2019 AWP Conference Schedule

The  #AWP19 Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon’s schedule is searchable by day, time, title, description, participants, and type of event. This schedule is subject to change. Visit the offsite event schedule for a listing of literary events taking place throughout the Portland area during our conference.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R215. Where Literary and Professional Translation Meet. (, , , , ) Panelists will discuss the merits of including literary translation in the graduate professional translation curriculum. Literary translators who teach in these programs find that their knowledge and skills transfer readily to professional translation. These include writing practice, close reading of master translators' works, and studying the models offered by award-winning translations. Panelists will focus on specific examples from their respective teaching and translation practices.

Elizabeth Lowe, founder of the University of Illinois Center for Translation Studies, is professor in the New York University M.S. in Translation. She translates fiction from Spanish and Portuguese to English. Elizabeth is translation editor for fiction at Kenyon Review and on the board of Delos.


Twitter Username: eslowe

Jenny McPhee’s translations from Italian include books by Natalia Ginzburg, Primo Levi, Giacomo Leopardi, Curzio Malaparte, Anna Maria Ortese, Paolo Maurensig, and Pope John Paul II. She is the Director of the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at NYU, where she teaches in the MS in Translation.


Twitter Username: Jennymcphee

Joyce Tolliver is a specialist in modern Iberian literatures and cultures at the University of Illinois–Urbana, where she directs the Center for Translation Studies.

Aron Aji is the Director of MFA in Literary Translation. He has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, Latife Tekin, and other Turkish writers, including three book-length works by Karasu: Death in TroyThe Garden of Departed Cats, (2004 National Translation Award); and A Long Day’s Evening

Becka Mara McKay directs the Creative Writing MFA at Florida Atlantic University. Her chapbook of prose poems is, Happiness Is the New Bedtime. Other publications include a book of poetry, A Meteorologist in the Promised Land, and several translations of fiction and poetry. Her work can be found in recent issues of Bennington Review, Copper Nickel, Ghost Town, Ploughshares, and Post Road.

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R216. Lit Mag Editors in Academia, Sponsored by CLMP. (, , , , ) How might university literary magazine editors generate more value for what they do? Editing a university-affiliated magazine presents unique challenges well beyond those of simply publishing a magazine. This roundtable discussion will cover everything from course release time, research credit, and staffing issues, to working with or around academic development departments and building circulation through university websites.

Stephanie G'Schwind is the editor of Colorado Review and director of the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. She is also coeditor, with Donald Revell, of the Mountain West Poetry Series and editor of the anthology Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood.

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


Twitter Username: seriousdaring1

Website: http://lisaroney.com

Jodee Stanley is the editor of Ninth Letter, published by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign. She has worked in literary publishing for over twenty years, and her fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications.


Twitter Username: jodeestanley

David Lynn has been the Editor of The Kenyon Review since 1994. He has a BA from Kenyon College, and an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.

Jennifer Acker is founder and Editor in Chief of The Common. Her debut novel The Limits of the World will be published in 2019, along with a nonfiction title. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and she teaches and directs the Literary Publishing Internship at Amherst College.


Twitter Username: jen_acker

Website: jenniferacker.com

A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R217. Race, Gender, Politics, and The American Dream. (, , , , K Thompson) How do narratives of youth become intertwined nationally with narratives of race, gender and culture, each shaping the other? How do ideas about race, gender and culture turn into national policies – i.e. the removal of Native Americans from national parks, the marginalization of people of color and LGBTQ communities? How do these racially charged, gender-biased policies in turn impact the destinies of individuals, families and cultures?

Shaniya Smith was born and raised near the heart of the Navajo Nation. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Currently, she is continuing her studies as a graduate student in NAU’s Master of Fine Arts writing program.

Ann Cummins is the author of the story collection Red Ant House, and a novel, Yellowcake. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Zyzzyva, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She teaches at Northern Arizona University and in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte.

Andrew Levy is Edna Cooper Chair in English at Butler University, where he has served as MFA Director and currently as English Department Head. He is the author of The First Emancipator, A Brain Wider Than The Sky, and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Fiction.

Annette McGivney is the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and a Journalism professor at Northern Arizona University. She writes often for outdoor magazines and is the author of five books including her most recent true-crime/memoir Pure Land from Aquarius Press.


Twitter Username: annettemcgivney

Website: www.annettemcgivney.com

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R218. The Challenges of Running a University Reading Series in the 21st Century. (, , , , ) This panel will focus on curating a university reading series. Our panelists will discuss topics such as obtaining funding, planning long-term, marketing and outreach, engaging diverse populations, assessing programs, turning readings into events, and more. We’ll share perspectives from small liberal arts colleges to HBCUs to large state universities and points in between from across the county. And many stories of screw-ups and successes.

Barney T. Haney teaches English at the University of Indianapolis where he is cochair of the Kellogg Writers Series. His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Mid-American Review, Marathon Literary Review, and Barely South Review, among others.

Shonda Buchanan is the former Interim Chair/Assistant Professor for the Dept. of English & Foreign Languages at Hampton University. 


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

Website: shondabuchanan.com

Jameelah Lang is the Graduate Writing Specialist at UMKC. Her fiction appears in the Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades and Witness. She has received awards from Bread Loaf, Sewanee Writers Conference, VCCA, & Hub City Writers Project. She's a board member for Radius of Arab American Writers.

Christopher Coake is the author of the novel You Came Back and the story collection We're in Trouble, for which he won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. In 2006 he was named a Best Young American Novelist by Granta. He teaches and directs the MFA program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ania Spyra is an Associate Professor of English at Butler University and a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She teaches Transnational and Postcolonial Literature, Translation, and Creative Writing. She directs the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler.

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R219. Voice, Style, Difference. (, , , ) Find your voice! But how? Where is it? We hold that voice is a result rather than a means. So we look at the relation of voice to style, as we consider how a poet's stance and "voice" are enabled--even created--by compositional features like idiom, syntax, form, and measurement, as these "technical" practices lead toward both poetry and personality. In other words, how is voice an accomplishment of style? Panelists will range through history and their own experience as critics and poets.

David Baker is a poet, critic, and editor whose recent books include Swift: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming), Show Me Your Environment (essays), and Never-Ending Birds, winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. The Poetry Editor of Kenyon Review, he teaches at Denison University.


Twitter Username: davidbakerpoet

Website: davidbaker.website

Ann Townsend is a poet and essayist, and author of Dear Delinquent, The Coronary Garden, Dime Store Erotics, and Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (with David Baker). She directs the Creative Writing Program at Denison University; in 2009, she cofounded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


Twitter Username: anntownsendpoet

Website: www.anntownsend.com

Jos Charles is author of feeld, a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, and Safe Space, a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. She is a recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is pursuing a PhD in English from UC Irvine.


Twitter Username: josdcharles

Solmaz Sharif is the author of Look, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Granta, the New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.


Twitter Username: nsabugsme

Website: solmazsharif.com

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R220. Come Celebrate With Me: Women of Color Writers and Literary Lineage. (, , , ) Poet Lucille Clifton writes: “come celebrate / with me that everyday / something has tried to kill me / and has failed.” Five women of color trace their literary lineages and celebrate narratives of survival and resilience. Reading their writing and the work of women of color who have shaped their lives, this event draws constellations of inspiration and connection—  across time, genre, and resonant histories. This reading seeks to use language as a space for intervention, activism, and visibility.

Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has been published in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, The Common, The Sun, Southern California Review, and the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. She is an assistant professor at St. John's University in New York City.

Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, jubilat, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the US Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Hedgebrook. She is the author of Overpour.


Twitter Username: officialjwong

Ysabel Y. Gonzalez works as the Assistant Director for the Poetry Program at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in New Jersey. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, co-founder of the Brick City Collective, and author of Black Unicorn & Other Wild Invocations.


Twitter Username: YsabelYGonzalez

Anastacia Tolbert is a writer, Cave Canem Fellow, Hedgebrook alumna, EDGE Professional Writers Graduate, VONA alum, creative writing workshop facilitator, documentarian, and playwright. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published widely.

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R221. Poets Out of Place. (, , , , ) Displacement can be another way to think of immigration, exile, and the longing they carry. Poets from five countries question what it means to write about somewhere from somewhere else. We investigate splitting "expatriates" and "migrants," negotiating the bureaucratic-ease of asylum, and questioning when home suddenly finds you too queer, too loud, too too.... In this itinerant age, how do we find home? And how do we sing it?

Elizabeth Senja Spackman is a poet and playwright. Her poetry and prose can be found in Guernica, Fence, Enzigam, Post Road, and Cosmonaut's Avenue, among other places. Her play on censorship and news, Radio Play, has toured to seven countries.


Twitter Username: esenjas

Holnes's poetry has appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewCallaloo, and elsewhere. His plays have been read, produced, presented at the Kennedy Center, Second Stage Theater, National Black Theater, Kitchen Theater, and elsewhere. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and NYU.

Ngwatilo Mawiyoo is a poet and performer. The author of two chapbooks—Dagoretti Corner and Blue Mothertongue—received her MFA from the University of British Columbia. Twice shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the Callaloo Fellow is a copywriter at a Nairobi Ad Agency.


Twitter Username: ngwatilo

Ketty Nivyabandi is a poet and human activist from Burundi. In May 2015 she became a refugee after she led women-only protests against the violation of her country's constitution. Ketty writes, speaks, and advocates regularly on women in conflict zones, human rights defenders and displacement.


Twitter Username: kettynivyabandi

María Fernanda (Chamorro) is a writer whose poems and translations have appeared in Kweli Journal, The Wide Shore, Luna Luna Magazine, and elsewhere. A Candela founder, she has performed at MoMA PS1, Hudson Valley Writers Center, and various colleges. She has received fellowships from Callaloo and CantoMundo.


Twitter Username: trochaicpoet

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R222. Readings from New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction. (, , , , ) The story seems to be getting shorter and shorter. From sudden fiction to flash fiction to microfiction this trend has only accelerated, and now this highly compressed narrative form of no more than 300 words has found both popular and critical acclaim. It is no surprise that microfiction is often compared with prose poetry in its use of metaphor and inventive language. These readers from New Micro will show how intensity commands attention, and how they came to write with such precision.

James Thomas has coedited all of the Sudden and Flash Fiction anthologies, and authored Pictures, Moving. He has received two NEA grants, a Stegner Fellowship, founded Quarterly West, and started the Writers At Work conference. He has taught at Wright State University and the University of Utah.

Kim Chinquee is the author of the collections Oh BabyPrettyPistol, and Shot Girls. Her work has been published in journals including The NationNOONConjunctionsPloughshares, and others. She is Senior Editor of New World Writing, and she codirects the writing major at SUNY-Buffalo State.


Twitter Username: kimchinquee

Website: www.kimchinquee.com

Mary Miller is the author of two collections of stories, Big World and Always Happy Hour, as well as a novel, The Last Days of California. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.


Twitter Username: maryumiller

Website: maryumiller.tumblr.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

Grant Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing Month and the cofounder of 100 Word Story magazine. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times and Poets & Writers. His collection of one hundred 100-word stories is Fissures.


Twitter Username: grantfaulkner

Website: http://www.grantfaulkner.com/

B116, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R223. Hybrid Sex Writing: What's Your Position?. (, , , , ) In The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault argues that sex was not repressed in past centuries, but codified. How does contemporary hybrid sex writing crack these codes? Is there a relationship between gender politics and hybrid writing? How does hybrid writing give voice to marginalized gender identities? What is hybrid ecstasy? Is there a special connection between transgressive sex and hybrid writing? Panelists will discuss these questions with a focus on 21st-century writers.

Larissa Shmailo's latest book of poetry is Medusa's Country and her latest novel is Patient Women. She is an anthologist of Russian poetry in translation and the original English translator of the avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun. She also is a critical writer on poetry and poetics.


Twitter Username: larissashmailo

Jonathan Penton edits the journal Unlikely Stories and its print arm, Unlikely Books. He has worked in management and technical roles for publishers, arts organizations, and literary workshops, such as the New Orleans Poetry Festival and Big Bridge. His most recent chapbook of poetry is Backstories.


Twitter Username: USDotOrg

Thaddeus Rutkowski is author of six books, most recently Border Crossings, a poetry collection. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence, Medgar Evers, and the YMCA. He received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and served as a panelist for the NYFA nonfiction fellowship.


Twitter Username: thadrutkowski

Website: www.thaddeusrutkowski.com

Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of three collections of short stories, three web serials, and many novels, in genres spanning literary erotica, science fiction, and baseball fabulism. She is also the founder of erotic science fiction publisher Circlet Press, which she has directed since 1992.


Twitter Username: ceciliatan

Erica Jong, celebrated poet, novelist, and essayist with over twenty-five books published in forty-five languages, including international best-sellers, Fear of Flying & Fear of Dying. She’s adapting her favorite novel, Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones for an unlimited television series and has a new poetry volume due for release.


Twitter Username: EricaJong

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R224A. Light is the Left Hand of Darkness: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin. (, , , , ) “Truth,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her novel The Left Hand of Darkness, “is a matter of the imagination.” In 2018, one of America’s greatest science fiction writers passed on, leaving behind a library of literary and social achievements. Through her imaginative narratives, she scrutinized politics, gender, and the environment, creating alternate worlds and new societies as a means to convey deeper truths about our own. This panel celebrates her influential work and pays tribute to her legacy.

Alexander Lumans was awarded a 2018 NEA Grant in Prose. He was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell. He has received scholarships to MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and The Arctic Circle Residency. 


Twitter Username: oldmanlumans

Website: http://www.alexanderlumans.com/

Emma Copley Eisenberg's writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, VQR, ZYZZYVA, Agni, The Common, The New Republic, Splinter, and others. She is author of The Third Rainbow Girl, forthcoming from Hachette Books in 2020.


Twitter Username: emmaeisenberg

Alice Sola Kim's writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Tin House, BuzzFeed Reader, Asimov's Science Fiction, Lenny, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, and other publications. She is a recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation and a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award.


Twitter Username: alicek

C Pam Zhang's debut novel, How Much of These Hills is Gold, is forthcoming. Her speculative and realist fiction appears in Fairy Tale Review, Kenyon Review, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Aspen Words, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Twitter Username: cpamzhang

David Naimon is co-author of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing and host of the literary podcast Between the Covers. His work can be found in AGNIBoulevardVQRTin HouseFourth GenreZyzzyvaStoryQuarterly, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: davidnaimon

C121-122, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R224B. The Wandering Stops Here: Place as Central in Recent Jewish American Fiction. (, , , , ) Whether it be coastal New England, steamy Savannah, or western Oregon, a strong sense of place is central in recent Jewish American novels. These panelists explore place as inextricable to the particular, varied, and often tenuous Jewish American experiences they chronicle. With a focus on Jewish American fiction, this panel is for anyone seeking to better integrate place into their stories, and for those interested in how place can reflect the immigrant and/or outsider experience.

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of the novel As Close to Us as Breathing (winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize), Mutual Life & Casualty (linked stories), and What You Know In Your Hands (poems). She teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Hollins University.

Marjorie Sandor has written four books, including the recent memoir The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction. She is also the editor of the recent international short story anthology, The Uncanny Reader. She teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

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

Jonathan Rabb is the author of the novels Among the Living (a finalist for the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction), The Second Son, Shadow and Light, Rosa (winner of the Director’s Prize at Semana Negra, 2006), The Book of Q, and The Overseer. He is a professor of writing at Savannah College of Art and Design.


Twitter Username: jrrabb

Scott Nadelson is the author of six books, most recently a story collection, The Fourth Corner of the World, and a novel, Between You and Me. He teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.


Twitter Username: ScottNadelson

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R225. Teaching Alternative Writing Workshop Models . (, , , ) Writing workshops often default to a traditional model of “workshopping,” where the class discusses work while pretending the author is absent. This panel explores how newer technologies and increasing emphasis on the interdisciplinarity have led to experiments with alternative models that allow students to take risks and tackle projects that wouldn’t otherwise be feasible within the workshop setting.

Louise Krug is an assistant professor at Washburn University. Her memoir, Louise: Amended, was named by Publishers Weekly as a Top 20 Nonfiction Book of the Year, and her memoir Tilted: The Post-Brain Surgery Journals received the Kansas Book Award.

DaMaris B. Hill, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Kentucky, earned a PhD in Creative Writing and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas. She was a program assistant at the Institute on Digital Research in the Humanities.

Ben Cartwright is the author of the poetry collection After Our Departure and the chapbook The Meanest Things Pick Clean. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Spokane Falls Community College, and also teaches for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction.


Twitter Username: bcartw

Website: https://benjamindcartwright.wordpress.com/

Ande Davis is a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His fiction and poetry have recently appeared in PANK, cream city review, South Dakota Review, and Hawai'i Review, among others. He teaches writing and literature at UMKC and Washburn University.


Twitter Username: andedavis

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R226. From Slavery to Immigration: Poets on the American Family, a Site of Struggle. (, , , ) The American family as an array of diverse, nationalized bodies has been a work in progress since its inception, with many people of color unable to buy into its elusive promise of social stability. Amid an historical and present-day backdrop of vacillating protections governing civil rights and immigration status, four poets examine the American family as a dream deferred.
 

Artress Bethany White is the winner of the 2018 Trio Award from Trio House Press for her forthcoming poetry collection, My Afmerica. She is also the author of the collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in Tupelo Quarterly and the Hopkins Review.


Twitter Username: Artresswhite

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

Ananda Lima's work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Offing and elsewhere. She has an MA in Linguistics (UCLA), was an AWP Writer to Writer mentee and has attended workshops at Bread Loaf, Sewanee and Tin House. She working on a poetry collection on immigration and motherhood.


Twitter Username: anandalima

Website: www.anandalima.com

Esther Lin lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is the author of The Ghost Wife, winner of the 2017 PSA Chapbook Fellowship and the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson P. She is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow and is an organizer for Undocupoets.


Twitter Username: Whalebaby

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R227. The Future is Fabulist: Crafting Fantastic Fiction at the Margins. (, , , , ) Can embracing the unreal help writers at the margins tell stories that feel even more true to their experience? The contemporary literary landscape has maintained exclusive distinctions about where stories with speculative elements are published, as well as how seriously they are received. But as these boundaries disintegrate in concurrence with a larger narrative of cultural inclusion, these emerging writers are exploring issues of race, sexuality, and gender through the lens of the fantastic.

Amira Pierce received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches freshman composition at New York University. Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in publications including Colorado Review and Cream City Review.

R. Lemberg's debut poetry collection Marginalia to Stone Bird was a Crawford Award finalist in 2017. They also edited two LGBTQIA+ and feminist speculative poetry anthologies. As R. Perelmutter, they are an associate professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas.


Twitter Username: roselemberg

Melissa R. Sipin is cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine and partnered with the Feminist Press to establish the Louise Meriwether Prize. She has published in Prairie Schooner, Slice Magazine, and Guernica, and is hard at work on a novel about her grandmother's capture in WWII. msipin.com


Twitter Username: _insiang

Website: http://msipin.com/

Brooke C. Obie, JD, MFA, is the author of the speculative novel Book of Addis: Cradled Embers, which won the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction and the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award for Self-Published Fiction.


Twitter Username: brookeobie

Richard Scott Larson earned his MFA at New York University, where he currently works for the Expository Writing Program. His fiction and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Joyland, Hobart, and elsewhere. He's currently writing a novel and a memoir.

D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R228. Writing the Rift: Left Coast Poetries, Left Coast Poetics. (, , , , ) We call it "the West," but it’s only the West if you come from the East. To some, it’s North; to others, East; to others, simply home. How do the particular histories, crises, fault-lines, and violence of the far side of the continent play into our forms? This panel convenes west coast poets to explore the necessary work of forging a poetics of place in a place of recent arrival. Each poet will ask: what does it mean to write the left coast now?

Dean Rader's recent books include Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, Suture (written with Simone Muench), and Bullets Into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S. (with Brian Clements and Alexandra Teague). He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.


Twitter Username: deanrader

Website: http://deanrader.com

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon and The Palace of Contemplating Departure. Brynn is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at California State University, Fresno.


Twitter Username: brynnsaito

Website: http://brynnsaito.com

Tess Taylor’s work has appeared in the AtlanticPoetry, the Kenyon Review, and the New Yorker. She is the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR's All Things Considered and has taught at Whittier College, University of California Berkeley, and Queen's University Belfast. Her books are The Forage House and Work & Days.


Twitter Username: tessathon

Website: www.tess-taylor.com

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two poetry collections, Leaving Tulsa and Bright Rafter in the Afterweather. She is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and has a PhD in Literary Arts from the University of Denver. She teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low-Residency MFA.

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_

D133-134, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R229. The Big Black Dog: Children's Literature Takes on Mental Illness. (, , , , ) From schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to anxiety, depression, self-harm, substance abuse, and suicide—YA and middle-grade novels are increasingly taking mental illness head-on. We'll discuss how these issues are being portrayed in books for younger readers, why it’s so important, and how to do it right. We'll also cover coping skills and self-care as tools for both successful characters and writers.

Ann Jacobus is the author of young adult novel, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a volunteer crisis-line and outreach counselor for San Francisco Suicide Prevention.


Twitter Username: AnnJacobusSF

Website: www.annjacobus.com

Nancy Bo Flood received her PhD in Neuro-Pyschology and Child Development from the University of Minnesota followed by post-graduate studies researching motivation and memory. Award-winning books include middle grade novel, Soldier Sister, Fly Home, depicting multi-generational ways war and affects every family.

Karen Fortunati’s debut, The Weight of Zero, received the Connecticut Book Award and was recognized by the International Literacy Association. A former attorney, Karen serves on her city's Board of Aldermen and works part time as a museum educator. She lives in Connecticut with her family.


Twitter Username: karenfortunati

Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of the young adult novels Pointe, Little & Lion, and Finding Yvonne, as well as the forthcoming The Revolution of Birdie Randolph and critically acclaimed essays and short fiction that have been published in various anthologies.


Twitter Username: brandycolbert

Martine Leavitt is the author of ten novels for young adult readers, including the following: Calvin, winner of the Governor General’s Award of Canada; My Book of Life by Angel, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Keturah and Lord Death, finalist for the National Book Award.

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R230. The Experiment: Density, Intensity and Identity of Innovative Writing Forms. (, , , , ) Acknowledging the broadness of “experimental writing,” our panel's goal is to discuss how the term generates a set of interlaced questions about art as it lives on maps, in texts, and even in bodies that produce their own readings: our BODY as artists. We publish hybrid texts and write on disabled, veteran-adjacent political identity, Black, Turkish, Mexican, American, and imagined homelands engaged in various conceptualizations and practices conditioned within and outside the university.

Cathy Thomas is a University of California President's Dissertation Year Fellow examining carnivalesque in Caribbean literature and comics. On her 10th birthday, she received a microscope and a journal. She wonders if she’s a scientist writing poems or a poet doing science—likely neither or both happens in her fiction.


Twitter Username: iamcathywithac

Etkin Camoglu is a Turkish American writer whose short fiction has appeared in Sonora Review, Meridian, and Blackbird among others. A PhD fiction candidate at Florida State University, Etkin is working on a novel while living in Dublin, Ireland.

Kelly Dulaney is the author of the hybrid novella Ash. Her writing appears in various journals. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Colorado in Boulder and is the editor of The Cupboard Pamphlet.


Twitter Username: kcd313

Whitney DeVos is a PhD candidate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz, with a creative/critical concentration, where she studies experimental poetics of the Americas. She is the author of a chapbook, On Being Blonde, and has published creative work in Whiskey Island, lo-ball, Spork online, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: whitnefied

Christopher David Rosales is the author of the novel Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, which won the McNamara Creative Arts Grant. An assistant professor at the Jack Kerouac School, he received his doctorate from the University of Denver.


Twitter Username: cdrosales

D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R231. Suburban Deserts: Creating Literary Oases Outside the City. (, , , ) Running a literary center or festival anywhere is difficult, but organizations located outside major cities face unique circumstances. This panel will discuss the marketing and organizational challenges of building a literary community in non-centralized locations. Learn about building a brand and attracting diverse audiences, as well as creating sustainable funding streams based on the experiences of a rural public library, a small city writing center, and a suburban literary festival.

Suzanne Rigdon manages the annual Fall for the Book festival in Fairfax, Virginia, where she also teaches undergraduate literature and digital creative writing. She is the author of the novel Into the Night.


Twitter Username: SuzyRigdon

Kara Oakleaf directs the Fall for the Book festival and teaches English at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Jellyfish Review, Nimrod, Stirring, Tahoma Literary Review, and others.


Twitter Username: karaoakleaf

Kurt Zwolfer is the executive director of the Cabin Center for Readers and Writers in Boise, Idaho. He has over eighteen years of experience creating and administering public education programs including previous work at Idaho State Parks and the Idaho State Historical Museum.

Chantal Strobel is the Communications and Development Director for the Deschutes Public Library and has organized literary events for twenty-five years. Prior to working at the Deschutes Public Library, she served as an account executive at Hill & Knowlton and an assistant editor at San Diego Magazine.

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R232. 25 Years of Creative Nonfiction: An Anniversary Reading. (, , , , ) Since 1994, Creative Nonfiction magazine has inspired and supported writers of true stories and has been a tireless advocate for the genre. The magazine showcases a diverse range of writers and writing, and almost every issue features at least one writer’s first publication. Help celebrate a quarter-century of Creative Nonfiction with brief readings by four contributors and contest winners and founding editor Lee Gutkind's reflections on a quarter century of publishing.

Lee Gutkind, founding editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine, is the author or editor of many books, including Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation and Stuck in Time: The Tragedy of Childhood Mental Illness. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University.


Twitter Username: leegutkind

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. 


Twitter Username: brevitymag

Website: www.dintywmoore.com

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, and co-author of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She teaches English at Western Washington University.

Brian Broome is the 2018 K. Leroy Irvis MFA Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. His work can be found in The Guardian, Hippocampus and Creative Nonfiction. His work deals primarily with navigating the world as an African American, gay man. More at brianbroome.com

Suzanne Roberts is the author of the memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (winner of the National Outdoor Book Award), as well as four collections of poetry. She teaches for the MFA program in creative writing at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe.


Twitter Username: SuzanneRoberts

Website: http://www.suzanneroberts.net

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R233. Bridging The Gap: How & Why Historical Writers Build Bridges To The Past . (, , , ) What makes historical writers unique is our desire to bridge gaps from our current world to worlds we left behind in the past. Through the lens of single lives, we tell the stories of the past's constructive/destructive impact on the present, moments of change, and battles between Old World and New. We explore moral history, the evolution of ideas, and the tantalizing could-have-beens. A panel of writers with diverse visions discuss the hows and whys of their mission to bridge history's gaps.

Michael Pritchett is author of The Melancholy Fate of Capt. Lewis and The Venus Tree and winner of an Iowa Short Fiction Award and a Dana Award. He recently received a Pushcart Prize nomination from New Letters. He teaches fiction writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Allison Amend is the award-winning author of the short story collection Things That Pass for Love, and the novels Stations West, A Nearly Perfect Copy, and Enchanted Islands.


Twitter Username: allisonamend

Website: http://www.allisonamend.com

Amy Brill is the author of The Movement of Stars and a 2015 NYFA fiction fellow. Her fiction and essays have been appeared in One Story, The Common, Guernica, and several anthologies, and she has been awarded residencies at Millay Colony, Jentel, the American Antiquarian Society, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: amy_brill

Website: http://www.amybrill.com

Phong Nguyen is the author of The Adventures of Joe Harper, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, and Memory Sickness. He is coeditor of Pleiades. He coedited the book Nancy Hale: The Life and Work of a Lost American Master. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri.


Twitter Username: AlternaHistory

Website: http://www.phongvnguyen.com

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R234. Give a Good Reading. (, , , , ) Writers are entertainers. And yet, sometimes we're the worst presenters of our own writing. Why do we spend so much time composing and editing and so little time practicing reading our work? Who are readers we love and what can we learn from them? How can we better prepare, more frequently share, and give life to our work off the page?

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/

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Winner of the 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared in North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: CarlosAGLive

Hieu Minh Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow, a National Endowment for Arts Literature Fellow, a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, & the author of This Way to the Sugar, and Not Here. His poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry Magazine, Guernica, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: hieuminh

Website: hieuminhnguyen.com

Leigh Lucas has a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson. She is a regular contributor to literary journal A Women's Thing and is part of comic-making duo Sqid Inc with illustrator David Lanham. She is working on her first book.


Twitter Username: leighluc

Michael Goetzman is an editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books and a graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


Twitter Username: m_goetz

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R235. Reading in an Age of Chaos. (, , , , ) Transgender civil rights and funding for the arts are, not coincidentally, both under attack by the United States government. These attempts at restricting access in society for trans and nonbinary people, and the calls to end the NEA are both neofascist tactics to narrow culture itself. Hear from transgender and nonbinary writers and poets who are producing work outside of the staid "coming out" story. Speculative fiction, experimental and narrative poetry, and literary fiction are all represented.

Everett Maroon is a memoirist, humorist, and fiction writer. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association and was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett is the author of a memoir, Bumbling into Body Hair, and a young adult novel, The Unintentional Time Traveler.


Twitter Username: everettmaroon

Website: www.transplantportation.com

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, and the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. He is Assistant Professor of Creating Writing at Eastern Kentucky University.


Twitter Username: cartersickels

Website: www.cartersickels.com

Katie Kaput is a queer poet, a zinester, and the kind of mother who makes a pretty bad-ass home. She has had work published in numerous anthologies. You can find her performing her poetry anywhere they will let her and some places they might not if they knew.

Trace Peterson is a trans woman poet critic. Author of the poetry collection Since I Moved In, she is also founding editor/publisher of EOAGH Books, which has won two Lambda Literary Awards, and coeditor of the anthology Troubling the Line, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2014.


Twitter Username: tracepeterson

Website: http://eoagh.com

Ashley Young is a Black, Queer and genderqueer, poet, writer, tarot reader, and witch. They are a contributor to GO Magazine and have been featured in three anthologies. They are currently working on their first novel, an Audre Lorde-inspired biomythography, as well as a collection of poetry.

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R236. Maintaining Beginner's Mind in Your Own Classroom: A Poetry Reading. (, , , , ) “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities,” Shunryu Suzuki writes in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, “but in the expert’s there are few.” This panel refutes this dichotomy by featuring expert poets at play and inviting the audience to join the fun. Panelists will read poems inspired by prompts they have assigned each other, discussing the prompts as avenues to beginner’s mind. Then the audience will try a prompt on the spot, bringing the rest home for personal or classroom use.

Amie Whittemore is the author of Glass Harvest and an educator. Her poetry has been recognized with a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and featured in North American Review, Smartish Pace, Gettysburg Review, the Missouri Review Poem of the Week, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: amiewhittemore

Mary Biddinger's most recent collection of poems are Small Enterprise and The Czar. A Professor of English at the University of Akron and NEOMFA program, she edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. Biddinger is the recipient of a 2015 poetry fellowship from the NEA.


Twitter Username: marybid

Website: marybiddinger.com

Adrienne Su is the author of four books of poems, most recently Living Quarters. A 2007 NEA fellow, she is the poet in residence at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.


Twitter Username: adriennesu

Website: adriennesu.ink

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and recipient of three Bread Loaf scholarships. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University. Keith works as a writer and game designer in Chicago.


Twitter Username: robottomulatto

Cameron Barnett holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water. He teaches middle school language arts in Pittsburgh, PA, and works with various journals and reading series in the city.


Twitter Username: cambarnett89

Website: www.cameronbarnett.net

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R237. So You Think You Need a Website: A Tech-Wonk(ish) Lesson for DIYers. (, , , , ) You know you need an author site, but you don’t want to pay a designer, because you’re a writer and can’t afford such extravagances. Or you’re thinking of launching an online journal, but you have no idea where to start. If either description sounds familiar, then this is the panel to visit for a down-and-dirty tutorial for using web-publishing apps such as Wordpress, Squarespace, and others. Tips will be offered for creating a dynamic Internet presence without losing your mind or your shirt.

Sonia Greenfield is the author of three poetry books, Circus Gravitas, American Parable, and Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market, winner of the 2014 Codhill Poetry Award and a 2015 Poetry Foundation Staff Pick. Editor of Rise Up Review, she directs the Southern California Poetry Festival.


Twitter Username: SoniaGreenfield

Website: soniagreenfield.com

Corrie Williamson is the author of Sweet Husk, winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize, and, forthcoming, The River Where You Forgot My Name, winner of the 2018 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition. Her poems have appeared in the Missouri Review, AGNI, West Branch, and elsewhere.

Candace Williams is a black queer nerd, poet, and middle school educator. Her chapbook, Spells for Black Wizards, won the TAR Series. She’s appeared in Sixth Finch, Bennington Review, and Bettering American Poetry 2016. In a past life, she was in charge of digital marketing at tech startups.


Twitter Username: teacherc

Michelle Menting is poetry and nonfiction editor of Split Rock Review and the author of three poetry collections. The recipient of awards from Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and the National Park Service, she holds an MFA and PhD in literature & creative writing, and is a YA librarian in Belfast, Maine.

Nicole Byrne is a queer poet who earned her MFA degree from Wichita State University. She is the editorial assistant for SFK Press and The New Southern Fugitives. She has previously worked in marketing, social media management, and digital editing. Her work has appeared in several literary journals.


Twitter Username: nicolebyrnepoet

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R238. Wild Girl Poets: A Reading and Reckoning. (, , , , ) This reading and conversation features a new generation of Asian American women poets who declare themselves “wild girl poets,” a term Marilyn Chin used during a Kundiman gathering to signify the spirit of Asian American women who defy stereotypes. Being a wild girl poet is having a crew of wild girls fighting with you. It’s about resistance, about taking risks, about matrilineal and literary lineage, about laughter, about not being afraid of being too loud or too quiet.

Michelle Penaloza is the author of landscape/heartbreak and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes. A Kundiman fellow, Penaloza has been published by New England ReviewPleiades, and Vinyl, with poems forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Third Coast


Twitter Username: pennyzola

Jennifer S. Cheng writes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text. She is the author of Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems and House A. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong and received fellowships and awards from Brown University, University of Iowa, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets.


Twitter Username: mooncake

Website: www.jenniferscheng.com

Sally Wen Mao is the author of two poetry collections, Oculus and Mad Honey Symposium. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library Cullman Center and the Jenny McKean Moore program at George Washington University.


Twitter Username: sallywenmao

Soham Patel is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where she also serves as a poetry editor for cream city review.

Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. She is a poet and multimedia artist based in Denver where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver.


Twitter Username: fitproblems

Website: www.dianakhoinguyen.com

F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R239. Playwriting in the Pacific Northwest: Unique Region, Unique Craft 2.0. (, , , ) Playwrights in the Pacific Northwest share many commonalities: rainforest weather, ocean, snowcapped mountains, coffee and earthquakes. But is there a cultural commonality that exists amongst playwrights in the region a.k.a. Cascadia? If there is, how has it affected their development as playwrights and in particular, their plays? Can they stay local, connect North, South? Should they look West, to Asia? Or should their focus remain with the East, and its traditional, national theater faultlines?

Bryan Wade is a playwright, radio writer, and novelist. Scavenge is a recent audio drama Chatterbox Audio Theater podcast. He teaches stage play/podcasting in UBC’s Creative Writing. 

Ramón Esquivel teaches playwriting and theatre education Central Washington University. Recent premieres include The Hero Twins: Blood Race  and Above Between Below. Published plays include: Luna, Nasty, and Nocturnal.


Twitter Username: Bub1974

Website: https://www.facebook.com/resquivel1974/

Cathy Tagnak Rexford is a playwright, poet, and fiction writer. She is a Full Circle Aboriginal Ensemble Member and an Aboriginal Graduate Fellow at the University of British Columbia's Joint MFA in Creative Writing and Theatre Program.

E.M. Lewis is a playwright and opera librettist. Winner of the American Theater Critics Association's Steinberg Award and Primus Prize, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and the Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Works include Magellanica, Song of Extinction, and The Gun Show.


Twitter Username: ellmarlew

Website: www.emlewisplaywright.com

F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R240. Revelation or Resistance? Form and Narrative at the End of the World. (, , , ) Cyberwar, superviruses, climate change, AI uprising, nuclear armageddon: the future grows ever more uncertain, the end ever nearer. We write today under the shadow of an impending, inchoate, dystopian doom. Three innovative, genre-bending novelists ponder the aesthetics of disaster, the ethics of witnessing, and the question of what narrative and form mean at the end of the world. Is writing fiction escapist fantasy, an act of prophecy, or a kind of interruption? Revelation, or resistance?

Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, the novel War Porn, and the essay collection We're Doomed. Now What? He teaches at the University of Notre Dame.


Twitter Username: royscranton

Website: http://www.royscranton.com/

Hilary Plum's books include Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and Watchfires, winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. She teaches at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program, and she is associate director of the CSU Poetry Center.

Mark Doten is the author of two novels, Trump Sky Alpha and The Infernal. He was named in 2017 to Granta’s once-a-decade list “Best of Young American Novelists." He is the literary fiction editor at Soho Press, teaches in Columbia's MFA program, and lives in New Jersey.


Twitter Username: markedoten

Eugene Lim is the author of the novels Fog & Car, The Strangers, and Dear Cyborgs. His writings have appeared in Fence, Little Star, The Denver Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, Your Impossible Voice, and elsewhere. He runs Ellipsis Press and works as a librarian at a high school.


Twitter Username: lim_eugene

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R241. Reimagining disABILITY Through Literature. (, , , , ) This event features four diverse, well-published, award-winning writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction discussing and reading excerpts of their writing that moves beyond stereotypes and stigmas to reimagine a variety of disabilities: physical, mental, and emotional.

Marianne Murphy Zarzana is an associate professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University. For the past three years, she has taught a multidisciplinary Contemporary Issues in Society class that she created: Re-imagining disABILITY through Literature, Film & Media.


Twitter Username: prairiepoet

Website: www.mariannezarzana.com

Christine Stewart-Nuñez wrote Snow, Salt, Honey; Keeping Them Alive; Postcard on Parchment; Unbound & Branded; and The Love of Unreal Things. Her piece “An Archeology of Secrets” was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2012. She teaches at South Dakota State University.

Dana Yost was an award-winning daily newspaper journalist for twenty-nine years, until a severe increase in mental health problems led him to leave the industry. He is the author of five books. His poems often are about mental illness and mental health care. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee.

Christine Stark is an award-winning writer and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee ancestry. Her essays, poems, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a Lambda Literary Finalist. 

Cassie J. Williams earned a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Education (English emphasis) from Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota. She has presented at schools and events in the Twin Cities and Marshall. She has published her work in a variety of literary journals.

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R242. Reviewing the Review: Literary Journals as Student Professional Development . (, , , , ) While literary journals have been a tradition in academia, there has been increased pressure in the Humanities to provide vocation-oriented opportunities. Panelists will discuss their experiences in undergraduate, graduate, and organizational support contexts as they describe the student-centered literary landscape and how their editorial and pedagogical philosophies have evolved to address technological, financial, and cultural shifts in the spirit of high impact student experiences.

Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone. His stories have appeared in ConjunctionsZYZZYVABlack Warrior Review, and Electric Literature, among others. He is an editor of Psychopomp Magazine and an assistant professor at St. Olaf College.


Twitter Username: sequoian

Website: http://sequoianagamatsu.net

Patricia Ann McNair is the author of And These Are The Good Times and The Temple of Air, winner of Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year. She directs the undergraduate programs in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago where she is an Associate Professor in Fiction and Nonfiction.


Twitter Username: PatriciaAMcNair

Website: www.PatriciaAnnMcNair.com

MIchael Czyzniejewski is the author of three collections of stories: I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories, Chicago Stories, and Elephants in Our Bedroom. He teaches at Missouri State University, where he edits Moon City Review. In 2010, he received an NEA Fellowship in fiction.

Sarah Einstein is an Asst. Professor of Creative Writing at UT Chattanooga. Her book, Mot: A Memoir was selected for the AWP Prize 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: http://saraheinstein.com/

Natalie Mesnard is a writer and game designer currently employed at Grove Atlantic as a digital media strategist. She has worked with numerous literary magazines as an editor, teacher, volunteer, and advocate. Her award-winning board game, DemocraSea, is forthcoming from Game Salute.


Twitter Username: nataliemesnard

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R243. Writing the Personal Through Fiction and Nonfiction, Sponsored by Grove/Atlantic, Hugo House, and Seattle Arts & Lectures. (, , , G. Willow Wilson) Join three highly acclaimed, award-winning writers—New York Times bestselling author Terese Marie Mailhot, New York Times notable author Pam Houston, and Hugo Award-winner G. Willow Wilson—as they discuss the rewards and challenges of depicting culture, landscape, trauma, and family across genres.

Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. Her writing appears in West Branch, Guernica, Pacific Standard, Elle, and elsewhere. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Heart Berries: A Memoir. She is a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.


Twitter Username: TereseMarieM

Katie Raissian is an Associate Editor at Grove Atlantic. She is also the publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, based in Brooklyn, New York.


Twitter Username: stonecuttermag

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 CW programs at the Institute for American Indian Art and UC Davis and she directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers. 


Twitter Username: pam_houston

Website: pamhouston.wordpress.com

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R244. Still Here: Writing Against Gentrification, Displacement and Erasure. (, , , , ) How do you tell the whole story of city like Portland—not just food trucks, lattes, and the dream of the '90s, but decades of racial exclusion, land theft, and violence? On this panel, five writers will describe how they've reclaimed the lost or erased histories of their communities through imaginative writing and literary activism, from Portland to Staten Island to the Blackfeet Nation.

Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. His first book of essays, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, is forthcoming. He teaches at the College of New Jersey.


Twitter Username: rowjess

Website: www.jessrow.com

Samiya Bashir’s three books of poetry, Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. She teaches at Reed College.


Twitter Username: scryptkeeper

Website: http://www.samiyabashir.com

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet/writer/photographer. Author of The Art of Work and a member of N.Y. Writers Workshop. She teaches writing workshops online and around NYC. Work featured on and in: PBS Newshour, Tin House, Boston Review, New England Review, and Salon, among others.


Twitter Username: bestfitzgerald

Website: www.jenfitzgerald.com

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years won a Whiting Award and the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. It was also a finalist for the PEN / Hemingway Award, The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel prize, and the Hurston Wright Legacy award.


Twitter Username: mitchsjackson

Website: www.mitchellsjackson.com

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R245. Applying for an Individual NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. (, , , ) Want to know what the National Endowment for the Arts fellowships are all about? Staff members from the NEA’s Literature Division discuss and advise on all aspects of the program, including how to submit an application, how winning poets and prose writers are selected, and the impact the fellowships have had on the literary landscape. Plenty of time will be allotted for questions.

Mohamed Sheriff is a Literature Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jessica Flynn is a Literature Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Amy Stolls is the Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts.


Twitter Username: amystolls

Katy Day is the Assistant Grants Management Specialist for Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R246. A Reading & Conversation with Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker, and Evie Shockley, Sponsored by Cave Canem. (, , , ) Three award-winning poets give brief readings, followed by a moderated conversation about poetry as a space for complex negotiations and radical reimaginings. While the meaning of diversity is being debated, these poets' unique voices and varied strategies expand the discourse beyond considerations of race and ethnicity. Their views of the poet as artist and social being disrupt familiar tropes assigned to “the writer of color.”

Evie Shockley is author of the poetry books semiautomatic (Pulitzer Prize finalist) and the new black (Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winner), and the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. She is Professor of English at Rutgers University.

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow.


Twitter Username: morganapple

Website: www.morgan-parker.com

Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD, is Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of GatheringDiscipline, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life; and Good Stock, Strange Blood.


Twitter Username: dawnlundy

Website: http://www.writing.pitt.edu/people/faculty/dawn-lundy-martin

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer, and performer. She has received fellowships and residencies from Fulbright, Millay, University of Michigan, and Kundiman. Her work has appeared in many journals. Her chapbook After is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.


Twitter Username: asgharthegrouch

Website: www.fatimahasghar.com

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R247. Dear Lit Mag Editors: Now What?. (, , , , ) When writers send their work to magazines, they know it will be just one in thousands. What makes one submission stand out from all the others? At this panel, five lit mag editors talk about what they want from a submission—and what they don’t want. They cover the practical as well as the more elusive questions, giving writers a chance to get beyond the guidelines and ask questions of their own. Journals represented include Ecotone, Epiphany, Iowa Review, New England Review, and Poetry.

Carolyn Kuebler is the editor of New England Review. Before coming to NER as managing editor in 2004, she was an editor at Library Journal and founding editor of Rain Taxi. She has published her writing in various magazines, literary and otherwise.


Twitter Username: NERweb

Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize, and the artist's book A Pocket Book of Forms. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she is editor of Ecotone and Lookout Books, and she teaches at University of North Carolina Wilmington.


Twitter Username: thenewnewyear

Website: http://todointhenewyear.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

Harilaos Stecopoulos is Editor of The Iowa Review, and the Founding Editor of The Iowa Review Series in Fiction at the University of Iowa Press. An Associate Professor of English, he teaches courses on magazine editing, nonfiction, and American literature at the University of Iowa.


Twitter Username: harilaosstecopo

Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and a 2012 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Granta, VQR, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Guernica, The Literarian, Narrative, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.


Twitter Username: tracysoneill

Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R248. Furies for Muses: The Poetry of Anger. (, , , , ) In an era of upheaval, outrage, and resistance, some of the best poems of our time are fueled by anger. Anger can be mobilizing and transformative, and destructive without an viable outlet for expression. How do poets write into, out of, and through anger? The panel discusses anger as a generative and even necessary creative force and explores complexities and implications of voice, identity, power, transgression, and transformation in poetry that invokes, and sometimes evokes, fury.

Heather June Gibbons is the author of Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and forthcoming from the University of Utah Press. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she teaches at San Francisco State University and in the community.


Twitter Username: HJune4

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

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.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to DaughtersDiwataPoeta en San Francisco, and others. She teaches in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco.

Cate Marvin teaches at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Her most recent book of poems is Oracle.


Twitter Username: catemarvin

Website: www.catemarvin.com

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley, borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California, a CantoMundo Fellow, and the author of the mythic hybrid poetry collection, Beast Meridian.


Twitter Username: Vanessid

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R249. A Woman's Place. (Katrina Carrasco, Madeline ffitch, Tessa Fontaine, Chia-Chia Lin, ) What happens when you let your strong female characters step outside their boxes? Four writers talk about working with places and situations not often found in literature and the ways in which these energize and inform their storytelling. Also featuring Lydia Kiesling and Jenna Johnson.

Ling Ma is the author of Severance. She received her MFA from Cornell University. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Vice, Playboy, Chicago Reader, Ninth Letter and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

D129, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R250. Narrative Healing: Yoga & Writing Workshop. (Lisa Weinert) Open to all! This full-body, full-spirit storytelling experience will use yoga, writing and listening exercises to inspire a holistic and freeing storytelling experience. This 75-minute afternoon workshop will include a gentle yoga practice, writing prompts and listening exercises. These classes will build off each other; come for the entire series or drop in for a single class. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a pen and paper.

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R251. A Flash of Difference: Diversity and Inclusion in Flash Fiction. (, , , , ) Flash fiction is having a moment, but how diverse is the field? What is the state of flash in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual identity/orientation, and disability? Panelists will introduce underrepresented flash writers and resources that amplify traditionally marginalized voices. This panel is suitable for multiple audiences: educators who want to diversify their curricula, readers who want to broaden their reading lists, and publishers who want to enrich their author rosters.

Tara Campbell is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, a Kimbilio Fellow, and an MFA candidate at American University. She is the author of TreeVolution (novel) and Circe’s Bicycle (fiction and poetry collection). She teaches fiction at American University, the Writer’s Center and the National Gallery of Art.


Twitter Username: TaraCampbellCom

Website: www.taracampbell.com

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry: Crumb-sized and On that one-way trip to Mars. She uses her skeletal dysplasia as a bridge to scientific poetry. Marlena lives in Washington, DC and serves as Communications Coordinator for the LGBTQ Writers Caucus.


Twitter Username: mchertock

Website: http://marlenachertock.com/

Christopher Gonzalez serves as a fiction editor at Barrelhouse. His fiction has appeared in Split Lip, Pithead Chapel, The Acentos Review, JMWW Journal, Spelk, and elsewhere. He currently works in book publishing and lives in New York.


Twitter Username: livesinpages

Erinrose Mager's work appears in The Collagist, Passages North, DIAGRAM, The Adroit Journal, New South, Hyphen, BOMB, and elsewhere. She is a Creative Writing/Literature PhD student at the University of Denver. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.


Twitter Username: erinrose_mager

Megan Giddings is a fiction editor at The Offing and a contributing editor at Boulevard. Her work has been in Black Warrior ReviewGulf Coast, and The Iowa Review among other places. Her debut novel, Lakewood, is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: megiddings

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R252. Writing the Mother Wound. (, , , , ) We live in a culture that idealizes mother love, and shames those who question it. Five multi-genre writers share how they address and interrogate the complex realities of mother-daughter relationships. How do we push back on the silence imposed on those who are un-mothered, abused, or choose to not be mothers themselves? How do we use our lives as fodder to create stories that are realistic and not overly sentimental, with the audacity of truth?

Vanessa Martir has been published in The Rumpus and Roxane Gay’s anthology Not That Bad, among others. She is the founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop which she teaches online and in person in NYC. Vanessa is working on finishing her memoir A Dim Capacity for Wings.


Twitter Username: Vanessa_LaLoba

Website: vanessamartir.wordpress.com

Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls, forthcoming from Algonquin, and recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Kenyon Review. Her work appears in The Best American EssaysLongreads, and The New York Times Style Magazine.


Twitter Username: jaquiradiaz

Website: www.jaquiradiaz.com

Elisabet Velasquez is Latina writer from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been published by NBC, WeAreMiTu, and AJ+. She is the 2017 Button Poetry Video Prize Winner. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD.

Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of The Enchanted and The Child Finder, novels inspired by her work on death row and with sex trafficking victims. Her work has won numerous prestigious awards. In addition to her activism and writing, she has been a foster-adoptive mother for over twenty years.


Twitter Username: ReneDenfeld

Website: www.renedenfeld.com

Michele Filgate is the editor of What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About, forthcoming. She’s a contributing editor at Literary Hub, and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She teaches creative nonfiction for Catapult and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.


Twitter Username: readandbreathe

Website: www.michelefilgate.com

A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R253. Women Editors on the Power of Change. (, , , , ) Female, feminist, and womanist editors from a variety of contexts discuss the perceived and real power they hold and how they wield their actual power for a more just publishing environment. With experience across book publishing, literary magazines, a popular culture magazine, freelancing, and VIDA, which supports gender representation in media, these editors discuss the trials and joys of working for a more gender and racially diverse publishing world within a range of boundaries and purposes.

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


Twitter Username: seriousdaring1

Website: http://lisaroney.com

Kim Brown is the Founder and Editor of Minerva Rising Literary Journal. Her work has appeared in Black Lives Have Always Mattered, The Feminine Collective, Mused BellaOnline Literary Review, Compass Literary Magazine, and Chicago Tribune. Kimberly has MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.


Twitter Username: kimgarrettbrown

Lisa Factora-Borchers is a writer, editor, and activist. Her work is published in The Rumpus, TruthOut, make/shift, Left Turn, The Independent UK, The Feminist Wire, Refinery29 and has been anthologized in Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets, Revolutionary Mothering, and Burn it Down.


Twitter Username: LFB27

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, co-edits 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

Lauren Rosemary Hook is senior editor at the Feminist Press. She seeks to continue FP's legacy of publishing diverse international works by women and has acquired fiction titles in translation from Equatorial Guinea, Thailand, Poland, Uruguay, and Martinique, among others.


Twitter Username: laurenrosamaria

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R254. Matter of Craft: Aesthetic Choices & Consequences in Diaspora Narratives. (, , , , ) Can complex social concepts like transnational identity be represented effectively through narrative tools such as voice? What are the aesthetic and ethical considerations to keep in mind when using such tools? Our multi-genre, multi-national panel will discuss the power of point-of-view, code-switching, genre-manipulation, character, and other aesthetic choices when addressing issues of immigration and displacement in writing.

David N. Odhiambo is the author of three novels: diss/ed banded nation, Kipligat's Chance, and The Reverend's Apprentice. His next novel, Smells Like Stars, will be published in the Fall. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu.


Twitter Username: Nandi Odhiambo

Ranjan Adiga is a fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Story Quarterly, South Asian Review, and 34th Parallel, among others. His upcoming story collection explores the nature of desire and tradition in changing societies of Kathmandu, Nepal. He teaches creative writing at Westminster College.

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has been published internationally and short-listed for The Journey Prize. Former editor at PRISM International and Ricepaper magazines, she guest edited The New Quarterly's issue #143. She sits on the board of Project Bookmark Canada and directs Hapa-palooza Festival.


Twitter Username: annalingkaye

Leanne Dunic is a biracial multi-disciplinary artist and musician, and the author/composer of the trans-media work To Love the Coming End. In 2018, she received the Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship. Leanne leads the band The Deep Cove and is the artistic director a Japanese Canadian arts organization.


Twitter Username: leannedunic

Website: www.leannedunic.com

Khaty Xiong is the author of Poor Anima, which is the first full-length collection of poetry published by a Hmong American woman in the United States. A recipient of the MacDowell Colony fellowship, Xiong has been featured in Poetry, the Academy of American Poets, the New York Times, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: khatyxiong

Website: khatyxiong.com

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R255. Debut Authors: Navigating All the Seasons of Book Publication. (, , , , ) Navigating the time before and after book publication can be a daunting task, one that you'd do well by traversing with the support of your community. This panel of immigrant and working debut women authors who created an email thread six months before their book publications share lessons learned about navigating relationships with publicists, marketers, and editors, using connections to support each other, advocating for yourself, and asking for what you want.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree, a Barnes & Noble Summer 2018 Discover Great New Writers selection. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate.


Twitter Username: ingrid_rojas_c

Crystal Hana Kim is the author of debut novel If You Leave Me. A 2017 PEN America/Dau Short Story Prize winner, she has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Jentel, and more. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.


Twitter Username: crystalhanak

Website: www.crystalhanakim.com

Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant. Her work has been published in Guernica, Granta, Glimmer Train, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.


Twitter Username: zillianzi

Lucy Tan is the author of the novel What We Were Promised. She is a Kundiman Fellow, a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellow, a University of Wisconsin–Madison MFA graduate, and winner of the 2015 Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest.

Lydia Kiesling is the author of a novel The Golden State and the editor of The Millions.


Twitter Username: lydiakiesling

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R256. Can a Character “Happen To Be Queer?”: Writing Diverse vs. Token Characters. (, , , ) How can we avoid writing “token” queer characters and instead create people who participate in our narratives with full complexity and wholehearted representation? How can writers truly enact their best intentions? How can writers ensure that their queer characters (especially POC, disabled, etc.) have a real equity stake in their stories? If it is still controversial to include queer characters, how can we create a practice and a community that makes genuine diversity the norm?

Julia Leslie Guarch's poems appear in The MarquisRain Party & Disaster SocietyThe Vending MachineSunset LiminalPulse/Pulso AnthologyImpossible 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

Thomas Dane is a New York/Florida based playwright and actor. Several of his one act plays have been produced nationally. He holds a BA from the International Fine Arts College in Miami. Currently he writes for The Social Edge, as well as  on the sites of Knowable and Guacamoley.

Jess Silfa is an Afro-Latinx disability and LGBTQ rights advocate. They are working on their first novel about an immigrant community in the South Bronx. 


Twitter Username: jesilfa

Deanna M. Rasch, a recent graduate of the Mile High MFA in Creative Writing Program (Fiction and Poetry) is the author of a young adult fiction novel, Freedom's Cost, and a chapbook, Things I Won't Deny

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R257. New Poets of Native Nations. (, , , , ) Graywolf Press is proud to celebrate the landmark anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, edited by Heid E. Erdrich. Featuring twenty-one poets of Native Nations whose first books were published in the twenty-first century, the anthology highlights a resurgence of Native American poetry publications since the year 2000. Five poets from the Lakota, Dakota, Shawnee, Dine, and Mojave nations perform poetry readings on Indigenous languages, lands, literatures, and more.

Heid E. Erdrich edited New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Heid is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She authored seven books including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Heid teaches poetry/mixed genre at the Low Residency MFA Program of Augsburg University.


Twitter Username: HeidErdrich

Website: heiderdrich.com

Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné, is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Literary Hub, and other publications. Her first book is Rain Scald.

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington She is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, won a 2016 American Book Award. In 2015, Da’ was a Made at Hugo House Fellow and a Jack Straw Fellow. 

Gwen Nell Westerman is a poet and visual artist. She is Dakota, enrolled with Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Her work appears in Yellow Medicine Review, Water-Stone Review, Natural Bridge, and on the Poetry Foundation website. She is the author of Follow the Blackbirds and War Mothers Song (forthcoming).


Twitter Username: GwenWesterman

Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet, musician, and multi-media artist. He received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His books include Wakpá Wanáǧi, Ghost River, Real Indian Junk Jewelry, and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets.

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R258. The Cuba Writers Program Faculty and Alumni Reading. (, , , , ) The Cuba Writers Program launched during the Obama administration to bring writers to Cuba for workshops and engagements with Cuban artists. Its mission is to encourage meaningful interactions between the US and Cuba, and to generate writing that opens transnational dialogue. Join faculty and alumni with various perspectives—Cuban, American, Canadian, citizen, expatriate, traveler—as they share their work exploring issues specific to the Cuba/US dynamic and beyond these boundaries.

Alden Jones is the author of The Wanting Was a Wilderness, Unaccompanied Minors, and The Blind Masseuse, finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award. She is codirector of the Cuba Writers Program and teaches at Emerson College and the Newport MFA Program.


Twitter Username: jones_alden

Website: aldenjones.com

Tim Weed is the author of a novel, Will Poole’s Island—named to Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year—and a short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing. He teaches at GrubStreet and in the Newport MFA, and is the cofounder of the Cuba Writers Program.


Twitter Username: weedlit

Ann Hood is the author of thirteen books, including most recently the novels The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle, as well as 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.

Dariel Suarez is the Cuban-born author of the story collection A Kind Of Solitude, winner of the 2017 Spokane Short Fiction Prize. Dariel is Director of Core Programs and Faculty at GrubStreet, the nation's leading independent creative writing center.


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

Suchita Chadha is a poet with a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, recipient of two senior writing awards: High Distinction in Poetry, and Honorable Mention in Nonfiction. She also represented Emerson at the Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival.


Twitter Username: sucheetah

B116, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R259. How Literary Magazines Cultivate Meaningful Inclusivity. (, , , , ) So you’re looking to publish a more diverse array of voices. Is your branding conveying unintentional biases? How do you broadcast a meaningful message of inclusivity? Our panel, comprised of editors of color from a variety of literary organizations, will describe how to build an infrastructure of inclusivity that considers staffing, mentorship opportunities, and editorial choices as well as other inward- and outward-facing strategies that will actively support and attract writers of color.

Jenn Scheck-Kahn founded Journal of the Month, a service that mails a different literary magazine on a regular basis. Her prose has placed contests hosted by the Atlantic and Glimmer Train, and appeared in a number of literary journals. She earned her MFA in fiction from Bennington College.

Andrew Jimenez is a writer, editor, and literary journal publishing consultant. Former Circulation and Marketing director at The Paris Review, he is now Publishing Director at F(r)iction.

Joyce Chen is a cofounder of The Seventh Wave, a nonprofit arts and literary organization that tackles the most pressing social issues of our time through editorial work, community engagement, and education in classrooms. She has been published in Rolling Stone, People, Paste, LitHub, Narratively, and more.


Twitter Username: joycechenchen

Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor at The Kenyon Review. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Best American Essays. Her book, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, was published last year. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.


Twitter Username: Kothari_Geeta

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R260. Ain’t Got Time to Die: Immortality in the New World . (, , , ) Is it still true that poets are moved by glory, the hope “that in black ink my love may still shine bright,” as Shakespeare put it in Sonnet 65? Do poets still seek the immortality of their works? Should they? Does the immortality of poems matter in a world in which the value of a human life (especially if that life is black, disabled, gay, or a non-English speaker) is so often in danger? This panel considers the value of the idea of immortality to poem and person.

Matthew Zapruder is editor at large for Wave Books, and teaches poetry in the Saint Mary's College of California MFA. His most recent book of poems is Sun BearWhy Poetry, is his book of prose. 


Twitter Username: matthewzapruder

Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal, winner of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers' Award, and named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. She has won a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Poetry Foundation.


Twitter Username: SafiyaSinclair

Jericho Brown celebrates his latest book, The Tradition, at this year's AWP. A Guggenheim fellow and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University, he also wrote Please and The New Testament. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and TIME magazine.


Twitter Username: jerichobrown

Website: jerichobrown.com

Katie Peterson is the author of four books of poetry including The Accounts (winner of the 2014 University of North Texas Rilke Prize) and A Piece of Good News. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

C121-122, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R261. Power, Privilege and Progress: #MeToo and the Impact on Film and Media. (, , , , ) This panel will address how #MeToo has forever changed the landscape of film production, criticism, and pedagogy. Five panelists all involved in some aspect of film and media – producers, writers, critics and academics – discuss recent changes in the industry and what new approaches should be taken to broaden our conversations around film and to encourage responsibility, inclusivity, healing and transformation.

Kavelina Torres is an MFA candidate, a Sundance Native Film alum, and an Alaska Native Playwright's Program alum. Her film, Yugumalleq, is with FNX television and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Her play, Something in The Living Room, raised funds for charity in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Twitter Username: SnowGigglesAK

Andi Zeisler is a writer, editor, cultural critic, and cofounder of the feminist media nonprofit Bitch Media. Her most recent book is We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. She works in Portland, Oregon.


Twitter Username: andizeisler

Dorothy Woodend has been the film critic for The Tyee since 2004. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and books across Canada and the US, as well as a number of international publications.


Twitter Username: DorothyWoodend

Maureen Medved is a writer of fiction, stage, and screen, a film reviewer and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. Her writing has been published and produced internationally. Her film adaptation of her novel won a prize at the 57th Berlinale. Black Star is her second novel.


Twitter Username: maureenmedved1

Maureen Bradley is a Professor at the University of Victoria and teaches screenwriting and film production. Bradley has written and directed over forty short films that have have screened at festivals around the globe. Her award-winning feature film, Two 4 One, is available in six languages on iTunes.

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R262. More Than a Witness: Writing Social Change. (, , , , ) An increasing body of literature not only blurs the boundaries between art and activism, but also transcends our most basic assumptions about what role writers might play in an unjust world. Creative nonfiction—a genre driven by truth and change—is particularly well suited to not only bear witness to injustice, but also to move readers to confront the worst societal wrongs. These writers discuss how they read, teach, write, and publish work that calls us to the art of social change.

Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based professor, curator, activist, and is author of the essay collection The Reckonings, the widely-acclaimed memoir The Other Side, and Trespasses: A Memoir. She teaches creative nonfiction at Rice University.


Twitter Username: lacymjohnson

Website: www.lacymjohnson.com

V.V. Ganeshananthan's debut novel, Love Marriage, was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World's Best of 2008. Her work has appeared in Granta and The New York Times, among others. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, and she was a 2014 NEA and Radcliffe Fellow.


Twitter Username: V_V_G

Website: www.vasugi.com

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson. He is a Professor English and Creative Writing at University of Mississippi and is the author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. His memoir Heavy is forthcoming from Scribner in October 2018.

Wendy S. Walters is the author of Multiply/Divide: Essays on the American Real and Surreal and two books of poetry: Troy, Michigan and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me. She is Associate Dean of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, The New School.


Twitter Username: walterspot

Website: www.wendyswalters.com

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder & A Memoir, which received a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and the Chautauqua Prize, and was named one of the best books of 2017 by The GuardianEntertainment Weekly, and Audible.com. She is an assistant professor at Bowdoin.


Twitter Username: alexandriaml

Website: http://www.alexandria-marzano-lesnevich.com/

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R263. What's Craft Got to Do With It?: On Craft, Race, and the Black Imagination. (, , , , ) In an age when Black authors are on the rise, why is craft still dismissed as "bougie" or adjacent to whiteness? Why are Black narratives analyzed primarily through a sociological or anthropological lens rather than one of literary craft? Why do so many readers and writers still resist the merit of craft when it comes to Black literature? This dialogue examines, confronts, and unpacks the creative and cultural implications and potential of craft within the contemporary Black literary canon.

Dianca London Potts earned her MFA in fiction from the New School and is the former online editor of Well-Read Black Girl. Her work has been featured in Vice, Lenny Letter, Obsidian, and the Village Voice. She is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, VONA Voices alumna, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Jessica Lanay is a poet, short fiction, and art writer. Her poetry has appeared in Fugue, THE COMMON, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and others. Her art writing can be found online at BOMB and ArtSlant. She is a 2018 recipient of a Millay Colony Residency. She is also a Cave Canem Fellow.


Twitter Username: jessi_lanay

Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. His writing appears in SmokeLong Quarterly and Apogee Journal, where he currently serves as Fiction Editor. He holds degrees from Haverford College and Sarah Lawrence College.


Twitter Username: theearldenden

Cole Lavalais received her MFA from Chicago State University. She is a fellow of the Callaloo, VONA, and Kimbilio Writer’s Workshops. Her work has appeared in several print and online literary journals. 


Twitter Username: colelavalais

Website: www.Colelavalais.com

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R264. Companioning Loss: The Role of Children’s Books in Difficult Times. (, , , , ) A young reader writes to an author, “Before I read your book, I thought I was alone.” An author asks, “What book do we write for that child living in the back seat of a dark world?” From death to divorce, books have always helped young people grieve and find the way forward by mirroring and legitimizing their feelings. In these times of heightened crisis, such companionship is needed more than ever. Kid lit authors discuss writing books as witness, bibliotherapy, and lights in the darkness.

Cecil Castellucci is the award winning young adult author of books and graphic novels including Soupy Leaves Home, Don`t Cosplay with My Heart, and Shade the Changing Girl. She was young adult editor of the LA Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and a two-time Macdowell Fellow.


Twitter Username: misscecil

Website: http://www.misscecil.com

Sherri L. Smith writes award-winning YA and middle grade novels, including Flygirl, Orleans, The Toymaker’s Apprentice, and Pasadena. Sherri was a judge for the 2014 National Book Awards Young People's category. She teaches creative writing at Goddard College MFAW and Hamline University MFAC.


Twitter Username: sherril_l_smith

Website: www.sherrilsmith.com

Carrie Arcos is a writer of young adult fiction. She was a National Book Award finalist for her debut novel, Out of Reach. An adjunct professor of English for many years, she returned to teaching High School English in 2017. She is currently working on her fifth novel for young adults.


Twitter Username: carriearcos

Swati Avasthi is the author Split and Chasing Shadows. Split received the International Reading Association Award, Cybils Award, and nominations for fifteen state awards. Chasing Shadows was named a “Best of the Year” by Kirkus, CBC, and YALSA. She teaches at Hamline University.


Twitter Username: swatiavasthi

Website: www.swatiavasthi.com

Elizabeth Leung is a student in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program at UBC. She works as a research assistant examining young adult literature and a teaching assistant in creative writing classes. She is also writing a young adult novel about a sentient AI and teenagers with dyslexia.

D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R265. Go Your Own Way: Plotting the Path to a Writing Career. (, , , , ) A diverse group of writers, teachers, and editors discuss their paths to writing: the pros, cons, and alternatives to the MFA, the importance of making connections in the publishing industry, utilizing resources such as conferences, residencies, fellowships, writing groups, and workshops, plus the benefits and drawbacks of working full or part-time while writing.

Deirdre Sugiuchi is finishing her fundamentalist Christian boot camp memoir, Unreformed. Her work has been featured in Guernica, Electric Literature, the Rumpus, and other places. She lives in Athens, Georgia, where she chairs the New Town Revue Reading Series. She also serves as a public school librarian.


Twitter Username: DJSugi

Anjali Enjeti's essays, articles and criticism have appeared in Longreads, Vice, NPR, Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Star Tribune, NBC, and Pacific Standard. She is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle and teaches nonfiction at the Etowah Valley MFA program at Reinhardt University.


Twitter Username: anjalienjeti

Website: anjalienjeti.com

Amanda Miska runs Split Lip Press, and is former EIC of Split Lip Magazine. She received her MFA from American University. Her essays and fiction can be found at The Rumpus, Hobart, Wigleaf, the Prairie Schooner blog, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She exists online at amandamiska.com.


Twitter Username: akmiska

Laura Catherine Brown is the author of two novels, Made By Mary and Quickening, which was featured in Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writer series. Her short stories have appeared in Bellingham Review, Monkeybicycle, Tin House, and several other literary magazines.


Twitter Username: lauracbrown

Sean Smith (writing as Charlie J. Eskew). Charlie J. Eskew is the writer of two speculative works, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, a speculative work of satire, and Judges: Where the Light Lay Still a prequel to the Judge Dredd series.


Twitter Username: CJEskew

Website: www.askeweskew.com

D133-134, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R266. UnBiography: Creating Fictional Characters from Factual People. (, , , , ) Transfiguring historical figures into fictional characters asks the writer to grapple not only with craft challenges, but questions of genre, ethics, and research. Does the artist who uses a real subject for inspiration inevitably become Robert de Montesquiou’s “thief of souls”? How faithful can or should writers be to the historical record? How do writers research that record without becoming paralyzed by it? Panelists will discuss big picture questions and offer practical suggestions.

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


Twitter Username: horrockscaitlin

Jasmin Darznik is the author of the novel Song of a Captive Bird and a memoir, The Good Daughter. She is a professor in the MFA and Writing and Literature programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


Twitter Username: jasmindarznik

Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novels The Fortunes and The Welsh Girl, and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Harpers, Granta, The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories.

Zachary Lazar is the author of five books, including the novels Sway, l I Pity the Poor Immigrant, and Vengeance. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Tulane University.

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of two story collections, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, and Almost Famous Women, and a forthcoming novel. She is the Director of the Breadloaf Environmental Writers Program at Middlebury College, and the Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington.


Twitter Username: mayhewbergman

Website: www.mayhewbergman.com

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R267. Surveillance in the Borderlands: A Reading by Southwest Writers. (, , , ) President Trump plans to send troops to secure the border “to stop the flow of deadly drugs, gang members, and illegal aliens into this country.” Five writers from the Southwest stage a performance dialogue about contemporary surveillance practices impacting communities in the borderlands. What aesthetic challenges to presenting the material conditions of the border arise across our genres? We present textual pathways toward enacting ethical ethnography, solidarity, and critical resistance.

Raquel Gutiérrez is an Arizona-based poet, prose writer, and essayist. She publishes chapbooks with Econo Textual Objects. Her work explores tensions and creates intimate portraits of being a brown, queer child of immigrants. She holds a Master's degree in Performance Studies from New York University


Twitter Username: raquefella

Website: www.raquelgutierrez.net

Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: The Market Wonders, Utopia Minus, and Pioneers in the Study of Motion. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona.


Twitter Username: UtopiaMinus

Website: http://english.arizona.edu/users/susan-briante

Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of novels, collections of short stories, and a poetry book. She is a distinguished professor of Hispanic Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She has theorized the link between writing and community in our violent times.


Twitter Username: criveragarza

Website: cristinariveragarza.com

Karina Hodoyán is a Professor of Modern & Classical Languages and Director of the MA in Migration Studies at USF. She received an MA in Comp Lit from SFSU with an emphasis on Interamerican Literature and Culture and a PhD from the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University.

D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R268. Literary Outreach: Empowerment & Resistance with NYU’s Creative Writing Program. (, , , ) Beginning in 1986 at a state hospital for the physically challenged, NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Outreach Program now also includes a workshop for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, creative writing programming in NYC public schools, and on-site literary arts therapy for hospitalized children. This panel looks at the importance of literary outreach to an MFA program’s sense of community and engagement, and its significance in this urgent political moment as a form of mobilization and resistance.

Deborah Landau's fourth collection, Soft Targets, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in spring 2019. 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

Sharon Olds is most recently the author of Odes, and Stag’s Leap, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the T.S Eliot Prize (UK). She teaches in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at New York University.

Javier Zamora is a 2018–2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Lannan Foundation, the NEA, Poetry Foundation, and Stanford. His poems appear in Kenyon Review, Poetry, and the New York Times. He is the author of Unaccompanied.


Twitter Username: jzsalvipoet

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus. She is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Southern California and the Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.


Twitter Username: thesablevenus

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R269. A Tribute to Tom Sleigh. (, , , , ) Over the course of a career that has spanned four decades, Tom Sleigh has made a notable contribution to American letters—primarily as a poet, but also as a journalist and critic. His consummately crafted poems display great aesthetic breadth and an ever-deepening social consciousness. His reportage from locales such as Iraq, Somalia, and Lebanon reflect an abiding search for moral and political truth, one that represents writing of witness at its best.

Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics, Groundspeed, and Empty Clip. Her poetry appears in Agni, Boston Review, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She's an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Twitter Username: gracefulemilia

Website: http://emiliaphillips.com

Kathleen Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, The Eternal City and Correspondence. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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

David Wojahn's ninth collection of poetry, For the Scribe, was issued in the Pitt Poetry Series in 2017. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner award. Yapa’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in GuernicaO MagazinePoets & WritersLitHub, and others. He teaches in the MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.


Twitter Username: sunilyapa

Website: www.sunilyapa.com

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R270. Teaching By the Book: The Teaching Press in Higher Ed. (, , , , ) Oxford University Press, Colorado State University, Washington State University, and Chemeketa Community College advance their educational missions through publishing. From the granddaddy of university presses to the next generation of publishing in higher education, this panel of editors will examine what teaching presses new and old can learn from each other. Panelists will discuss how to build and sustain publishing programs at the community college, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

Stephanie Lenox is the author of three collections of poetry: The Business, Congress of Strange People, and The Heart That Lies Outside the Body. She is co-author of Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology. She works as an instructional editor at Chemeketa Press in Salem, Oregon.


Twitter Username: StephLenox

Website: www.stephanielenox.com

Stephanie G'Schwind is the editor of Colorado Review and director of the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. She is also coeditor, with Donald Revell, of the Mountain West Poetry Series and editor of the anthology Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood.

Bryan Fry is the Editor-in-Chief of Blood Orange Review as well as the Editing and Publishing Coordinator in the English department at Washington State University. His essays have appeared in Brevity, Front Porch, and South Dakota Review.


Twitter Username: Bryan_J_Fry

Richard Carlin is the author of several books on popular music, including Godfather of the Music Business: The Life and Times of Morris Levy. He works for Oxford University Press where he is Executive Editor for College Music and Art textbooks.

Steve Richardson is the founding director of Chemeketa Press. He works with faculty to develop effective textbook manuscripts and then publishes them in affordable editions. Prior to this, he taught composition with care and imagination for twenty-five years. His book, The Humble Essay, is still around.

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R271. Chronic Illness and the Writer. (, , , , ) Chronic illness, whether mental or physical, puts writers into nebulous territory. These largely invisible disabilities present unique issues. How do physical limitations and mental afflictions curtail productivity? How does the reality of illness show up on our pages? How do cultural attitudes toward chronic illness push writers to go beyond their limits in effort to prove that they’re not constrained or defined solely by their maladies?

Noley Reid is author of the novels Pretend We Are Lovely and In the Breeze of Passing Things and the story collection So There!. Her essays and fiction appear in the Rumpus, Bustle, the Lily, Tin House, and LitHub. She is a freelance writer and editor.


Twitter Username: NoleyReid

Website: www.NoleyReid.com

Ilana Masad is a queer Israeli-American fiction writer, essayist, and book critic. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, Bitch magazine, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and more. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories podcast.


Twitter Username: ilanaslightly

Website: slightlyignorant.com

Nafissa Thompson-Spires is the author of the forthcoming short story collection Heads of the Colored People and a forthcoming novel. Her fiction has appeared in various literary magazines. She teaches creative writing and TV studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign.


Twitter Username: @TisforThompson

Lorraine Berry reviews books for Signature Reads and The Guardian. Her work has appeared places such as LitHub, Diagram, Flavorwire, Marie Claire, Redbook, and ReWire. She has contributed radio stories to Snap Judgment and Definitely Not the Opera. She and her partner own amberSands Creative.


Twitter Username: BerryFLW

Website: http://ambersands.net

Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of the novel The Australian. She has taught creative writing at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and most recently with the Bard Prison Initiative. Her fiction, essays, humor, and interviews have appeared widely in print and online.


Twitter Username: ESmithStevens

Website: http://emmasmithstevens.com/

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R272. Un-Workshop: Towards an Expansive Critical Response For Writers . (, , , , ) In "MFA vs POC," Junot Díaz writes: "When I think on it now what's most clear to me is how easily ours could have been a dope workshop." Given that the workshop almost always magnifies negative power structures, how do we get to this dope workshop? What do we do instead? Is there a way to recreate the transcendent moments of workshop without the tears? Five writer/educators share their Un-Workshop methods, what has worked, what hasn't, what possibilities they've glimpsed along the way.

Carson Beker is a writer and storyteller, cofounder of The Escapery Writing Unschool, a Lambda Fiction Fellow, and Tin House Fiction Scholar. Their plays have been produced in the Bay Area, and their stories have appeared in Foglifter (Pushcart nominee), Gigantic Sequins, and Bourbon Penn.


Twitter Username: carsonbeker

Nancy Au’s stories appear in Tahoma Literary ReviewLunch TicketThe Pinch, among many others. She teaches creative writing to biology majors at California State University, Stanislaus. Her flash fiction is included in Best Small Fictions 2018. Her full-length collection of short stories is forthcoming.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and the author of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. She collaborates with other artists to expand readership for poetry and to center the narratives of marginalized voices. White is an assistant professor of English at Colby College.


Twitter Username: arisaw

Website: arisawhite.com

Miah Jeffra is author of The First Church of What's Happening. They have been awarded the New Millennium Prize, Sidney Lanier Fiction Prize, and fellowships and residencies from Ragdale, Hub City Writers Project and Lambda Literary Fellowship. They are editor of Foglifter Press.

Ploi Pirapokin's work is featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, the Bellingham Review, and other journals. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Clarion Writer's Workshop, Kundiman, and others. She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University.


Twitter Username: ppirapokin

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R273. #MeToo, Girlhood: Writing and Subverting Childhood Sexual Violence Narratives. (, , , ) Writers discuss creating narratives of girlhood sexual trauma, share influences and craft advice, and offer strategies for overcoming the challenges of writing these stories. The writers on this panel create works that subvert common victim narratives—via humor, style, non-linearity, narrator agency, lack of disclosure, and more—as well as examine the intersections of gender, race, class, inherited trauma, and sexual identity on narratives of sexual violence.

TaraShea Nesbit is the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize. Her essays are featured in Granta, The Guardian, and Salon. Her second novel, Beheld, is forthcoming in 2020. She teaches at Miami University.


Twitter Username: t_nesbit

Website: www.tarasheanesbit.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

Amy Jo Burns is the author of Cinderland, and her writing has appeared in Salon, Good Housekeeping, The Rumpus, Tin House Online, and Electric Literature. Her novel Shiner is forthcoming.


Twitter Username: amyjoburns

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, winner of the River Teeth Book Prize and the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, 2016.


Twitter Username: professorbgirl

Website: http://www.angelamorales.net

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R274. Selfish, Sleepless, Self-Deprecating: Parents on Children and the Writing Life. (, , , , ) Karl Ove Knausgård recently told an interviewer he's never composed so much as now, when the echoes of children fill his writing life: "You have to lower your self-criticism. You can't afford it." By contrast, Picador celebrated 16 writers' decisions not to have kids in a 2015 anthology that describes "meandering, sometimes agonizing paths." In what ways does this "choice" inform, constrain, even liberate working writers? Five parents offer Western perspectives from nonfiction and other genres.

Raul Benjamin Moreno teaches English at Clark College, advises student media at Washington State University Vancouver, and edits nonfiction for South Dakota Review. His essays and stories have been published by Quarterly West, The Normal School, Drunken Boat, and The Millions, among other outlets.


Twitter Username: rbmoreno

Website: http://www.rbmoreno.info/

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

Elizebett (Liz) Eslinger (MPA, BA English) is Executive Director of Write Around Portland. She elevates underrepresented voices, builds community and creates social change through the power of writing. Liz is a new mom, essayist, poet and editor of Roads Less Traveled and Oregon Ghost Towns series.

Aaron Gilbreath has written essays for Harper's, Kenyon Review, Brick, Black Warrior Review, Paris Review, The New York Times, Southwest Review, and The Threepenny Review. An editor at Longreads, he is the author of This Is: Essays on Jazz and the personal essay collection Everything We Don't Know.


Twitter Username: AaronGilbreath

Erika Hayasaki is an associate professor in the Literary Journalism Program at UC Irvine. She is the author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life. She regularly writes features for The Atlantic and WIRED. She is also a 2018 Alicia Patterson Fellow.


Twitter Username: erikahayasaki

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R275. Anxiety, Envy, and Other Deadly Sins. (, , , , ) Anxiety and envy have always been part of writers’ lives, particularly when we compare our successes (and failures) to those of others. In the age of social media, where our peers' accomplishments are constantly on display, it’s easy to feel insecure. But avoiding these powerful platforms for promotion and literary conversation isn’t always an option. Panelists discuss how they navigate these uncertainties and strategies for remembering and maintaining the pleasures of the writing itself.

Mark Neely is the author of Beasts of the Hill and Dirty Bomb. His awards include an NEA Poetry Fellowship, an Indiana Individual Artist grant, and the FIELD Poetry Prize. He is Professor of English at Ball State University.


Twitter Username: markneelywriter

Website: www.markneely.com

Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl. Her work has received an American Book Award and a PEN/Jerard Award, among other honors. She teaches in and directs the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.


Twitter Username: bichminhnguyen

Website: www.bichminhnguyen.com

R.O. Kwon is the author of a novel, The Incendiaries, and is a co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, Kink. The recipient of an NEA fellowship for fiction, she has also received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, Omi International, Bread Loaf, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.


Twitter Username: rokwon

Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center.


Twitter Username: a2poet

Website: marcuswicker.com

Nick White is the author of the novel 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

F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R276. Listen, Disrupt, Collide: Generative Approaches to the Writing Workshop. (, , , , ) “Old Faithful,” a.k.a. the traditional workshop model, is the foundation for our creative writing pedagogy, but has it evolved to meet the needs of all participants? How might the space of a workshop be more inclusive, dynamic, challenging, productive? Panelists offer activities and prompts inspired by non-institutional practices. When emerging writers engage in these revitalized modes, empowered by their own discoveries, the progress in the work is evident: risks are taken, leaps are made.

Sheryda Warrener is the author of two poetry collections, most recently Floating is Everything. In 2017, she won the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. She lives in Vancouver, where she’s a lecturer in the Creative Writing program at University of British Columbia and facilitates Artspeak Gallery’s Studio for Emerging Writers.

Ian Williams is the author of Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize; Not Anyone’s Anything, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are. His most recent book is the novel, Reproduction. He teaches at University of British Columbia.


Twitter Username: ianwillwrite

Hoa Nguyen lives in Toronto where she teaches poetics and creative writing at Ryerson University, Bard College, Miami University and privately. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks, including Violet Energy Ingots, recipient of a 2017 Griffin Prize for Poetry nomination.


Twitter Username: peacehearty

Website: http://www.hoa-nguyen.com/

Heather Jessup teaches at Langara College in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam. Her first novel The Lightning Field was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award. Her second book is This Is Not a Hoax: Unsettling Truth in Canadian Culture.

Jen Currin is the author of five books, including Hider/Seeker (stories) and the poetry collections School, which was a finalist for three awards, and The Inquisition Yours, which won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. She teaches creative writing at Kwantlen University in Surrey, BC.

F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R277. Image and Text: Crossing Media, Crossing Genre. (, , , , ) Photographs, scientific illustrations, captioning, paintings. Poetry, documentary novels, lyric essays. How do the interactions between text and image allow poems, novels, essays, and memoirs to travel temporally, geographically, and generically? The writers on this panel discuss the ways they have put text and image into conversation in order to explore personal and public histories, identity, and memory as well as the porousness of genre.

Joanna Luloff is the author of the short story collection The Beach at Galle Road and the novel Remind Me Again What Happened. She is an Assistant Professor at The University of Colorado Denver where she edits fiction and nonfiction for Copper Nickel.


Twitter Username: joluloff

Website: www.joannaluloff.com

Jena Osman's book of poems, Motion Studies, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Press. Other books include Corporate Relations, Public Figures, and The Network (selected for the 2009 National Poetry Series). She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Temple University.


Twitter Username: JenaOs

Website: jenaosman.com

Matt Donovan is the author of Vellum, which won the Bakeless Prize in Poetry. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in journals such as AGNI, Kenyon Review, Threepenny Review, and VQR. Donovan is the recipient of a Rome Prize, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an NEA fellowship.

Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry (most recently, If the Tabloids are True What are You?) and two children's books. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and a Guggenheim fellowship, Matthea teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

Paisley Rekdal is the author, most recently, of The Broken Country and Imaginary Vessels. Her forthcoming book of poetry is Nightingale. A Guggenheim fellow and Utah's poet laureate, she teaches at the University of Utah, where she edits the web archive project Mapping Salt Lake City.


Twitter Username: paisleyrekdal

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R278. Building the Table: Carving Out PoC Creative Spaces. (, , , , ) Black and brown communities have been traditionally underrepresented in academia and publishing. The proverbial seat at the table has been denied to PoC time and time again. Sometimes you need to build your own table. The founders of Pink Door Writing Retreat for Women and GNC Writers of Color, The Watering Hole, and BlackNerdProblems discuss their specific reasons for creating and maintaining PoC-only spaces, the rewards and challenges, and strategies to grow, fund, and tend to them.

Nicole Homer, author of Pecking Order, is Editor and regular contributor at BlackNerdProblems, serves as faculty at the Pink Door Writing Retreat for Women and GNC Writers of Color, and is a fellow of The Watering Hole and Callaloo. She teaches at Mercer County Community College. @realnicolehomer


Twitter Username: realnicolehomer

Candace Wiley is cofounder/director of The Watering Hole, a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, Callaloo Fellow, and former Fulbright Fellow who teaches at Clemson University. Her afrofuturist work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Prairie Schooner, pluck!, Jasper, Yemassee, and Illuminations, among other publications.


Twitter Username: iamcandace1

Monifa Lemons recognized as SelahthePoet, is Cofounder/Director of The Watering Hole Poetry Organization, which provides continuing education to southern poets of color. Monifa is a staple in the Spoken Word poetry community in the southeast region since 1998. 


Twitter Username: selahthepoet

Website: www.twhpoetry.org

Rachel McKibbens is the author of three full-length books of poetry: blud, Into the Dark & Emptying Field, and Pink Elephant, as well as the chapbook Mammoth. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and founder of the Pink Door Writing Retreat.


Twitter Username: RachelMcKibbens

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R279. The Anthology: A Collaborative Approach to Balancing Content, Cover, and Title. (, , , , ) Five panelists discuss creating an anthology: balancing title and cover art with selections from over sixty poets and writers from around the world. As authors, editors, and visual artists, the panelists come from distinct regions and cultural backgrounds. And while publishers have the final say, the aim is for all to be satisfied with the result. Countering the often divisive and competitive tone of our times, panelists present a model for collaboration and the creative spirit in action.

Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire. She holds a BA in Fine Art Painting from Camberwell School of Art in London and a MA in Creative Writing from Norwich University. Jane is a founding editor at independent press, great weather for MEDIA.


Twitter Username: greatweatherfor

Venus de Mars is the front-founding member of glam-punk/trans-band "Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses," a core artist of "Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery," and is writing a memoir. She has illustrated covers for Holy Cow! Press, and contributed art used by Great Weather for Media and others.


Twitter Username: venusdemars

Website: www.venusdemars.com

David Lawton wrote the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream. A graduate of the acting program at Boston University, he was also Guest Artist in the graduate play writing classes taught by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. The 2009 Herbert Huncke tribute reading he curated is legend in post-beat New York.

Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on five national slam teams.

Mary McLaughlin Slechta is author of the poetry collection Wreckage on a Watery Moon, three chapbooks, and a novel, The Spoonmaker's Diamond. She's taught at the Chautauqua Institute in New York and joined the editorial staff of great weather for Media after serving as guest fiction editor in 2014.

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R280. PSA Presents: Dorothea Lasky, Roger Reeves, and Solmaz Sharif. (, , , ) A reading featuring three nationally recognized, award-winning, distinct contemporary poets. The audience will hear selections from these poets’ lauded recent collections, in addition to new work.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Milk and most recently Rome. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Codirector of Columbia Artist/Teachers at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She lives in New York City.


Twitter Username: dorothealasky

Solmaz Sharif is the author of Look, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Granta, the New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.


Twitter Username: nsabugsme

Website: solmazsharif.com

Awarded a 2014-2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Roger Reeves poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House. His first book, King Me, is with Copper Canyon Press.

Kimiko Hahn finds material from disparate sources: black lung, Japanese zuihitsu, science as in Brain Fever one of her 9 collections. Awards include a Guggenheim. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Translation, Queens College-CUNY and is board president of Poetry Society of America.

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R280B. A Reading & Conversation with Rebecca Makkai and Tayari Jones, Sponsored by the Authors Guild. (, ) Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage was a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction. She also received the 2005 Lillian Smith Book Award for The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow was an Indie Next selection. Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, and an O Magazine selection, and her second novel, The Hundred-Year House, was chosen as the Chicago Writers Association’s novel of the year. This discussion will be moderated by Lesley Nneka Arimah.

Tayari Jones, a New York Times-bestselling author, is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her work appears in Tin House, the Believer, the New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA fellowship, and Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. Silver Sparrow joined the Big Read library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, as well as The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Makkai has taught at the Tin House Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.
Twitter Username: rebeccamakkai

Website: www.rebeccamakkai.com

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R281. The Influence Lab. (, , , , ) Poets discuss the power and dangers of influence. What, for example, are the hazards of appropriation? The pleasure of homage, borrowing, theft, allusion? This panel illuminates ongoing conversations poets have with their precursors, examining how contemporary poets have challenged, extended, deepened, and reinhabited earlier texts and art. Highlighting the many kinds of influence that fuel our work, this panel provides useful strategies for transforming a classroom into an "Influence Lab."

Catherine Barnett has received the James Laughlin Award, a Guggenheim, and a Whiting. Her third book of poems, Human Hours, was published last fall. Author of The Game of Boxes and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, she is core faculty at NYU and is a distinguished lecturer at Hunter.

Hafizah Geter's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New YorkerMcSweeney's, Tin House, Boston ReviewGulf CoastNarrative Magazine, among others. On the board of VIDA, she is an Editor at Little A from Amazon Publishing.


Twitter Username: RhetoricAndThis

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Vievee Francis is the author of three poetry collections, Blue-Tail FlyHorse 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.

Michael Morse is the author of Void and Compensation, which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. He teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and he is a poetry editor at The Literary Review.


Twitter Username: michaelmorse66

Website: michaelmorsepoetry.com

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R282A. Travelogue in Flames: Writing the Limit of Cultural Exchange. (, , , ) Travel writing works on the promise of cultural exchange. Whatever its mode, travelogue functions by assembling a takeaway—but what if writers have ethical, emotional, or creative hesitations about taking anything? How can a writer interrogate subjectivity without further privileging? Tours in a nation yours invaded, unreasonable boredom abroad, guilt of vacationing where others can’t leave: four writers discuss interventions in a form still asking us for souvenirs.

Nabil Kashyap is the author of The Obvious Earth, a collection of essays. His work has appeared in Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Full Stop, Seneca Review and elsewhere. A librarian at Swarthmore College, he lives in Philadelphia.


Twitter Username: _nabilk

Caren Beilin is the author of an autofiction, Spain, and a novel, The University of Pennsylvania. Her writing appears in Fence, The Offing, and Los Angeles Review of Books. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Hilary Plum's books include Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and Watchfires, winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. She teaches at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program, and she is associate director of the CSU Poetry Center.

Steven Dunn is the author of the novels Potted Meat and Water & Power. Some of his work can be found in Granta, Blink Ink Print, and Best of Small Fictions 2018. He is currently an MFA candidate at Goddard College.


Twitter Username: ScDunnJr

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R282B. How to Talk About Yourself in Nonfiction. (, , , , ) What makes a first-person voice engaging? Conveying yourself in personal essays and memoir is surprisingly hard. The rise of digital journalism has pushed nonfiction writers to be relatable, but many still reveal too little about themselves. Others disclose too much. Great first-person voices, in contrast, strike a balance between personal disclosure and factual context. In a lively conversational format, this panel of essayists and journalists explores the challenge of taking yourself public.

Martha Nichols is the Editor-in-Chief of Talking Writing, a digital literary magazine. Her personal essays and features have been widely published in journals such as Utne Reader, Salon, and Women's Review of Books. She teaches in the journalism program at Harvard University Extension School.


Twitter Username: talkingwriting

Website: http://athenashead.com

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 sixth edition. He's nonfiction writer in residence in the Solstice MFA program.

Phillip Lopate has written over twenty books, most recently, Portrait Inside My HeadTo Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction and A Mother's Tale. He has also edited the anthology Art of the Personal Essay, and is a MFA nonfiction professor at Columbia University.

Yi Shun Lai has written for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Bustle. She edits prose at, and is co-owner of, the Tahoma Literary Review. She is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program and teaches creative writing at the University of La Verne.


Twitter Username: gooddirt

Website: http://www.thegooddirt.org

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of seven books including Reclaimers, about people reclaiming sacred land and water, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and three essay collections. She teaches in the Antioch University MFA program and lives in the North Cascades.


Twitter Username: amspagna

Website: www.anamariaspagna.com

Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R285. The Author Platform: A Contemporary Cornerstone of Literary Success. (, , , ) These days, agents are largely unwilling to take a chance on an author without a marketing platform. So how will you stand out? Will you create an author website, blog, or social media profile? Or will you attend in-store events, library readings, and podcast recordings? Deciding how to build your author platform is the single most important thing you can do for your writing career. This panel coaches authors to develop their own brand as a representation of their sales potential.

Kaley Kiermayr is Senior Editor and Marketing Director for F(r)iction magazine and literary nonprofit Tethered by Letters. She currently lives in Boston, where she enjoys getting involved with LGBTQ+ literature and writing projects.


Twitter Username: jagermayr

Erin Harris is an MFA graduate and a literary agent at Folio Literary Management. She represents literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and young adult. Her clients include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Carla Power; NYT Editor's Choice novelist Daniel Levine; and Pushcart Prize winner Allegra Hyde.


Twitter Username: ErinHarrisFolio

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

Isaac Marion's debut novel, Warm Bodies became a New York Times bestseller and inspired a major film adaptation. He released the fourth and final book in the Warm Bodies Series in 2018. He currently lives in Seattle where he plays in the band Thing Quartet.


Twitter Username: isaacinspace

Amanda Annis joined Trident Media Group as an agent in 2015. Previously, she was an editor at Penguin Random House where she worked on New York Times bestsellers, Oprah selections, and award-winning books. 

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R285B. Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear. (Joy Harjo, Pamela Uschuk, Patricia Wesley) An anthology of 119 American writers, Truth To Power was published by Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts which has a booth at the Bookfair. Proceeds from sales of Truth To Power go to the ACLU, Standing Rock Sioux Water Protectors, Southern Poverty Law Center, International Immigration Law Center and Friends of the Earth. This is the first reading from it in the Pacific Northwest. Readers include Joy Harjo, LeAnn Howe, Richard Jackson, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and Garrett Hongo.

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R286. Storms. (, , , , ) The poet Shelley said, "Writers are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." In this way, young adult literature, through its focus on literal and figurative storms, plunges into the dangers of tumultuous politics and social issues. This panel, comprised of five writers, two of whom teach Children's Writing, explores the waves of discontent in the lives and the world of Young Adult Literature, functioning as its own form of political and social action.

Pamela L. Laskin teaches graduate Children's Writing and directs the Poetry Outreach Center at the City College. Several of her poetry collections and books for children have been published—Ronit and Jamil, a Palestinian/Israeli Romeo and Juliet.


Twitter Username: RonitandJamil

Website: http://sites.google.com/site/iraandpam

Suzanne Weyn is best known for her award-winning Bar Code Tattoo trilogy and her eco-thriller, Empty. She teaches writing at the City University of New York and at Medgar Evers College. Her comedic middle grade novel, Snapstreak, came out in 2018. Find her at suzanneweynbooks.com.


Twitter Username: SuzanneWeyn

Caroline Bock's debut short story collection, Carry Her Home, won the 2018 Fiction Prize from the Washington Writers' Publishing House and will be published in October, 2018. She is also the author of two young adult novels: LIE and Before My Eyes.


Twitter Username: cabockwrites

Website: www.carolinebock.com

Lyn Di Iorio teaches at CUNY and is writing a book of short stories about Hurricane Maria's effects on Puerto Rico, which was awarded an Advanced Research Collaborative Distinguished Fellowship and a CUNY Book Completion Award. Her novel-in-progress was shortlisted for a 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom award.

Marilyn Nelson is a recipient of the Frost Medal, the NSK Neustadt Award, the NCTE Poetry Award, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and Poet-in-Residence of The Poets Corner at he Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Her most recently published books are My Seneca Village and American Ace

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R287. Tribute to the Life and Work of Poet Charles Simic on His 80th Birthday. (, , , ) Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938, Charles Simic, who turned 80 in 2018, came to the US as a teenager barely speaking English, ended up being appointed Fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, winning a Pulitzer Prize among many awards, publishing over fifty books, including his own poetry, memoirs, criticism, as well as translations of Yugoslavian poets, and teaching English and Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire for over thirty years.

Biljana D. Obradović is a Serbian American poet (with three collections, the newest being, Incognito, Word Tech Communications 2017), a translator (including Anthology Cat Painters of Serbian Poetry, Dialogos Press 2016), and she teaches at Xavier University of LA in New Orleans.


Twitter Username: bdobradovic1

Website: http://biljanaobradovic.wordpress.com

Danuta Hinc is a Senior Lecturer at University of Maryland where she teaches writing. She is the recipient of the Barry Hannah Merit Scholarship in Fiction from Bennington College where she received her MFA in Fiction. Hinc is the author of the novel To Kill the Other.


Twitter Username: DanutaHinc

Website: https://danutahinc.contently.com

Bruce Weigl is Distinguished Professor in Arts and Humanities at the Lorain County Community College. He is the author, editor, translator, and co-translator of over twenty-five books, including critical studies of Charles Simic and James Dickey. His most recent collection of poetry, The Abundance of Nothing, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

Former Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane is Professor Emeritus at Northwestern State U, now teaching in the low-res MFA program at Western State Colorado U. A National Poetry Series and Donald Justice Prize winner, she coedited Nasty Women Poets: An Anthology of Subversive Verse with Grace Bauer.


Twitter Username: juliekanepoet

Website: http://www.juliekanepoet.com

A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R288. Thirty-Five Years After How to Suppress Women’s Writing. (, , ) In 1983, the University of Texas Press published Joanna Russ’s landmark How to Suppress Women’s Writing, which enumerated and elaborated on the many ways women writers had been kept out of the canon. Almost forty years later, it remains distressingly true that, as Russ wrote, “If certain people are not supposed to have the ability to produce ‘great’ literature, and if this supposition is one of the means used to keep such people in their place, the ideal situation… is one in which such people is one in which such people are prevented from producing any literature at all."

Ann Garvin, PD. is the author of the USA Today Bestselling book I Like You Just Fine When You're Not AroundThe Dog Year, and On Maggie's Watch. Professor at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and Miami University MFA, she coruns The 5th Semester, and she is the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers.


Twitter Username: anngarvin_

Karen Karbo is the author of fifteen award-winning novels and works of nonfiction. Her novels have all been named NY Times Notable Books. She is an NEA Fellow in Fiction and winner of an Oregon Book Award for her memoir, The Stuff of Life. Her most recent book is In Praise of Difficult Women.


Twitter Username: karbohemia

Reema Zaman is an award-winning author, speaker, actress, and Oregon Literary Arts' Writer of Color Fellow. Her debut memoir, I Am Yours, explores the difficulties, danger, and ultimately, necessity of women owning and using their voice. As a speaker, she speaks on the power we humans hold within.


Twitter Username: ReemaZaman

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R289. Queering Genre Boundaries: The Speculative and Fantastic in LGBTQ+ Writing. (, , , , ) Speculative fiction allows writers to reflect reality not as it is, but as it could be. This can be a powerful tool to challenge societal conventions and reader expectations of gender and sexuality. Panelists will offer strategies for wielding this tool to write towards the queer future we need to see in the world. Queer writing often occupies a liminal space by default, so we’ll also look at ways to challenge both the gender and the genre/literary binary with a focus on intersectionality.

Dr. Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache scientist and writer. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple places, including Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Mythic Delirium, Cicada Magazine, and Lightspeed.


Twitter Username: shiningcomic

Nino Cipri is a queer and trans/nonbinary writer, researcher, and editor, and an MFA candidate at the University of Kansas. Nino's work has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Publishers Weekly, Autostraddle, In the Fray, Interfictions, Fireside Magazine, and other venues.


Twitter Username: ninocipri

R. Lemberg's debut poetry collection Marginalia to Stone Bird was a Crawford Award finalist in 2017. They also edited two LGBTQIA+ and feminist speculative poetry anthologies. As R. Perelmutter, they are an associate professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas.


Twitter Username: roselemberg

Nicole Rivas is author of the flash fiction chapbook A Bright and Pleading Dagger. She teaches writing courses at Georgia Southern University.


Twitter Username: nicolemrivas

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R290. Best of Luck Publishing This Elsewhere: Editors on Rejecting. (, , , , ) There are a lot of reasons an editor might reject a given piece. But are there categorical “sins” that get work rejected? Is there anything writers can do to improve their odds of getting published? Is it detrimental to even think of publishing as a numbers game? Five editors discuss the aesthetic, qualitative, and ethical considerations involved in rejecting poetry, prose, and manuscripts.

Bryce Emley is Poetry Editor of Raleigh Review and works in marketing at the University of New Mexico Press. His poetry, essays, and fiction appear widely, and he is the author of the prose chapbook Smoke & Glass.

Felicia Zamora authored the books Of Form & Gather& in Open, Marvel and Instrument of Gaps. Winner of the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, she published two chapbooks, and she was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, Colorado, and is associate poetry editor for Colorado Review.

Ross White is the director of the Durham, North Carolina-based Bull City Press. He teaches creative writing at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, edits Four Way Review, and is the administrative director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry. He is the author of two chapbooks from Unicorn Press.


Twitter Username: rosswhite

Website: http://rosswhite.com

Yi Shun Lai has written for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Bustle. She edits prose at, and is co-owner of, the Tahoma Literary Review. She is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program and teaches creative writing at the University of La Verne.


Twitter Username: gooddirt

Website: http://www.thegooddirt.org

Eilis O'Neal is Editor-in-Chief of Nimrod International Journal and the author of the young adult fantasy novel The False Princess. She has served as Nimrod's Editor for six years; prior to being named Editor, she served as Nimrod's Managing Editor for eleven years.


Twitter Username: eilisoneal

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R291. Holocaust Poetics: Writing the Traumatized Past and Present. (, , , , ) As David Eng and David Kazanjian explain, “the past remains steadfastly alive for the political work of the present.” In this era of uncertainty and unrest, five poets whose writing focuses on the Holocaust discuss how poems about past atrocities can serve as models for addressing current traumas. Through their use of forms such as the litany and the elegy, they offer lyric strategies that other poets can employ, not only to represent the Shoah but also to confront the present.

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.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach is a poet and PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where she researches American poetry about the Holocaust. She is the author of the chapbook The Bear Who Ate the Stars and has held fellowships from Bread Loaf and the Auschwitz Jewish Center.


Twitter Username: julkdas

Luisa Muradyan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Gulf Coast. She is the recipient of a CLASS fellowship from the University of Houston and the recipient of the 2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Her book, American Radiance, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.


Twitter Username: Luisa_Muradyan

Jason Schneiderman is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Primary Source. He is the editor of the anthology Queer. He is Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.


Twitter Username: kafkaboy

Yerra Sugarman is the author of two poetry collections: Forms of Gone and The Bag of Broken Glass. She has received an NEA fellowship in poetry, among other honors. She holds a PhD from the University of Houston, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo.

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R292. Better Later? Success and the Late Blooming Woman Author. (, , , , ) Women who come to writing and publishing later in life face a landscape tainted with sexism and ageism. How do women, particularly women of color, LGBTQ, or with disabilities, who first publish after 50, favorably negotiate such a landscape? Do we define success differently than younger writers? How does success in earlier careers affect our aspirations as writers? Finally, how does intersectionality further trouble this mix?

Ellen Meeropol is the author of three novels, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island and House Arrest. She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. She serves as Board President of Straw Dog Writers Guild.


Twitter Username: EllenMeeropol

Website: www.ellenmeeropol.com

Cynthia Bond is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Her debut novel Ruby was an Oprah Book Club selection and was short-listed for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Baileys Prize. A PEN Rosenthal Fellow, she teaches writing to at-risk youth. 


Twitter Username: cynthiabond

Sandra Gail Lambert's books include A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir and a novel, The River's Memory. She is a 2018 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and the co-editor of the anthology Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival. Lambert has participated as a mentor in AWP's Writer to Writer Program.


Twitter Username: sandralambert

Website: www.sandragaillambert.com

Sheila L. Carter-Jones is author of the book Three Birds Deep and the chapbooks Blackberry Cobbler Song and Crooked Star Dream Book. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a Walter Dakin Fellow of the 2015 Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She is currently pursuing a MFA.

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

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R293. Editing Patriarchy: Women Editors Respond to Historic & Restorative Publishing. (, , , , ) In the 106 years since Poetry magazine’s founding, women editors have followed Harriet Monroe’s trailblazing example, yet women editors at literary magazines and presses remain the exception rather than the norm. Editors consider how inheriting a historical space of masculine privilege both constrains and creates opportunities for women. Through the lens of intersectional feminism, this panel looks at challenges against tradition and culture that women editors and writers face in publishing.

Rachel Morgan is the author of the chapbook, Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey. She was a finalist for 2017 National Poetry Series Contest and recipient of a grant to the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American Review.


Twitter Username: rachelmoreagain

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, Los Angeles Review of Books, Cultural Critique, and more.


Twitter Username: chakrabsumita

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is an editor at New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM and a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Her first collection of poems, A Lesson in Smallness, is forthcoming this year. Her writing has appeared in Drunken Boat, Blackbird, and the Kenyon Review online.

Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize, and the artist's book A Pocket Book of Forms. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she is editor of Ecotone and Lookout Books, and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.


Twitter Username: thenewnewyear

Website: http://todointhenewyear.net

Melissa R. Sipin is cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine and partnered with the Feminist Press to establish the Louise Meriwether Prize. She has published in Prairie SchoonerSlice Magazine, and Guernica, and is hard at work on a novel about her grandmother's capture in WWII. msipin.com


Twitter Username: _insiang

Website: http://msipin.com/

B116, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R294. US Citizenship and Its Discontents . (, , ) America has long been a destination for immigrants seeking greater liberty, economic opportunity, higher education and more. What’s missing from this narrative is the fact that for many, America was not an affirmative choice. What about those who came here involuntarily—as refugees escaping war or political persecution, as children of illegal immigrants, or through adoption or forced migration? This reading explores what it means to be American while imagining a homeland you cannot return to.

Grace Loh Prasad received her MFA in creative writing from Mills College and is a VONA alumna. Her essays have appeared in Catapult, Ninth Letter, the Manifest-Station, Cha, and Hedgebrook Journal. She is currently working on a memoir/essay collection entitled The Translator’s Daughter.


Twitter Username: GraceLP

Jamila Osman is a Somali writer and educator living in Portland, Oregon. Her writing explores the tension between place, history, and identity. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines and news publications. She is a VONA and Winter Tangerine workshop alum.

Mahmud Rahman is a writer and translator. His book Killing the Water includes stories of migrants and dislocated people in Bengal, Boston, Detroit, Providence, and imagined territories.


Twitter Username: Mahmud_writer

C121-122, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R295A. Breaking Boundaries: Solstice Magazine 10th Anniversary Reading . (, , , , ) Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices is a hybrid publication with an essay in The Best American Essays 2018, cited notable essays, and a Best of the Net. This panel includes an American fiction writer of Iranian heritage; another of Mexican; a poet of Polish roots; and one of African American descent. They explore the literal and metaphorical walls that divide us and the struggle to overcome the exclusions imposed by such artificial boundaries. Discussion following. 

Lee Hope, editor of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, is author of the novel Horsefever, a Midwest Book Awards finalist. She has fellowships from the Pennsylvania and Maine arts councils, she founded a low-residency MFA, and she teaches with Changing Lives Through Literature for people on probation.

Ewa Chrusciel has three books in English: Of Annunciations, Contraband of Hoopoe, and Strata, and three in Polish: FurkotSopiłki, and Tobołek. Her translations include books by: Jorie Graham, Joseph Conrad, IB Singer, and Jack London. Her work appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in US and abroad.


Twitter Username: ewachrusciel

Website: www.echrusciel.net

José Skinner is the author of the short story collections The Tombstone Race and Flight and Other Stories. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he cofounded and directed the bilingual MFA in creative writing at the University of Texas–Pan American.


Twitter Username: JoseSkinner

Website: joseskinner3@gmail.com

Marjan Kamali is the author of the novels Together Tea and the forthcoming The Stationery Shop. She has an MFA from NYU and an MBA from Columbia University. Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist and has been translated into several languages. She teaches writing at Boston's GrubStreet


Twitter Username: MarjanKamali

Iain Haley Pollock has written two poetry collections: Ghost, like a Place and Spit Back a Boy, winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Prize. He teaches at Rye Country Day School and the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College. Pollock is also a poetry coeditor at Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.


Twitter Username: thirdfloorpollock

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R295B. The Art of the Craft Talk: Tips from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference Faculty. (, , , , ) Writers are asked to give craft talks at literary festivals, writers’ conferences, book tours, and classroom visits. With unfamiliar audiences and limited time, the selection of topics, texts, and delivery methods becomes a set of important considerations. Moderated by an MFA candidate, this panel of fiction faculty from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference offers both innovative and tried-and-true approaches for writers who are beginning to develop these important professional skills.

Charlotte Wyatt studies fiction at the University of Houston. She received a 2018 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize for fiction, and was the 2017–18 Inprint/Creative Writing Program Fellow. She also serves as both Fiction Director and Admissions Director for the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of two novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance, and a collection of short fiction, Hunger. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is professor of creative writing and director of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Daniel Orozco is the author of Orientation and Other Stories. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Idaho.

Michael Byers is the author of the story collection The Coast of Good Intentions and the novels Long for This World and Percival's Planet. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.

Angela Pneuman, MFA, PhD, is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the story collection Home Remedies. A former Stegner Fellow, she currently teaches creative writing in Continuing Studies at Stanford University and directs the Napa Valley Writers Conference.


Twitter Username: angelapneuman

Website: angelapneuman.com

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R297. We are Our Own Gods: Writing for Black Women’s Liberation. (, , , , ) What is liberation for Black women in a “post-racial” America? Is it financial, spiritual, political, or realized by a free and loved body? Five Black women poets discuss ways in which their poems can architect the actualization of that freedom. This discussion explores the choices of these poets to write their authentic experiences as acts of resistance. Black women will no longer wait for nuanced representations. We will write who we are: powerful, vulnerable, dynamic.

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. Her website is poetsandparents.com.


Twitter Username: cross_davis

Katy Richey’s work has appeared in Rattle, Cincinnati Review, RHINO, and The Offing. She received an honorable mention for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and she has received fellowships from Fine Arts Work Center, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Cave Canem Foundation.

celeste doaks, a poet and journalist, is the editor of Not Without Our Laughter, and author of Cornrows and Cornfields. Doaks, a Pushcart prize nominee, received her MFA from NC State University. Currently, she is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Delaware.


Twitter Username: thedoaksgirl

Website: www.thedoaksgirl.com

Tafisha A. Edwards is the author of The Bloodlet, winner of Phantom Books’ 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. She is the Poetry Editor of Gigantic Sequins. Her poems have appeared in The Offing, The Nashville Review, Phantom, West Branch Wired, The Atlas Review, and other print and publications.

Saida Agostini is a queer afro-guyanese poet and activist. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, her work is featured or forthcoming in Origins, Drunk in the Midnight Choir, the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, pluck!, The Little Patuxent Review, and other publications.


Twitter Username: saidaagostini

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R298. Tipping the Scales: Writing Women’s Lives in Biography & Historical Fiction . (, , , , ) Biographer Megan Marshall says the fun in writing biography is the process the writer assumes in imagining she and her subject have “been through it all together.” The writer of historical fiction does the same but with a different set of rules. Why do we choose the forms we do? How do we do our subjects justice on the page? And why, as women, are we choosing to write about other women? Two biographers and two historical novelists discuss their choices and debate the craft of representation.

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith, which won the High Plains Book Award, and coeditor of the anthology This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.

Elise Hooper is the author of two novels, The Other Alcott and Learning to See. She graduated from Middlebury College and has a MA from Seattle University's College of Education. Elise lives in Seattle where she teaches literature and history.


Twitter Username: elisehooper

TaraShea Nesbit is the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize. Her essays are featured in GrantaThe Guardian, and Salon. Her second novel, Beheld, is forthcoming in 2020. She teaches at Miami University.


Twitter Username: t_nesbit

Website: www.tarasheanesbit.com

Hannah Kimberley is the author of A Woman’s Place Is at the Top: A Biography of Annie Smith Peck, Queen of the Climbers. Kimberley is currently working on recovering other important women from the footnotes of history, including a new line of women explorers in the Amazon jungle.


Twitter Username: HannahKimber42

Megan Marshall is the author of Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College.

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R299. Season of the Witch: Feminism, Ritual, and Independent Publishing. (, , , ) Helen Oyeyemi writes of “witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don't have names.” What unnamed experiences might a feminist literary magazine or press want to summon? Join the editors of Luna Luna, Grimoire Magazine, Transom, and University of Akron Press as we discuss how ritual, folk practices, and symbols like the witch provide a way of speaking the unnamed, especially in the wake of the #metoo movement.

Brooke Wonders’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, Cutbank, and elsewhere. She is nonfiction editor at North American Review, a founding editor of Grimoire Magazine, and an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa.


Twitter Username: BrookeJWonders

Website: http://girlwonders.wordpress.com/

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


Twitter Username: joannasaid

Mary Biddinger's most recent collection of poems are Small Enterprise and The Czar. A Professor of English at the University of Akron and NEOMFA program, she edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. Biddinger is the recipient of a 2015 poetry fellowship from the NEA.


Twitter Username: marybid

Website: marybiddinger.com

Annah Browning is poetry editor of Grimoire magazine. She is the author of a poetry chapbook The Marriage, and her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. She is an English instructor and an Honors College faculty member at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R300. Beyond the Wallpaper: Women Writing Mental Illness in 2019. (, , , , ) Hysteria. Nervous conditions. Women's complaints. These terms were all once used to name women's mental illness, and often to dismiss it as a result of our delicate minds. This multi-genre panel, made up of women experiencing PTSD, depression, addiction, postpartum bipolar disorder, anxiety, and eating disorders, re-centers the discussion of women's mental health and how we write about it from a place of power and use it as a tool for coping and a method for dispelling stereotypes.

Katie Bickham is the author of two books of poetry: Mouths Open to Name Her and The Belle Mar. Katie's work has won The New Millennium Poetry Prize, The Missouri Review Editor's Prize, and The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize. Katie teaches creative writing at Bossier Parish Community College.


Twitter Username: KT_Bickham

Website: katiebickham.com

Martha Silano is the author of five collections of poetry, including Gravity Assist, Reckless Lovely, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception. She also coedited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet, Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. Martha teaches at Bellevue College.


Twitter Username: marthasilano

Website: http://bluepositive@blogspot.com

Alana Saltz is the Editor in Chief of Blanket Sea, a magazine showcasing creators with chronic illness, mental illness, and disability. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Huffington Post. Her poetry has been featured in Rust+Moth, Words Dance, and Five:2:One.


Twitter Username: alanasaltz

LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar. Her essay, After Striking a Fixed Object, published by The Manifest-Station, was named Notable in Best American Essays 2016.


Twitter Username: latoyadjordan

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 Magazine.

D133-134, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R301. Intersectionality: What It Is and Why It Matters in Creative Writing. (, , , , ) Issues of identity are everywhere present in the workshop conversation—in assumptions about authorship, in cultural traditions associated with different genres, in identity markers used in characterization. But writers often struggle to discuss these issues in meaningful ways. "Intersectionality" has become a buzzword. This panel is an opportunity to dissect the term and its applications in the creative writing classroom. How does intersectionality impact the craft of creative writing?

Kavita Das is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer whose writing focuses on culture, race, gender, social change and their intersections. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, Guernica, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a biography about singer Lakshmi Shankar.


Twitter Username: kavitamix

Conchitina Cruz teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Her books of poetry include Dark Hours, elsewhere held and lingered, and There Is No Emergency. She helps run the small press expo Better Living Through Xeroxography.

Renée Byrd is an Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University, currently working on two books, including a creative writing and intersectionality textbook with Janelle Adsit. Her writing can be found in Social Justice, Abolition, and her blog Persistent Connections.


Twitter Username: ByrdreneeM

David Mura is author of the memoirs Turning Japanese, Where the Body Meets Memory, the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, and four poetry books including The Last Incantations. His latest book is A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing. He teaches at the Loft and VONA Writers’ Conference.


Twitter Username: MuraDavid

Website: davidmura.com

Conchitina Cruz teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Her books of poetry include Dark Hours, elsewhere held and lingered, and There Is No Emergency. She helps run the small press expo Better Living Through Xeroxography.

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R302. Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Finding the Heart of Travel Writing. (, , , , ) Accomplished travel writers and editors share their experience and insight about crafting both travel narratives and travel essays that help make our increasingly small world a little cozier. Panelists discuss the business of travel writing, explain the various options for publishing travel writing, and read a brief selection of their own published works.

Helen Meservey is a journalist and essayist who teaches writing at San José State University. The former managing editor of Reed Magazine, Meservey in 2018 received the first place James Phelan Literary Award and a bronze award from Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards for humor writing.


Twitter Username: HelenMeservey

Don George wrote the book on travel writing. Literally. He wrote Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing, the best-selling travel writing guidebook in the world. He also wrote The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler.


Twitter Username: don_george

Website: www.don-george.com

Dan White is the author of Under The Stars, which Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, called "the definitive book on camping in America." The Cactus Eaters, his bestselling memoir about walking the Pacific Crest Trail, was a Los Angeles Times "Discovery" selection.


Twitter Username: DanWhite39

Sherri Harvey currently teaches English at San Jose State University and Foothill College. She holds an MA and an MFA. She spends her days pouring over words, taking pictures, and looking for her next grand adventure. She has published photos and essays in multiple publications. sherriharvey.com


Twitter Username: sherricoyote

Website: www.sherriharvey.com

Kimberley Lovato is a full-time freelance writer whose lifestyle, travel, and food articles, as well as personal essays, have appeared in national and international publications and websites. She has authored four travel-themed books, one of which was an SATW Lowell Thomas Award winner in 2012.


Twitter Username: kimberleylovato

D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R302B. Teaching Embodied Poetry in Diverse Communities. (, , , , Billy Kinney) This panel offers lessons in embodied poetry, including Kalaashakti arts and healing workshops for Muslim women and gender-nonconforming adults; approaching metaphor through a Native Hawaiian understanding of mana for youth and adult survivors of sexual violence; how the body’s memory of trauma, pleasure, loss, and joy is key to poetic practice in university classes; and a workshop teaching elementary- and middle-school-aged children on Moloka‘i to write to protect their places and futures.

Naazneen Diwan has published poetry in Project As[I]Am, Inscription, and SAMAR Magazine. She is currently working on a poetry book called 99 Names. She facilitates healing arts workshops with Muslim women and black and brown survivors of police violence. She is a 2018 Omi Writers’ Fellow.

No'ukahau'oli Revilla, Hawaiian/Tahitian, is author of two chapbooks, Say Throne and Permission to Make Digging Sounds, the latter in Effigies III. Former Hawai'i Review poetry editor, she is cofounder of Nolu Ehu: A Queer Nesian Arts Collective. Her work appears in Poetry, Literary Hub, and 'Ōiwi.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry books, most recently The Octopus Museum. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, the New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, and she is Associate Professor at Rutgers University–Newark.

Aimee Suzara is a Filipino American poet, playwright, performing artist and educator based in Oakland, California. Her accomplishments include a Willa-Award Finalist book of poems, Souvenir, a YBCAway award, and AROHO Spirited Woman Award. She teaches writing throughout the Bay Area.


Twitter Username: aimeesuzara

Website: www.aimeesuzara.net

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R304. Everything We Wish We Had Known Before Applying to Grad School. (, , , , ) MFA or MA or PhD? Low-residency or traditional? Thousands of applicants face a confusing array of program choices. How can a prospective student find the right fit? What are the most important criteria, and what's the best way to pay for school? We'll cover scholarships, fellowships, and private funding, along with other important lessons we've learned, both as grad students and professors who are also published poets, authors, and filmmakers.

JoBeth McDaniel is a magazine journalist, nonfiction author, and graduate of Mount St. Mary's University MFA program. Her work is published widely, with essays selected for anthologies and college textbooks. She founded Facebook's School After 30 to encourage age diversity in higher education.


Twitter Username: heyjbmc

Website: jobeth.com

Pamela K. Johnson received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She's an alum of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, and has won several writing awards, including one that led to her directing a film in China.


Twitter Username: pamelasez

Cai Emmons, former playwright and filmmaker, is the author of three novels: His Mother's Son, The Stylist, and Weather Woman. Her short work has appeared in such places as TriQuarterly, Arts and Culture, and Narrative Magazine. She teaches in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.


Twitter Username: caiemmons

Aimee Liu is author of the novels Flash HouseCloud Mountain, and Face. Nonfiction works include Gaining and Solitaire. Her short stories and essays have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies, magazines and literary journals. She teaches in Goddard College's MFA program in Creative Writing.


Twitter Username: aimee_liu

Website: www.aimeeliu.net

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.

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R305. Afrofuturism and the Future. (, , , ) Writers and scholars from the African Diaspora often use the past and future to have difficult conversations with the present. However, after the mainstream success of Black Panther moving Afrofuturism further into the mainstream culture industry, how will the future of Afrofuturism be articulated? Join four writers and scholars who will read from, and think through past, present, and future imaginaries of speculative Black writing: what it is, what it look like, and what it could be.

Joseph Earl Thomas is an MFA candidate at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on speculative fiction, primarily contemporary Black writers, Afrofuturism and Black nihilism. His writing can be found in Apiary, Philadelphia Printworks, The Offing, and Philadelphia Stories.


Twitter Username: josephistoocool

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, longlisted for the 2016 Tiptree Award. She is the Associate Editor of OBSIDIAN: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.


Twitter Username: blackpotmojo

Tananarive Due is an author, screenwriter, producer, and writing coach who teaches Afrofuturism at UCLA and creative writing in the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles.


Twitter Username: tananarivedue

Website: www.tananarivedue.com

Dr. Reynaldo Anderson currently serves as an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University in Saint Louis Missouri. Reynaldo has earned several awards for leadership and teaching excellence.


Twitter Username: Hardcore888

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R306. The Cultural Responsibility of Magical Realism. (, , , , ) Magical realism is a hot buzzword in both children's and adult fiction—but what is it, really, and how can writers best honor the genre's revolutionary Latinx roots? Join us for a conversation on the cultural underpinnings of magical realism and who has the right to claim that label, as well as a dialogue about how to describe works of contemporary magic that lack the cultural element necessary in true magical realism.

Anna-Marie McLemore is the author of William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist The Weight of Feathers; Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was long-listed for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature; Wild Beauty, a Kirkus best book of 2017, and the forthcoming Blanca & Roja.


Twitter Username: LaAnnaMarie

Anna Meriano is the author of Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble. She earned her MFA from The New School, works with Cake Literary, and is represented by Victoria Marini.


Twitter Username: annamisboring

Jenny Ferguson is Métis, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing and teaching are political acts. Border Markers is her collection of linked flash fiction narratives.


Twitter Username: jennyleesd

Website: www.jennyferguson.ca

Cindy Baldwin is a novelist, essayist, and poet. Her debut middle grade novel, Where the Watermelons Grow, was named an ABA Indies Introduce/Indie Next title for the Summer/Fall season in 2018. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Twitter Username: BeingCindy

Tehlor Kay Mejia is a young adult author of fantasy and contemporary novels. Her short fiction has appeared in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies. Her debut novel, We Set the Dark on Fire, and its sequel are forthcoming, as is Meteor, a novel cowritten with Anna-Marie McLemore.


Twitter Username: tehlorkay

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R307. Personal, Political, Provocative: Celebrating 45 Years of The Sun. (, , , , ) January 2019 marks the forty-fifth anniversary of The Sun, a reader-supported, ad-free magazine. Each monthly issue features radically intimate and socially conscious writing that touches anyone with an open heart and a curious mind. To celebrate The Sun’s anniversary, the founder and editor joins four contributors for a reading of work from the magazine.

Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.

David James Duncan is the author of the best-selling novels The River Why and The Brothers K, and several works of nonfiction. His books have won three Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Awards, the American Library Association’s Award for the Preservation of Intellectual Freedom, and other honors.

Danusha Lameris's poems have been published in American Poetry Review, New Letters, and other journals and anthologies. She is a frequent contributor to The Sun. Her first book, The Moons of August, was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye and was released in 2014.

Susan Straight has published eight novels, including Between Heaven and Here, A Million Nightingales, and Highwire Moon. Her stories and essays have appeared in O Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. She is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside.

John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Sea of Faith and Help Is on the Way, the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. He teaches for Mountain Writers Series and Literary Arts in Portland, OR.

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R308. Whose Truth?: Writing Alternative History in the Age of Alternative Facts . (, , , , ) In the current political climate, many novelists have found that one sane response has been writing alternative history, a form that frees us to raise questions about religion, gender, race and class that challenge ideological orthodoxies. What are alternative history’s challenges, including the role of research, the tension between the actual and the imagined, and the implications of writing a counterfactual at time when facts themselves appear to be increasingly subjective or irrelevant?

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

Edward Austin Hall coedited the anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, which The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction suggested might be among the most important speculative anthologies of this decade. He also coedited a Philip K. Dick-themed issue of Art Papers magazine.


Twitter Username: edwardahall

Simone Zelitch teaches at Community College of Philadelphia where she founded their Creative Writing Certificate. She is the author of five novels including Louisa, an adaptation of the Book of Ruth, and most recently Judenstaat, set in a Jewish state established in Germany in 1948.


Twitter Username: simonezelitch

Website: www.simonezelitch.com

Ben H. Winters is the author of The Last Policeman trilogy, which won an Edgar Award and a Philip K. Dick Award, as well as the New York Times-bestselling alternate history thriller, Underground Airlines.

Alaya Dawn Johnson is a Nebula award-winning short story writer and the author of six novels for adults and young adults. Her novel The Summer Prince was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Her most recent, Love Is the Drug, received the Andre Norton Award.


Twitter Username: alayadj

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R309. On Behalf of Others: Allies in the Creative Writing Classroom. (, , , ) Members of this panel—allies of immigrant and undocumented students—explore the problem of speaking on behalf of others in creative writing assignments. They discuss their experience of teaching testimonios, a Latin American tradition of bearing witness on behalf of the marginalized or voiceless; the genre of the persona poem (as complicated by the recent Yi-Fen Chou scandal); and short fiction that represents voices from the stereotyped “model minority” of the Asian American diaspora.

Dr. Janae Dimick is an Assistant Professor and cocoordinator of the Puente Program at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California where she teaches creative writing, literature, and composition courses.

Marin Smith teaches first-year writing courses that address the skills and challenges associated with self-identified multilingual students—and most importantly, the vital perspectives they bring to the academy.

Steve Westbrook is Associate Professor of English at California State University, Fullerton, where he teaches courses in creative writing and cultural studies. With James Ryan, he is the coauthor of The Critical Work of Creative Writing. His long poem is Vox Americana.

Chellis Ying's fiction and nonfiction have been published in Los Angeles Times, True Tales of Love and Lust, Mental Floss, and Best Travel Writing. She received her MFA at University of San Francisco, BA at Kenyon College, and lives in San Luis Obispo, California, where she teaches writing at Allan Hancock College.

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R310. What Is Found In Nature: On Writing Wilderness and Other Ecological Essays. (, , , , ) Fish, birds, insects, flowers, trees, four-legged mammals, the weather, rock formations, snakes, minerals, bodies of water, rare or endangered species, other humans—this panel discusses how we’ve written about what we’ve encountered by chance outdoors, or how we’ve expounded upon what appeared suddenly before us, or what was gradually revealed. We include our organizational strategies for essays, and how we see greater thematic connections being made in essays by our favorite writers.

Allen Gee currently holds the Donald L. Jordan Endowed Professorship in creative writing at Columbus State University. He is the Editor of 2040 Books, a multicultural imprint, and is the author of My Chinese-America. His essays and stories have appeared in numerous journals.


Twitter Username: allenrgee

Website: www.allengee.com

Renata Golden is a nonfiction writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The owner of a technical writing company, she has published several books on cloud computing and data center management. She is currently at work on a personal essay collection on the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

J. Drew Lanham is a Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University. The author of The Homeplace- Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature and Sparrow Envy - Poems. He's intrigued with how ethnic prisms bend perceptions of nature and its care.

Valerie Wayson is a writer and teacher who’s taught in Iraqi Kurdistan, Madagascar, and Texas. She holds an MFA from Georgia College and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Nonfiction at Texas Tech University.


Twitter Username: vallanne

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

F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R311. Decolonize This: The New Global Travel Writing Canon. (, , , , ) Travel writing is exploding in popular culture, literature, and classrooms—bringing the world to the page. But travel publishing continues to be segregated, reinforcing colonial attitudes and Western privilege. This panel provides practical tips from editors and teachers actively decolonizing the canon. We share our efforts to update the genre, teach responsible travel practices, and find, mentor, edit, publish, and broadcast voices from marginalized communities and tourist destinations.

Faith Adiele has authored two memoirs, The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems and Meeting Faith; coedited Coming of Age Around the World; and was writer/subject/narrator of the PBS documentary film My Journey Home. She teaches at VONA/Voices, SF Writers Grotto, and California College of the Arts.


Twitter Username: meetingfaith

Website: adiele.com

Amy Gigi Alexander is a writer, editor, publisher, and explorer. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the internationally focused literary journal, Panorama: the Journal of Intelligent Travel, and the Publisher of the American-based press, Panoramic Publishing, both of which focus on travel literature.


Twitter Username: writeraga

Amy Lam is a a writer and editor. She is a contributing editor at Bitch Media and editor at On She Goes. Amy is a Kundiman fellow, a John & Renee Grisham fellow at the University of Mississippi where she is an MFA candidate, and cohost of Backtalk podcast.


Twitter Username: amyadoyzie

Laurie Hovell McMillin is Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College and edits Away Journal: Experiments in Travel and Telling. She writes nonfiction and frequently focuses on South Asia. Her second book is Buried Indians: Digging up the Past in a Midwestern Town.

Dr. Anu Taranath is a speaker, facilitator, consultant, and educator. She teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle about social justice, global literatures, travel ethics, and postcolonial studies, and works with organizations, agencies, and businesses to deepen their equity practices.

F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R312. Tips From the Wired Trenches: Tactics for Teaching Creative Writing Online. (, , , , ) As courses increasingly move to online platforms, creative writing instructors must translate their classroom activities to online environments for a variety of courses catering to diverse students. In this panel, we’ll share tips on generating community, engaging close reading, implementing workshops and inspiring creativity and internet adventures like WebQuests. We will share our favorite apps, sites, platforms, and strategies for thriving in the wired trenches of online learning.

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


Twitter Username: deborahhall07

Brigitte Byrd is a transnational poet, author of three books: Song of a Living Room, The Dazzling Land, and Fence above the Sea. Professor of English at Clayton State University, she also contributes to Tupelo Quarterly as an associate editor.


Twitter Username: brigittebyrd

Website: http://www.brigittebyrd.com

Jocelyn Cullity's award-winning first novel, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons, was named one of twenty recommended books by The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Envy of Paradise, will be published next year. She directs the BFA Program at Truman State University.


Twitter Username: JocelynCullity

Jen McClanaghan is the author of River Legs. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Poetry, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and New England Review. She is an associate professor and writer in residence at Salve Regina University, as well as the director of the Newport MFA.

Janet Sylvester's books of poetry are After-Hours at the Museum of Tolerance (in circulation), The Mark of Flesh, and That Mulberry Wine. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and PEN Discovery Award. She is the out-going director of Goddard's low-residency BFA Program in Creative Writing.

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R313. Beyond the Page: Literature and Multimedia Adaptations. (, , , , ) What happens when literature shifts skins and takes on new forms? Five creative writers share multimedia works that move from page to spoken word, video poetry, theater performance, musical collaboration, and sound collage, to Indigenous futurisms in performance. This reading reveals how literary and artistic energy build in transformation.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, is the author of StreamingOff Season-City PipeDog Road WomanBurnBlood RunRock Ghost Willow DeerSing: Poetry from the Indigenous AmericasEffigies I & II, is directing Red Dust (film), directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest, and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR.


Twitter Username: AAHedgeCoke

Website: www.allisonhedgecoke.com

Angela Peñaredondo is a queer Pilipinx poet, artist, and educator based in southern California. Peñaredondo is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times (winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize) and the chapbook Maroon.

Poet and translator Rajiv Mohabir, translated I Even Regret Night (PEN/Heim Award), author of The Cowherd's Son, and The Taxidermist's Cut, is an Assistant Professor of poetry at Auburn University's creative writing program.


Twitter Username: rajivmohabir

Website: rajivmohabir.com

Hari Alluri is the author of The Flayed City and the chapbook The Promise of Rust. His work appears in anthologies, journals, and online. A VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas alum who holds an MFA from SDSU and has received several grants and awards, he is a a cofounding editor at Locked Horn Press.


Twitter Username: harialluri

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R314. How to Interview Military Members: An Interactive Session. (, , , ) This technique-focused, interactive and jargon-free panel will explore how to interview those in the Armed Services with respect, candor—and results. These multi-media-savvy authors will draw from their eighty years of service, much of it researching, collecting and editing interviews from and about the military. While not “Interviewing 101,” new writers or those with limited military exposure will benefit from this. Attendees may critique video-clips or participate in a mock interview. Hand-outs will be provided. 

Reinetta Vaneendenburg is interviewing US Navy women line officers to document their transition. She served as oral historian and editor during her naval career and is a retired captain. Van has taught at several universities and has an MSSM. Van is pursuing an MFA from Old Dominion University.

Jerri Bell, a retired naval officer and instructor/editor for the Veterans Writing Project, has published short fiction and nonfiction. She and Tracy Crow are the authors of It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.

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.

Rebecca Evans is a decorated Gulf War veteran. Her work has appeared in Gravel Literary magazine, Scribes Weekly Anthology and, is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast and War, Literature & The Arts. She’s pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and is on the editorial staff of the Sierra Nevada Review.


Twitter Username: RebeccaWrites

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R315. Consequences of Silence, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts. (, , , , ) As poets, we love language—and fight with it. Language (in the mouth, on the page) is one way humans can experience and express the world: not only words on a page, but a bodily feeling as one speaks and hears poetry. These are ways language creates meaning, and helps us define ourselves and belong. The illusion of belonging is when language fails us: draws us in, but holds us at a distance. True belonging is when language connects us across time, languages, cultures, and emotional divides.

Simon Armitage is the current Oxford Professor of Poetry and Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His published works include The Unaccompanied, Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989 - 2014, and his translations of the medieval poems Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl.

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_

Camille T. Dungy's four books of poetry include Trophic Cascade. Her book of essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and coedited two other anthologies.

Samiya Bashir’s three books of poetry, Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. She teaches at Reed College.


Twitter Username: scryptkeeper

Website: http://www.samiyabashir.com

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R316. The Future is Femme & Queer: An Alice James Reading. (, , , ) Alice James Books was founded in 1973 with the goal of giving voice to women poets. Though the press now publishes poets from a broad range of identities, women writers remain central to Alice James' mission—and queer women are leading the charge on some of the most exciting innovations in contemporary American poetry. Three authors, whose work spans a broad range of styles, forms, and concerns, will read from their collections and ask: what is the future of queer feminist poetry?

Franny Choi is the author of two collections of poetry and several chapbooks. She has received fellowships from the University of Michigan and the Rhode island State Council on the Arts. She is a Kundiman fellow, editor at HYPHEN, member of the Dark Noise collective, and cohost of the podcast VS.


Twitter Username: fannychoir

Website: www.frannychoi.com

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.

Tamiko Beyer is the author of We Come Elemental, and the chapbooks Dovetail, coauthored with Kimiko Hahn, and bough breaks. She is a Kundiman Fellow. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power.


Twitter Username: tamikobeyer

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R317. Submitting Across Regions and Genres. (, , , ) Sending work out to journals can be daunting. With the wealth of publications today, writers become overwhelmed with the prospect of submitting. This panel consists of chapter leaders for Women Who Submit, a national organization that assists women and non-binary writers with helpful information on the best submission practices. Panel members share their expertise on submitting to journals, coping with rejection, and locating appropriate publishing venues.

Anita Gill teaches at Santa Monica College. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Hippocampus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from Anaphora Writing Residency and Vermont Studio Center. She serves as the Westside LA Chapter Lead for Women Who Submit.


Twitter Username: anitamgill

Website: anitagill.ink

Sara Alaica manages digital content at Columbia University and leads the New York chapter of Women Who Submit. She was a writer in residence at Taleamor Park, and her writing has appeared in Cleaver, Paper Darts, and Tishman Review, among others.


Twitter Username: saraalaica

Cynthia Rosi is the author of The Light Catcher, which won a New Apple official selection for psychological suspense, the novels Motherhunt and Butterfly Eyes, plus a fourth YA manuscript The Kissing License


Twitter Username: wordcarverradio

Desiree Kannel is a writer and teacher from Long Beach, California and leads the WWS chapter in that city. Her creative writing workshops, Rose Writers, serves writers at all levels, from production to publication. She is also a founding board member of the Long Beach Literary Arts Center.


Twitter Username: RWwrites

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R318. The National Book Critics Circle Presents: Paul Beatty and Joan Silber . () Two National Book Critics Circle honored novelists—Paul Beatty and Joan Silber—read from their work and talk with NBCC President Kate Tuttle about inspiration, research, awards (Beatty also won the Man Booker; Silber, the PEN/Faulkner), evolving forms, writing about race, the unique challenges of writing in these times, and the imaginative process that shapes their originality. Consider this a dual master class in the art of fiction.

Kate Tuttle, President of the National Book Critics Circle, writes about books for the Boston Globe. Her reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Newsday. Her essays on childhood, race, and politics have appeared in Dame, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.


Twitter Username: katekilla

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R319. Endings for the End Times?. (, , , ) As we reach the concluding lines of our own works, current ailments in the body politic may bend us toward chaos and despair. At the same time, ever-present narrative and commercial pressures may drive us toward neatly resolved, even uplifting, endings. How to craft final notes that imply light and dark, open and closed, emotional and intellectual complexity? We discuss struggles and strategies for endings that feel satisfying for readers, and yet true to the work, the moment, ourselves.

Deborah A. Lott is the author of In Session and Don't Go Crazy without Me: Story of an Anxious Girlhood. Her work has been published most recently in the Rumpus, ROAR, StoryQuarterly, the nervous breakdown, and other places.


Twitter Username: deborahalott8

Website: deborahalott.com

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books including The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, and The Burning House. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.


Twitter Username: Paul_Lisicky

Website: http://paullisicky.com

Jean Guerrero is the author of CRUX: A Cross-Border Memoir, forthcoming from One World in July 2018. She won the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers award. She covers immigration for KPBS, the NPR and PBS affiliate in San Diego. She was a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Mexico City.


Twitter Username: jeanguerre

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome and Circadian, winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award. Her work as appeared in Salon, Brevity, The Rumpus, Hobart, The Normal School, and many others. She's a freelance editor and an instructor with Women on Writing.


Twitter Username: ChelseyClammer

Website: www.chelseyclammer.com

Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R320. Remembering the World: The Memoir of Political Witness. (, , , , ) “Be a Columbus to continents within you,” says Thoreau. But what about memoirists preoccupied by more literal land masses? Writers interested in national, rather than individual, conflicts; by the foolishness and wisdom of societies. In this panel, five experienced nonfiction writers talk about how the lens of personal recollection and the formal flexibility of memoir itself can be deployed to accomplish what Carolyn Forché calls a “poetic witness to dark times.”

Glen Retief's The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood won a Lambda Literary Award. He teaches creative nonfiction at Susquehanna University, where he also directs the undergraduate creative writing major.

Carolyn Forché’s books of poetry include Blue Hour; The Angel of History, which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and The Country Between Us. She is also the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness and the coeditor of Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English 1500-2001. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the Director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics and holds the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.


Twitter Username: carolynforche

Website: www.carolynforche.com

Aminatta Forna is the author of four novels Happiness, The Hired Man, The Memory of Love, and Ancestor Stones, as well as a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. Aminatta is currently Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.


Twitter Username: aminattaforna

Nick Flynn is a poet, playwright, and memoirist. His most recent book is Stay, a collection of collaborations and writings. I Will Destroy You, a collection of poems, is forthcoming. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.


Twitter Username: _nick_flynn_

Website: www.nickflynn.org

Hasanthika Sirisena's stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and the 2015 Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection The Other One was released in March 2016.


Twitter Username: thinkhasie

Website: http://hasanthikasirisena.com/

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

D133-134, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R321. Sober AWP. Daily 12-Step meeting. All in recovery from anything are welcome.
soberawp@gmail.com

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R322A. Asian American Caucus. (, , , , ) How can Asian American writers build a more robust network? What does it mean to be a writer of color in these times? This fourth annual Asian American Caucus is a town hall-style hang out and community space. Come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and resources available to support you. Organized by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Kaya, Kundiman, the Asian American Literary Review, Kearny Street, Hyphen, and Smithsonian’s APAC.

Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection, Split, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.

Neelanjana Banerjee is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Prairie Schooner, Chicago Quarterly Review, PANK, The Rumpus, and several anthologies. She teaches writing with Writing Workshops Los Angeles and at UCLA.


Twitter Username: neelanjanab

Website: www.neelanjanabanerjee.com

Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, PhD is founding director of the arts nonprofit The Asian American Literary Review and coeditor-in-chief of its critically acclaimed literary journal. He is also a Curator for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Jyothi Natarajan is Editorial Director at The Asian American Writers' Workshop where she runs The Margins Fellowship, oversees publications, and edits the online magazine The Margins


Twitter Username: cupofjyo

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet. He's an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater show, "Locus of Control."


Twitter Username: jasonbayani

F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R323. LGBTQ Caucus. (, , , ) The LGBTQ Writers Caucus provides a space for writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer to network and discuss common issues and challenges, such as representation and visibility on and off the literary page, and how to incorporate one’s personal identity into their professional and academic lives. The Caucus also strives to discuss, develop, and increase queer representation for future AWP conferences, and serve as a supportive community and resource for its members.

Zane DeZeeuw recently graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing from Western Kentucky University. He writes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Julia Leslie Guarch's poems appear in The MarquisRain Party & Disaster SocietyThe Vending MachineSunset LiminalPulse/Pulso AnthologyImpossible 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

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry: Crumb-sized and On that one-way trip to Mars. She uses her skeletal dysplasia as a bridge to scientific poetry. Marlena lives in Washington, DC and serves as Communications Coordinator for the LGBTQ Writers Caucus.


Twitter Username: mchertock

Website: http://marlenachertock.com/

Samantha Tetangco has an MFA in fiction from the University of New Mexico. Her stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Gargoyle, Foglifter, Phoebe, Gertrude, and others. She is currently the president of the LGBTQ Writers Caucus and teaches writing at the University of California Merced.


Twitter Username: writersmarch

Website: http://samanthatetangco.ink

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R324. Two-Year College Caucus. (, , , , ) Do you teach at a two-year college? Interested in job opportunities at two-year colleges? Join us for our annual networking meeting. With almost half of all students beginning college careers at two-year colleges, and increasing numbers of MFAs landing two-year college teaching jobs, the future of creative writing courses and programs at our campuses looks bright. Panelists will discuss teaching creative writing at the two-year college, hold a short business meeting, and provide tangible resources.

Maria Brandt directs Creative Writing at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. She is the author of the novella All The Words and the short-play collection NY Plays. Her short fiction has been published in several literary magazines, and her plays have been developed or produced around the country.

Beth Beatrice Smith received her BA in English from Wesleyan University and her MFA in creative writing from The New School. She has taught in the English department at Nassau Community College since 2006 and joined the staff of The Nassau Review in 2012.

David Renshaw has taught full-time at Community College of Philadelphia since the fall 2014 semester. He regularly teaches creative writing and composition classes. His creative writing background is in scripts. He also coordinates the Judith Stark Creative Writing Contest at CCP.

Lynn Kilpatrick is the author of the story collection, In the House. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Ninth Letter, and Brevity. She earned a PhD in Fiction from the University of Utah and an MA from Western Washington University. She teaches at Salt Lake Community College.


Twitter Username: DrLynnKK

Website: http://lynnkilpatrick.com/

Marianne Taylor is a prize-winning poet whose manuscript, Salt Water, Iowa, has been a finalist in prestigious contests. Her work appears widely in national journals and anthologies; she also writes and directs plays and teaches creative writing and literature at Kirkwood Community College, Iowa.


Twitter Username: mariannejtaylor

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Broadway Room, Portland DoubleTree, Level 1

R326. In Memory of Robert Bausch: A Reception & Celebration. George Mason University joins friends and former students of Robert Bausch, a three-time Mason alum, in paying tribute to his life and his work. Bausch, an award-winning novelist and much-loved teacher at Northern Virginia Community College, died in early October 2018. His writing career spanned more than three decades, from his debut novel On the Way Home (1982) to his most recent work, In the Fall They Come Back (2017); his awards include the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature for his body of work and the Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers for his sustained achievement as a writer.

Halsey Room, Portland DoubleTree, Level 1

R327. Writer-Parent Mingle with Pen Parentis. Open to writers of all levels who are parents. We will provide you with information on where to find the resources you need to stay on creative track. All alumni of Pen Parentis Salons welcome! Newbies welcome too! Meet and mingle. Drop in to say hi to old friends and make new ones. Strollers ok!

Alaska Room, Portland DoubleTree, Level 1

R341. University of Utah Reception. Please drop by to enjoy snacks, drinks, and conversation with University of Utah MFA and PhD students and alumni, as well as two flash readings by current grads.

Multnomah Grille, Portland DoubleTree, Level 1

R342. SNC Tahoe: Party in the Lake Room. Drinks on us. Stories for you.

Adams & Jefferson Rooms, Portland DoubleTree, Level 1

R344. The Georgia Review Reception. Please join us in celebrating Stephen Corey's thirty-six years with The Georgia Review—just about half of the magazine's life and half of his. Stephen will be retiring early in the summer of 2019.

Roosevelt Room, Portland DoubleTree Hotel, Level 1

R345. Dominican University of CA Low-Res MFA, Wolf Ridge Press & Sixteen Rivers Press Reception. Please join us in celebrating our first low-res MFA graduating class, the winner of the Wolf Ridge Press Poetic Medicine Chapbook Prize, and Sixteen Rivers Press’ 20th Anniversary! Browse recent titles from our poetry presses, meet the MFA program director, and enjoy food, drinks, and conversation.

7:15 pm to 8:30 pm

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R346. Women’s Caucus . (, , , , ) The Women's Caucus offers a space to network, plan events, and discuss issues concerning women writers (e.g. ways to support each other, lack of access to literary power structures, conference childcare, obstacles to publication, keeping literary events safe, etc.). This year's panel includes two guest editors who will speak and answer questions about publishing and what they look for in manuscripts. The Women's Caucus is an inclusive space and welcomes the diverse perspectives of women writers.

Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the middle-grade novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. She is the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views, an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews, and president of the Women's Caucus.


Twitter Username: MelissaStuddard

Website: www.melissastuddard.com

Hafizah Geter's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New YorkerMcSweeney's, Tin House, Boston ReviewGulf CoastNarrative Magazine, among others. On the board of VIDA, she is an Editor at Little A from Amazon Publishing.


Twitter Username: RhetoricAndThis

Kelly Forsythe was the Director of Publicity for Copper Canyon Press for over half a decade, and now manages the media strategy for National Geographic Books. Her work has appeared in American Poet, APR, and elsewhere. She is the author of Perennial.


Twitter Username: kellyforsythe_

Lynn Melnick is author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope, both with YesYes Books. She is a 2017-2018 Cullman Center Fellow at the NYPL. She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


Twitter Username: LynnMelnick

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican American poet, NEA fellowship recipient, and author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell, and Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize).


Twitter Username: JennGivhan

Website: jennifergivhan.com

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R347. Indigenous-Aboriginal American Writers Caucus. (, , , , ) Indigenous writers and scholars participate fluidly in AWP, teaching and directing affiliated programs, or working as independent writers/scholars, and/or in language revitalization and community programming. Annually imparting field-related craft, pedagogy, celebrations, and concerns as understood by Indigenous-Native writers from the Americas and surrounding island nations is necessary. AWP Conferences began representative caucus discussions 2010-2018. Essential program development continues in 2019.

Celeste Adame, Muckleshoot, holds a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her thesis, Lovers Landscape, explores gender identity, sexuality, love, basketball, and landscapes of both Washington and New Mexico.


Twitter Username: celesteadame

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, is the author of StreamingOff Season-City PipeDog Road WomanBurnBlood RunRock Ghost Willow Deer, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous AmericasEffigies I & II, is directing Red Dust (film), directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest, and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR.


Twitter Username: AAHedgeCoke

Website: www.allisonhedgecoke.com

Kristiana Kahakauwila, Kanaka Maoli, is author of This is Paradise: Stories, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University, she was the 2015–16 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study.

Shauna Osborn is Executive Director of Puha Hubiya, a nonprofit literacy arts organization, and the author of Arachnid Verve (a poetry collection) which was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards. She has also won awards from New York Public Library, AROHO, and the UNM Writers Conference.


Twitter Username: tenaciousoz

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

D. Keali'i MacKenzie, a queer Kanaka Maoli poet, is author of the chapbook, From Hunger to Prayer. A Pacific Tongues Poet-Facilitator, he received his MLISc and MA in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai'i. His work appears in 'Ōiwi, Mauri Ola, and Flicker and Spark.

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Oregon Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R348. #AWP19 Keynote Address by Colson Whitehead, Sponsored by Oregon State University. Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and the collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for John Henry Days. He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and he has been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming. He lives in New York City.

10:00 pm to 12:00 am

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R349. Old School Slam. () AWP welcomes students to return to the roots of Slam! Open mic, special guests, and then undergraduate and graduate students partake in a hardcore-break-your-heart-strut-out-the-good-stuff slam competition. Students are welcome to sign up to participate on Thursday, March 28, 2019 and Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Wilkes University/Etruscan Press booth and read original pieces (three minutes or less with no props) at the Slam later that night. Sponsors: Wilkes University/Etruscan Press.

Bill Schneider is the managing editor of Etruscan Press, a nonprofit literary press housed at Wilkes University. He is also the associate director of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes. Bill's prior experience includes a lengthy marketing career in the music industry.


Twitter Username: capewriter

Multnomah & Holladay Ballrooms, Portland DoubleTree, Level 1

R350. AWP Public Reception & Dance Party. A dance party with music by DJ Connection. Cash bar from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Broadway Room, Portland DoubleTree, Level 1

R351. AWP Lounge. Relax each evening and connect with friends in the AWP lounge, a quiet reception space next to the Public Reception & Dance Party.

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