2019 AWP Conference Schedule

The  #AWP19 Conference & Bookfair in Portland, Oregon’s 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 Portland area during our conference.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R177. Behind the Curtain: The Editors Speak. (, , , , Lisa Lucas) The submission process can be daunting and mysterious. Most of us use an online submission system and then patiently wait—sometimes for more than a year—before receiving a canned rejection. So what can the average writer do to be a better submitter of their work, to catch an editor's eye, to get past the slush pile? This diverse panel assembles some of the top literary magazine editors in the country to answer your questions about the submissions process and what goes on behind the scenes.

Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. He is a former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as a past board member of the National Book Critics Circle. He is also a contributing editor to Literary Hub.

Twitter Username: ovillalon

Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She also serves as president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Twitter Username: wrightallison

Emily Nemens became editor of The Paris Review in summer 2018, after five years co-editing The Southern Review. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Reviewn+1the Iowa Review, and Esquire. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, is forthcoming from FSG in 2020.

Twitter Username: emilynemens

Website: www.nemens.com

Karissa Chen is the editor-in-chief at Hyphen magazine, fiction editor at The Rumpus, and a contributing editor at Catapult. She has published prose in numerous publications including Longreads, Gulf Coast, PEN America, and Guernica. She was awarded a Fulbright research grant to Taiwan in 2015–16.

Twitter Username: karissachen
Friday, March 29, 2019

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

F193. She/He Said: Resisting, Dealing With & Benefiting From Editors’ Suggestions. (, , , , ) Every writer hopes that his or her manuscript will be accepted as is, yet a good editor can turn an almost great poem or story or essay into one that soars. Our panelists include both book and journal editors as well as writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Audience members are encouraged to bring stories of their own experiences to the conversation.

David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. His latest poetry collection is Get Up, Please. See also www.davidkirby.com.

Laura Brown is an editor at Park Row Books. Her authors have received awards including the Thurber Prize and Pushcart Prize, have graced the cover of the New York Times Book Review, were named a B&N Discover Pick, and have appeared on national bestseller lists.

Twitter Username: LB1899

Jessica Faust is coeditor and poetry editor of The Southern Review, which she joined in 2004. 

Ed Falco’s most recent book is the poetry collection, Wolf Moon Blood Moon. He is also the author of several novels, short story collections, and plays. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech.

Twitter Username: EdFalco

Website: edfalco.us

Emily Nemens became editor of The Paris Review in summer 2018, after five years coediting The Southern Review. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, n+1, the Iowa Review, and Esquire. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, is forthcoming from FSG in 2020.

Twitter Username: emilynemens

Website: www.nemens.com

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March 27–30, 2019
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