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2024 AWP Conference Schedule

The 2024 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Kansas City, Missouri schedule is searchable by day, time, title, description, participants, type of event, and event format. This schedule is subject to change. A version accessible to screen readers is also available.

The schedule includes events taking place in-person at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri and prerecorded virtual events that will be available to watch on-demand online. A select number of in-person events will also be livestreamed for online viewing. Check out the #AWP24 Virtual Events Guide to see all of the events that will be made available to watch online. Under the advanced search, you can also use the “Event Format” search option to filter the schedule to view all in-person events, all virtual events, livestreamed events only, or prerecorded virtual events only. Please note that due to staff and resource limitations, not all in-person events can be livestreamed.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

3:20 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Room 3501AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3


A Perfect Fit: Debut Short Story Collections & University Presses

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In an industry that often tells us that short story collections are “hard” to sell, five writers will discuss what it means to publish one beautifully. This panel centers love for the story form, building collections, and the presses that publish them. What can university presses offer that other independent and Big Five houses can’t? This diverse panel will share our debut projects and answer questions that explore submission, editing, marketing, structuring, linking or not linking, and beyond.

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Clare Beams is the author of the story collection We Show What We Have Learned, the novel The Illness Lesson, and the forthcoming novel The Garden. A winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and a finalist for the 2023 Joyce Carol Oates prize, she lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in the Randolph MFA program.

Twitter Username: clarebeams

Caroline Kim is the author of a collection of short stories, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories, which won the 2020 Drue Heinz Prize in Literature. Her work can be found in New England Review, Story, TriQuarterly, Best of Korea, Lit Hub, and elsewhere.

Twitter Username: carolinewriting

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu is the author of Drinking from Graveyard Wells (University Press of Kentucky, Spring 2023). She earned her BA at Cornell University. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Tin House Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop, and George R. R. Martin.

Twitter Username: lisateabag

Courtney Sender's debut book, In Other Lifetimes All I've Lost Comes Back to Me (2023, WVU Press), was called "a deep and howling portrait of longing and loneliness" in the Boston Globe. A Yaddo and MacDowell fellow, she has written for the New York Times "Modern Love" column, The Atlantic, Slate, and Ploughshares.

Twitter Username: CourtneySender


Laura Chow Reeve is a writer and illustrator. Her fiction has been published in The Rumpus, Catapult, Joyland, and elsewhere. Her debut short story collection, A Small Apocalypse, is forthcoming in 2024 with TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Twitter Username: laurachowfun
Friday, February 9, 2024

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Room 2104B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level


Defining Environmental Fiction: Writers and Editors Discuss

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Many have a narrow view of environmental fiction; they imagine lyrical encounters with nature or speculative, apocalyptic tales. However, this genre can and should be a capacious, varied genre where writers and readers reimagine place, reflect on our climate crisis, and imagine possibilities for sustainable living. In this panel, editors and writers discuss their definitions of this genre, how all fiction might be environmental, and craft strategies for engaging with the more-than-human world.

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Michelle Donahue is an assistant professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she is associate editor of Ecotone. Her prose has been published in ​Passages North, CutBank, Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Utah.

Twitter Username: ML_Donahue


Megan Giddings is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Her first novel, Lakewood, was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and an LA Times Book Prize. Her second novel, The Women Could Fly, was a New York Times Editors' Choice and featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Twitter Username: megiddings

Michael Mejia is the author of the novels TOKYO and Forgetfulness. A recipient of grants from the NEA and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, he is editor-in-chief of Western Humanities Review, a cofounding editor of Ninebark Press, and he teaches creative writing at the University of Utah.

Twitter Username: mfmejia


Erin Swan is the author of Walk the Vanished Earth, a work of speculative fiction focusing on intergenerational trauma and environmental upheaval. A graduate of Teachers College at Columbia University and the MFA program at the New School, she teaches English at a public high school in Manhattan.

Twitter Username: erintheswan

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2024 Annual Conference & Bookfair

February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Convention Center

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