2018 AWP Conference Schedule

Below is a list of AWP events for the #AWP18 Conference & Bookfair in Tampa, Florida. The schedule is searchable by day, time, title, description, participants, and type of event. This schedule is subject to change. A version accessible to screen readers is also available. Visit the offsite event schedule for a listing of literary events taking place throughout the Tampa area during our conference. Offsite event listings may be submitted until Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Scroll over participants’ names in blue to read their biographies. To create and save your own personalized conference itinerary, use the “Check here to add to my schedule” box, and then select the blue “my schedule” link to view the schedule you have created. The check box will prompt you to sign in to your AWP user account before you are able to add events to your schedule. You do not have to be an AWP member in order to create a user account. Your personalized schedule on the AWP website can be saved and printed, but it cannot be transferred to the digital conference app because the two systems are independent.

Official AWP events will take place at the Tampa Convention Center (333 S Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602) and the adjacent Tampa Marriott Waterside (700 S Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602). Unless otherwise noted, events outside these venues are not produced, moderated, or curated by AWP.


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

R218. Curated Obsession: The Persona Poetry Project. (, , , , ) Research, sustained focus, and particularities of craft will be talking points for a conversation with five poets at different stages of their careers, who have each created an entire poetry project based on voice(s)/persona different than their own. Discussion topics will include but not be limited to, form, following inklings, research methods, and finding the arc after the spark. Each panelist will read examples from their persona collections.

Valerie Wallace is the author of House of McQueen, chosen by Vievee Frances for the Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the chapbook The Dictators' Guide to Good Housekeeping. She has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and her work was selected by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award.

Twitter Username: valeriemartt

Website: http://valeriewallace.net

Catherine Bowman is the author of 1-800-HOT-RIBS, Rock Farm, Notarikon, The Plath Cabinet, and Can I Finish, Please? and editor of Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR's All Things Considered. She teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University.

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of the Dead Wrestler Elegies and coauthor of Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology. His poems and prose appear in many journals and anthologies. He is a Kundiman fellow, coeditor of Waxwing magazine, and an assistant professor at Grand Valley State University.

Twitter Username: toddkaneko

Website: http://www.toddkaneko.com

Frank X Walker is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and Editor of PLUCK!. The author of nine collections of poetry and a recipient of a Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship, he is professor of English and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is the author of Streaming, Off Season-City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, Burn, Blood Run, Rock Ghost Willow Deer, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Effigies I & II, and is directing Red Dust (film). She directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR.

Twitter Username: AAHedgeCoke

Website: www.allisonhedgecoke.com

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

R256. The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice. (, , , , ) For all of its virtual connection America is as divided as ever. Negotiating this contradiction as it manifests on our home-screens and in our hometowns has become an essential subject for 21st century writers. Sharing essays from the newly published anthology, "The Poem's Country," a diverse group of American poets discusses how and why they write about the Middle East, displaced Native communities of Alaska, cosmopoetics, gay rural America, and even invented landscapes of their own making.

Philip Metres is the author of a number of books and chapbooks, including Sand Opera, Pictures at an Exhibition, A Concordance of Leaves, and To See the Earth. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, has garnered a Lannan Fellowship, two NEAs, the Hunt Prize, and the Cleveland Arts Prize.

Twitter Username: PhilipMetres

Website: www.philipmetres.com

Shara Lessley, author of Two-Headed Nightingale and The Explosive Expert's Wife, has been awarded NEA, Wallace Stegner, Diane Middlebrook, Olive B. O'Connor, Mary Wood, and Reginald S. Tickner fellowships. She is coeditor of the essay anthology, A Poem's Country.

Twitter Username: sharalessley

Website: www.sharalessley.com

Bruce Snider is the author of two poetry collections, Paradise, Indiana and The Year We Studies Women. Coeditor of The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice. He is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco.

Twitter Username: BhsniderBruce

Website: www.brucesnider.com

Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Stratis, and Milk Black Carbon, for which she has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize, and the American Book Award. She teaches in the low-res MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Twitter Username: messkimo

Website: thejoankane.com

Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness. She was awarded the Barnard Women Poets Prize and the Levis Reading Prize for The Wilderness. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

R289. Here Comes the Flood: Research and Writing in the Anthropocene. (, , , , ) In the next century, three-quarters of those living in Tampa will suffer costal flooding driven by climate-changed rises in sea level. How can we use our concerns—for earth, humans, and animals—to transform anger and anxiety into new writing and cultural change? What is a writer’s responsibility to the future? the past? Five poets will share projects that confront values of place, race, and memory; extraction and extinction. Join us in conversation about sustaining our work and commitments.

Julia Spicher Kasdorf published three books in the Pitt Poetry Series: Sleeping Preacher, Eve's Striptease, and Poetry in America. She teaches creative writing at Penn State and Chatham's Summer Community of Writers. Shale Play, her new book, documents the impacts of fracking in Pennsylvania.

C.S. Giscombe teaches English at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent books include Prairie Style, Ohio Railroads, and Border Towns. He is at work on a mixed-genre prose book titled Railroad Sense and a poetry book titled Negro Mountain.

Lisa Sewell is the author of several books of poems, including Impossible Object, winner of the 2014 Tenth Gate Prize. She has also edited two collections of essays for Wesleyan University Press, and has received grants from the NEA, and the Leeway Foundation, among others. She teaches at Villanova University.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Stratis, and Milk Black Carbon, for which she has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize, and the American Book Award. She teaches in the low-res MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Twitter Username: messkimo

Website: thejoankane.com

Brian Teare is the author of five critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently Companion Grasses and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. An assistant professor at Temple University, he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

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March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside