2020 AWP Conference Schedule

The #AWP20 Conference & Bookfair in San Antonio, Texas, 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 San Antonio area during our conference.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

3:20 pm to 4:35 pm

Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, Riverlevel

R255. Time Passes: When Life Is Long and Art Is Short(er). (, , , , ) Fiction writers are often advised to tackle tales taking place over modest, supposedly manageable amounts of time: days, weeks, months. These panelists all instead wrote stories and books that unspool over years, decades, generations. How do writers keep such a story aloft, sustaining narrative tension and selecting which moments to depict? How do we maintain readers’ belief in and empathy for characters who keep changing, shaped by a lifetime’s worth of half-seen experiences? Download event outline and supplemental documents.

Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction. Her recent novel Improvement won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She is also the author of The Art of Time in Fiction. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award, and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

Twitter Username: iamlisako

Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications.

Twitter Username: derekpalacio

Website: derekpalacio.com

Adrienne Celt is the author of the novels Invitation to a Bonfire and The Daughters, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award, as well as a collection of comics entitled Apocalypse How? Her work has appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories 2016, Zyzzyva, Ecotone, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

Twitter Username: celtadri

Website: adriennecelt.com

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 elsewhere. She teaches at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

Twitter Username: horrockscaitlin
Saturday, March 7, 2020

10:35 am to 11:50 am

Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level

S175. Writing the Difficult with Fabulist Elements. (, , , , ) When myth and magic coexist with domestic concerns in literature, the ordinary is amplified. As within magical realism, incorporating fabulist elements allows a focus in which painful subjects can be eyed from a comfortable distance. Our panel will explore critical ideas about domestic fabulism in women’s writing; concentrating on poems that address common, yet difficult, events through mysticism and highlighting the safe narrative spaces this genre offers, especially to marginalized stories. Download event outline and supplemental documents.

Catherine Moore is the author of Wetlands and Ulla! Ulla! and coeditor of Fiolet & Wing. Her poetry appears in Southampton Review, Mid-American Review, and others. A Walker Percy and Hambidge fellow, she won the Southeast Review’s Gearheart Poetry Prize, and has been awarded a Nashville MetroArts grant.

Twitter Username: CatPoetic

paulA neves is the author of the poetry chapbook capricornucopia (the dream of the goats) and the coauthor of the poetry/photography chapbook Shirts & Skins. She is also a visual artist whose work has appeared in various GlassBook Project collections and other exhibits.

Twitter Username: itinerantmuse

Website: paulaneves.net

Nandini Dhar is a bilingual poet who writes in English and her native language, Bangla. She is the author of three books, one in English, and two in Bangla: Historians of Redundant Moments, Jitakshara, and Ma-Rupak Khelchhi Na.

Melinda Palacio is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams, the poetry collections Folsom Lockdow, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, and Bird Forgiveness. She writes a column for La Bloga and teaches workshops on fiction and poetry.

Twitter Username: LaMelinda

Website: www.melindapalacio.com

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the creative director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and author of two full-length collections. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, 32 Poems, Zone 3, and more. She teaches at the University of Tennessee and serves as the managing editor of Sundress Publications.

Twitter Username: SundressErin

Website: http://www.sundresspublications.com/erin/

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March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center