Username: teresesvoboda

Website: www.teresesvoboda.com

Michael N. McGregor is the author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, a finalist for several awards, including a Washington State Book Award. A professor of creative writing for over twenty years, his essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications.

Joanne B. Mulcahy, a teacher of creative nonfiction, is the author of Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island, Remedios: The Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz and Writing Abroad: A Guide for Travelers (with Peter Chilson). She is currently researching a biography of artist Marion Greenwood.


Twitter Username: https://twitter.com/mulca

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S125. Re-Defining a Writer’s Success Through Intuition, Vulnerability, and Community Service. (, , , , ) As marginalized writers, many times our success cannot be quantified. We work in our communities, yet do not imagine ourselves as “successful” per se. Instead, our actions are responsibilities, necessities. Intuition and vulnerability are vital to being a successful writer, performer, cultural worker, and to share our authentic selves, experiences, and knowledge. This synergy drives us. In this discussion, writers share their discovery of success through intuition, vulnerability, and community service.

Allyson Jeffredo is a writer, educator, and community worker. She is the author of the chapbook, Songs After Memory Fractures, the secretary of literary nonprofit, PoetrIE, and poetry coeditor of The Great American Literary Magazine.


Twitter Username: allyj0_0

Julie Sophia Paegle is the author of the poetry collections torch song tango choir, named by Poets & Writers as one of the nation’s premiere debuts, and Twelve Clocks. She is professor of English at Cal State San Bernardino and and at its Palm Desert extension campus.

Romaine Washington is an educator and the author of Sirens in Her Belly, a collection of poems, which was on BET's top ten must-read list for 2016. At the 2017 CATE conference, she presented social justice unit lessons for her book, located on the website, www.romainewashington.com.


Twitter Username: poetromaine

Website: www.romainewashington.com

Isabel Quintero is the author of Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, recipient of the William C. Morris Award for Debut YA Novel, the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, and the California Book Award.


Twitter Username: isabelinpieces

Website: laisabelquintero.com

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S126. Profundity as Purpose: Thoughts on Sentences, Vocabulary, and Style. (, , , , Caroline Casey) Thrilling! I couldn't put it down! A literary page-turner! Such exclamations speak to a particular set of reader values, namely that writing should be entertaining, concise, clear, and propulsive. This panel speaks to its political opposite: writing that stretches boundaries, considers musicality as important, searches for vocabulary and meaning. Where is today’s writing that takes up the gauntlet of Faulkner, Woolf, Dos Passos, and what can such writing mean in the 21st century?

Christine Schutt is the author of two story collections and three novels, Florida, All Souls, and Prosperous Friends. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, Schutt has also been awarded Guggenheim and New York Arts fellowships. Schutt's newest fiction is Pure Hollywood.


Twitter Username: ChristineSchut8

John Keene is the author of Annotations; Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse; and Counternarratives; and is the translator of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.


Twitter Username: jstheater

Website: http://jstheater.blogspot.com

Christian Kiefer is author of the novels The Infinite Tides and The Animals and the novella One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide. He is recipient of a Pushcart Prize and directs the low-res MFA program at Ashland University. His new novel, Phantoms, Is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: xiankiefer

Website: www.xiankiefer.com

Kim O'Neil is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and assistant director of the Writing Center. She has an MFA from UC Irvine.

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S127. Comics: Literature and Invention. (, , , , ) Comics should be taught alongside other forms of literature, but comics can also provide a method for exploring creativity itself, particularly in writing classes. Panelists discuss approaches to comics in creative writing, composition, and literature courses, with emphasis on invention, storytelling, visual literacy, and metacognition. Audience members will take away assignment ideas and reading lists for immediate use in the classroom.

Margaret Luongo teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at Miami University, where she also serves as assistant director for the Literary London study abroad program. She is the author of two story collections, If the Heart is Lean and History of Art.

Joseph Bates is the author of Tomorrowland: Stories and The Nighttime Novelist. His short fiction has appeared in such journals as The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Identity Theory, and InDigest Magazine. He teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Twitter Username: josephrbates

Website: www.josephbates.net

Martha Otis is from Minnesota and teaches writing at the University of Miami. Her fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices series and the Indiana Review, among other places. Her poetry and fiction have been translated into Spanish and Italian.

Steve Dudas teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned an MA in creative writing in 2013 and is currently working on a PhD in Literature. His writing has been published in The Great Lakes Book Project, drupe fruits, and Rain Taxi. He is a founding coeditor of Threadcount magazine.


Twitter Username: SimonBalderDash

Billy Simms is an artist and educator with master degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and Miami University. He was the winner of the 2012 Drake University Emerging Writer Award for his graphic novel The Clown Genocide.

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S128. “How difficult it is to remain just one person”: Translating the Autobiographical Poem. (, , , , ) This panel gathers poet-translators to discuss the complexities of the contemporary autobiographical poem. How might translation reveal the lyric self as fluid, elusive, and relational? Through translation, this conversation will explore questions of authority and embodiment in the autobiographical poem itself. Poet-translators from Spanish, Korean, and Russian will highlight the personal and cultural dimensions of shifting subjectivity, and the dissonance of lived vs. written experience.

Michelle Gil-Montero is a poet and translator. She has translated several books of poetry by contemporary Latin American writers, including Maria Negroni, Valerie Mejer Caso, and Andres Ajens. Her work has been supported by the NEA, Howard Foundation, and Fulbright.

Don Mee Choi’s books of poetry include Hardly War and The Morning News Is Exciting. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon, a contemporary South Korean poet, is Poor Love Machine.

Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator, and editor. She has published three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Red House. She translates poetry and plays from Russian. She is editor of Modern Poetry in Translation and coeditor of the international anthology Centres of Cataclysm.


Twitter Username: SashaDugdale

Valerie Mejer Caso is a Mexican poet, painter, and translator. Her books in English translation are Rain of the Future and This Blue Novel. She has been the recipient of the Gerardo Diego International Poetry Award (Spain). Her unfolded book Untamable Light was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Anna Deeny Morales has translated poetry by Raúl Zurita, Mercedes Roffé, Alejandra Pizarnik, Nicanor Parra, and Gabriela Mistral among others. Deeny is currently writing a book about sound dissent, translation, and Latin American poetry. She teaches at Georgetown University.

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S129. The Secret Sauce–How Boards and Staff Partner to Make Amazing Things Happen. (, , , ) Ever wonder the secret behind thriving nonprofits that are accomplishing extraordinary things? Literary centers, publishers, and other nonprofits all need great leadership at the board and staff level to accomplish audacious goals. Come hear from leadership pairs (Executive Director and board member) from the National Book Foundation, Literary Arts, and Seattle Arts & Lectures about what makes the partnership work, how to recruit great board members, and lessons learned in collaboration.

Ruth E. Dickey is the Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures. She has received a Mayor’s Arts Award in Washington, DC and an individual artist fellowship from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, and her poems and essays have appeared in Sonora Review, Cincinnati Review, and others.


Twitter Username: ruthedickey

Andrea Voytko is a deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington. She serves a the vice-chair of the board for Seattle Arts & Lectures.


Twitter Username: maineajv

Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. Before joining the Foundation, she served as the publisher of Guernica magazine and the director of education at Tribeca Film Institute.


Twitter Username: likaluca

Fiona McCrae has been the Director and Publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994.

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S130. Bridging Campus and Community: Approaches to University-Community Writing Programs. (, , , , ) Universities are rich in resources that support writing—not just money, but space, human capital, the ability to generate publicity—but these resources are often used to support writers who already have the privilege of academic affiliation. Panelists representing a range of programs, including community workshops, an emerging writers conference, and partnerships with underserved communities, describe ways writers inside academia can leverage resources to support writers beyond their campus.

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx, winner of the 2014 National Poetry Series, and the chapbook Acadiana. She is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the NJ Council on the Arts.


Twitter Username: nancy_reddy

Emari DiGiorgio is the author of The Things a Body Might Become. She’s received residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above in Atlantic City.


Twitter Username: Emari_DiGiorgio

Website: http://edigiorgio.wix.com/poet

Jan Beatty’s five books of poetry include Jackknife: New and Selected, The Switching Yard, and Red Sugar. Beatty hosts Prosody on Public Radio featuring national writers. She directs creative writing at Carlow University, Madwomen in the Attic workshops, and she is interim director of the MFA program.


Twitter Username: janbeatty27

Website: www.janbeatty.com

Dora Malech is the author of two books of poems, Say So and Shore Ordered Ocean. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of poetry at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


Twitter Username: doramalech

Website: www.doramalech.com

Erika Jo Brown is author of I’m Your Huckleberry. A University of Houston PhD student, she is poetry editor and reading series curator for Gulf Coast. She teaches community workshops for WITS and Inprint. She serves as graduate advisor for UH’s Glass Mountain magazine and the Boldface Conference.

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S131. Leap: Disjunction, Disconnection, and Useful Dissonance in Contemporary Poetics. (, , , , ) We leap because we want to jumpstart a traditional narrative, and take it up and out in a metaphorical rocket, adding lyrical and meditative weight to an otherwise predictable poem. We leap because it is a way to violently birth the poem, then lift it to the world as a gesture of greatness, a 360 degree display of the deep unconscious. The panel will discuss the origins of leaping, from the deep image poets of the 1960s to our contemporary poets.

Laura Minor is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Writers Spotlight Award, chosen by D.A. Powell. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Berfrois, Queen Mob's Tea House, Hobart, and Spring Gun Press. She is currently a doctoral candidate in poetry at Florida State University.


Twitter Username: lauralminor

Mark Bibbins is the author of three books of poems, the most recent of which is They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full. He teaches at The New School and Columbia University, and edits the poetry section of The Awl.

Josh Bell is the author of the poetry collections No Planets Strike and Alamo Theory. He is Briggs Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, has taught at Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and is the recent recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jillian Weise is the author of The Amputee's Guide to Sex, The Colony, and The Book of Goodbyes. Recent work appears in Boston Review, Poetry, and The New York Times. She teaches at Clemson University.

Carmen Giménez Smith, publisher of Noemi Press, is professor of English at Virginia Tech. Most recently, she is author of Cruel Futures and Be Recorder. Her last poetry collection, Milk and Filth, was a finalist for the NBCC Award.


Twitter Username: lizitasmith

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S132. How to Fail: On Abandoning a Manuscript, and Not. (, , , ) When should you quit on a writing project, and how do you know? And if you do move on, how should you do so in order to be successful going forward? And what about a massive overhaul instead? Successful writers rarely speak about their failures; the books, stories, and essays that never were. On this panel, five accomplished writers in both fiction and nonfiction try to pull back the curtain on what it means and doesn’t mean to quit on a project, as well as how to persevere when you need to.

Arna Bontemps Hemenway is the author of the short story collection, Elegy on Kinderklavier, winner of the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award. His fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2015, as well as other venues. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Baylor University.


Twitter Username: arnabontemps

Website: arnabontempshemenway.com

Rachel Yoder hosts The Fail Safe, a podcast about creative failure, and also edits draft: The Journal of Process which features first and final drafts of stories, essays, and poetry, along with author interviews.


Twitter Username: yoderama

Website: www.racheljyoder.com

Kerry Howley is the author of Thrown, a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and an assistant professor in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her essays, short stories, and reportage have appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, Harper's, and New York magazine.


Twitter Username: kerryhowley

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the story collection Music for Wartime and two novels, The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower. Her work was chosen for The Best American Short Stories in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and won a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She is artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.


Twitter Username: rebeccamakkai

Website: www.rebeccamakkai.com

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S133. Literary Translation in the Creative Writing Classroom. (, , , ) Literary translation, one of the fastest growing genres in creative writing programs these days, is a natural option for people who love literature and languages and writing and who wish to train themselves for satisfying careers in the book world. The panelists in this session are all translators and writers who teach literary translation courses and workshops that are part of creative writing programs and will share their experiences and teaching methods with participants.

Evan Fallenberg is an award-winning novelist and translator who teaches creative writing and literary translation at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. Recipient of NEA and other fellowships, he is artistic director of Arabesque: An Arts & Residency Center in Old Acre.

Roger Sedarat's most recent poetry collection is Haji as Puppet: An Orientalist Burlesque. A recent recipient of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, he teaches creative writing and literary translation in the MFA Program at Queens College, City University of New York.


Twitter Username: rogersedarat

Minna Zallman Proctor is the editor of The Literary Review and teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the author of Do You Hear What I Hear? and Landslide. She translates from Italian; her most recent translation is Fleur Jaeggy's These Possible Lives.


Twitter Username: FranklinProctor

Website: www.minnaproctor.com

Annmarie Drury studies Victorian literature and the history of translation. She is also a poet and a translator of Swahili poetry. Her books include Translation as Transformation in Victorian Poetry and Stray Truths: Selected Poems of Euphrase Kezilahabi. Her poetry has appeared in many journals.

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S134. #BestSummerEver!!!: Building an Effective Creative Writing Camp for High School Students. (, , , ) This panel will consider ways to build, organize, and run effective writing camps for high school students. We’ll consider best practices for recruiting and organizing programs of various lengths (from one week to six) and types (day camps versus residential), and also the day-to-day operation of activities once the camp begins. Four instructors with experience teaching and organizing these programs will help the audience address the key questions to consider when building their own programs.

Karen Dwyer teaches fiction and nonfiction writing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her short stories and essays have appeared in BrainChild, Gettysburg Review, Arts and Letters, Red Mountain Review, and Other Voices, among other publications.

Jennifer Collins served as codirector and then director of the creative writing division of Shenandoah University's Performing Arts Camp, and has more recently become a faculty member of the Cardigan Mountain School's Summer Session, where she's been teaching creative writing and drama for six years.


Twitter Username: wytwavedarling

Dave Griffith is the author of A Good War Is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America. He is vice president and Richard and Emily Smucker Chair of Education at the Chautauqua Institution.


Twitter Username: poorerthandead

Website: http://davidgriffith.tumblr.com

John Fried’s fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Minnesota Review, and North American Review. He teaches creative writing at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Room 10, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S135. Yoga for Writers. () Join a certified yoga instructor for a gentle, one-hour yoga and meditation practice, appropriate for practitioners of all levels and abilities, focusing on stretching and mindfulness for writers. Please come in comfortable street clothes; mats and yoga apparel are not necessary. Chairs will be provided and advance sign-up is required. Sign up will be available beginning on Monday, 11/13/17, 12 noon EST.

Melissa Carroll is a writer, poet, and yoga teacher who employs mindful approaches to writing craft. She is the editor of Going OM: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat, with a foreword by Cheryl Strayed. Melissa is the author of two poetry chapbooks: The Karma Machine and The Pretty Machine.

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S136. Pitch Wars Live. (, , , , ) Join five mentors from the acclaimed Pitch Wars online contest, which has garnered over 200 successful agent matches and launched bestselling authors. The mentors will share what makes submissions truly stand out when queries are piling into our inbox with every passing minute. Find out what catches our eye and what makes us roll our eyes. Bring a query letter or elevator pitch for the chance to receive feedback from the mentors.

Sarah Nicolas is the author of Dragons Are People, Too and Keeping Her Secret, and writes romance as Aria Kane. An event planner at a large library system, coordinator of the Orlando Book Festival, and a Book Riot contributor, she has worked as a publicity director and an editorial assistant.


Twitter Username: sarah_nicolas

Kit Frick is a novelist, poet, and MacDowell Colony fellow. She edits the chapbook series for Black Lawrence Press, edits for private clients, and mentors emerging writers through Pitch Wars. Kit holds an MFA from Syracuse University, and her debut young adult novel is See All the Stars.


Twitter Username: kitfrick

Alexandra Peñaloza Alessandri is a Colombian American poet, children’s author, and Pitch Wars mentor. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Rio Grande Review, and YARN. She teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at Broward College.


Twitter Username: apalessandri

E.M. Caines writes young adult novels as Ella Martin and has been a member of the Pitch Wars community since 2014. She is a self-described “prep school survivor” from Southern California now residing in Central Florida.


Twitter Username: emcaines

Diana Gallagher teaches writing at Suffolk County Community College. She is the author of Lessons In Falling, a young adult novel. Her work has appeared in The Southampton Review, International Gymnast, and on a cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. She's also a mentor for PitchWars, a blog contest.


Twitter Username: DianaMarieGal

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S137. Writing Race, Class, and Gender in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry. (, , , ) The debate seems endless over how far we can blur facts when writing about real lives and events; yet when narrative involves historical figures, that debate is even more crucial, especially when matters of race, class, and gender are at stake. Whether writing about the life of Zora Neale Hurston, or the intertwining lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, or a lynching, panel authors address ways their writing honors not only truth but facts in the current era of fake news and post-truth.

Martin Lammon is the author of News from Where I Live: Poems. He holds the Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Flannery O’Connor Chair in Creative Writing at Georgia College & State University, where he teaches poetry, poetics, literary translation, and creative nonfiction.


Twitter Username: martinlammon

Website: http://mfa.gcsu.edu

Patricia Bell-Scott's biography, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, won the Lillian Smith Book Award and ALA Best Nonfiction book award. She is University of Georgia emerita professor of women's studies


Twitter Username: PBell_Scott

Anthony Grooms directs the MA in Professional Writing Program at Kennesaw State. He has won awards from Fulbright, Yaddo, NEA, Bread Loaf, and Hurston-Wright, and is the author of Bombingham, a novel, and Trouble No More, stories. His novel, The Vain Conversation, is forthcoming.

Valerie Boyd is author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, and editor of the forthcoming Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker. She founded and directs the University of Georgia’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction.


Twitter Username: valboydwrites

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S138. Writing Workshops in Greece: Faculty and Alumni Reading. (, , , , Courtney Zoffness) This reading celebrates Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki and Thasos, which allows writers to gather for a month of literary work and adventure on a remote island. Our reading highlights the diversity and success of our program faculty and alumni, who range widely in age and origin, and who have won numerous book prizes and have served as Stegner fellows, Cave Canem fellows, and Fulbright scholars. Readers will attest to the value of an immersive international literary experience.

Graham Barnhart is a 2017 Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. He holds an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a US Army Special Forces Medic. His work has been awarded The Jeff Sharlett Memorial Prize and Chad Walsh Poetry Prize.

Natalie Bakopoulos is the author of The Green Shore. Her work has appeared in Tin House, VQR, Salon, The New York Times, Granta, O. Henry Prize Stories, and other publications. She has received fellowships from the Camargo and MacDowell foundations, and she was a 2015 Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece.


Twitter Username: nbakopoulos

Christopher Bakken is the author of three books of poetry (most recently Eternity & Oranges) and a memoir: Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table. He serves as director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos and he teaches at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.


Twitter Username: bakkenpoet

Website: http://christopherbakken.com

Joanna Eleftheriou teaches at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the Writing Workshops in Greece. Her translations, fiction, essays, and poetry appear in journals including Arts & Letters, Chautauqua, and Crab Orchard Review.


Twitter Username: JOANNAessayist

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S139. Handling Tense Classroom Moments with Humor, Vulnerability, and Freewrites. (, , , ) As teachers of creative writing, we inevitably encounter sensitive and unexpected moments of tension during classroom discussions. Here, teachers of undergraduates will share methods they employed for such pressure-point episodes, using self-revelation, humor, and on-the-spot writing exercises to bring students closer to a deeper sense of craft and ethics in their practice. Teachers hailing from Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the United States will share strategies across genres and borders.

Dini Parayitam graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with MFA in fiction. She is currently an Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where she is editing her first novel.


Twitter Username: DiniParayitam

Lucas Mann is the author of Lord Fear: A Memoir and Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere. His essays have appeared in Guernica, TriQuarterly, Slate, BuzzFeed, and The Kenyon Review. He earned his MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Twitter Username: lucaswmann

Website: lucasmann.com

Yuly Restrepo is a professor of composition and creative writing at the University of Tampa, as well as fiction editor of The Tampa Review. She is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe fellowship in 2009, and will become a MacDowell fellow in the summer of 2017. She is at work on her first novel.

Laurel Flores Fantauzzo is the author of The First Impulse. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, and Esquire Philippines. A 2016 finalist for the PEN/Fusion Award, she is a lecturer in the Writers' Centre at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.


Twitter Username: laurelfantauzzo

Website: laurelfantauzzo.com

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S140. Only Connect: Building Literary Community Beyond the MFA. (, , , , ) Community is often touted as the best reason to get an MFA. But what happens when the program ends, or if an MFA isn’t right for you? Administrators from organizations changing the literary ecosystem discuss the opportunities for connection that exist in nonacademic settings. Topics include writing, publishing, and networking on- and offline; teaching and studying outside of academia; and how writers from every educational background can find and build their own sustaining, creative communities.

Julie Buntin is the director of writing programs at Catapult, a new independent literary publisher. She is the author of the novel, Marlena, and she teaches creative writing at Marymount Manhattan College.


Twitter Username: juliebuntin

Saeed Jones debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was the winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. His memoir is forthcoming.

Ken Chen is the Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for his poetry collection Juvenilia, which was selected by Louise Glück. He is one of the founders of CultureStrike, an arts organization dedicated to migrant justice.

Christine Texeira received her MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. Her work has appeared in print and online. She has worked on literary journals and taught creative writing, and is the program director at Hugo House, a center for writers in Seattle.

Alison Murphy is the program director at GrubStreet. She was the recipient of the James Jones 2016 First Novel Fellowship for her novel Balagan, about the second intifada in Israel and the 2003 Iraq War.


Twitter Username: amurph11

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S141. A Life of Crime: Writing at the Dark End of the Street. (, , , , ) If the academy is opening to genre fiction, the MFA world has been less immediately inclusive. Capital-L literature is the stock and trade of top writing programs. Few identifying as crime writers teach in the more established programs. This despite Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Attica Locke, Don Winslow, and other writers known for craft—and sales. Five accomplished crime writers talk about the label, the marketplace, the devoted readership, and crime's place among today's best fiction.

Bill Beverly is the author of Dodgers, a novel. He's a past editor of 32 Poems magazine. His book On the Lam is a survey of the criminal fugitive figure in narratives from 1932 to 1952. He teaches at Trinity University in Washington, DC.


Twitter Username: BillBeverly

Vu Tran is the author of the novel, Dragonfish. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his fiction has appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mysteries. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.


Twitter Username: roomwithavu

Website: vutranwriter.com

Steph Post is the author of the novels Lightwood and A Tree Born Crooked. She is a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Creative Writing Scholarship and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. She holds an MA from UNC-Wilmington and teaches writing at Howard W. Blake HS.


Twitter Username: stephpostauthor

Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award–winning author of eight novels, including The Fever and You Will Know Me. She received her PhD from NYU and recently served as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at University of Mississippi. She is also the author of The Street Was Mine, a study of noir fiction.


Twitter Username: meganeabbott

Website: www.meganabbott.com

Stephen Jay Schwartz, a Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author, spent a number of years as the director of development for filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen. A judge for the LA Times Book Prize and the Edgars, he received his MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside and teaches at Emerson College Los Angeles.

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S142. MFA vs POC: A Discussion on Surviving and Thriving in Predominantly White Institutes . (, , , , ) A diverse panel of current MFA students will focus on the experience of entering a creative writing program at a predominantly white institute (PWI) as a person of color (POC). Panelists will discuss both the challenges and the opportunities they have faced in their programs including confronting stereotypes in workshop, finding and working with mentors, and maintaining their cultural identity. This is an opportunity for students and faculty to get honest feedback and discuss solutions.

Elizabeth Upshur is a Black Southern poet, translator, and memoirist. She is the former submissions manager for Steel Toe Books. She was awarded a Katherine Bakeless Nelson scholarship for the 2017 Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference. She is a first-year MFA graduate student and teacher at WKU.


Twitter Username: Lizzy5by5

Anuradha Bhowmik is a Bangladeshi American poet and writer. She is an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech and a Pushcart nominee. Her work appears in Nashville Review, Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Ninth Letter Online, Bayou, The Normal School, Crab Orchard Review, Slice magazine, Zone 3, and elsewhere.

Cameron Moreno is a first-year MFA candidate and teacher at Western Kentucky University. Before pursuing fiction and scriptwriting, Cameron studied biology and was training to become an EMT. He edited and wrote for Panorama magazine, the University of Texas–Pan Americans’ award-winning magazine.


Twitter Username: moreno_cameron

Willy Palomo is the son of two undocumented immigrants from El Salvador. He is currently pursuing a MA in Latin American and Caribbean studies and an MFA in poetry at Indiana University. He writes book reviews for Muzzle and runs the Bloomington Poetry Slam.

Gionni Ponce is a Latinx MFA candidate at Indiana University where her primary form is fiction. She is an associate genre editor in fiction and nonfiction at Indiana Review. Her work is published in CRED Philly, Tony Ward Studio, The MFA Years, TakePart, and La Vida magazine.


Twitter Username: GPisMe

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S143. Nevertheless, She Persisted: Writing Political Feminism in the Age of Trump. (, , , , ) Writing concerned with feminism is receiving unprecedented readership. This inclusive panel will discuss the role of political feminist writing/writers and the forms this writing takes, especially the political/personal essay, novel, and memoir. Discussion topics: the inherency of revolution in women writing the body/sexuality, the call to create change, and the writers’ recent works confronting topics such as being transgender, presidential politics, and parenting. There will be craft and publishing handouts.

Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She also serves as president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: wrightallison

Anna March's writing has been in The New York Times, New York magazine, VQR, Tin House, and regularly in The Rumpus and Salon. She writes extensively on gender, sexuality, and feminism. A 2016 resident at the Millay Colony, her novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, is forthcoming as is her essay collection.


Twitter Username: annamarch

Website: annamarch.com

Elizabeth Isadora Gold’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Tin House, The Rumpus, Salon, and many other publications. Her nonfiction book, The Mommy Group: Freaking Out, Finding Friends, and Surviving the Happiest Times of Our Lives was published by Atria Books in 2016.


Twitter Username: elizisadora

Website: www.elizabethisadoragold.com

Mischa Haider is a transgender writer, activist, researcher, and mother. She is an applied physicist at Harvard University who studies applications of mathematical and physical models to social networks. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Advocate, ROAR, Tikkun, and The Huffington Post.

Kaitlyn Greenidge is a fiction writer who holds an MFA from Hunter. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Elle.com, The Believer, American Short Fiction, and other places. Her debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman.


Twitter Username: surlybassey

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S144. The Value of Redemption When Writing YA Literature About Protest and Violence. (, , , ) Recognizing the conflict inherent in protest and how protest ignored can lead to violence and war, writers instinctively examine the redemptive qualities found in protest and transform their communities by opening readers to diverse ideas and challenges. This panel of writers and writing teachers provides a powerful opportunity to help participants recognize the many ways that protest can effect redemptive resolutions through the written word.

Debra Brenegan is the author of the novel Shame the Devil, and her short fiction and poetry have been widely published in national literary journals. She directs the MA writing program at Mount Mary University and codirects Untold Stories, a writing workshop for survivors of gender-based violence.


Twitter Username: dbrenegan

Website: www.debrabrenegan.com

Heather Lee Schroeder is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and English Department faculty member at Pelllissippi State Community College. Her writing focuses on environmental concerns, motherhood, and the effects of violence on the human psyche. Her work has appeared in numerous journals.


Twitter Username: hl_schroeder

Artress Bethany White is the author of the poetry collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Ecotone, and Poet Lore. Her nonfiction has appeared in Blood Orange Review and The Hopkins Review. She is a past Sewanee Writers' Conference and Hambidge fellow.


Twitter Username: Artresswhite

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S145. Beyond the Margins: Expanding a Book Review Section. (, , , ) What is the role of the book review in 2018? How can lit mags help to raise the discourse of reviewing? How does a reviewer successfully transition from the specifics of one book to a broader dialogue? How can we better support books by people of color, people who are queer, trans, living with disabilities, and authors at the intersection of these identities? Editors gather to discuss the challenges of expanding a book review section, and what it takes to edit and publish a vibrant review.

Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire and a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, and other magazines. He is cofounder of Lightbox Poetry, and he is a 2017–19 Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.


Twitter Username: richiehof

Website: www.richiehofmann.com

Shauna Osborn is the author of Arachnid Verve (a poetry collection) as well as hybrids and nonfiction. Her work has been a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards. She has also won awards from A Room Of Her Own, New York Public Library, and the UNM Writers Conference.


Twitter Username: tenaciousoz

Website: http://shaunamosborn.wordpress.com/

Adam Clay is the author of Stranger. Book review editor at Kenyon Review, he teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Twitter Username: adam__clay

Website: http://www.adamclay.org

Rochelle Hurt is the author of the poetry collections The Rusted City and In Which I Play the Runaway, winner of the Barrow Street Prize. She has received awards and fellowships from Poetry International, Arts & Letters, Jentel, and Yaddo, and she is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.


Twitter Username: rochellehurt

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor

S146. Crossings and Crosses: Caribbean Women Writers on Immigration, Deportation, and Identity . (, , , , ) Long before the Trump era, Caribbean writers have long been concerned with issues surrounding immigration. As subjects of colonial powers "crossing the sea" has long been our preoccupation whether it was to seek out opportunities for economic advancement, to pursue higher education or to fight in various wars for our colonial "Mother country." Our writing, like that of Junot Díaz or Ana Menendez, addresses immigration including assimilation, acculturation, nostalgia, identity, and deportation.

Jennifer Maritza McCauley is a PhD candidate at University of Missouri and holds editorial positions at The Missouri Review, Origins, and Fjords. She has received fellowships from CantoMundo, SAFTA, and the Knight Foundation, and she is the author of the poetry collection SCARON/SCAROFF.


Twitter Username: BibliophileMari

Donna Aza Weir-Soley, PhD, associate professor of English at Florida International University is the author of First Rain and The Woman Who Knew, coeditor (with Opal Palmer Adisa) of anthology, Caribbean Erotic. aka Donna Aza; Aza Weir-Soley

Fabienne Josaphat is the author of Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow. She is from Haiti, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as screenplays.


Twitter Username: fabyjosaphat

Anjanette Delgado is a novelist and journalist who writes about identity, displacement, and heartbreak, often through immigrant characters from Caribbean countries. Author of The Heartbreak Pill and The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho, she holds an MFA in creative writing from FIU.


Twitter Username: anjanettedelgad

Katia D. Ulysse has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including the Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Peregrine, Calabash, Smartish Pace, Mozayik, Butterfly's Way, Haiti Noir, and others. She has written Fabiola Can Count, a children's book, and Drifting: A Story Collection.

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S147. The Life and Work of Lucille Clifton. (, , , , ) There are many ways we honor the poets of our lifetimes. We memorialize them in collected volumes, establish contests, and we continue the discourse on their various works. Although she has amassed all fore-mentioned, if there is one poet worthy of more praise, it is Lucille Clifton. Seven years ago, cancer claimed the body she often celebrated in poems. Our panel will honor this poet great through a rousing homage of personal words, readings, and community conversation.

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a writer and poet. Four Way Books published his latest collection of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era.

Jonathan Farmer is the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length and critic at large for Kenyon Review. He previously served as the poetry critic for Slate.com. He teaches middle and high school English.

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue, as well as the chapbooks Never Been Lois Lane and 7 x 7: kwansabas and the libretto "THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali." She is a visiting lecturer in the First Year Writing Program at University of Illinois-Chicago.


Twitter Username: tarabetts

Website: http://www.tarabetts.net

Sidney L. Clifton is an Emmy-nominated producer with a nearly twenty-year career in animated and live action television series and longform content. In her current role as a creative recruiter for Riot Games, she juggles recruiting duties along with her independent content development and production.


Twitter Username: sidneyc323

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S148. Writing Bad Ass and Nasty Women. (, , , , ) We long for empowered women, especially in today’s political climate. Writing such women, though, is not about capturing Wonder Woman on the page. At times, kicking butt, breaking laws, hearts, and balls is necessary for the work, but at other times, the woman simply stands her ground and wants control over her own choices and body. The writers on this panel have given us bad ass women in their writing and sometimes been surprised by the reception. What is bad ass today? No cuffs required.

Luanne Smith is codirector of creative writing at West Chester University near Philadelphia. She has taught every form of literary creative writing over the years, and she is a fiction writer who has published in various literary journals.

Pam Houston is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction including Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted. She teaches in the creative writing programs at the Institute for American Indian Art and UC Davis and directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.


Twitter Username: pam_houston

Website: pamhouston.wordpress.com

Kim Addonizio's latest books are a collection of poems, Mortal Trash, and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress. She is the author of six other poetry collections, two novels, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius.


Twitter Username: kim_addonizio

Website: www.kimaddonizio.com

Ann Hood is the author of thirteen books, including most recently the novels The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle, and the memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. She has been the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and Best American Spiritual, Travel and Food Writing Awards.

Bonnie Jo Campbell is author of Mothers Tell Your Daughters: Stories, American Salvage, a finalist for 2011 National Book Award and NBCC Award, as well as the bestselling novel Once Upon a River. She is a  winner of AWP award in short fiction, the Eudora Welty Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellow. She teaches at Pacific University's low residency MFA.


Twitter Username: bonniejocampbel

Website: www.bonniejocampbell.com

Cody D. Todd Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floor

S149. An Uncommon Presence: Celebrating CavanKerry Press and Its Outgoing Publisher, Joan Cusack Handler. (, , , ) Five CavanKerry Press poets share a tribute to founder Joan Cusack Handler, who is retiring as publisher in this its 18th year. The nonprofit press is known for books illustrating the emotional landscapes of daily life, and for its commitment to service. Under Joan’s leadership, writers are obliged to give three free community events annually. The press has donated more than 16,000 books to libraries, schools, hospitals, and prisons. It was a finalist for the 2017 AWP Small Press Publisher Award.

Tina Kelley wrote for The New York Times for ten years, sharing in a staff Pulitzer. She has written three poetry books, Abloom & Awry, The Gospel of Galore, a WA State Book Award winner, and Precise, and coauthored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. She’s a freelance journalist.


Twitter Username: tinakelley

Website: http://tinakelleypoetry.wordpress.com/

Teresa Carson is the author of The Congress of Human Oddities, My Crooked House, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Elegy for the Floater. She holds an MFA in poetry and an MFA in theatre, both from Sarah Lawrence College. She was associate publisher at CavanKerry Press and assistant director at the CPT at Frost Place.

Nin Andrews’s poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, Agni, and four editions of Best American Poetry. She is the author of fourteen books, and her most recent collections are Our Lady of the Orgasm and Miss August.


Twitter Username: AndrewsNin

Website: http://ninandrewswriter.blogspot.com

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Threshold and Imago, and two chapbooks: Aviary, Bestiary and Subways. Recent works appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Orion, Waxwing, and Best of the Net. He cofounded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org).

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floo

S150. Four Way Books Stage Reading, Part 2. (, , , , ) Come join us for a Four Way Books reading, featuring distinguished authors from our Fall 2017/Spring 2018 seasons!

Carol Moldaw is the author of Beauty Refracted, as well as So Late, So Soon, The Widening, and The Lightning Field, which won Oberlin College Press's FIELD Prize. She is the recipient of an NEA Award; her poems, essays and reviews have been published widely.


Twitter Username: carolmoldaw

Lee Briccetti's most recent volume of poetry is Blue Guide. Her first book is Day Mark. She has won poetry fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the long-time executive director of Poets House in New York City.

Miranda Field is the author of Swallow, which won a Katherine Bakeless Award in 2002, and the newly released Imaginary Royalty from Four Way Books. She teaches in the undergraduate writing programs at New York University and Barnard College.

Vincent Guerra is the author of When Hollywood Comes to You. His poems and stories have appeared in Witness, The Southern Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, and Narrative, among other journals.


Twitter Username: vincentguerra

Ben Purkert is the author of For the Love of Endings, forthcoming. His poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Agni, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers New Brunswick.


Twitter Username: BenPurkert

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S151. Giving Voice to Nontraditional Populations Through Storytelling. (, , , ) How do we give voice to nontraditional populations? Through storytelling. We will discuss successful methods of working one-on-one or in groups with members of nontraditional populations including the elderly, veterans, the incarcerated, young adults with special needs, and multilingual speakers. We’ll demonstrate exercises for sharing stories with actors to create a collaborative piece as well as methods for individuals to write their stories as short stories, monologues, poetry, and plays.

Deborah Finkelstein has presented on storytelling at NOW & IEEE’s national conferences, and trained over 100 TEDx speakers. She teaches at Northern Virginia Community College and runs Fireworks Communication Consultants. Her poetry, plays, and stories have been published in anthologies and magazines in eleven countries.


Twitter Username: SpeechCatalyst

Robert McKenzie was a writer, editor, and an actor for Refuge, a documentary theatre piece. He has acted on TV and stage, and served as music director for the Community United Methodist Church, Byfield, Massachusetts. He is majoring in English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Alfonso Ramierez is a playwright with numerous credits on both coasts. He attended USC, and earned a bachelor’s from The New School and an MFA from Goddard College. He has taught writing through several organizations, including UCC. He has earned grants from NYFA, Yaddo, Millay Colony, and the Wm. Flanagan Found.

Charles Rice-González is an assistant professor at Hostos Community College/CUNY. His novel, Chulito, received awards and recognitions from the ALA and the National Book Critics Circle. His MFA is from Goddard College; he cofounded BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; and he is a playwright.


Twitter Username: ricegonzalez

Website: www.charlesricegonzalez.com

Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S152. Literary Journal Circulation in the Internet Age . (, , , , ) Despite predictions about the end of the printed magazine, the past few years have seen literary journals increase in number. Rather than killing print, the internet has provided myriad options to connect with readers. How can teams translate likes, impressions, and followers into sales and subscribers? Panelists who’ve worked for The Paris Review, Harper's, and F(r)iction, discuss tactics for using web content and social media to get onto shelves and into readers' hands.

D.M. Hedlund published her first novel at eighteen, using the experience to found Tethered by Letters (TBL), the international literary nonprofit in 2007. Currently, she is the CEO of TBL and the editor in chief of the literary and art collection, F(r)iction Series.


Twitter Username: DMHedlund

Website: tetheredbyletters.com

Andrew Jimenez is a writer, editor, and literary journal publishing consultant. Former circulation and marketing director at The Paris Review, he is now senior editor at F(r)iction.

Justin Alvarez has over ten years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital marketing. He is the former publisher of Lucky Peach and digital director of The Paris Review, and has worked with Literary Hub, Grove Atlantic, The London Review of Books, and other publications.


Twitter Username: alvarez_justin

Jeffery Gleaves is the digital director of The Paris Review.


Twitter Username: Jefferyngleaves

Kevin Larimer is the editor in chief of Poets & Writers, where he edits Poets & Writers magazine, oversees pw.org, and directs Poets & Writers Live. He holds a degree in journalism and received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was the poetry editor of the Iowa Review.


Twitter Username: kevinlarimer

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S153. Untangling Copyright: A Crash Course for Creators. (, , ) From the moment you put pen to paper, copyright questions loom in the background. Is your work protected by copyright? Can you incorporate other authors’ works into your own? On what terms do you want to let publishers—or others—use your work? This panel of legal experts provides a primer on copyright, fair use, and publishing terms. You will leave the panel armed with practical information that will empower you to make informed copyright decisions so you can focus on your writing.

Brianna Schofield is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance, an organization that serves authors by promoting the creation and distribution of knowledge and culture. She is a copyright expert and the coauthor of two educational guides that help authors keep their works in the hands of readers.

Christine Fruin is currently scholarly communications librarian at the University of Florida. Drawing upon her education and experience as an attorney, she has worked for over a decade as an academic librarian dedicated to promoting access to and use of diverse information resources.


Twitter Username: CampusCopyright

David Hansen is Duke University Libraries' Director of Copyright of Scholarly Communication. In that role, he works closely with Duke faculty and students on copyright questions and related issues such as publishing contracts and fair use. He holds a JD and MSLS, both from UNC Chapel Hill.


Twitter Username: diglibcopyright

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S154. The Future of Forms. (, , , ) Poets in each generation—in classrooms and elsewhere—reject, or adopt, or remake the forms we learn to recognize. Some new forms take off (golden shovels; erasures). Others emerge, through imitation and admiration, before they get names. Some reflect new demographics; others, new media (are there distinctive Tumblr poems?). We’ll see how, and ask why, forms rise or fall, and for whom, looking at our own work, at our elders, at emerging writers, and at new-to-English and digital forms.

Stephen (also Steph or Stephanie) Burt, professor of English at Harvard, is the author of several books of poetry and criticism, most recently Advice from the LIghts and The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them.


Twitter Username: accommodatingly

Website: www.closecallswithnonsense.com

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre, which won the William Carlos Williams Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her previous book, Ignatz, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She teaches at Princeton.


Twitter Username: monicayoun

Kazim Ali is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction writer. His books include Sky Ward, Bright Felon, and Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence. He is associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.


Twitter Username: kazimalipoet

Website: www.kazimali.com

Sandra Beasley is the author of four books, including Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox (Barnard Women Poets Prize), and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir. She was a 2015 NEA fellow in poetry. She teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.


Twitter Username: SandraBeasley

Website: http://www.SandraBeasley.com

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S155. Subverting the Stereotypes: Performances by Warrior Writers and Combat Hippies. (, , , Allen Minor) Military veterans and service members are often used as commercial and political props. This reading will offer performances by two veteran-focused literary organizations challenging veteran stereotypes that not only stifle constructive dialogue about war and its consequences, but also fuel US militarism. These poetic performances will present veterans as the diverse social group they are, while also encouraging other veterans to speak truth to power.

Lovella Calica is a writer and photographer. She is the founding director of Warrior Writers, a creative community for veterans articulating their experiences, and has worked with veterans for ten years. An editor of four anthologies of veterans’ writing, she has self-published two chapbooks of poetry.

Nicole Goodwin is the 2017 EMERGENYC Hemispheric Institute Fellow as well as the 2013–2014 Queer Art Mentorship Queer Art Literary Fellow, and the winner of The Fresh Fruit Festival’s 2013 Award for Performance Poetry. She is also the author of Warcries.


Twitter Username: LSGoldwyn

Hipolito Arriaga is a cofounder and community outreach director for the Combat Hippies: a collective of US military veterans who use creative expression as a way to promote post-traumatic growth. The Combat Hippies are winners of the 2016 Knight Arts Challenge.

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S156. Native American and Latino Fiction: Intersections in Narrative as Form and Force . (, , , ) This panel will examine the relationship between Native American and Latino fiction. Though categorized as immigrant literature, much Latino Literature has a strong indigenous background. From the Popul Vuh to traditional stories in North American Native Nations, the formal power of narrative or simply story has strongly influenced contemporary Latino and Native Literature. This panel will include Native North American and Latino writers for a fuller discussion of craft, indigeneity, and story.

Erika T. Wurth's published works include a novel, two poetry collections & a forthcoming short story collection, Buckskin Cocaine. Her work has appeared in numerous journals. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University, and she was a guest writer at IAIA. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee.


Twitter Username: etwurth

Website: http://www.erikatwurth.com/

David Weiden is associate professor and director of the Native American Studies program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has published fiction in various literary magazines as well as literary criticism and a nonfiction book.

Desiree Zamorano is an essayist, award-winning short story writer, and the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Amado Women. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. She is the director of Occidental College’s Community Literacy Center.


Twitter Username: LaDeziree

Website: www.desireezamorano.com

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun and Everyone Knows You Go Home. She is a faculty member of the creative writing MFA program at Regis University. Her work has appeared in Latina magazine, Writer's Digest, and NBCLatino.com. Twitter/IG: @NataliaSylv.


Twitter Username: NataliaSylv

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S157. Writing the Invisible: Genderqueer Writers on Writing and Representing Outside the Gender Binary. (, , , , ) How do non-cis writers navigate a writing and publishing world rife with misgendering and identity erasure? How can one bring alive to the page a demographic that often goes unseen outside the realms of literature? This panel brings together transgender and gender nonconforming poets, playwrights, fiction, and comic writers as they discuss the challenges of writing outside the gender binary, and how one can make one’s characters, narrative, and personal identity visible both on and off the page.

Tiff Ferentini is the current marketing manager for Monkey Business International and the President of AWP's LGBTQ Writers Caucus. Their work has appeared in The Gambler; Off the Rocks, the LGBTQ Anthology of Newtown Writers Press; and Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Writing.


Twitter Username: Ferenteeny

Julia Leslie Guarch's poems appear in The Marquis, Rain Party & Disaster Society, The Vending Machine, Sunset Liminal, Pulse/Pulso Anthology, Impossible Archetype, and Triadæ magazine. She was a finalist for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award and cowinner of the MacKnight Black Poetry Award.


Twitter Username: juliaguarch

Jess Silfa is an MFA candidate and Truman Capote Fellow at Brooklyn College in New York. They are an Afro-Latinx disability and LGBTQ rights advocate. They are working on their first novel.


Twitter Username: jesilfa

s.a.b.u. is a genderqueer, mixed race, first generation American playwright, poet, actor, and performance artist. Themes explored have included sex, addiction, race, gender issues, sexual identity, feminism, reproductive rights, ageism, classism, and abuse. (@igetintothings)


Twitter Username: igetintothings

Elliott Junkyard is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He writes queer books about queer people falling in love and sometimes those people are also pirates. He also writes, illustrates, and publishes a selection of educational zines on topics such as medicinal herbs and cooking.


Twitter Username: elliottjunkyard

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S158. Small Experiments with Radical Intent, Sponsored by WITS. (, , , , ) How do you take a small experiment and make it successful, creating radical change in our literary landscape? How do you balance risk-taking with smart planning when it comes to initiating projects that could transform opportunities for communities who may not otherwise have access? Panelists will discuss how they took an experiment and built it into an institution, sharing insights and best practices.

Alicia Craven is the director of Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. She has worked in creative writing instruction and youth publishing for ten years and taught creative writing internationally in Thailand, Ecuador, and Ethiopia.

Ramiza Shamoun Koya writes fiction and creative nonfiction and is the director of youth programs at Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in publications such as Mutha magazine, Washington Square Review, and Lumina, and she has just completed a novel entitled The Royal Abduls.


Twitter Username: RamizaKoya

Janine Joseph is a poet, librettist, and educator. She is the author of Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oklahoma State University.


Twitter Username: ninejoseph

Website: http://www.janinejoseph.com/

Kima Jones has received fellowships from PEN Center USA Emerging Voices, Kimbilio Fiction, Yaddo, and The MacDowell Colony. She is an MFA candidate in fiction and Rodney Jack Scholar in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She works as a book publicist in Los Angeles.


Twitter Username: kima_jones

Website: www.joneskima.com

Desireé Dallagiacomo is an award-winning writer, performer, and educator. She is the program director and lead teaching artist at Forward Arts, a youth spoken word and social justice writing nonprofit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and she is a multitime US poetry slam finalist.


Twitter Username: DesDallagiacomo

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S159. Free and Constrained: Writing, Translating, and the Creative Process, Sponsored by ALTA. (, , , ) While poets writing and revising their own work can be relatively free, poets translating face the constraint of the original. What's carried over from the struggle with a poem in another language to the struggle with a draft or the blank page? Four poet-translators discuss how their creative processes differ in each mode and what each offers the other.

Don Bogen is the author of four books of poetry and the translator of Europa: Selected Poems of Julio Martínez Mesanza. His fifth book Immediate Song is forthcoming. Nathaniel Ropes Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, he serves as poetry editor of The Cincinnati Review.

Geoffrey Brock is a poet and a translator of Italian poetry and prose. He's the author of Voices Bright Flags and Weighing Light, the editor of The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry, and the translator of works by Cesare Pavese, Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, and others. He teaches at Arkansas.


Twitter Username: gbrock

Martha Collins's most recent book of poems is And Night Unto Night. She has also published eight earlier poetry collections and three cotranslated volumes of Vietnamese poetry. She is editor at large for FIELD magazine and an editor for the Oberlin College Press.

Mira Rosenthal is the author of The Local World and the translator of two books by Polish poet Tomasz Rozycki. Her awards include an NEA Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a PEN/Heim Translation Grant, and the Northern California Book Award. She teaches in Cal Poly's creative writing program.


Twitter Username: mira_rosenthal

Website: www.mirarosenthal.com

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S160. Beyond the Workshop Model: Innovations in the Creative Nonfiction Classroom. (, , , , ) When people hear you say, “I teach creative nonfiction writing,” most will automatically think of the workshop model—but what else is there? This panel, which includes teachers at both the introductory and advanced/undergraduate and graduate levels, will focus on the “what else” in the creative nonfiction classroom including collaborative assignments, multimodality, meditation as part of the writing practice, and the use of digital technologies like Twine, Google Maps, and augmented reality.

Silas Hansen teaches creative writing at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His essays have appeared in Slate, Colorado Review, The Normal School, Hayden's Ferry Review, Redivider, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: silas_hansen

Website: www.silashansen.net

Steven Church, founding editor of The Normal School, is the author of six books of nonfiction, including Ultrasonic, One with the Tiger, and I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part. He edited the essay anthology The Spirit of Disruption. He is the MFA program coordinator at Fresno State.


Twitter Username: StevenWChurch

Website: myatomicangst.blogspot.com

Sarah Einstein is an assistant professor of creative writing at UT Chattanooga. Her book Mot: A Memoir was selected for the AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction for 2014. She's the special projects editor for Brevity and her work has appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, and other journals and been awarded a Pushcart Prize.


Twitter Username: sarahemc2

Website: writersfordinner.com

Sonya Huber is the author of three books of creative nonfiction: Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and Pain Woman Takes Your Keys as well as a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers, and the book The Evolution of Hillary Clinton. She teaches at Fairfield University.


Twitter Username: sonyahuber

Website: http://www.sonyahuber.com

Marco Wilkinson is a lyric essayist whose hybrid pieces have appeared in Kenyon Review, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, Terrain, Assay, and elsewhere. He is working on a lyric memoir using weeds as the framework for imagining a queer immigrant life. He is the managing editor at Oberlin College Press.

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S161. Poetry in the Expanded Field. (, , , , ) When poets make combinatory, sutured creatures by mixing fields of artistic practice, where does the genre then reside? As we choose away from poetry’s genealogy of reading/page, do we have to explain or even decide? Writers who for very different reasons have become successful inter-arts practitioners demo their work and discuss the benefits, tensions and complicities of what happens when poetry “wanders.”

Terri Witek has written five books of poems, most recently Body Switch, and collaborates on installations and performances with artists. She directs the undergrad program and teaches Poetry in the Expanded Field with Cyriaco Lopes in Stetson University's low-residency MFA of the Americas.


Twitter Username: terridamm

Website: http://terriwitek.com/

Urayoán Noel is associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU and a 2016–2017 Howard Foundation fellow. A former Ford Foundation and CantoMundo fellow, Noel is the author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico, and other books.


Twitter Username: urayoannoel

Vidhu Aggarwal's book of poems, The Trouble with Humpadori, takes mobile forms in video, comics, and performance. She teaches postcolonial/transnational literatures and creative writing at Rollins College.


Twitter Username: vidhuaggarwal

Website: vidhu_aggarwal

Johnny Damm is the author of Science of Things Familiar and two chapbooks, Your Favorite Song (Battle Stories) and The Old Man’s Illustrated Library: # 36 & # 5. He is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Georgia and editor of A Bad Penny Review and Opo Books & Objects.


Twitter Username: dammjohnny

Website: johnnydamm.com

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. Her most recent book is Pomegranate Eater. Previous books include Handiwork, and the collaborations ABRA, As We Know and Between Page & Screen. She teaches in the MFA in creative writing and poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.


Twitter Username: amaranthborsuk

Website: www.amaranthborsuk.com

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S162. A “Novel” Idea: How Short Story Writers Approach Their First Novels. (, , , , ) Making the leap from short story to novel writing can be tempting, but also daunting. In this panel, successful short story practitioners will discuss the joys and challenges of making this transition, as they reflect on the inherent similarities and differences of the two forms–and what we can learn from each.

Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and upmarket fiction, narrative nonfiction, and YA. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School.


Twitter Username: ErinHarrisFolio

Website: http://foliolit.com/erin-harris/#

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail and the novel Pull Me Under. She is a contributing editor at Electric Literature and a fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Twitter Username: lucekel

Website: www.kellyluce.com

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a graduate of the Syracuse MFA program and was the '16-'17 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in fiction at Colgate University. His fist book, How to Sell a Jacket, is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: NK_Adjei

Allegra Hyde's first book, Of This New World, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships from the Lucas Artists Program, the Virginia G. Piper Center, and the US Fulbright Commission. She teaches for the Inprint Writers Workshops.


Twitter Username: allegra_hyde

Misha Rai’s novel, Blood We Did Not Spill, was awarded the Dana Award in the novel category in April 2017. In 2016, she became the first-ever PhD in fiction to be awarded the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for the same novel.


Twitter Username: RaiMisha

Website: www.misharai.com

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S163. Literary Innovation: Staying Solvent and Relevant in a Changing Publishing Landscape. (, , , ) Changes in funding and technology present challenges for many literary journal and independent book publishers. Particularly in light of possible reductions in support of the arts, innovative business models may be the key to survival. In this panel, editors with experience at a variety of small and mid-sized publications discuss the outlook for publishers, and strategies they’ve explored to ensure continued solvency and cultural relevance.

Yi Shun Lai has written for publications ranging from The Los Angeles Times to Bustle. She is the nonfiction editor at the Tahoma Literary Review. She is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program.


Twitter Username: gooddirt

Website: http://www.thegooddirt.org

Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of publishing industry experience, and she has taught writing and digital media at the University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia. Her new book, The Business of Being a Writer, will be released by University of Chicago Press in spring 2018.


Twitter Username: JaneFriedman

Website: http://janefriedman.com

Hattie Fletcher is the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine and the editor of True Story magazine. She has been a coordinating editor for the Best Creative Nonfiction series and is coeditor, with Lee Gutkind, of True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction.

Joe Ponepinto is the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, and the author of the novel, Mr. Neutron, which is forthcoming. His short stories have been published in many literary journals in the US and abroad.


Twitter Username: JoePonepinto

Website: http://joeponepinto.com

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S164. Publishing the Disabled Voice, Sponsored by CLMP. (, , Alison Meyers, Jen Hyde) Leading disability-focused writers and publishers reflect on, argue about, and discuss the growing canon of literature around disability, and how and where it's being published. Learn what's important to know when reading, discussing, and publishing the literature of disability.

C.S. Giscombe teaches English at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent books include Prairie Style, Ohio Railroads, and Border Towns. He is at work on a mixed-genre prose book titled Railroad Sense and a poetry book titled Negro Mountain.

Stephanie Gray is a poet-filmmaker and adjunct professor at Pace University whose poetry books/chapbooks include Shorthand and Electric Language Stars (Lammy finalist); A Country Road Going Back in Your Direction; and Place Your Orders Now.

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S165. Tending the Flourishing: What Sustains Undergraduate Creative Writing Programs. (, , , ) No doubt creative writing is popular; its growth over the last decade has likely helped save the English major. What are students seeking in CW? And what exactly goes into building an undergraduate creative writing curriculum and sustaining that community? Beyond teaching and mentoring, what behind-the-scenes work is required? This panel of writer-directors, from both public and private institutions, will discuss innovations and pitfalls of tending undergraduate creative writing programs.

John Estes directs the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He is author of two volumes of poetry— Kingdom Come and Sure Extinction, which won the 2015 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press—as well as two chapbooks.


Twitter Username: jestes

Website: johnestes.org

Rachel Jamison Webster is the author of September: Poems and the cross-genre book, The Endless Unbegun. For years, she created after school writing programs for city youth. Now she directs the creative writing program at Northwestern University.


Twitter Username: racheljweb

Gary Fincke founded Susquehanna University’s Writers Institute and directed it for twenty-one years. He won the Flannery O’Connor, Bess Hokin, George Garrett, and two Pushcart Prizes. His thirty books include Bringing Back the Bones: Selected Poems, A Room of Rain (stories), and The Canals of Mars (memoir).

Emily Rosko's two poetry collections are Prop Rockery, awarded the 2011 University of Akron Poetry Prize and Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize. She is associate professor of English at the College of Charleston and poetry editor for Crazyhorse.

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S166. Archives, Interviews, and Experts: Using Primary Sources in the Service of Stronger Storytelling. (, , , , ) Accomplished nonfiction writers of varied backgrounds explore the challenges of accumulating, interpreting, and incorporating primary source material into compelling narrative. Drawing from their own experiences researching colonial America to the modern day, the panelists will provide a roadmap (and highlight potential roadblocks) for writers who seek to enliven their own stories, fiction, or nonfiction, through historical texts, diaries, public documents, oral histories, interviews, and more.

Bret Schulte is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas and journalist who has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and Columbia Journalism Review. He is at work on his first book, a history of Boys Town, Nebraska and its founder.


Twitter Username: bretschulte

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize–winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers chronicling people in the shadows. She won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists, and has taught at conferences and colleges across the country.


Twitter Username: lanedegregory

Paul Reyes is the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession. His essays and reporting have appeared in VQR, Harper's, The Oxford American, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Slate.


Twitter Username: reyes_edits

Beverly Lowry's tenth book is, Who Killed These Girls?: Cold Case, the Yogurt Shop Murders. She teaches at University of Houston Victoria, and is the author of six books of fiction and four books of nonfiction including Crossed Over, a Murder a Memoir. Her novels include The Track of Real Desires.

Scott W. Berg is the author of Grand Avenues and 38 Nooses and is a regular contributor to The Washington Post. He teaches nonfiction writing and literature at George Mason University, where he also acts as the editorial advisor for Stillhouse Press.

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S167. Tearing Down Societal and Family Myths in Creative Writing. (, , , , ) Writers who address family or societal dysfunction have learned the hard way that the more profound the dysfunction, the more violently and determinedly people will fight to protect the myth of normalcy. What writer has not been told, "Don't air the dirty laundry in public"? This panel of memoir and fiction writers will address some of the myths they've confronted in their work, and methods they've used to overcome the wall of resistance they've encountered from both family and society.

Kaylie Jones’s newest endeavor is the launch of her imprint with Akashic Books. Her novels include A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries and The Anger Meridian; and a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She is the chair of the $10,000 yearly James Jones First Novel Fellowship.


Twitter Username: KaylieJonesBook

Website: kayliejones.com

Laurie Jean Cannady’s Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root. A Kirkus review describes Crave as a "bold, honest, and courageous memoir." Foreword Reviews announced Crave as a finalist in the Indiefab 2015 Book of the Year competition.


Twitter Username: lauriecann

Website: www.lauriejeancannady.com

Sue William Silverman’s books are The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew; Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction; Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You; and Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Twitter Username: SueSilverman

Website: www.SueWilliamSilverman.com

J. Patrick Redmond is a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. His writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign, The Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. Patrick teaches at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. Some Go Hungry is his first novel.


Twitter Username: jpatrickredmond

Website: www.jpatrickredmond.com

Xu Xi is the author of twelve books, most recently the memoir Elegy for HK and the novel That Man in Our Lives. She has a forthcoming fiction work, Insignificance, and essay collection, This Fish is Fowl. She is cofounder of Authors at Large and currently inhabits the flight path connecting New York and Hong Kong.


Twitter Username: xuxiwriter

Website: www.xuxiwriter.com

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S168. Out from Under the Influence: Irish Writers Reach Beyond Post-Colonialism. (, , , ) Writers feel their way into new worlds. Just how ingrained can one culture be with that of another country? This panel showcases a selection of contemporary voices from Ireland forging identity, through poetry and fiction in a rapidly changing country. A recent upsurge in new writers in Ireland coupled with the emergence of creative writing programs has raised questions to be grappled with—what does it mean to be an Irish writer and how important is national identity to any writer?

Kathy D'Arcy is an Irish poet (Encounter, The Wild Pupil) currently completing an Irish Research Council funded Creative Writing PhD in University College Cork, where she teaches on the women's studies MA and creative writing programs. She has previously worked as a doctor and youth worker.


Twitter Username: KathyDArcyCork

Niamh Prior’s poetry and fiction appears in journals including The Stinging Fly. She won the 2016 international iYeats Poetry Prize. Her PhD in fiction at UCC, Ireland, is funded by an Irish Research Council scholarship. She is cofounder of an association for writing programs in Irish universities.


Twitter Username: NiamhPrior

Eibhear Walshe lectures in the School of English in UCC, Cork, Ireland. His books include Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life, Oscar’s Shadow: Wilde and Ireland, A Different Story: The Writings of Colm Tóibín. His childhood memoir, Cissie’s Abattoir, was broadcast on RTE’s Book on One.

Colin Barrett is the author of the collection of stories, Young Skins, and the winner of the Guardian UK First book award, The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, and The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and The Irish and UK Times.


Twitter Username: ColinBarrett82

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S169. Literary Noir. (, , , , ) Literary noir has a long history in this country. From Edgar Allen Poe’s detective fiction, to the hardboiled fiction of Dashiell Hammett, literary noir has been a mainstay in American literary fiction. Today, aspects of noir fiction can be seen in writers whose topics are heavily focused on the working-class. From America’s west coast, to the Appalachians, and everywhere in between, this group of writers will read fiction that has been shaped by the noir tradition.

Ron Cooper is a novelist who has lived and taught in Florida since 1988. His novels include Purple Jesus, The Gospel of the Twin, and the forthcoming A Thousand Natural Shocks.

Eric Williamson has published three novels: East Bay Grease, Two-Up, and Welcome to Oakland. He has also published three books of criticism: Oakland, Jack London, and MeSay It Hot; and Say It Hot II. Williamson has won several domestic and international awards for his work.

Vicki Hendricks is the author of five noir novels, including Miami Purity and Cruel Poetry, the latter a finalist for an MWA Edgar Award in 2008, and a collection, Florida Gothic Stories. She has recently retired after thirty-five years teaching at Broward College to continue her writing career.


Twitter Username: vickihendricks

Liana Vrajitoru Andreasen is a professor of English at South Texas College. She has published stories in Fiction International, The Raven Chronicles, Calliope, Scintilla, The Willow Review, and Mobius, a Journal for Social Change.

Gonzalo Baeza is the author of the short story collection La ciudad de los hoteles vacios (The city of vacant hotels). His fiction has been published in The Texas Review, Boulevard, and Estados Hispanos de América, among others.

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S170. Narrating the Intersections: Crafting Black LGBTQ Lives in Fiction. (, , , , ) How do race, gender, and sexuality shape the structures of contemporary fictional craft? How do they inflect our characters’ voices and the strategies we use to narrate their lives? In a historical moment when #BlackLivesMatter, trans visibility, and LGBTQ activism offer new possibilities for writers and readers interested in marginalized lives, this panel considers how voice, fictional form, and storytelling make space for important modes of critique and empathy, both on the page and beyond.

Marci Blackman is the author of the novels, Po Man’s Child, recipient of the ALA’s Stonewall Award for Best Fiction, and Tradition, noted in Band of Thebes as one of the Best LGBTQ Books of 2013. Publication of Blackman’s third novel, Elephant, is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: MarciBlackman

Kaitlyn Greenidge is a fiction writer who holds an MFA from Hunter. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Elle.com, The Believer, American Short Fiction, and other places. Her debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman.


Twitter Username: surlybassey

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes The Sun, an NPR and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner, and named a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and NYPL Young Lions Award.


Twitter Username: ndennis_benn

Website: www.nicoledennisbenn.com

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is author of Blue Talk and Love (stories). She is assistant professor of women, gender, sexuality studies at UMass Amherst, and has published in Callaloo, American Fiction, Best New Writing, and others. She has won support from Bread Loaf, the Center for Fiction, Yaddo, and the NEA.


Twitter Username: mecca_jamilah

Website: www.meccajamilahsullivan.com

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S171. Bread on the Waters: How Giving to the Community Gives Back. (, , , , ) “A poet is somebody who opens your imagination when you think you don’t have any,” wrote a first grader during a WITS residency in a small Ohio town. But how are writers’ own imaginations opened by the work we do in our communities, cities, and schools? As writers who have taught or served in libraries, community organizations, schools, and youth development programs, we reflect on how community engagement deepens our own creative work and affects our artistic practice as writers.

Lynn Powell's third book of poems, Season of the Second Thought, won the 2017 Felix Pollak Prize. Her nonfiction book, Framing Innocence, won the 2010 Studs and Ida Terkel Author Award. She teaches in the Oberlin College creative writing program, where she is director of Oberlin WITS.

Lauren Clark holds a BA in Classics from Oberlin College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, where they were the recipient of four Hopwood Awards.  They have received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and collaborate with Etc. Gallery in Chicago.


Twitter Username: laurclar

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the coauthor of the book of poems Home Court, and the cohost of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the marketing manager at Young Chicago Authors, and a winner of a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellowship.


Twitter Username: _joseolivarez

Emily Brandt is the author of three poetry chapbooks. Poems from her series Air Age are forthcoming (2017) in the anthology Inheriting the War. She's received fellowships from NYU, Saltonstall, and Poets House. She's cofounding editor of No, Dear and the Web Acquisitions editor for VIDA.


Twitter Username: emilybrandt

Website: www.emilybrandt.com

Alan Feldman's Immortality won the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. A new collection, The Golden Coin, won the Four Lakes Prize and will be out in March 2018. He's been published in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Poetry, and Best American Poetry (twice).

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S172. Beyond the I: How Research Enlarges Personal Narrative. (, , , , ) True memoir, writes Patricia Hampl, is “an attempt to find not only a self but a world.” Research, whatever form it takes (interview, site visit, archival or online searches), can deepen and complicate memoir by providing historical, cultural, and political context for personal narratives. Five memoirists and teachers of the genre discuss the ways that research, well-used, can enable writers to move beyond the “I,” crafting work that connects individual stories to larger issues and concerns.

Mimi Schwartz's new collection of personal essays, When History Is Personal, explores the intersection of memoir and history. Her other books include Good Neighbors, Bad Times; Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed; and Writing True. She is Professor Emerita at Richard Stockton University in New Jersey.

Michael Steinberg is founding editor of Fourth Genre. Still Pitching won the ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press Memoir of the Year. The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (with Bob Root) is in a 6th edition. He's nonfiction writer in residence in the Solstice MFA program.

Joe Mackall is the author of Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish and the memoir The Last Street Before Cleveland. He is cofounder and coeditor of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Rebecca McClanahan’s ten books include The Tribal Knot, a multigenerational memoir, and Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively. Recipient of a Pushcart prize and the Glasgow Award in nonfiction, she teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University.

Thomas Larson is the author of The Saddest Music Ever Written and The Memoir and the Memoirist and a staff writer for the San Diego Reader. He teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. His latest book is The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease.

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S173. How to Be a Literary Activist (Or Advocate). (, , , ) Join PEN America to discuss how—and indeed whether—to harness your skill and passion as a writer and an advocate for free expression. Many writers believe they have both the power and the responsibility to speak out; others wonder if an activist role aligns with their art. Our panel of socially engaged literary professionals takes on this question and shares what they have found to be tools and techniques for “speaking (or writing) truth to power.”

Kyle Dacuyan is a poet and activist. As senior manager of literary outreach and activism for PEN America, he convenes events and demonstrations focused on protecting free expression. He has also worked as an organizer on issues related to LGBTQ protections, prison abolition, and police reform.


Twitter Username: kyle_decoy

Jennifer Mayer is a screenwriter, playwright, and political activist. She is the cofounder of Creatives In Action, a collective of artists, creative professionals, and activists who work to educate and activate the creative community. She received her BA from Yale University.


Twitter Username: jennifermayer

Katie Freeman is executive publicist at Riverhead Books, and she is getting her MA in arts administration. She serves on committees for the National Book Foundation, PEN America, Libraries Without Borders, Narrative 4, and Community-Word Project. Find her online @foxyhedgehog.


Twitter Username: foxyhedgehog

Eloisa Amezcua's debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. Author of three chapbooks, she is the founder and editor of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry.


Twitter Username: Eloisa_Amezcua

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S174. We Will Survive, But We Will Not Forget: Poetry by Muslims as Historical Documentation in Post-9/11 America. (, , , ) It's incredibly difficult for many Muslims to feel safe practicing Islam in America. Since 9/11, Muslims have tried to live peacefully despite the violence and bigotry that has attempted to scare them away. This era may pass, but years from now, what medium will hold our stories of survival? Join four contemporary Muslim poets in discussing this crucial role that poetry can play: Documenting the history of a people who refused to give up a religion and its community, despite the risk of erasure.

Adam Hamze is an Arab American poet who has competed, read, and hosted writing workshops across the nation. His work has appeared in The Offing, Vinyl, Radius, and elsewhere. His work was also selected for the Editor's Pick for the Winter Tangerine Awards and a finalist for the Adroit Poetry Prize.


Twitter Username: adamhamz

Marwa Helal is a poet whose work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, The Offing, Poets & Writers, The Recluse, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN and Invasive Species. Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest.


Twitter Username: marwahelal

Website: marshelal.com

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children. A Cave Canem fellow, she holds an MFA from the New School. Elhillo has received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.


Twitter Username: mafiasafia

Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion. With poet Morgan Parker, she is The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo. Nafis was a recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a 2017 NEA.


Twitter Username: angelnafis

Website: http://angelnafis.tumblr.com/

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S175. Explorations of Insidiousness: Writing Complicated Political Realities. (, , , , ) Race, gender, genre, the border, the city, the home. Just as one category seeking to to organize human beings is dismantled, another appears. As one pillar is toppled, a more invisible one is erected in its place. Insidiousness is oil in the engines that power late capitalism. Panelists read new work in which they explore and expose the insidious nature of social constructions within the United States in order to contribute to a larger discourse on the writing and politics in the 21st century.

Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche, the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Death Centos, and coeditor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics. She's a poetry editor at Noemi Press and is earning her PhD in literature and creative writing at USC.

Douglas Manuel received a BA from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University. He is a fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing. His first full length collection of poems, Testify, was released by Red Hen Press.

Todd Fredson is the author of the poetry collections Century Worm and The Crucifix-Blocks and translator of Josué Guébo’s My Country, Tonight, and Think of Lampedusa.

Dexter L. Booth is the author of the poetry collection, Scratching the Ghost. His poems have been published in Blackbird, Willow Springs, Virginia Quarterly, and elsewhere. Booth is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California.


Twitter Username: DexterL.Booth

Website: www.dexterlbooth.com

Sarah Vap is the author of five collections of poetry and poetics. Her most recent book is Viability.

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S176. How Many Selves Does It Take to Write a Personal Narrative?. (, , , ) Theorists of autobiographical writing have long explored the complexity of self-representation in the personal narrative. Rather than a singular “I,” there are at least three selves at work: the remembered self, the remembering self, and what we are calling the “Third I,” or the author who created the other two. This panel will explore some of the tensions between these multiple representations of self and explain how they shape our own personal essays.

Jennifer Sinor is the author of Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir and Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O'Keeffe. She teaches creative writing at Utah State University where she is a professor of English.

Bruce Ballenger is the author of seven books, including Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Writer's Chronicle, and other publications. He is a professor of English at Boise State University.


Twitter Username: curiouswriting

Website: bruceballenger.com

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco has published in AGNI, Post Road, Joyland, and The North American Review. A 2013 Emerging Writer Fellow at The Center for Fiction, he has taught at Columbia University and Boston College. He teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and is completing a novel.


Twitter Username: Rsiasoco

Website: http://rsiasoco.wordpress.com/

Lad Tobin is the author of two books of creative nonfiction about teaching creative nonfiction: Writing Relationships and Reading Student Writing. His personal essays have appeared in The Sun; The Rumpus; Fourth Genre; and Utne Reader. He teaches at Boston College.


Twitter Username: LadTobin

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S177. Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora, Contexts. (, , , , ) How might immigrant or diasporic translators bring a particular set of concerns to the task of translation distinct from the mainstream of literary translation in the US? The Kitchen Table Translation panel creates an opportunity to hear from a diverse group writers and translators who can speak about personal, cultural, and political dimensions of translation in relation to the technical, aesthetic, and literary aspects of the work.

Madhu Kaza is a writer, translator, artist, and educator based in New York City. She published a cotranslation of Political Stories, a collection of stories by the Telugu writer Volga. She is the editor of Kitchen Table Translation, an anthology of writing by immigrant and diasporic translators.


Twitter Username: afmaeli

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist poet and performance artist. Her texts and translations have appeared in Small Axe, Aster(ix), Something on Paper, Obsidian, and Two Lines. She is the author of Swallow the Fish and Tourist Art with Vladimir Cybil Charlier. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Sawako Nakayasu’s books include The Ants, Texture Notes, and Mouth: Eats Color. Her newest translations are Tatsumi Hijikata’s Costume en Face, and The Collected Poems of Sagawa Chika, which won the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She has received fellowships from the NEA, PEN, and JUSFC.

Don Mee Choi’s books of poetry include Hardly War and The Morning News Is Exciting. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon, a contemporary South Korean poet, is Poor Love Machine.

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, her translations are included in Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (Kelsey Street, 2017), which she also edited. She teaches at the University of Texas-El Paso.


Twitter Username: myothertongue

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor

S178. Bad Girls Do It Well: Creating Flawed and Fully Formed "Bad" Girl Characters in YA Fiction. (, , , , ) “If people cannot be flawed in fiction there's no place left for us to be human.” As author Roxane Gay states, fiction is the perfect space to explore female characters in young adult novels that are sometimes considered unlikeable, but how to write a flawed protagonist without alienating readers? In this panel, a diverse group of YA authors explore realistic “bad girl” characters in YA fiction while offering tips on how to create fully formed protagonists that hold true to the story.

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, a contemporary young adult nove. Recently named a "2017 Face to Watch" by The Los Angeles Times, Lilliam's work has appeared in Tin House, Los Angeles Times, and Latina.


Twitter Username: lilliamr

Website: http://www.lilliamrivera.com

Nova Ren Suma is the author of four novels, including The New York Times bestselling YA novel The Walls Around Us. She has an MFA from Columbia University and is a MacDowell and Yaddo fellow. She teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Twitter Username: novaren

Website: http://novaren.com/

Erika Sanchez is a poet, novelist, and essayist. She is the author of Lessons on Expulsion and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. She is a 2017–2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.


Twitter Username: ErikaLSanchez

Website: erikalsanchez@gmail.com

Brandy Colbert is the author of the young adult novels Pointe and Little & Lion, as well as essays and short fiction that has been published in various anthologies. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.


Twitter Username: brandycolbert

Amy Reed is the author of eight contemporary YA novels, including Beautiful, Clean, and her most recent, The Nowhere Girls, about three misfit girls who start a movement to avenge the rape of a classmate and fight the misogynist culture at their school.


Twitter Username: amyreedfiction

Website: amyreedfiction.com

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S179. The Persona Poem. (, , , , ) Persona poetry offers poets a way to forge voices more distant and difficult than the casually assumed autobiographical mode. The panel will gather four poets in order to discuss subtle versus overt forms of persona, as well as the choice to write in persona. While persona can be a way to deepen explorations of self and subject, the form often recontextualizes cultural narratives not only to better understand those stories, but also to shed light on our current cultural moment and conflicts.

Justin Bigos is author of the poetry collection Mad River. His work has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, New England Review, Forklift OH, McSweeney's Quarterly, and The Best American Short Stories 2015. Coeditor of the literary journal Waxwing, he teaches at Northern Arizona University.

Vievee Francis is the author of three poetry collections, Blue-Tail Fly, Horse in the Dark, and Forest Primeval. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry (2010, 2014, 2017) and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, among other places.

Tyehimba Jess's last book, Olio, won the Pulitzer Prize and Anisfield-Wolf. His first book, Leadbelly, won the National Poetry Series. A NEA, Whiting, and Lannan Foundation Award winner, he teaches at College of Staten Island and is poetry/fiction editor for African American Review.


Twitter Username: TyehimbaJess

Diane Seuss is the author of three collections of poetry: It Blows You Hollow; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open; and Four-Legged Girl, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: dlseuss

Stacey Lynn Brown is a poet, playwright, and essayist. She is the author of Cradle Song and is the coeditor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. Her second collection, The Shallows, is forthcoming in 2018. She teaches at IU Bloomington.


Twitter Username: staceylynnbrown

Website: www.staceylynnbrown.com

Ballroom C, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S180. The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Got. (, , , , ) Bad advice: it’s all over the place. Five intrepid prose writers and poets dish up counterproductive counsel offered by teachers, by friends and family, by other writers, by naysayers and ambition-squashers and status-quo-preservers everywhere (sometimes even in our own heads). We’ll explore how we develop resilience and courage and confidence and voice as writers and, along the way, may just sneak in a wealth of eminently useful, real-world advice.

Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and the forthcoming book Terrible Blooms. She has received fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony.


Twitter Username: melissa_stein

Website: www.melissastein.com

Mark Doty's nine books of poems—most recently, Deep Lane—have received the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. A new prose study of Walt Whitman is forthcoming. He is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University.

Chris Abani's recent books are The Secret History of Las Vegas, The Face: A Memoir, and Sanctificum. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, an Edgar Prize, a Ford USA Artists Fellowship, and the PEN Beyond the Margins Award. He is a professor of English at Northwestern University.


Twitter Username: chrisabani

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times.


Twitter Username: adalimon

Website: adalimon.com

Hannah Tinti is the author of Animal Crackers,The Good Thief, and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. She is also cofounder and executive editor of One Story magazine. She teaches at New York University's MFA program.


Twitter Username: hannahtinti

Website: www.hannahtinti.com

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S181. Walking Across the Hall—The Writer in the Literature Classroom. (, , , ) As writers, how do we approach teaching literature versus creative writing? What happens when a writer is charged with teaching students different ways to read fiction, poetry, and essays, instead of ways to improve them? Five professors will both discuss and address their perspectives on craft, style, and theory and how writers can bolster and foster a new approach to the study of literature in the departments we serve.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the poetry collections Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He translated Pablo Neruda's The Heights of Macchu Picchu and with Mari L’Esperance coedited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He teaches at Texas State and in the low-residency MFA program at VCFA.

Dave Lucas is the author of Weather, which received the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. He lives in Cleveland and teaches at Case Western Reserve University.


Twitter Username: fakedavelucas

Elena Passarello is the author of the essay collections Animals Strike Curious Poses and Let Me Clear My Throat. A recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, she coedits the In Place book series for West Virginia University Press and teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University.


Twitter Username: elenavox

Website: www.elenapassarello.com

Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by Beth) is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and the novel Pioneer Girl. She directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.


Twitter Username: bichminhnguyen

Website: www.bichminhnguyen.com

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S182. For Your Freedom and Ours: Three Soviet Poet-Dissidents. (, , Patricia Sollner) The panel will focus on the life and craft of three late poet-dissidents of the post-Stalin USSR: Gorbanevskaya, Daniel, and Delaunay. Gorbanevskaya and Delaunay participated in the 1968 Red Square Demonstration to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia; Daniel was arrested earlier. Each panelist will translate several poems of one of these poets and will talk about his or her legacy. The panel is dedicated to poets in all totalitarian regimes, where poetry itself becomes a subversive activity

Irina Mashinski is the author of nine books of poetry (in Russian). She is the coeditor of The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, as well as cofounder (with the late Oleg Woolf) of the Cardinal Points Literary Journal. Her forthcoming book, The Naked World, is her first English-language collection.

Mary Jane White has an MFA poetry from Iowa Writers' Workshop, and NEA Fellowships in poetry and translation. Tsvetaeva translations appear in Starry Sky to Starry Sky, New Year's, an elegy for Rilke, The New England Review, The Hudson Review, and anthologies Poets Translate Poets, and From a Terrace in Prague.

Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S183. Imagining Others: Writing Fiction in English About Non-English Speaking Communities. (, , , , ) How is the non-English speaking world represented in English-language novels? What does it mean to write dialogue, imagine thoughts, and in general create interiority and community in English when the characters being represented are not English speaking (at all or primarily)? This question—which may be thought of as one of translation or of writing from the margins of the English language—will be responded to by the five panelists broadly and with examples from their own work.

S. Shankar is a novelist, critic, and translator. The most recent of his eight books is the novel Ghost in the Tamarind. He has been published widely in scholarly and popular publications, and is professor of English and director of the creative writing program at University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Twitter Username: sshankarwriter

Samrat Upadhyay is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu; The Royal Ghosts, which won the Asian American Literary Award; The Guru of Love, a Times Notable Book; Buddha’s Orphans; The City Son, a PEN Open Award finalist; and the story collection Mad Country. He teaches at Indiana University.

Peter Kimani is a faculty member at Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi. A leading African writer of his generation, Kimani has published poetry and fiction, most recently, Dance of the Jakaranda, a New York Times Editors’ Choice.


Twitter Username: KimaniPete

Stephanie Han’s Swimming in Hong Kong won the Paterson Prize for Short Fiction, and was the sole finalist for both the AWP Grace Paley Prize and the Spokane Prize. Han is City University of Hong Kong's first English literature PhD, and lectures at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii.

David N. Odhiambo is the author of three novels: diss/ed banded nation, Kipligat's Chance, and The Reverend's Apprentice. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S184. This Is Scary and Here We Go: Fear in the Driver’s Seat . (, , , , ) Our work as writers has never felt more urgent—or more terrifying. Fear is an inevitable part of the writing process—risk, rejection, impostor syndrome—but in our current political climate, it can feel almost paralyzing. How do we write under threats to our bodies, our livelihoods, our lives? How do we write through our own self-doubt? In this lively and honest conversation, five writers will examine how fear both holds them back and drives them forward, despite and sometimes because of it.

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slice, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, The Rumpus, and many other publications.


Twitter Username: readandbreathe

Website: www.michelefilgate.com

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections, most recently The Wrong Way to Save Your Life. Her work appears in the Best American Essays and on National Public Radio. She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.


Twitter Username: meganstielstra

Website: www.meganstielstra.com

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. Publishing credits include The New York Times, Joyland, StoryQuarterly, and a year-long series in McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.


Twitter Username: WendyCOrtiz

Website: www.wendyortiz.com

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick, and the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. She received fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, Yaddo, and more. She writes for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, WSJ, VQR, and more.


Twitter Username: Pkhakpour

Website: www.porochistakhakpour.com

samantha irby writes a blog called bitches gotta eat.


Twitter Username: wordscience

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S185. Sexual Violence in Poetry. (, , , ) Poets are erasing the silence and shame of sexual violence, specifically incest, by bringing unique voices and perspectives to writing. In this open and honest discussion, writers wrestle with the topic of incest in their work and the influential work of others to explore representation, memory, and trauma. Topics include: navigating trauma writing with a high level of craft; challenging norms of family secrets; exploring intersections of sexual identity and trauma.

Elizabeth Marquis Mayorca is an MFA candidate in poetry and creative nonfiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She received her BFA in dramatic writing from NYU. She has been a violin instructor for over a decade. Before this, she taught playwriting, poetry, and English as a second language.

Susan Ayres, a poet and translator, is an MFA candidate of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. As professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, she researches intersections between law, literature, and culture.

Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men won The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book, Facts about the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award. She teaches for the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University's Low-Residency MFA Program.


Twitter Username: doriannelaux

Website: http://doriannelaux.net

Alice Anderson's first poetry collection Human Nature won the NYU Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Associations Best First Book Prize. Her second collection, The Watermark, was published in 2016. A memoir, Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away, is forthcoming from St. Martin's Press.


Twitter Username: alicepoet

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S186. Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Working Professionals Writing Professionally. (, , , , ) We all need to eat, but most writers don’t make enough bread from writing alone. Shall we simply eat cake? No, instead our writing often coexists with other full-time or paid work. The panel will discuss the many professional and artistic challenges and benefits encountered by a writer with a day job. This inclusive group addresses problems for writers that are nearly universal and provides strategies from panelists that are diverse across race, gender, genre, age, and profession.

M.L. Doyle has served in the US Army at home and abroad for more than three decades as both a soldier and civilian. She calls on those experiences in her award-winning military-based mystery series, her urban fantasy, romance writing, and coauthored memoirs which feature women who wear combat boots.


Twitter Username: mldoyleauthor

Website: www.mldoyleauthor.com

Andria Williams is the author of the novel The Longest Night. She received her BA in English from University of California, Berkeley and her MFA in fiction from the University of Minnesota. She runs a blog called the Military Spouse Book Review, which promotes literary culture among women veterans and military spouses.


Twitter Username: Andria816

David Chrisinger is a strategic planning and communication specialist who, in his spare time, writes about war and history and helps veterans tell their stories of military service. He is the editor of See Me for Who I Am, a collection of essays written by student veterans.


Twitter Username: StrongerAtBP

Drew Pham is based in New York City. He is a fiction editor at the Wrath Bearing Tree, and writes about conflict, race, and activism. Previously, Drew served in the US Army. He deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division.

Matthew J. Hefti is the author of A Hard and Heavy Thing, listed in Booklist's Top Ten First Novels of 2016, Military Times Top Ten Books of 2016, and the Women's National Book Association Great Group Reads for 2016. He works at GRACE, a nonprofit that defends indigents facing the death penalty.


Twitter Username: TheRealHefti

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S187. Women Write the Future. (, , , ) In a world of shifting alliances, power upheavals, and new challenges both environmental, socio-political, and technological, the science fiction, fantasy, and speculative genres offer artists a new imaginative lens to see and right/write the world. Women writers have added their voices and visions to this field, and are publishing now more than ever. Join four award-winning women writers reading and discussing works that reimagine the past, examine our present, and contemplate new futures.

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American Purgatory and Render / An Apocalypse. Howell is the poetry editor at the Oxford American and the James Still Writer in Residence at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky.


Twitter Username: howtopreserve

Website: www.rebeccagaylehowell.com

Leah Umansky is the author of four books of poetry: The Barbarous Century, Don Dreams and I Dream, Straight Away the Emptied World, and Domestic Uncertainties. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, is the host and curator of the COUPLET Reading Series, and teaches in New York City.


Twitter Username: lady_bronte

Website: http:/leahumansky.com

Nisi Shawl is the Tiptree Award–winning author of the story collection Filter House and of Everfair, a Nebula Award–nominated alternate history of the Congo. She’s a founder of the Carl Brandon Society and a Clarion West board member. Guest of Honor appearances include WisCon 2011 and SFRA 2014.


Twitter Username: NisiShawl

Sheree Renée Thomas is the editor of the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning Dark Matter anthologies and the author of Shotgun Lullabies and Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, named on the 2016 James Tiptree Jr. Award Worthy List. Read her in Sycorax’s Daughters, Apex magazine, and Revise the Psalm.


Twitter Username: blackpotmojo

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S188. Not Heartwarming: Beyond Military and Feminine Tropes in Veterans’ Stories. (, , ) How do we create new narratives in a culture dominated by conventional war stories? Stories of women veterans are less emphasized in our culture, and are often challenging to write and teach, due to the fragmentation resulting from military sexual trauma and PTS. Two mentors discuss working with under-represented populations alongside two of their students—a young veteran forced to alter her gender to survive a war, and a mature veteran who broke traditional female roles to survive the military.

Dorothy Hasson was born in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after graduating from high school, she enlisted in the United States Air Force. After over eighteen years of honorable military service, she has retired and is working on a book of five short stories.

Krista Tucker began writing with the Red Badge Project three years ago. She has written on a variety of subjects including her time as a soldier at war and the struggle of living a normal life with PTSD. Krista deployed to Afghanistan as team leader during the deadliest years of the GWOT.


Twitter Username: kristucktucker

Sonya Lea's memoir was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and has garnered praise in Oprah magazine, People, and the BBC. Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Guernica, Ms., and more. She teaches trauma survivors.


Twitter Username: sonya_lea

Website: www.sonyalea.net

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S188. The Ganesh in the Room: Speaking of Faith in the Literary Community. (, , , ) While contemporary American literary culture embraces multiculturalism, mainstream publishing tends to favor a secular, agnostic worldview. Faith-infused literature doesn’t always fall into prescribed categories, yet nuanced, nondogmatic explorations of theology, belief, and doubt are central to the intercultural literary conversation. A Muslim poet, Christian essayist, and Jewish novelist explore these tensions from the perspectives of their own traditions and genres, sharing common ground.

Richard Chess is the author of four books of poetry, Love Nailed to the Doorpost, Third Temple, Chair in the Desert, and Tekiah. He is a regular contributor to Good Letters, the blog hosted by Image Journal. He chairs the English department and directs the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville.


Twitter Username: richardchess

Website: www.richardchess.com

Amy Frykholm is a nonfiction writer and poet who lives in Colorado. She is the author of four books of nonfiction, all in the subject area of religion and culture. She is an editor and writer for the magazine The Christian Century in Chicago.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi, author of Kohl & Chalk and Baker of Tarifa, has an MFA from Warren Wilson. She has won the San Diego Book Award and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies worldwide and has been translated into Spanish and Urdu.


Twitter Username: zeestaymama

Website: http://shadabhashmi.com/

Amy Gottlieb is the author of a novel, The Beautiful Possible. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Lilith, Storyscape, Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and elsewhere. Her novel was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award and Edward Lewis Wallant Award.


Twitter Username: amybgottlieb

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S190. El Canto in CantoMundo: The Role of Song, Oral Traditions, and Music in Latina/o Poetry. (, , , , ) Fellows of CantoMundo, a national community of Latina/o poets, will present from their books and performance pieces, and discuss how they infuse the rhythms of contemporary music, the meter of oral traditions, and the enjambment of free verse to create the vibrant cadence and voice that permeates their poetry.

Celeste Guzman Mendoza is codirector and cofounder of CantoMundo. Her poetry and essays have been published in various anthologies and journals. Her first collection of poetry is Beneath the Halo. She is a PhD student in the Program for Higher Education Leadership at UT Austin.

Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a poet, essayist, and performer. Her books include [Red Missed Aches], Poems are the Only Real Bodies, DORA/ANA/GUATAVIT@, and YOU DA ONE. www.jennifertamayo.com

Elizabeth Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and winner of the Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm. The Poet X will be her debut novel.


Twitter Username: acevedowrites

Website: www.acevedopoetry.com

Roberto F. Santiago is author of Angel Park. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, recipient of the Alfred C. Carey Poetry Prize, and assistant editor for Indolent Books. Roberto received his MFA from Rutgers University, BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and he is an MSW candidate at UC Berkeley.


Twitter Username: theRFSantiago

Website: www.therfsantiago.com

Jasminne Mendez is an award-winning author, performance poet, and educator. She received her BA in English Literature and her MEd in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. She is currently an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer's Workshop at PLU.


Twitter Username: jasminnemendez

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S191. Brevity's 20th Anniversary Reading. (, , , , ) The online magazine Brevity pioneered the flash nonfiction form starting in 1997, and since then has published new writers, emerging writers, mid-career writers, and distinguished writers, including three Pulitzer Prize finalists, as well as voices from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, and Japan. Help celebrate Brevity's 20th anniversary with flash readings from the panelists, and a brief backward glance by editor Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, the memoir Between Panic & Desire, and numerous other books of nonfiction. He lives in Athens, Ohio, gardens avidly, and is deathly afraid of polar bears.


Twitter Username: brevitymag

Website: www.dintywmoore.com

Lee Martin is the author of four novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–finalist, The Bright Forever. He is also the author of three memoirs, most recently Such a Life, and a story collection, The Least You Need to Know. He teaches in the creative writing program at The Ohio State University.


Twitter Username: LeeMartinAuthor

Heather Sellers is the author of The Practice of Creative Writing, a textbook for the multigenre course, and You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, a memoir, and two collections of poetry, and a book of fiction, Georgia Under Water. She teaches in the MFA program at USF.

Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of the feminist anthology Colonize This!. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Dogwood, Gulf Coast, and Guernica. She’s an assistant professor at Miami University in Ohio.


Twitter Username: daisyhernandez

Website: daisyhernandez.com

Beth Ann Fennelly, poet laureate of Mississippi, teaches at the University of Mississippi. The winner of a Pushcart, an NEA, a Fulbright, and a USA Artist Grant, she's published three books of poems, a book of nonfiction, and a cowritten novel. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs was published in fall 2017.

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S192. Facilitating Lightbulbs: Social Justice in the Writing Classroom. (, , , ) Are you looking for texts that will open a productive dialogue on the subjects of race, class, sexuality, gender, environmental justice, citizenship, or rape culture in your writing classroom? Are you looking to signal a commitment to social justice in the composition classroom despite your audience or administration? Five social justice and writing practitioners will share their favorite texts and tools to open the conversation.

Rachel M. Simon is the author of the poetry collection Theory of Orange and the chapbook Marginal Road. She works as the associate director of multicultural affairs and LGBTQQ coordinator at Pace University. She teaches college courses at Bedford Hills Women's Prison and SUNY Purchase College.

Olivia Worden holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing and diversity workshops at Roger Williams University, Sarah Lawrence College, Andrus, Westchester County Correctional Facility, and Pace University. She is the Director of the Social Justice Intensive at Sarah Lawrence College.

Santee Frazier is the author of collection of poems Dark Thirty. His poems have appeared Ploughshares, American Poet, Prairie Schooner, and others. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University, and is low residence faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

francine j. harris is a poet and author of Play Dead, winner of 2017 Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards. She has received fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a Cave Canem poet, and currently Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis.


Twitter Username: francinejharris

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S193. Thirty Years of Influence Across Genres in Indigenous Literature: Tribute to Diane Glancy. (, , , , ) Diane Glancy has won major awards in every literary genre with fifty published novels, memoirs, edited anthologies, and collections of short fiction, essays, and poetry, twenty produced plays, and three films. In this interactive discussion, panelists from different fields of Indigenous literature will discuss Glancy's literary legacy and the impact she's had on the next generation of Indigenous writers and on the landscape of American literature across genres.

Linda Rodriguez’s novels and books of poetry have received awards, such as Malice Domestic Best First Novel, Latina Book Club Best Book of 2014, Midwest Voices & Visions, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Thorpe Menn Award, Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. A short story has been optioned for film.


Twitter Username: rodriguez_linda

Website: http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com

Diane Glancy is professor emerita at Macalester College. Her latest books are The Collector of Bodies, Concern for Syria and the Middle East, poetry, Mary Queen of Bees, a novella, The Servitude of Love, short stories, and an anthology, The World Is One Place, Native American Poets Visit the Middle East.

Mary Kathryn Nagle, Cherokee Nation, is Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program and partner at Pipestem Law. A prose writer and Public Theater Emerging Writers Group Fellow, she is author of a dozen plays, including Manahatta, Fairly Traceable, and Sliver of a Full Moon.


Twitter Username: mknagle

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007–9, is author of The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival and Jackalope, among thirty books. She copublishes Mammoth, a literary press. At Haskell Indian Nations University, Low founded the creative writing program. She is a former AWP board president.


Twitter Username: deniselow9

Website: www.deniselow.net

Bruce Bond is the author of eighteen books including Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize), Gold Bee (Helen Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award), Sacrum, Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997–2015 (Phillabaum Award), and Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Poetry Prize).

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S194. Economics of Publishing. (, , , , ) Writers spend years learning their craft and working to get published, but that doesn’t prepare them for the career of being an author. Knowledge of the finances behind publishing is critical to authors, whether they are writing articles, short stories, books, or all three. This panel will discuss the ins and outs of publishing finance, including advances, royalties, returns, book tours, print costs, crowdfunding, and more.

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. WRBG’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers.


Twitter Username: wellreadblkgirl

Margot Atwell works with publishers and authors at Kickstarter as the director of publishing. She is also the publisher of Gutpunch Press. She is the author of Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby and coauthor of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success.


Twitter Username: MargotAtwell

Website: www.margotatwell.com

A.M. O'Malley's first full length book of hybrid poem-memoir is Expecting Something Else. She is the Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon.


Twitter Username: amohmalleytweets

Website: anmarieomalley.tumblr.com

Hajara Quinn is a poet with experience in education, publishing, and nonprofits. A graduate of Cornell University's MFA program, she works as the program director at the IPRC and as an assistant editor for Octopus Books. Her first collection of poetry, Coolth, is forthcoming from Big Lucks Books.


Twitter Username: hajaraquinnifer

Sam Cook is the founder and president of Button Poetry, the premiere online distributor of performance poetry media worldwide. Cook is a TEDx Fellow, a National Poetry Slam champion, and an acclaimed public speaker. He is committed to broadcasting necessary stories and diverse voices.


Twitter Username: buttonpoetry

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S195. Best Practices for Submitting an AWP Panel Proposal. Come join AWP conference committee members and staff for a best practices discussion about submitting a panel proposal for the #AWP19 Conference & Bookfair in Portland, OR. Discussion will include an overview of the proposal system and tips for submitting a more effective proposal.

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S196. The Glories of Impossible Translations: International Perspectives on Creative Process. (, , , , ) Is it cliché to say that translation is impossible? Can one ever truly translate the likes of Sappho, Lorca, or Baudelaire with their sophistication, cleverness, and verbal music? Working with Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Hebrew, Greek, French, Spanish, and Turkish, this panel’s poets, translators, and scholars discuss their roles as intermediaries, technicians, and alchemists dancing between languages to create inspired texts spanning cultural differences, geographic distances, and time.

Hélène Cardona’s third bilingual collection is Life in Suspension. Her four translations include Hemingway Grant–winner Beyond Elsewhere. She is a Goethe-Institut and Andalucía University Fellow. She coedits Plume, Fulcrum, and Levure Littéraire, and contributes essays to The London Magazine.


Twitter Username: helenecardona

Website: http://helenecardona.com

Sidney Wade’s seventh collection of poems, Bird Book, will be published by Atelier26 in the fall of 2017. She has served as president of AWP and secretary/treasurer of ALTA. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Florida.

Hilary Kaplan is the translator of Rilke Shake by Angélica Freitas, which won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award and the National Translation Award in poetry. She also translated The Territory Is Not the Map, by Marília Garcia, and Ghosts, a collection of stories by Paloma Vidal.

Willis Barnstone is a professor of comparative literature at Indiana and has received a Guggenheim, and four Book-of-the-Months. His books include Poetics of Translation, Gnostic Bible, Poems of Antonio Machado, Secret Reader: 501 Sonnets, Stickball on 88th St, Moonbook & Sunbook, Mexico in My Heart: Selected, and Poets of the Bible: Song of Songs to Revelation.

Christopher Merrill has published many books of poetry, translations, and nonfiction, most recently, Boat, Necessities, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


Twitter Username: CLMerrill

Website: www.christophermerrillbooks.com

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S197. Alice James Books 45th Anniversary Reading. (, , , , ) Alice James Books, a leading independent poetry press, celebrates 45 years of publishing. The press is dedicated to publishing books that matter and helping writers connect with readers. Frontlist poets are invited to share their AJB stories and read from their recent AJB books, showcasing the breadth, depth, and aesthetic diversity of the poetry that AJB is known for and continues to celebrate.

Carey Salerno is the Executive Editor of Alice James Books. She is the editor, along with Anne Marie Macari, of the anthology Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books. Her first book, Shelter, was published by Alice James Books in 2009. You may find her poems in print and online.

Ellen Doré Watson’s Pray Me Stay Eager is just out from Alice James Books. She has two others from AJB and two from Tupelo. Watson directs the Poetry Center at Smith College, serves as poetry and translation editor of Massachusetts Review, and teaches in the Drew University low-residency MFA program.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark. She co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, and she is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at George Washington University.

Jill McDonough is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes as well as Lannan, NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships. Alice James published her latest collection, Reaper. She directs 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online, and teaches at UMass Boston.


Twitter Username: jilljillmcd

Website: jillmcdonough.com

Alessandra Lynch is the author of three collections of poetry: Sails the Wind Left Behind, It was a terrible cloud at twilight, and Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell, she teaches in Butler University’s undergraduate and MFA programs.

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S198. Reading and Writing the Body Free: Literature as a Subversive Force in Prison. (, , , ) How can literature and storytelling offer a means to interrogate, resist, speak to, and speak back to mass incarceration? What transformative possibilities occur when people inside correctional facilities are given tools to speak, to control their narrative and define themselves outside their immediate circumstances? In what ways does reading and writing set bodies free, as well as offer those of us on the outside opportunities to witness?

Karen Smyte, President of Children's Literacy Network, records incarcerated mothers and grandmothers reading stories to their children. Chapters from her current novel-in-progress have been performed at Selected Shorts at Symphony Space and awarded 2nd place in the 2016 Bridport Prize.

Roger Bonair-Agard is author of three collections of poems, most recent of which won the Soc of Midland Authors Award 2013, and was longlisted for the Nationall Book Award. He teaches creative writing with Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy Program at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago.


Twitter Username: rogerbonair

Randall Horton is the author of three collections of poetry and most recently, Hook: A Memoir. He is a member of the experimental performance group: Heroes Are Gang Leaders and associate professor of English at the University of New Haven.

Angel Pantoja has pursued his education through nontraditional means. A former participant of Free Write Arts & Literacy Program, he now serves as alumni coordinator, teaching artist, and board member. His goal, empower communities to become the authors of their own lives through writing/poetry.


Twitter Username: ang3lpant0ja

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Room 10, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S199. Yoga for Writers. () Join a certified yoga instructor for a gentle, one-hour yoga and meditation practice, appropriate for practitioners of all levels and abilities, focusing on stretching and mindfulness for writers. Please come in comfortable street clothes; mats and yoga apparel are not necessary. Chairs will be provided and advance sign-up is required. Sign up will be available beginning on Monday, 11/13/17, 12 noon EST.

Marisa Iglesias is a certified 500-hr Hatha yoga instructor and Kriya meditation teacher. Her classes combine breath with strong, flowing movement. Expect to sweat and feel rejuvenated. Find her online at marisaiglesiasyoga.com and on Instagram at marisaiglesiasyoga.

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S200. This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home. (, , , , Leigh Newman) As women coming of age in the modern era, moving out of our parents’ homes and into spaces of our own was exhilarating and terrifying. We looked to the past, to the homes our mothers and grandmothers defined for us, and we looked forward to something new we were going to create. In making homes for ourselves, we have defined ourselves—as partners, mothers, citizens. Readers are select contributors to This Is the Place: 30 Women Writing About Home (Seal Press, November 2017).

Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town and coeditor of This is the Place: Women Writing on Home. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Paris Review Daily, American Scholar, River Teeth, and others. She is an assistant professor of English at Hofstra University.


Twitter Username: kellymcmasters2

Amanda Petrusich is a music journalist and the author of three books, including Do Not Sell at Any Price, about the rarefied world of 78rpm record collectors. She's a contributing writer for The New Yorker, and the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction. She teaches writing at NYU.


Twitter Username: amandapetrusich

Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, TriQuarterly, The Common, The Southern California Review, and in the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. She teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College.

Lina Ferreira is works as a visiting assistant professor at The Ohio State University, as well as being the author of Drown Sever Sing and of Don't Come Back from Mad River Books through the Ohio State University Press. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Creative Nonfiction and Literary Translation programs.

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S201. Reports from the Field: Recent Candidates Discuss the Academic Job Hunt. (, , , , ) Five candidates: two with tenure-track jobs, one with a term position, one pursuing a fellowship, and one on the market for the first time, relay their unique experiences navigating the academic job market. This panel offers advice covering all stages of the job search. We discuss missteps made, the potential problems marginalized candidates face, the decisions that went into the positions chosen, and what we wish we'd known before we began.

Stephanie Devine is the former editor in chief of New South and a PhD candidate at Georgia State. Her work has appeared in Louisiana Literature, NANO fiction, Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art, The Austin Review, Joyland, Pembroke, Atticus, Cheap Pop, Fiction Southeast, and Glassworks.


Twitter Username: ensignbabyface

Ryan Habermeyer is the author of the forthcoming short story collection, The Science of Lost Futures. He earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts and PhD from the University of Missouri. He is assistant professor at Salisbury University.

Nick White's recent novel is How to Survive a Summer. His fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Hopkins Review, Guernica, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University.


Twitter Username: nickwhite1985

Website: thenickwhite.com

Sara Eliza Johnson is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in poetry, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and two Winter Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series. She teaches at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.


Twitter Username: saraelizaj

Website: saraelizajohnson.com

LaTanya McQueen is the current Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. She received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from the University of Missouri. She is the author of the forthcoming essay collection, And It Begins Like This.


Twitter Username: Ytsur82

Website: www.latanyamcqueen.com

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S202. Dique Dominicana: A Reading by New York–Based Dominican Women Writers. (, , , , ) You don’t sound Dominican! What’s a Dominican-York? Are you Black or white? This reading will discuss what it means to be a Dominican woman in the New York literary movement and poetry performance scene from Washington Heights, the Bronx, and beyond by featuring the work of six prominent, intergenerational writers at different stages of their careers. In English, Spanish, and Spanglish these Dominicanas demand more from the diaspora and deconstruct notions of performing identity.

Peggy Robles Alvarado is a 2014 BRIO award winner, CantoMundo Fellow, and a two time Intl. Latino Book Award winner. The author of Conversations with My Skin, Homenaje A Las Guerreras, and editor of The Abuela Stories Project, Peggy’s a Bronx Book Fair committee member and MFA candidate at Pratt.


Twitter Username: robleswrites

Website: robleswrites.com

Vanessa Chica is a NYC educator, writer, and performance poet. She has featured at various New York City venues and was a featured artist for three sold out spoken word shows at The National Black Theater in Harlem. She is currently working on a three-woman play titled Live Big Girl addressing the body.


Twitter Username: PoetryChica

Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina with an MFA in poetry from Drew University, and she is a Canto Mundo Fellow. Her first collection of poetry: The Pink Box was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award. As women, we are always in danger, our very existence, our bodies, all of us, so she writes.


Twitter Username: yeseniamontilla

Sydney Valerio is a teacher, professor, poet, and performer. She wrote and performed Matters, a one woman show, at the Nuyorican Poets Café and the National Black Theatre. Her poetry is in Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse Anthology of Women Writers. She is a City College MFA student.


Twitter Username: sydneywritehere

Website: www.sydneyvalerio.com

Yubelky Rodríguez is a Dominican painter, playwright, and spoken-word poet. As a spoken word artist, she has been performing throughout New York City for the last fifteen years. Her spoken word theatrical play called Pious Poetic Pie was produced. She is currently pursuing a PhD in counseling psychology.

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S203. Literary Late Bloomers: The Joys and Challenges of Being a Later-in-Life Poet. (, , , , ) In many ways the poetry world favors younger poets, especially through age-limited contests and "under 30" lists. Poets who don’t discover their calling until later in life face challenges as they navigate career options and paths to publication. Literary late bloomers can be encouraged, though, by what a later-in-life career brings as far as richness of experience—our scars, triumphs, and intricately wrought stories. Five poets share the challenges and joys of being a later-in-life poet.

Lisa Dordal, author of Mosaic of the Dark, teaches in the English department at Vanderbilt University. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets, Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Nimrod, and Vinyl Poetry.


Twitter Username: lisadordal

Website: http://lisadordal.com/

Pablo Miguel Martínez’s collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me, received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. His recently published chapbook is titled Cuent@. Martínez is a cofounder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets.


Twitter Username: Pablito210

Website: www.brazoscarryme.com

Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, The GAFFER, and the chapbook, In the Land of Speculation & Seismography. The first woman admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a gaffer, she has spent many years working with light in film and architecture.


Twitter Username: thegaffer2015

Website: www.celestegainey.com

Michelle Bitting’s third collection is The Couple Who Fell to Earth named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2016. She has poems in The American Poetry Review, Narrative, Nimrod, The New York Times, Vinyl, Plume, diode, The Paris-American, Raleigh Review, ALR, AJR, and Tupelo Quarterly.


Twitter Username: poemshaper1

Website: www.michellebitting.com

Mary Moore Easter, Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and a Cave Canem Fellow, is widely published. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence and an MA from Goddard. A Virginia transplant, she re-rooted at Minnesota’s Carleton College. Now emerita professor of dance, her chapbook is Walking From Origins.

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S204. About Grief, Trauma, Loss: The Facing, the Writing, and the Healing. (, , , , Emmy Pérez) A reading by poets and prose memoirists who have confronted past traumas ranging from sudden, violent deaths of family members to sexual and medical abuse. Each of these writers, who are at various stages in their careers, will also briefly discuss how the writing process itself, followed by publishing, giving readings, and speaking to a variety of audiences, has not only helped them to heal but has encouraged others to give voice to—and ultimately recover from—their own traumatic experiences.

Wendy Barker's sixth full-length collection of poems received the John Ciardi Prize and was published by BkMk Press in 2015. She has also published four chapbooks and coedited the anthology Far Out: Poems of the '60s. Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships, she teaches at UT San Antonio.

Patricia McConnell is the author of fifteen books, including The Education of Will, a memoir, and The Other End of the Leash, which was translated into thirteen languages. An applied animal behaviorist, she taught The Biology & Philosophy of Human-Animal Relationships for twenty-five years at UW-Madison.


Twitter Username: McConnellWrites

Joel Peckham is the author of five collections of poetry, including Why Not Take All of Me and God’s Bicycle. His memoir Resisting Elegy appeared from Chicago Review Press in 2012 and a new collection of essays, Body Memory, appeared from New Rivers Press in 2016.

Cynthia Hogue has published nine collections of poetry, including Revenance and In June the Labyrinth. Her most recent cotranslation is Joan Darc, by Nathalie Quintana. She is a newly minted Professor Emerita at Arizona State University.

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S205. Editing an Anthology: Representation, Aesthetics, and Responsibility. (, , , ) An anthology can serve as a powerful force of inclusion for underrepresented writers, but just as easily can instantiate exclusionary value systems. What kinds of responsibility do editors have to seek out and include underrepresented writers in putting together anthologies? How do they balance this responsibility with their own notions of aesthetic value? How do editors counteract their own biases? Four editors of recent anthologies with an inclusive mission discuss these questions and more.

Jason Koo is the author, most recently, of More Than Mere Light and Sunset Park and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and an assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University.


Twitter Username: jasonykoo

Website: http://jasonykoo.com

Tina Chang is the Brooklyn Poet Laureate. Author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers, she is also coeditor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond.

Amy King's The Missing Museum is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She is on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, received the 2015 WNBA Award, coedits Bettering American Poetry and Big Energy Poets anthologies, and teaches creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.


Twitter Username: amyhappens

Website: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/amy-king

Joanna C. Valente is the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Xenos, and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors.


Twitter Username: joannasaid

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S206. Florida Book Award Winners Reading. (, , , , ) Since 2006, the Florida Book Awards have honored writers in ten categories for their distinguished contributions to Florida arts and letters. At this event, current and former recipients will read from their award-winning poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. These writers, representing five distinct regions from across the state, speak to the wide array of Florida literature in the 21st century.

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize. His work has appeared in The Atlantic and The New York Times. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.


Twitter Username: djpoissant

Website: www.davidjamespoissant.com

Terry Ann Thaxton has published three books of poetry: Getaway Girl, The Terrible Wife, and Mud Song, as well as Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide. She is professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she directs the MFA program.


Twitter Username: terryannthaxton

Website: www.terryannthaxton.com

Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of two memoirs: Life Without a Recipe and The Language of Baklava, as well as four novels, Birds of Paradise, Origin, Crescent, and Arabian Jazz. Her YA fantasy novel SilverWorld is forthcoming next year. Diana teaches at Portland State University.


Twitter Username: Dabujaber

Jonathan Fink is professor and director of creative writing at University of West Florida. He is the author of two poetry collections from Dzanc Books, and his poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, Slate, New England Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals.

Tana Jean Welch is the author of the poetry collection Latest Volcano. Her poetry has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Colorado Review, The Southern Review, and other national journals. She is assistant professor of medical humanities at the Florida State University College of Medicine.


Twitter Username: cannonsplinter

Website: tanajeanwelch.com

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S207. An Exemplary Omni-American: A Tribute to James Alan McPherson. (, , , , ) During a forty-three year career, the late James Alan McPherson influenced countless writers at UVA and the Iowa Writers Workshop. The first African American to win the Pulitzer for fiction, his honors also included a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Award, and election into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. This diverse panel will celebrate his legacy as a writer, editor, gifted professor, and friend. His daughter, Rachel McPherson, will attend and speak at the end of the session.

Allen Gee is professor of English at Georgia College, where he directs the creative writing program and edits fiction for Arts & Letters. He is also the editor for 2040 Books, a diverse press, and is the author of My Chinese-America. His essays and stories have appeared in numerous journals.


Twitter Username: allenrgee

DeWitt Henry is the author of two memoirs, a novel, and a story collection, and the editor of five anthologies. The founding editor of Ploughshares, he is Professor Emeritus at Emerson College and a contributing editor for both Solstice and Woven Tale Press magazines.


Twitter Username: DeWittHenry

Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of the novels The Bible of Dirty Jokes and A Perfect Life and the memoir The Only Woman in the Room. Her story collection In the Mouth was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and won the Wallant Award. She teaches at the University of Michigan.


Twitter Username: EileenPollack

Website: www.eileenpollack.com

Marcus Burke is the author of Team Seven. He is also on the faculty of the Mountain View low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He is currently at work on his next novel.

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S208. Writ Large: Expansion in the Short Story. (, , , , ) William Strunk said, “Vigorous writing is concise.” Professors and craft books tend to agree, emphasizing the importance of cutting and concision. However, what’s good for the sentence is not always good for the story. Our panel suggests that sometimes a story benefits from more, not less. We examine ways to know if a story needs another dimension and in those instances, discuss strategies the writer might explore to help their stories find their best length.

Siân Griffiths directs the creative writing program at Weber State University. Her creative work is published in The Georgia Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Redivider, and other journals. Her novel Borrowed Horses was a semi-finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. sbgriffiths.com


Twitter Username: borrowedhorses

Website: sbgriffiths.com

Eric Sasson is the author of the story collection Margins of Tolerance and the novel Admissions. For three years, he wrote CTRL-ALT, a column on LGBT culture for The Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Republic, VICE, Salon, and GOOD magazine.


Twitter Username: idazlei

Website: www.ericsassonnow.com

Caitlin Horrocks is author of This Is Not Your City plus a forthcoming novel and story collection. Work appears in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize, and others. Editor at The Kenyon Review, she teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of Safe as Houses and 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas. She teaches at NYU and in the MFA program at the Institute for American Indian Arts. An O. Henry and Pushcart Prize winner, she is the current Frank O'Connor International Short Story fellow in Cork, Ireland.


Twitter Username: mhbertino

Website: www.mariehelenebertino.com

Diane Cook is the author of the story collection, Man V. Nature and was a producer for the radio show, This American Life. She received a 2016 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere.

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S209. Bless Our Hearts: Teaching While Queer in the South. (, , , , ) Teaching as a queer writer in the South has its own set of benefits and challenges, from Southern hospitality and humor to conservative religious values and students with little exposure the nontraditional literary canon. Should writers “come out” in the classroom? How can we address diversity in the classroom while making students feel respected and welcome? How does one address homophobia, racism, and sexism as a queer person? Panelists offer tips for teaching while queer in the South.

Brandy T. Wilson, PhD, is the author of The Palace Blues, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, G.R.I.T.S., Lumina, Sinister Wisdom, and [PANK]. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Memphis.


Twitter Username: DrBTWilson

Website: http://www.brandytwilson.com/

Douglas Ray is author of He Will Laugh, a collection of poems, and editor of The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South. He earned his MFA in poetry from The University of Mississippi. He teaches at Western Reserve Academy, a boarding school in Hudson, Ohio.


Twitter Username: mr_sugarbaker

Website: sdouglasray.com

Lu Vickers is the author of one novel and several books on Florida history. She received three Florida Individual Artists Grants for fiction and in 2014, as she was writing her last book, Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs, was awarded an NEA Fellowship for fiction.


Twitter Username: realluisvee

Julie Marie Wade's most recent collections are Same-Sexy Marriage and The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, coauthored with Denise Duhamel. She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.


Twitter Username: manyplums

Website: www.juliemariewade.net

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion and coauthor of Prime: Poetry and Conversation. Wilson teaches creative writing and African American literature at the University of Alabama.

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor

S210. Blood of My Blood: Writing About Family, Tribe, and Inheritances of the Heart. (, , , ) Writers of personal essay and memoir know that their story is shaped by family influences. But we may be more connected to the emotional life of our ancestors than we realize. Recent discoveries in behavioral epigenetics reveal that memory can be passed on in the genes, meaning that our stories are intrinsically tied to those who have gone before us. This diverse panel will explore what it means to mine truth by writing from the lens of generational legacies and inheritances of the heart.

Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of two Nautilus Silver Awards and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. A faculty member at ASU's Master of Liberal Arts Program, she teaches memoir workshops at writing centers and conferences.


Twitter Username: jtgary1

Website: www.janicegary.com

Camille T. Dungy's four books of poetry include Trophic Cascade. Her first book of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and coedited two other anthologies. Dungy is a professor at Colorado State University.

Angie Chuang is a nonfiction writer and an associate professor of journalism at University of Colorado Boulder. Her first book, The Four Words for Home, tells the immigrant stories of an Afghan American family after 9/11 and her own Chinese American one. She was a newspaper reporter for thirteen years.


Twitter Username: angiechuang

Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey was an AWP Award Series winner. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, and she has coedited an essay collection, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean. She teaches at Gettysburg College.


Twitter Username: mcelmurraykaren

Website: www.karenmcelmurray.com

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S211. Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Tackling Stories of Trauma. (, , , , ) Writing about traumatic experiences does not repair them. However, re-entering those memories, taking them apart, and then putting them back together again on our own terms, can transform them into something meaningful, perhaps even beautiful, for both writer and reader. On this panel, those who’ve courageously written about topics such as loss, illness, grief, or family dysfunction in poetry and prose explore the merit of giving narrative shape to our painful stories.

Melanie Brooks is the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma. A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program, she teaches at Northeastern University and Merrimack College. She is completing a memoir about living with the ten-year secret of her father's HIV disease.


Twitter Username: MelanieJMBrooks

Richard Blanco is the youngest, first Latino, and first openly gay person to serve as the Presidential Inaugural Poet. Author of two memoirs and three poetry books, his honors include awards from the University of Pittsburgh, PEN, the Paterson Prize, Lambda Literary, and Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets.

Andre Dubus III is the author of six books, including The New York Times–bestseller House of Sand and Fog. This novel was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and it was an Oprah Book Club Selection. His memoir, Townie, and novel, Dirty Love, were both New York Times bestsellers and New York Times Editors’ Choices. Dirty Love was also listed as Notable Fiction from The Washington Post and a Kirkus Starred Best Book. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages.

Kyoko Mori is the author of three nonfiction books (The Dream of Water; Polite Lies; Yarn) and four novels (Shizuko's Daughter; One Bird; Stone Field, True Arrow; Barn Cat). She teaches creative writing at George Mason University and for the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University.

Suzanne Strempek Shea's dozen books include This Is Paradise, about a medical clinic in Malawi. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program and is writer in residence/director of the creative writing program at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.


Twitter Username: sstrempekshea

Website: www.suzannestrempekshea.com

Ballroom C, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S212. New Intimacies: A Reading and Conversation with Min Jin Lee and Sigrid Nunez. Sponsored by Kundiman. (, , ) Kundiman presents two novelists whose stories bring us into the fraught, shifting lives of family and friends, whose settings span continents and generations, and whose characters show the tenuous nature of identity in diaspora.

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is a national bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an Indie Next Great Reads. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires was a national bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and a Top 10 Novels of the Year for The Times (London), NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today.


Twitter Username: minjinlee11

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and Salvation City. Her seventh novel, The Friend, if forthcoming. Nunez is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S213. Monster Cultures. (, , , , Nancy Hightower) From cyborgs to serial killers, monsters work the territory where explosive opposites meet: fear and desire, criminality and victimhood. On this panel, five writers of the fantastic discuss the roles of monsters in their work and areas of interest. How do monsters function in contemporary literature, in environmental writing, in Afrofuturism? What concerns and breakthroughs come with using the monstrous to express marginalized racial and sexual identities? How do we write the ultimate Other?

Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, and a short story collection, Tender. She is the recipient of several awards including the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Theodora Goss teaches at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program. Her publications include In the Forest of Forgetting, The Thorn and the Blossom, and The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter. She has won the World Fantasy Award and her work has been translated into twelve languages.


Twitter Username: theodoragoss

Kelly Link is the author of Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and the forthcoming collection Get in Trouble. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. With Gavin J. Grant, she runs Small Beer Press.

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties and the forthcoming memoir House in Indiana. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, NPR Books, and elsewhere. She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Clarion SF&F Writers' Workshop.


Twitter Username: carmenmmachado

Website: http://carmenmariamachado.com/

Cody D. Todd Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floor

S214. Trio House Press Poetry Reading. (, , , ) Trio House Press introduces the poets of the press' newly released books, and the judges who chose the 2018 award winners, who will also read from their own work. Campbell McGrath will introduce Darren C. Demaree, winner of the 2018 Louise Bogan Award for Two Towns Over. Jennifer Barber will introduce Pamela Johnson Parker, winner of the 2018 Trio Award for Cleave. In addition, Iris Dunkle will read from her newly released collection by Trio House Press, Interrupted Geographies.

Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books of poetry, for which he has received numerous awards, including MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. For over twenty years he has taught in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.

Jennifer Barber's poetry collections are Works on Paper, Given Away, and Rigging the Wind. She is the founding and current editor of Salamander: a magazine for poetry, fiction, and memoirs, now in its 25th year. She has taught literature and creative writing at Suffolk University for thirteen years.

Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly. His seventh collection Two Towns Over was recently selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and is due out March 2018.


Twitter Username: d_c_demaree

Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the poet laureate of Sonoma County, California. Her third collection, Interrupted Geographies, was published by Trio House Press in 2017. Her previous collections are Gold Passage, and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air.


Twitter Username: irjohnso

Website: www.irisjamahldunkle.com

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S215. “my particular truth as I have seen it”: Black Women Writers Taking Back Their Narratives. (, , , , ) Two separate but related phenomena—the presumed suicides of women like Sheila Abdus-Salaam, and the appropriation of black women’s art (including the unauthorized use of Gelila Mesfin’s digital portrait of Michelle Obama)—illustrate how, in nearly every aspect of their lives, black women are erased by others. In response, multi-genre writers discuss the nuances of creating art in a culture that misattributes their work while they are living, and reframes their narratives when they are dead.

Kateema Lee’s poetry has been published in print and in online literary journals. She is an associate editor for the Potomac Review and a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow. When she is not writing, she teaches English composition, literature, and women’s studies at Montgomery College in Maryland.


Twitter Username: katleeme

Destiny Birdsong is a poet, essayist, and editor whose work has appeared in African American Review, Indiana Review, The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she has received scholarships from BinderCon and The Ragdale Foundation.


Twitter Username: destinyoshay

Nicole Higgins is a doctoral student in English at Duke University. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she holds an MFA from the University of Georgia. Her poems have appeared in Storyscape, Bear Review, Sink, Vinyl, Passages North, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: nicoledhiggins

Maya Marshall, an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina, is a Cave Canem fellow and an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Currently, she is a poetry editor at Muzzle magazine and an editor of Yemassee. Her chapbook, Secondhand, is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: mayaamarshall

April Gibson is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in print and online literary journals. She is a fellow of The Watering Hole, a Callaloo fellow, and a VONA/Voices alum. She teaches English at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.


Twitter Username: aprilreenea

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S217. How Creative Writers Can Work with Archivists: A Crash Course in Cooperation. (, , , , ) This panel provides concrete suggestions for how writers can work effectively with archivists. Writers from three genres will share how they made their research experiences successful and the variety of approaches they took with primary sources. Creative writing from primary materials can also result in archivists going along for the journey. Librarians from two different institutions will contribute their own experiences working with writers, highlighting both physical and digital archives.

Pamela Pierce is the digital library coordinator and archivist at Dickinson State University's Theodore Roosevelt Center in southwestern North Dakota. Her work has been published in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, as well as Archival Outlook.

Erin Renee Wahl is the instructional librarian at Fresno Pacific University, and a former archivist. Wahl has an MA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University and an MA in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona.

Jennifer Sinor is the author of Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir and Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O'Keeffe. She teaches creative writing at Utah State University, where she is a professor of English.

Sean Hill, the author of two books of poems, Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, is an assistant professor at UA-Fairbanks. His honors and awards include a fellowship from the NEA. His poems have appeared in journals and in anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.


Twitter Username: adamalzeal

Website: http://www.seanhillpoetry.com

Jeff Gundy has published seven books of poems, most recently Abandoned Homeland and Somewhere Near Defiance. His four prose books include Songs from an Empty Cage, Walker in the Fog, and Scattering Point. A 2008 Fulbright lecturer at the University of Salzburg, he teaches at Bluffton University in Ohio.


Twitter Username: gundyj

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S218. Loud Because We Have to Be: Literary Advocacy in Today’s World, Sponsored by WITS. (, , , , ) Words have the power to change lives, but how can we work together to ensure our words are heard? Panelists will discuss how they became deeply invested in the communities they live in and serve, and what you can do to team up with others for quick, effective advocacy. They will also discuss best practices for managing your professional career and writing life alongside community efforts.

Tina Cane is a poet, teacher, and the founder/ director of Writers-in-the-Schools, Rhode Island. Her books include The Fifth Thought, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena, and Once More With Feeling. She serves as Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.

Diane Luby Lane is the founder and executive director of Get Lit – Words Ignite, one of the largest teen literacy nonprofits in the nation, and author of the award-winning Get Lit Rising.


Twitter Username: @DianeLubyLane

Erin Belieu is the author of four poetry collections, including Slant Six, chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2014. Recent poems appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The New York Times's T magazine. Belieu directs Florida State University's creative writing program.


Twitter Username: erinbelieu

Britt Udesen joined the Loft in 2015 as its Executive and Artistic Director. Before that, she served as the Executive Director of the Cabin in Boise, Idaho and has held leadership positions at Storyfort Literary Festival, The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and the Textile Center of Minnesota.


Twitter Username: brittaudesen

Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both chief counsel of government and public affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, which administers the only ARTS PAC in the country to raise political funds to elect a pro-arts majority in Congress.


Twitter Username: Nina4Arts

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S219. Disability in Children's Literature: Not an Anomoly&mdashAn Imperative. (, , Rachel DeWoskin) Children and young adult readers deserve realistic characters reflective of themselves and the people around them. Yet, too often, kids with physical or intellectual disabilities are absent from literature for young readers—or if present, the disability is the focus of the book. We'll discuss how authors can responsibly integrate characters with varying abilities into their work so that the disability isn't the story, but merely a challenge that a particular character faces within the narrative.

Naseem Jamnia is a nonbinary Muslim writer and former scientist. They received their AB from the University of Chicago and MS from DePaul University, both in the biological sciences. They care deeply about centering marginalized voices in both fiction and nonfiction and strive to make these voices the norm.


Twitter Username: jamsternazzy

Brian Tashima is the author of the Joel Suzuki series, a YA sci-fi/fantasy series featuring a teenage protagonist on the autism spectrum. He is also a board member of Autism Empowerment, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in the autism community.


Twitter Username: joel_suzuki

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S220. Translation and/as Exile, Sponsored by ALTA. (, , , , ) How does exile—literal and metaphorical, physical and otherwise—affect the process of translation? How do our choices change when we translate into or out of diaspora? And isn’t translation itself a form of exiling a language? Translators working from Hebrew, Spanish, Polish, and Italian will explore the relationship of exile to translated language—from working with the words of exiled writers to examining differences that the state of exile imposes on our language.

Becka Mara McKay directs the creative writing MFA program at Florida Atlantic University, writes poetry, and translates Hebrew literature. Publications include a book of poetry, a chapbook of prose poems, and several translations of Israeli fiction and poetry.

Sarah Stickney is a former Fulbright Grantee for the translation of Italian poetry. Her cotranslations of Elisa Biagini's selected poems, The Guest in the Wood, won the University of Rochester's Best Translated Book Award in 2014. She teaches at St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland.

Mira Rosenthal is the author of The Local World and the translator of two books by Polish poet Tomasz Rozycki. Her awards include an NEA Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a PEN/Heim Translation Grant, and the Northern California Book Award. She teaches in Cal Poly's creative writing program.


Twitter Username: mira_rosenthal

Website: www.mirarosenthal.com

Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from Arabic, and managing director of the American Literary Translators Association. She is the recipient of an English PEN Translates Award and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, and her translation of The Queue was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award.


Twitter Username: lissiejaquette

Russell Scott Valentino is an author, editor, teacher, and translator based in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a professor of Slavic and comparative literature at Indiana University and senior editor at Autumn Hill Books. His most recent book is The Woman in the Window.


Twitter Username: rsvalentino

Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/facProfile_RValentino2.shtml

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S221. Draining the Swamp: The Future of Environmental Writing on a Changing Planet. (, , , , ) This panel explores environmental creative writing in the midst of radical political and climatic change. If stories help us imagine alternatives to how we live, then inspired and strategic writing is our best hope to keep this planet alive and healthy. These five cross-genre writers will discuss environmental writing’s Transcendental roots, its strides towards greater inclusiveness, and where it must go now given rising tides, species loss, and overall environmental injustice and instability.

Taylor Brorby is reviews editor for Orion magazine. A fellow at the Black Earth Institute, Taylor is an award-winning essayist, teacher, and poet. He has been recognized with numerous fellowships and residencies, and travels the country regularly to speak about hydraulic fracking.

Nick Neely is the author of the essay collection Coast Range. He is the recipient of a UCB-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, a PEN Northwest Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, and the 2015 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award. His work appears in Kenyon Review and The Georgia Review.


Twitter Username: nsneely

Alison Hawthorne Deming is author of five poetry books, most recently Stairway to Heaven, and four nonfiction books including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. She is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment & Social Justice at the University of Arizona and a Guggenheim Fellow.


Twitter Username: AlisonDeming

Website: www.alisonhawthornedeming.com

Joe Wilkins is the author of the memoir The Mountain and the Fathers and three collections of poems: When We Were Birds, Notes from the Journey Westward, and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His debut novel, And Ever These Bull Mountains, is forthcoming.

Rose McLarney's collections of poetry are Its Day Being Gone, The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, and—forthcoming—Forage. She is assistant professor of English at Auburn University and poetry editor of The Southern Humanities Review.

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S222. Why [Not] Say What Happened?: On Writing Confessional Poetry. (, , , , ) The 20th century saw both the birth of confessional poetry and its backlash. Today, the position of the “poetry of the personal” within contemporary poetry remains controversial, as poets tangle with the stakes of writing about the self. Join five poets for a candid conversation about their relationship to the confessional label; its usefulness—and misuse—when ascribed to poets writing about race, gender, and sexuality; and interrogating the ongoing dialogue between poet, speaker, and reader.

Geffrey Davis is the author of Revising the Storm, winner of the A. Poulin Prize. His honors also include a Cave Canem fellowship, the Anne Halley Prize, the Wabash Prize, the Dogwood Prize, and the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize. He teaches at the University of Arkansas.


Twitter Username: GeffreyDavis

Website: www.geffreydavis.com

Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. She teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of AGNI's editorial staff.


Twitter Username: rmennies

Website: http://www.rachelmennies.com

Jericho Brown wrote Please, which won the American Book Award, and The New Testament, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is a Guggenheim fellow, and his poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor at Emory University.


Twitter Username: jerichobrown

Website: jerichobrown.com

Maggie Smith is the author of, most recently, Good Bones and The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, AGNI, and The Best American Poetry 2017, as well as on the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary. A 2011 NEA fellow, Smith is a freelance writer and editor.


Twitter Username: maggiesmithpoet

Website: www.maggiesmithpoet.com

Natalie Diaz is a poet with too many colors and voices and places and identities to live in this short reservation of a bio.


Twitter Username: NatalieGDiaz

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S223. Autumn House Press: 20th Anniversary Reading. (, , , Dickson Lam, Tom Noyes) Autumn House Press was founded in 1998. Since its launch, the press has been dedicated to serving and publishing the best works from emerging authors as well as established writers who have been overlooked by major publishers. For the press’s 20th anniversary, the founder, Michael Simms, will talk about the press’s history and mission, and four AHP authors will read from and briefly discuss their work.

Michael Simms founded Autumn House Press in 1998 and served as editor in chief until 2015 when he started Vox Populi, a public sphere for politics and poetry. Simms is the author of The Fire-eater, The Happiness of Animals, and Black Stone, and he has been the lead editor of over 100 published books.


Twitter Username: simmsahp

Jane Satterfield has published five books, including Apocalypse Mix, winner of the 2016 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of an NEA poetry fellowship, the 49th Parallel Poetry Prize, Ledbury Festival Poetry Prize, and more. She is an associate professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley’s five collections of poetry include When the Wanderers Come Home; Where the Road Turns; and Becoming Ebony. A survivor of the Liberian civil war, Patricia’s poems explore war and survival. She is associate professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Altoona.


Twitter Username: patriciajabbeh

Website: www.pjabbeh.com

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S224. Digital and Video Essays in the Creative Writing Classroom. (, , , ) The Digital Revolution introduced a new kind of essay—one that integrates image, text, sound, voice. Online journals now publish digital and video essays. But how do we teach these new forms? What essays do we use as models? What assignments do we give our students? Who is their audience? How does copyright law constrain sampling and remixing? How do we teach the use of technology and editing software in the writing classroom? What can our students, who are digital natives, teach us?

José M Orduña is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His first book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Displacement is about race, class, and citizenship. He joined the creative writing faculty at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2017.


Twitter Username: JoseMOrduna

Ned Stuckey-French teaches at Florida State. He is author of The American Essay in the American Century, coauthor of Writing Fiction, coeditor of Essayists on the Essay, and book review editor of Fourth Genre. His essays have appeared in journals such as The Normal School, Pinch, and Guernica.


Twitter Username: NStuckeyFrench

Deborah Hall teaches at Valdosta State University and edited The Anatomy of Narrative, an anthology that analyzes craft. Her work has appeared in River Teeth, TLR, The Sun, Apalachee Review, and in Becoming: An Anthology of Women’s Stories and Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poets.


Twitter Username: deborahhall07

Laurie Lynn Drummond has published a linked story collection, Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You, and her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Brevity, and River Teeth. She has taught creative writing for 29 years, most recently at Louisiana State University.

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S225. Starting from Zero: Teaching Poetry to the (Initially) Resistant. (, , , ) Veteran poetry teachers know that many people are resistant to the idea of writing or journaling even as a simple way to order and make sense of their own memories. Whether they are combat veterans suffering from PTSD, IV drug users in a needle exchange program, or just recalcitrant 7th graders who think poetry is stupid, sometimes the folks who could benefit most from a little introspection are the last to seek it out. Come hear stories of successful strategies for dealing with such resistance.

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam. A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the founder of the Page Meets Stage reading series in New York City.


Twitter Username: TaylorMali

Website: www.taylormali.com

Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem, Poets House, and Serenbe Focus alumna, playwright, poet, and orgranizer. Publisher of Penmanship Books, she earned her MFA in writing and activism from Pratt Institute and she serves as artistic director of Urban Word NYC.


Twitter Username: mobrowne

Website: www.mobrowne.com

Seema Reza is the author of When the World Breaks Open, a memoir in essays and poetry and coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital military arts program in Washington, DC. She is a VONA alumnus and serves as a council member-at-large for the Transformative Language Arts Network.


Twitter Username: seemareza

Jon Sands is the author of The New Clean. His work has been featured in The New York Times and anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He is the cofounder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and teaches creative writing at Bailey House in Harlem (an AIDS service center).


Twitter Username: iAmJonSands

Website: www.jonsands.com

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S226. We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America. (, , , , ) Essayists from the anthology, We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America, will discuss misrepresentations of identity through gender, class, and race and other categories. Panel will feature five creative nonfiction essayists, all of whom are part of this anthology.

Lisa Page is coeditor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing. Her work has appeared in VQR, Playboy, The Washington Post Bookworld, The Crisis, Origins, and American Short Fiction, and in several anthologies. She directs the creative writing program at George Washington University.


Twitter Username: LisaPag39212124

Achy Obejas is the author of the recent The Tower of the Antilles, as well as the critically acclaimed Ruins, Days of Awe, and Memory Mambo. She has translated Junot Díaz, Wendy Guerra, Rita Indiana, and others. She is the director of the MFA in translation program at Mills College. www.achyobejas.com


Twitter Username: achylandia

Website: achyobejas.com

Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers' Conference and an instructor at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center.


Twitter Username: SergioTroncoso

Website: www.SergioTroncoso.com

Brando Skyhorse is the author of The Madonnas of Echo Park, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award; Take This Man: A Memoir; and coeditor of the anthology We Wear The Mask. Skyhorse is an associate professor at Indiana University, where he teaches in the creative writing MFA program.


Twitter Username: brandoskyhorse

Marc Fitten has published two novels, Valeria's Last Stand and Elza's Kitchen, and nonfiction, We Were The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America. He is also a founding faculty member of the Yale Writers Conference.


Twitter Username: marcfitten

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S227. Collaboration on Creative Publishing: Supporting New and Diverse Voices. (, , , , ) With 115 collective years of experience in small press publishing of diverse writers, this panel of editors, publishers, and writers, involved in both journal and book publication, will discuss their own successful and creative collaborations as well as explore, with the audience, specific ideas that not only cross publications but also genres and venues. Special panel guest: Kassahun Checole, owner of Africa World Press, Inc. & Red Sea Press, Inc.; publisher at Africa World Press for thirty-four years.

Elizabeth L. Hodges is a literary activist and editor of the print journal, St. Petersburg Review, and the web journal, Springhouse Journal. Her latest collection of poetry is Witchery.

Kadija Sesay is an award-winning literary activist, publisher of SABLE, editor of many anthologies. Her poetry collection Irki was shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. She received an Arts Council England R&D grant for her second book. She is a PhD student at Brighton University.


Twitter Username: sablelitmag

Website: www.sablelitmag.org/kadijasesay

W. Paul Coates is the founder and director of Black Classic Press, which specializes in republishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. Coates founded BCP Digital Printing in 1995 to produce books and document print technology.

Suzanne Dottino has been the curator of the Sunday Night Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar for fifteen years. She is founder and editor in chief of KGBBarLit, an online literary Journal. She is drama editor at Springhouse Journal.


Twitter Username: SuzanneDottino

Ibrahim Ahmad is the editorial director at Akashic Books, where he has worked in various capacities since 2000. He teaches at the Wilkes MFA Low-Residency Creative Writing Program, leads frequent writing workshops, and is the cofounder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting program.


Twitter Username: AkashicBooks

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S228. Women “of a Certain Age”: Poetry, Desire, and Power. (, , , ) Obsession with the female body crosses cultures and timelines. Women are bombarded with imagery and mis/conceptions about our bodies, and how they should look, feel, and behave. Female desire is endlessly policed and, as we age, denied or belittled. But what do women “of a certain age” feel about our bodies outside the corporate, cultural (male) gaze? What do we have to say about desire, power, visibility, and loss and how do we craft these investigations into challenging, sexy poems?

Sarah Browning is cofounder and Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness. Author of Killing Summer and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, and coeditor of two special issues of Poetry magazine, she cohosts Sunday Kind of Love at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.


Twitter Username: splitthisrock

Amy Dryansky's second book, Grass Whistle, won the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, was published by Alice James Books, and her poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals. She works at Hampshire College, and she is poet laureate of Northampton, MA.


Twitter Username: adryansky

Website: http://amydryansky.wordpress.com

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, winner of the 2017 Ohioana Poetry Book Award, a Cave Canem fellow, and member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She is the poetry coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. www.poetsandparents.com.


Twitter Username: cross_davis

Venus Thrash is the author of the poetry collection, The Fateful Apple, which was nominated for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award.


Twitter Username: venusthrash

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S229. Understanding the Boom. (, , , , ) Three to 733: that’s the increase in creative writing degrees since 1975. While institutions are meeting demand, they rarely understand why it exists, which can lead to static curriculum and graduates uncertain what to do next. This panel brings together professors from programs serving diverse populations to discuss student expectations and best practices for designing responsible curriculum that prepares graduates for the future.

Bryan Hurt is author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France, winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest. He teaches creative writing at Capital University.


Twitter Username: bhurthimself

Sean Bernard directs the creative writing program at the University of La Verne, where he edits Prism Review. His stories have appeared in numerous journals, and he's the author of the novel Studies in the Hereafter and the collection Desert Sonorous, winner of the Juniper Prize in Fiction.


Twitter Username: fakeseanbernard

Website: www.therealseanbernard.com

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. Her most recent book is Pomegranate Eater. Previous books include Handiwork, and the collaborations ABRA, As We Know and Between Page & Screen. She teaches in the MFA in creative writing and poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.


Twitter Username: amaranthborsuk

Website: www.amaranthborsuk.com

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Paper Pavilion, winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize; Interrogation Room; and the chapbooks Necro Citizens and Notes from a Missing Person. An associate professor of English, she directs the Race and Ethnic Studies program at St. Olaf College.

Marcie Blandford is currently in her final undergraduate year at Capital University pursuing a bachelor's degree in both creative writing and French. She is hoping to continue and achieve her writing aspirations in the years ahead.


Twitter Username: marciemaeb

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S230. Into the Expanse: Reinventing the Contemporary Long Poem. (, , , , ) The revolutionary space in contemporary long poems can sustain innovative explorations of gender, race, family, ecology, and the tradition of poetry itself. Inspired by the recent resurgence of long and book-length poems, this panel asks how the form advances experimental voices and unlocks multifarious possibilities. How are contemporary writers forging a new, expansive epic that is both intimate and universal? When is the wild and impractical venture of a long poem exactly right for the job?

Sumita Chakraborty is poetry editor of AGNI, art editor of At Length, and a doctoral candidate in English at Emory. Her poems and prose can be found in Poetry, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Cultural Critique, and more.


Twitter Username: chakrabsumita

Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking, She has been a fellow at Yaddo, Djerassi, Saltonstall, and MacDowell. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Bomb, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty and teaches writing in Ohio.


Twitter Username: robinschaer

Website: http://www.robinbethschaer.com

Marianne Boruch is the author of nine poetry collections including the recent Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, and Cadaver, Speak, plus a third essay collection, The Little Death of Self, and a memoir—The Glimpse Traveler. She teaches at Purdue and in Warren Wilson College's MFA program.

Deborah Landau is the author The Uses of the Body, The Last Usable Hour, and Orchidelirium. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Best American Poetry, and The New York Times, and she was awarded a Guggeheim Fellowship. She directs the creative writing program at NYU.


Twitter Username: landaudeborah

Website: deborahlandau.net

Lindsay Garbutt is the associate editor of Poetry and one of the judges of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. She cohosts the Poetry Magazine Podcast with Don Share.


Twitter Username: garbls

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S231. This Is Not a Memoir: Thoughts on the Linked Essay Collection. (, , , , ) What does it mean to publish—or read—a collection of linked essays? How is this nonfiction form different than a traditional essay collection or a memoir? And what characteristics, if any, does it share with a linked story collection? In this panel, writers and editors of linked essay collections will discuss the what and how of writing and publishing a linked essay collection, and why they didn’t just write a memoir.

Sarah Viren is the author of the forthcoming essay collection MINE, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. Her writing and translations have appeared in AGNI, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Guernica, Texas Monthly, and other literary magazines. She teaches at Arizona State University.


Twitter Username: vurn

Website: sarahviren@wordpress.com

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her book is the winner of the River Teeth Book Prize and the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Currently she teaches English at Glendale Community College.


Twitter Username: professorbgirl

Website: http://www.angelamorales.net

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film editor of TriQuarterly magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Oxford American, Guernica, and many other places.


Twitter Username: kristenradtke

Website: www.kristenradtke.com

Ryan Van Meter's essay collection is If You Knew Then What I Know Now. His work has also appeared in journals and anthologies, including Best American Essays. A recent finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the author of two books, My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode. She is an assistant professor at the Ohio State University.


Twitter Username: elissawashuta

Website: http://washuta.net

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S232. A Phoenix First Must Burn: A Reading by Women of Speculative Fiction. (, , , Meg Elison) Where science fiction and fantasy was once dominated by men, the field has been evolved by women in a way that has allowed their voices heard now more than ever. More women than ever have been nominated—and are winning—awards in this arena, and their impact is changing the shape of science fiction and fantasy. Come listen as contemporary women speculative fiction writers read from their work.

Camille Griep is the editor of Easy Street, senior editor at The Lascaux Review, and the author of two novels, Letters to Zell and New Charity Blues. She is the communications director for Prison Renaissance, a nonprofit fostering collaboration between incarcerated and free artists.


Twitter Username: camillethegriep

Website: www.camillegriep.com

Lettie Prell is a science fiction writer. Her stories have been showcased in The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two, Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1, and Some of the Best from Tor.Com: 2016. Her stories have also been published in Clarkesworld and Analog, in addition to Apex and Tor.com.


Twitter Username: lettie_prell

Nancy Hightower is the author of The Acolytes, and she has published creative nonfiction, book reviews, and essays in The Washington Post, HuffPost, Entropy, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book about digital fictions with Paul D. Miller for Duke University Press, and she teaches at Hunter College.


Twitter Username: nancyhightower

Website: nancyhightower.com

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S233. Truer Words Were Never Spoken: On the Challenges of Writing About Family in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir . (, , , ) Writers of nonfiction struggle with the ethics of transparency in their work, particularly when discussing family. From fratricide to confronting parental abandonment or making a living from illegal professions, writers must often face their own demons and those of extended family members to tell their stories. Each author will discuss a work of memoir from a published or forthcoming book and then discuss reconciling the transparency necessary for the success of the project.

Artress Bethany White is the author of the poetry collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Ecotone, and Poet Lore. Her nonfiction has appeared in Blood Orange Review and The Hopkins Review. She is a past Sewanee Writers' Conference and Hambidge fellow.


Twitter Username: Artresswhite

Sharon Harrigan's fiction and essays have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Narrative, The Rumpus, and Pleaides. She is a contributing editor of The Nervous Breakdown and teaches creative nonfiction at WriterHouse in Charlottesville. Her memoir, Playing with Dynamite, is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: harrigan_sharon

Website: www.sharonharrigan.net

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the novel Into The Go-Slow, selected by Salon as a best book of 2014, and What Does Happiness Play For? an upcoming memoir to be published by Little, Brown. She is a professor at Baruch College, CUNY and is director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program.


Twitter Username: bridgettmdavis

Website: bridgettdavis.com

Lori Horvitz’s recent work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Epiphany, Southeast Review, and Chattahoochee Review. Author of a collection of memoir-essays, The Girls of Usually, Horvitz is professor of English at UNC Asheville, where she also directs their WGSS Program.


Twitter Username: lori_horvitz

Website: www.lorihorvitz.com

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S234. Can, Shouldn't, Could: Ethics in the Poetry Workshop. (, , , , ) Many poets have turned to an overt focus on ethics, while others resist writing that clearly springs from moral principles. Still other poets are ethically tone-deaf. Would questions of what a poem can or shouldn’t do be better addressed if we identified ethical frameworks in the workshop, in addition to poetic traditions and techniques? And would learning how to have these conversations in the classroom, rather than on social media, help us build a better poetry community?

Megan Levad is the author of Why We Live in the Dark Ages and What Have I to Say to You. A Summer 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, her poems have appeared in Tin House, Fence, and Granta Online, among other publications. Megan also writes song lyrics; her first opera, Kept, premiered last May.


Twitter Username: meganlevad

Website: http://www.meganlevad.com/

Jeffrey Schultz is the author of two National Poetry Series selections: Civil Twilight and What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other. His poems have been published widely and he is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Pepperdine University.

Samiya Bashir’s three books of poetry are Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. A magic cat occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salon programs at Reed College.


Twitter Username: scryptkeeper

Website: http://www.samiyabashir.com

Dan Lau, a Kundiman fellow, has received grants and scholarships from APICC, GAPA, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco Arts Commission, and FAWC. His poetry has appeared in Red Light Lit, Crate, Gesture, Rhino, The Collagist, the anthology, Flicker and Spark, and is forthcoming in Colorado Review.

Joshua Robbins is the author of Praise Nothing and his recognitions include the James Wright Poetry Award, the New South Prize, and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry. He is associate professor of English and creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word.


Twitter Username: JoshuaRobbins

Website: http://www.joshuajrobbins.com

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S235. What We Write About When We Write About Sustainability. (, , , , ) These four panelists wrap their words around a crucial issue in the era of climate change—sustainability, and what that term means for writers. Why should we care? Should we be writers or activists first, and can we be both? Given an uncertain global future, how can we best prepare ourselves and our readers for dramatic shifts in ecology and society?

Steve Heller is chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, whose mission includes the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. He is the author of four books and 60+ stories and essays.

Irene Vilar is an award-winning author and Guggenheim fellow, publisher of www.mvpress.org, EJ activist, and founder of Americas for Conservation + the Arts 501(c)(3) www.americasforconservation.org Vilar is the recipient of the City of Denver Office of Sustainability 2016 Love This Place Award.


Twitter Username: forconservation

Douglas Unger is the author of four novels, including Leaving the Land, finalist for the Pulitzer, and the collection Looking for War and Other Stories. He is director of the creative writing international program at UNLV, and serves on the executive board of Words Without Borders.

Sharman Apt Russell is the author of a dozen books translated into a dozen languages. Her Diary of a Citizen Scientist won the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. Forthcoming is Within Our Grasp: Feeding the World's Children for a Better and Greener Future.

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S236. Getting the Word Out: How to Approach Book Promotion to Actually Reach Readers. (, , , , Lisa Grubka) As a writer, all you want is for the writing to speak for itself. But readers, reviews, and book sales don’t magically appear the moment your book is published. Nobody reads a book they haven’t heard of, and most book promotion occurs months prior to the publication date. Learn what you need to do to get your book discovered by the right audience. Understand the timeline of book marketing, what questions to ask your marketers, and how to focus your efforts on what really matters.

Johnny Temple is the publisher of Akashic Books and one of the main organizers of the Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys who have toured extensively across the globe. His writing has appeared in The Nation and Publishers Weekly, among other publications.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart, and the essay collection, Abandon Me. She serves on the Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and she is assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts.


Twitter Username: melissafebos

Website: melissafebos.com

Jessica Greer is a graduate from UPENN, who worked for a publisher and publicity department at Penguin Random, then made the shift to Other Press where she’s resided for the last five years and currently serves in the role as publicity director. She is passionate about generating buzz for the books she loves.


Twitter Username: jessica_greer
Cynthia Shannon has been helping authors and publishers effectively integrate Goodreads into their marketing campaigns since 2013. Prior to Goodreads, Cynthia worked at Berrett-Koehler, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, and Other Press. She holds a degree in journalism from NYU and speaks fluent German.
Twitter Username: cincindypat

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S237. Draining the Swamp: Writing as Resistance and Social Responsibility in a Post-Truth Era. (, , , , ) Writing has always served as a form of social and political resistance. From the ghettos of war-torn Warsaw to the American civil rights movement, writers have historically been a voice for the unrepresented and catalysts for social change. This panel will explore how our current social and political landscape has galvanized this traditional role of the writer, ways to get involved with current movements, and the importance of writing as a political act.

Keith Kopka is director of operations for Writers Resist. He's also the managing director of the creative writing program at Florida State University, an assistant editor at Narrative magazine, and a Chautauqua Arts Fellow. His poetry and criticism have been widely published.


Twitter Username: KeithKopka

Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal and Luis Cernuda: Exiled from the Throne of Night. He is a poet and a freelance editor. He is currently editor of Queen Mob's Teahouse.


Twitter Username: rubenquesada

Website: www.rubenquesada.com

Heather June Gibbons is the author of Sound Is a Pressure Wave, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and forthcoming from the University of Utah Press. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, teaches at San Francisco State University, and organizes for Writers Resist.


Twitter Username: HJune4

Website: http://www.heatherjunegibbons.com/

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and the author of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. She is the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, which aims to expand readership for poetry and center QPOC narratives. White is a BFA creative writing faculty advisor at Goddard College.


Twitter Username: arisaw

Website: arisawhite.com

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, Dulce, and Children of the Land. A Canto Mundo Fellow, he cofounded the Undocupoets campaign.


Twitter Username: marcelo_H_

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S238. The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Pedagogy of Protest. (, , , , ) This panel considers writing as an instrument for political protest and social dissent. Panelists will explore theoretical reasons for using the literature and music of protest in the classroom, in addition to delivering practical, portable pedagogy that encourages well-researched and considerate expressions of dissent. This panel recognizes the personal as a form of social and political consciousness, invoking Adrienne Rich when she writes, “We must use what we have to invent what we desire.”

Jenny Molberg is the author of the poetry collection Marvels of the Invisible, recipient of the Berkshire Prize. She is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she coedits Pleiades.


Twitter Username: jennymolberg

Kyle Dargan has authored four poetry collections, most recently Honest Engine. He has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He edits Post No Ills magazine and directs American University's MFA program.


Twitter Username: Free_KGD

Website: http://www.american-boi.com

D. Gilson is the author of I Will Say This Exactly One Time: Essays; Crush with Will Stockton; and Brit Lit. He is an assistant professor of English at Texas Tech University.

F. Douglas Brown is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three. He also coauthored with poet Geffrey Davis, Begotten. Mr. Brown teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow.


Twitter Username: fdouglasbrown

Website: www.fdouglasbrown.com

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman teaches creative nonfiction writing at Northern Kentucky University, where she is an assistant professor. Her work has recently appeared in Hippocampus and Brevity. Her first book, a memoir titled Sounds Like Titanic, is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: jessicahindman

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S239. Women for Women—Building Community Through Mentorship. (, , , , ) Friendships with fellow women writers are essential. They are balm and salve, they mend and protect, they channel and calm. Northwestern University Press gathers its powerhouse of women writers for a reading and celebration. This multigenerational, multicultural collective of poets is dedicated to building a thriving and diverse range of voices that act as a buoy for one another, lifting and encouraging both craft and community as they rise up together.

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is the recipient of the 2015 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writers Award. Arrival, her fourth collection of poetry, will be published by Northwestern University Press in June 2017. Cheryl holds an MFA in poetry from Stonecoast, and is the founder of Calypso Muse and The Glitter Pomegranate Reading Series.

Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems, winner of the Midwest Book Award. Jones is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. She currently holds positions as sales and community outreach manager and poetry editor for Northwestern University Press.


Twitter Username: parneshia

Patricia Smith's books are Incendiary Art, Gotta Go, Gotta Flow, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2013 Lenore Marshall), and Blood Dazzler (2008 National Book Award finalist). A 2014 Guggenheim fellow and two-time Pushcart winner, she is a professor at CUNY and in Sierra Nevada's MFA program.


Twitter Username: pswordwoman

Website: www.wordwoman.ws

Cynthia Dewi Oka is author of two books of poems: Salvage and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor's Prize in Poetry, and grants from the Leeway Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and VONA. She studies poetry at Warren Wilson.


Twitter Username: freedewi

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her collections are Crowned and the more recent Hemisphere. A proud Kentucky writer, Ellen is an Affrilachian Poets, Conjure Woman & cofounder of girlstory.


Twitter Username: ellenhagan

Website: www.ellenhagan.com

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S240. Crafting the Weird: Techniques of Fabulist Female Fiction. (, , , , Ramona Ausubel) Surreal, magical, or fabulist fiction has traditionally been employed to attack political systems through subversive means. Yet, women writers have adapted this genre for their own modes of critique. In this event, panelists will discuss how they use elements of the weird to address subjects such as the domestic, the female body, otherness, and LGBTQ identity. Presenters will provide examples, methods, and techniques for crafting subversive fiction that offers new methods of witnessing reality.

Clare Beams’s debut story collection, We Show What We Have Learned, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Young Lions Fiction Award. A 2014 NEA fellow in prose, she teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.


Twitter Username: clarebeams

Brenda Peynado's work appears in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2015, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review Online, Threepenny Review, and others. She received an MFA at Florida State University and a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic. She is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida.


Twitter Username: brendapeynado

Jamey Bradbury is the author of The Killing Drink. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Sou’wester, and Zone 3.


Twitter Username: JameyBradbury

Celia Johnson is the creative director of Slice, a New York nonprofit organization and semi-annual literary magazine. She is the author of Odd Type Writers and Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway. Her articles have appeared in Poets & Writers, Writers' Digest, and The Huffington Post, among others.


Twitter Username: celia_blue

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S241. Creative Writers, Composition Teachers. (, , , , ) Most creative writers who teach will, at some point in their careers, find themselves in the composition classroom. For many, first-year writing provides the first teaching experience. This panel explores the strengths that creative writers bring to the composition classroom, the struggles they inevitably face, and lessons from this teaching that can serve them throughout their teaching and writing careers.

Shane Seely is the author of two books of poems: The Surface of the Lit World, winner of the Hollis Summers Prize; and The Snowbound House, winner of the Philip Levine Prize. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.


Twitter Username: shaneseely

Website: www.shaneseely.com

Rachael Stewart has been a teacher of writing and literature for twenty years and is the director of the Elgin Community College Writers Center. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Jenni Moody is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a fiction editor for cream city review. Her stories have appeared in Booth and Strangelet, among others. She attended the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Clarion West Writers Workshop.


Twitter Username: moodyjenni

Website: www.jennimoody.com

Jonathan Udelson is a writer and PhD student of rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville. His fiction has appeared in Fiction magazine, Baltimore Review, and Ampersand Review, among others. He is the cocreator of the comic series Igglish (Hound Comics), and is at work on a novel.


Twitter Username: JonUdelson

Tina Shen earned a BA in gender studies from the University of Chicago and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She currently teaches writing at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specializes in supporting first-generation and international students.

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S242. Write What You Know but Know It All: Research as Catalyst in Fiction . (, , , , ) One fiction writer constructs an imaginary world and turns to research—historical, scientific, vernacular—for verisimilitude. Another stumbles upon a historical event or character and uses imagination to give it life. Who did it right? Is there such a thing? A panel of novelists who’ve produced a diverse body of fiction, from the seemingly semi-autobiographical to the historical, discuss the ways in which research and imagination work in concert—or conflict—to build a fictional world.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. Recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and a NEA in fiction, he is an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.


Twitter Username: alexanderchee

Website: http://alexanderchee.net

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers (novel) and How to Leave Hialeah (stories), which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the John Gardner Prize. An O. Henry Prize winner and Picador Fellow, she is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska.


Twitter Username: crucet

Website: www.jcapocrucet.com

Patricia Engel is the author of The Veins of the Ocean, It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, and Vida. Her books have received numerous awards and her stories have appeared in various journals and are anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: patricia_engel

Website: www.patriciaengel.com

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is the author of the novel The Sleeping World. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, and the Millay Colony. She teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Maryland.


Twitter Username: ludyfederales

Xhenet Aliu is author of the forthcoming novel Brass and the story collection Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. She works as an academic librarian in Athens, Georgia.

Ballroom B, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S243. Can Poetry Hold the Center? Sponsored by Copper Canyon Press. (, , , ) Yeats writes, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” In this era when objective facts become alternative and science is willfully ignored, how do writers respond effectively? These acclaimed poets have faced, in their lived experiences, destabilizing forces and rapid cultural change—the chaos of early communist China, the shifting cultural landscape of rural Kentucky, and the volatility at play on our current political stage. Together they ask: How do literary artists help hold the center?

Michael Wiegers is the editor in chief of Copper Canyon Press, and the poetry editor of Narrative magazine. The editor of What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, he translates poetry from Spanish and has edited books from around the globe by poets at every stage in their careers.


Twitter Username: MWiegers

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Late Empire. She is a member of the poetry faculty for the New Writers Project and the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Maurice Manning’s latest book is One Man's Dark. A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Ballroom C, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S244. A Reading and Conversation with Jamie Quatro and Karen Tei Yamashita, Sponsored by Grove Atlantic and Coffee House Press. (, , ) Critically acclaimed authors Karen Tei Yamashita and Jamie Quatro will read from their work and join in conversation with Steph Opitz. Quatro’s collection I Want To Show You More was a finalist for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award, the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize, and the NBCC John Leonard Prize. Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of I Hotel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the California Book Award and the American Book Award.

Steph Opitz is the festival director for Wordplay, a new literary festival put on in Minneapolis by The Loft Literary Center.


Twitter Username: stephopitz

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance, and Letters to Memory. I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award.

Jamie Quatro is the author of the story collection I Want To Show You More and the novel Fire Sermon, both from Grove Press. She is a visiting professor in the MFA program at Sewanee and a contributing editor at Oxford American.


Twitter Username: jamiequatro

Website: www.jamiequatro.com

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S245. Horizon on Fire: The Poet as Journalist Here and Abroad. (, , , ) This will be a panel presentation/discussion/reading that will explore and exemplify the ethics and aesthetics which effect poets who are also journalists. The panel members represent print and broadcast media. They will talk about how a TV news story or a piece of journalistic writing can end up being transformed into a poem—or vice versa. The panel will also talk about how ethical and artistic demands on writers are altered in an era in which facts are routinely ignored in favor of ideology.

Jeffrey Brown is chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society for the PBS NewsHour, and author of the poetry collection, The News.


Twitter Username: JeffreyBrown

Christopher Merrill has published many books of poetry, translations, and nonfiction, most recently, Boat, Necessities, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


Twitter Username: CLMerrill

Website: www.christophermerrillbooks.com

Tom Sleigh's books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). In February 2018, House of Fact, House of Ruin (poems) and The Land Between Two Rivers (prose) will appear. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in Africa and the Middle East.

Eliza Griswold, a poet and journalist, is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU.


Twitter Username: elizagriswold

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S246. Critical Mass: How to Organize a Hot Literary Scene Wherever You Are. (, , , , ) Orlando is known for its theme parks and traffic, but less so for its literary community. Five members of this city’s lit scene talk about how they’ve helped to create a flourishing writing community through their college’s English departments, curated reading series, strange podcasts, literary magazines, and local literary press.

Danita Berg directs the English department at Full Sail University and is the founder and nonfiction editor for Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. She coedited Creative Composition with Multilingual Matters and she has published in Redivider, Literary Mama, and Black Market Review, among others.


Twitter Username: DanitaBergWrite

Website: www.danitaberg.com

Lisa Roney is editor in chief of The Florida Review and Aquifer: TFR Online. She is author of Sweet Invisible Body (memoir); The Best Possible Bad Luck (poetry); and craft guide Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres, and is associate professor of English at University of Central Florida.


Twitter Username: seriousdaring1

Website: http://lisaroney.com

John King earned an MFA in fiction writing from New York University in 2010, and a PhD in literature from Purdue University in 2003. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Palooka, Turnrow, and others. He is the host of The Drunken Odyssey: A Podcast About the Writing Life.


Twitter Username: thedrunkenodyssey

Website: thedrunkenodyssey.com

Susan Fallows is nonfiction editor at Burrow Press and serves as series editor for The Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Award. She earned an MFA from the University of Central Florida in 2007, and her work has appeared in 15 Views of Orlando Volume II, Organization & Environment and The Southern Review.

J. Bradley is the author of The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective, and the Yelp review prose collection Pick How You Will Revise a Memory. He received his MFA from Lindenwood University. He ran the Broken Speech Poetry Slam from 2001–2011. He currently runs There Will Be Words.


Twitter Username: jbradleywrites

Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S247. MFA of the Americas: Faculty Reading. (, , , , Veronica Gonzalez Peña) How can writing bridge real and imagined borders: cultural, geographic, generic, literary? This reading by faculty from the MFA of the Americas at Stetson University showcases writers whose cross-cultural, cross-medium work traverses such spaces and liminal in-betweens. They also teach in this new low-residency program, which draws on Florida’s multicultural heritage by rotating summer residencies throughout the Americas and establishing ties with local and indigenous writers at residency sites.

Teresa Carmody's books include Maison Femme: a Fiction and Requiem. She is the cofounding director of Les Figues Press, and the director of Stetson University's MFA of the Americas.

Terri Witek has written five books of poems, most recently Body Switch, and collaborates on installations and performances with artists. She directs the undergrad program and teaches Poetry in the Expanded Field with Cyriaco Lopes in Stetson University's low-residency MFA of the Americas.


Twitter Username: terridamm

Website: http://terriwitek.com/

Urayoán Noel is associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU and a 2016–2017 Howard Foundation fellow. A former Ford Foundation and CantoMundo fellow, Noel is the author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico, and other books.


Twitter Username: urayoannoel

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, her translations are included in Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems (Kelsey Street, 2017), which she also edited. She teaches at the University of Texas-El Paso.


Twitter Username: myothertongue

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S248. Breaking Fast with Words: Five Years of Poetry-a-Day for Ramadan. (, , , , ) For five years, a dedicated group of mostly Muslim writers has been using the holy month of Ramadan—a time of spiritual reflection through fasting—to forge a vibrant online community. The daily poems—on everything from microaggression-fueled rage to fasting "stank" breath—cultivate humanity for a people dehumanized by the current mainstream. This reading will feature regular contributors to the group, and a discussion about building writing communities that also function as sites of resistance

Taz is an activist, storyteller, and politico. She cohosts #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast and was honored in 2016 as a White House Champion of Change for AAPI Art and Storytelling. She is published in Modern Loss; Good Girls Marry Doctors; Love, Inshallah; and Coiled Serpent.


Twitter Username: tazzystar

Website: www.tazzystar.blogspot.com

Serena W. Lin's short stories have appeared in Drunken Boat, cream city review, Hyphen, and Northern New England Review. She practiced first as a public defender then a community lawyer for nearly a decade in Los Angeles. She was a Truman Capote fellow in fiction at Rutgers-Newark and is VONA alum.


Twitter Username: serenawlin

Kirin Khan is a fiction writer/poet based in Oakland, California. A 2016 VONA Voices alum, 2017 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and 2017 Grotto Fellow, her work has appeared in many publications, including Uproot, sPARKLE & bLINK, Your Impossible Voice, and 7x7.LA. Kirin is working on her first novel.


Twitter Username: kirinjaan

Ramy Eletreby is a queer Muslim Arab American writer, performer, educator-facilitator in Los Angeles, California. Though he primarily works with youth, Ramy facilitates creative projects based in social justice with various communities throughout the greater Los Angeles region.


Twitter Username: dramarams

Faisal Mohyuddin teaches English at Highland Park High School (IL) and has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. The recipient of the 2014 Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, his work also appears in Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Narrative, RHINO, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S249. Migration, Labor, and Letters in Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's Literary Contributions and Life. (, , , , ) The son of migrant farm workers, Juan Felipe Herrera, our most recent past Poet Laureate of the United States, has been on the forefront of poetry, poetics, and social change for the past forty years. A champion of migrant and indigenous peoples and at-risk communities, this PLOTUS has championed what it means to be American in the 21st century through his melding of poetry, storytelling, advocacy, and ethnic identity. This panel pays tribute to his important work.

Miguel M. Morales grew up as a migrant farmworker. A Lambda Literary Fellow and alum of VONA/Voices and Macondo Writers Workshop, his work appears in several anthologies and literary journals. Miguel is coeditor of Pulse/Pulso anthology for Orlando. He also serves as VP of the LGBTQ Writers Caucus.


Twitter Username: TrustMiguel

Michael Wasson is the author of This American Ghost. He serves as an editor for Bettering American Poetry and As/Us Journal. He is nimíipuu and teaches abroad.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is the author of Streaming, Off Season-City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, Burn, Blood Run, Rock Ghost Willow Deer, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Effigies I & II, and she is directing Red Dust (film). She directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR.


Twitter Username: AAHedgeCoke

Website: www.allisonhedgecoke.com

Michael Torres spent his adolescence in Pomona, California as a graffiti artist. A CantoMundo fellow, he teaches creative writing in Mankato, Minnesota where he also cohosts art workshops at the Reach Drop-in Center for at-risk and homeless youths.

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S250. By One's Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss. (, , , , ) Suicide loss is a subject often shrouded in shame and silence. How do we write narratives of suicide loss (through poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction) that are honest and cathartic, but also artful? The panelists, all survivors of suicide loss, will explore the ethics, emotions, and craft of writing about suicide.

Nick Flynn has published nine books, including My Feelings, Some Ether, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, The Reenactments, The Ticking Is the Bomb, and Blind Huber. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.


Twitter Username: _nick_flynn_

Website: www.nickflynn.org

Linda Gray Sexton is the author of four novels, two books of nonfiction, and three memoirs, including Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton, and Half In Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and a freelance editorial consultant.


Twitter Username: lindagraysexton

Ruth Nolan, MFA, MA, is the author of Ruby Mountain and editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of CA's Deserts. She is professor of creative writing and Native American literature at College of the Desert.


Twitter Username: ruthnolan

Gayle Brandeis is the author of The Art of Misdiagnosis (memoir), The Selfless Bliss of the Body (poetry). Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (craft), and the novels The Book of Dead Birds (winner of The Bellwether Prize), Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns.


Twitter Username: gaylebrandeis

Rob Roberge is the author of four books of fiction. His fifth book, the memoir, Liar, was released in 2016.

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S251. Have MFA, Will Teach: Create Teaching and Outreach Opportunities Outside Academia. (, , , , ) With the proliferation of MFA programs (and their grads), permanent academic teaching positions have become fewer and farther between. Fortunately, opportunities to teach and support other writers have not. This panel will present various creative ways writers can use their MFA training to build writing communities through formal classes, public readings, and other outreach models. We will discuss startup logistics and pitfalls to avoid and possibilities for generating income from our efforts.

Kim Suhr is director of Red Oak Writing, which provides workshops, manuscript critiques, and writing events in Southeastern Wisconsin. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals, and her nonfiction has aired on the local NPR affiliate. She holds an MFA in fiction from Pine Manor College.


Twitter Username: kimsuhr

Website: http://www.kimsuhr.com

Jacquelyn Grant Brown is a writer/poet and literary and performing arts advocate and facilitator. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State University and the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College respectively.

Alejandro Ramirez is a freelance journalist and writer in Boston, Massachusetts.


Twitter Username: Ramirezalej

Annette Marquis is program director for James River Writers in Richmond, Virginia. She has a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the Solstice MFA Low-Residency Program at Pine Manor College. Annette is the author of Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County.


Twitter Username: annettemarquis

María Luisa Arroyo, 2016 NEPR Arts and Humanities recipient and 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Springfield (MA) has facilitated poetry workshops and curated readings for poets and writers such as 7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight in partnership with the Springfield City Library system since 2004.


Twitter Username: poetamama

Website: marialuisaarroyo.weebly.com

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S252. Who Are We Writing For? Who Are We Writing Toward? . (, , , , ) Do I have to explain the difference between Pakistan and Bangladesh? Do I have to give a translation in my work for this phrase? How explicit do I have to be that this character is not white? Five emerging writers discuss their decisions about audience, the choices and negotiations they make while writing and editing their prose for mass consumption.

Bix Gabriel is a writer, MFA candidate at Indiana University-Bloomington, fiction editor at The Offing magazine, associate director of Indiana University Writers’ Conference, occasional tweeter, and seeker of the perfect jalebi. Her work has appeared in Hyphen, Guernica, and SmokeLong Quarterly.


Twitter Username: BixGabriel

T Kira Madden is an APIA writer. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Hedgebrook, and serves as the founding editor in chief of No Tokens, a journal of literature and art. Her memoir is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: tkmadden

Megan Giddings is a fiction editor at The Offing. She has stories forthcoming or that have been recently published in Arts & Letters, Black Warrior Review, Passages North, and Pleiades. In 2016, she was the featured writer in the Best Small Fictions anthology.


Twitter Username: megiddings

Ursula Villarreal-Moura's writing has appeared in Tin House (online), New South, Washington Square, Nashville Review, Bennington Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. One of her stories was long-listed for Best American Short Stories 2015 and her nonfiction has been nominated for a Pushcart.


Twitter Username: ursulaofthebook

Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of the novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace. Her work has appeared in Vice, Buzzfeed, Bomb, The White Review, and other places.


Twitter Username: pmcottrell

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S253. Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium: 30 Years. (, , , , ) The Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will have its 30th weekend of readings on October 18–20, 2018, at Mississippi University for Women. To celebrate the diversity of great Southern writing we have hosted over the years, we bring a group of frequent contributors to the symposium. Each year since 1989, we have hosted writers and scholars to honor the legacy of our most famous alumna, Eudora Welty, and to explore themes in Southern writing. Panelists represent a range of years, themes, and genres.

Kendall Dunkelberg directs the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium and the low-residency MFA at Mississippi University for Women. He has published Barrier Island Suite, Landscapes and Architectures, Time Capsules, Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus, and the introductory multigenre textbook A Writer’s Craft.


Twitter Username: kdunkelberg

Website: kendalldunkelberg.com

Cary Holladay has published seven volumes of fiction, most recently Horse People: Stories and The Deer in the Mirror. More than eighty of her stories, novellas, and essays have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Her awards include an O. Henry Prize and an NEA fellowship.

Lorraine M. López, Gertrude Conaway Chair, teaches in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of six books of fiction, editor or coeditor of three essay collections, and associate editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review. Her most recent publication is The Darling, a novel.

Angela Ball is the author of six poetry collections, including The Museum of the Revolution: 58 Exhibits, Possession, Quartet, Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds (winner of the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs), and Talking Pillow.


Twitter Username: angballa

Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English at Chicago State University and chairperson of the English department. She is a poet who is Cave Canem fellow and a founding members of the Affrilachian Poets. She has written two poetry collections, Offerings of Desire and Tougaloo Blues.

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S254. The Real Mother of All Bombs: Reconsidering John Hersey’s Hiroshima. (, , , , ) "Fear of the bomb" has returned, so a reconsideration of John Hersey’s 1946 book Hiroshima, a landmark of new journalism exploring the effects of an atomic bomb dropped by US forces on that Japanese city, is very timely. Panelists (including the Hersey’s son Baird) will consider the book’s legacy: the phenomenon of its publication as an entire issue of The New Yorker, its formal innovations as a work of long form literary journalism, and its cultural legacy in America and Japan.

Bob Cowser, Jr. is the author of three nonfiction books, most recently GREEN FIELDS: Crime, Punishment, and a Boyhood Between, an excerpt from which was cited in Best American Essays 2012. A professor of English at St. Lawrence University, he has taught abroad in France, England, and Denmark.

David Mura's books are the memoirs Turning Japanese, Where the Body Meets Memory, the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, andfour poetry books including The Last Incantations. His latest book is A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing. He teaches at Stonecoast MFA and VONA Writers’ Conference.


Twitter Username: MuraDavid

Website: davidmura.com

Kelly Grey Carlisle’s essays have appeared in Ploughshares, New England Review, The Rumpus, The Sun, and others. Her memoir, We Are All Shipwrecks, is available from Sourcebooks. She is an associate professor of English at Trinity University and edits the nonfiction journal 1966.


Twitter Username: ProfKGC

John McNally is author of The Promise of Failure: A Writer's Perspective on Not Succeeding; After the Workshop: A Novel; The Book of Ralph: A Novel; Ghosts of Chicago: Stories; Troublemakers: Stories; among others. He is writer in residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Traci Cox earned an MFA from George Mason University. She taught English in Slovakia as a Fulbright Fellow from 2009–10. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Missouri, where she teaches. Traci serves as the audio editor at The Missouri Review literary magazine.

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S255. The Blues-Poetic Intersect as Medium and Method for Dissent. (, , , ) The panel will unwrap the intersect of blues music and poetry to look at the purposing of the resultant poetics as a vehicle for cultural and/or political dissent. The topic will be explored through the evaluation of the history of the blues and its impact on poetics, through audio clips, close readings, and parallel comparisons, as well as personal and political associations that illuminate the blues-poetic junction as medium and method for dissent.

Bruce Arlen Wasserman is a poet, book critic, and blues musician. His poems can be found in various literary journals. His reviews appear in The New York Journal of Books and The Washington Independent Review of Books. In 2016, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Twitter Username: bruceawasserman

Website: www.brucearlenwasserman.com

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has published four books of poetry, including The Glory Gets. Most recently, she received a poetry fellowship from the Witter Bynner Foundation and a fiction fellowship from Aspen Summer Words Conference. She is professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.


Twitter Username: blklibrarygirl

Website: http://www.honoreejeffers.com

Richard Jackson has earned the AWP George Garrett Award, Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEA, NEH, Witter-Bynner Fellowships, five Pushcarts, and the Slovene Order of Freedom. He is the author of thirteen award-winning books of poems, recently Resonance, Out of Place, Traversings, The Hearts' Many Doors, and twelve books of anthologies, translation, and criticism.

Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy and two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap as Yearning and The Least Cricking of Evening, and, most recently, Mystery My Country (poetry). He teaches at Alma College and in the low residency MFA program at The Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

S256. Teaching / Sex / Writing. (, , , , ) What are the pleasures and dangers of teaching work about sex and working with student writing about sex? How can we balance our own vulnerabilities with those of our students? This panel will consider how teachers whose own work investigates sex—especially queer or non-normative sex—negotiate the classroom, how much of ourselves we bring to teaching in an era of heightened awareness of trauma. Five LGBTQ writers who teach in various contexts (K–12, college, community workshops) lay it all bare.

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence, and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers. Their first novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: anderlawlor

Website: anderlawlor.tumblr.com

Samuel Ace is the author of Normal Sex, Home in Three Days, Don’t Wash, and, most recently, Stealth, with poet Maureen Seaton. He is a recipient of an Astraea Lesbian Writer's Award in Poetry, and a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in poetry. He teaches writing at Mt. Holyoke College.


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