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

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

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.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

10:30 am to 11:45 am

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

S152. The World Splitting Open: From Memoir to #MeToo. (, , , , ) What would happen, Muriel Rukeyser asked, if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. Women writers began telling the truth about their lives in the 1990’s, writing memoirs about previously off limits subjects such as rape, domestic violence and sexual harassment. Despite criticism by the literary establishment, they persisted. The world began splitting open. We’ll discuss the role women’s memoir has played in one of the most significant social movements of our time.

Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of the Sarton Women's Book Award and finalist, Eric Hoffer Award. She is a fellow at VCCA and teaches CNF at ASU's Master of Liberal Arts Program and memoir workshops at writing centers and conferences.

Twitter Username: jtgary1

Website: www.janicegary.com

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

Twitter Username: SueSilverman

Website: www.SueWilliamSilverman.com

Mexican writer Reyna Grande is the author of the novels Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies, which received several awards including an American Book Award. Her memoir, The Distance Between Us, is about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the US at nine.

Twitter Username: reynagrande

Website: www.reynagrande.com

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

Twitter Username: mcelmurraykaren

Website: www.karenmcelmurray.com

Aimee Liu is author of the novels Flash House, Cloud 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

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March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

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