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2024 AWP Conference Schedule

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Friday, February 9, 2024

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

Room 2504AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2


Chosen Family: Making Kinship Among Queer Poets

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In the queer community where chosen family can be a vital lifeline, mentorship and influence go beyond craft and career to show us not only how to write but also how to live and love more fully. In this way, queer poethood can resemble a kind of parenthood where artistic lineage becomes a true kinship. This panel will dig into our own queer family trees and the ways that mapping those creative and cultural lineages has helped us to inhabit our bodies and poems freely and with a shared joy.

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Keetje Kuipers’s third collection of poems, All Its Charms, includes work honored by publication in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. A judge of the 2022 National Book Award in poetry, she is currently editor of Poetry Northwest and a board member at the National Book Critics Circle.

Meg Day is the 2015–2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level. Day is an assistant professor of English and creative writing in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University.

Twitter Username: themegdaystory


Jan-Henry Gray (he/him) is the author of Documents, chosen by D.A. Powell as the winner of BOA Editions' Poulin Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Selected Emails from speCt! Books. An Undocupoets and Kundiman fellow, he is an assistant professor at Adelphi University in New York.

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Thom Gunn Awards for Gay Poetry. He has received the Cave Canem, Fulbright/IIE, NEA, and Stegner fellowships, among others. He teaches poetry at Northwestern University.

Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books), winner of the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian poetry and longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award. She lives in San Francisco.

Twitter Username: shhelleywong

Saturday, February 10, 2024

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

Room 3501 EF, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3


Queer Parenthood and Family-Making: A Reading

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What forms do poets summon to wrestle with and queer kinship? In this reading, five queer poets of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and poetics will share recent work on their experiences of parenthood and family-making: reckoning with questions of adoption, genetics, belonging, community, and fertility technologies. World-building beyond discrimination and across differences of class, race, and orientation, these poems offer alternate dreams of futurity.

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Nomi Stone is a poet and anthropologist, and author of Kill Class (Tupelo, 2019) and Pinelandia (UC Press 2022). Winner of a Pushcart Prize, poems appear in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor in poetry at UT Dallas.

Twitter Username: Nomistonestone


JP Howard's debut collection Say/Mirror was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. JP’s poetry is widely anthologized. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Lambda Literary, and VONA/Voices. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon.

Twitter Username: JPHoward_poet


Sunu P. Chandy is a poet and civil rights attorney. Her work can be found in her award-winning book of poems My Dear Comrades, and in anthologies such as The Penguin Book of Indian Poets, The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood, and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation.

Twitter Username: SunuChandy


Keetje Kuipers’s third collection of poems, All Its Charms, includes work honored by publication in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. A judge of the 2022 National Book Award in poetry, she is currently editor of Poetry Northwest and a board member at the National Book Critics Circle.

Blas Falconer is the author of four poetry collections, including Forgive the Body This Failure (Four Way Books 2018) and Rara Avis (forthcoming Four Way Books 2024). Winner of an NEA fellowship and the Maureen Eden Writers Exchange, he teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University.

Twitter Username: blas_falconer


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2024 Annual Conference & Bookfair

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

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