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The 2023 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Seattle, Washington 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 Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Washington 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. Under the Advanced Search, use the “Event Format” search option to filter the schedule and 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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Friday, March 10, 2023

1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ballrooms 2 & 3, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 5


Lindy West & Jane Wong in Conversation, Sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures

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Join Seattle-based writers Lindy West (author of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman and Shit, Actually: The Definitive Guide, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema) and Jane Wong (poet and author of the forthcoming memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City) for a conversation about writing true-ish things and moving between genres. May also feature laughter, vulnerability, as well as hot takes on TV, fashion, feminism, and ceramic dumplings. Moderated by Rebecca Hoogs, Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures. This event will be livestreamed. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.

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Jane Wong is the author of two poetry collections: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her debut memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, is forthcoming from Tin House in May 2023. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, Loghaven, and others. She grew up in a Chinese American take-out restaurant and is an Associate Professor at Western Washington University.

Lindy West is a former contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the author of Shit, Actually: The The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema, as well as the New York Times bestselling memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman and the essay collection The Witches Are Coming. Her work has also appeared in This American Life, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, and others. She is the co-founder of the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion. Lindy is a writer and executive producer on Shrill, the Hulu comedy adapted from her memoir. She co-wrote and produced the independent feature film Thin Skin. She lives in Seattle.

Twitter Username: thelindywest

Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage and a chapbook, Grenade. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and others. She is the Associate Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures, and a Co-Director of the Creative Writing in Rome program for the University of Washington.

Twitter Username: rebeccahoogs

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

Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3


Motherlode: The Tripwire of Writing Real Family

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Family is often seen as the domain of mothers, but writing the domestic as a woman is fraught with a multitude of landmines—emotional, legal, psychological, and more. When writing as mothers or about mothers, are there ways to shield ourselves and our children, without sacrificing truth? Is it possible for a family to negotiate the way their shared story is told? What happens when our job of exposure clashes with our familial duty to protect? Where are the boundaries and where do they blur?

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Kelly McMasters is the author of The Leaving Season: A Memoir and Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. She coedited Wanting: Women Writing on Desire and This Is the Place: Women Writing on Home. Her essays are in New York Times, Lit Hub, River Teeth, and more. She teaches at Hofstra University.

Twitter Username: kellymcmasters2

Joanna Rakoff is the author of the bestsellers, My Salinger Year—recently adapted into a feature film starring Sigourney Weaver—and A Fortunate Age, winner of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction. Her family memoir, The Fifth Passenger, will be out in 2022. She writes for the New York Times and Vogue.

Twitter Username: joannarakoff


Sonora Jha is the author of the novels The Laughter (Harper Via, 2023) and Foreign (Random House, 2013) and the memoir-in-essays How to Raise a Feminist Son (Sasquatch/PRH, 2021). Her essays are in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and others. She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University.

Twitter Username: ProfSonoraJha


Rebecca Woolf is a writer, columnist, and the author of two books: Rockabye: From Wild to Child (Seal Press) and the forthcoming All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire (Harper One). Formerly, she authored the popular parenting blog, Girl's Gone Child. She lives in Los Angeles with her four children.

Twitter Username: girlsgonechild

Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). She is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University.

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March 8–11, 2023
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