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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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Friday, February 9, 2024

12:10 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2


Black Women As (Keepers of) the Archive: Photographs, Hybrid and Historical Text, Sponsored by Cave Canem

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These five Black women writers have crafted works that center those most often removed from history or those that are splayed across it as specimen, silent and reluctant. Hybrid texts help illuminate the forgotten and missing or can create a collage of the living, serving as rescue and reclamation. The poets featured here have embodied, reckoned with, and reinvented the archive: sometimes they raise the dead, sometimes they build a spectacular future, but they always refuse to look away.

This event will take place in person in the Kansas City Convention Center and will be livestreamed for virtual audiences. All livestreamed events include open captions and ASL interpretation.

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A Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet, Remica Bingham-Risher's most recent books are Room Swept Home (Wesleyan, 2024) and Soul Culture: Black Poets, Books and Questions that Grew Me Up (Beacon, 2022). She is the director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives at Old Dominion University.

Twitter Username: remicawriter


Courtney Faye Taylor is the author of Concentrate (Graywolf Press, 2022), which won the Cave Canem Prize and the Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T. S. Eliot Foundation. It was a finalist for the NAACP Image and Lambda Literary awards.

Twitter Username: thecourtcase


Bettina Judd's research focus is on Black women's creative production and feminist thought. Her most recent book is Feelin: Creative Practice, Pleasure, and Black Thought. Her collection of poems PATIENT, won the 2013 Black Lawrence Press Hudson Book Prize. She is currently assistant professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Twitter Username: bettinajudd

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness and Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2022 and 2015). She is a Ford Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum of Modern Art.

Twitter Username: thesablevenus

Patricia Smith's most recent books are: Unshuttered, Incendiary Art (Kingsley Tufts, Pulitzer finalist, LA Times Book Prize), Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Lenore Marshall), and Blood Dazzler (National Book Award finalist). She is an academy chancellor, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner, Guggenheim fellow, and Princeton professor.

Twitter Username: pswordwoman


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

Room 2104B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level


Poet to Playwright: On the Dramatic Joy of Changing Hats

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Poetry and playwriting are linked crafts—and not only in the hands of the famed Bard of Avon. What happens when poets set out to write plays? How does the craft of poetry translate to the stage, and what can the idea of the stage teach us about the poem? In this panel, four poets with playwriting projects discuss the joyful learning curve of entering theatrical spaces, reflecting on how this crossover affects everything from craft to collaboration.

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Jason Bayani is the author of Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019) and Amulet (Write Bloody 2013). He's an MFA graduate of Saint Mary's, a Kundiman fellow, and the codirector of Kearny Street Workshop. In 2016, he premiered his solo theater show Locus of Control, and tours it across the country.

Twitter Username: jasonbayani

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and author of Who's Your Daddy and Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart. She collaborates with other artists to expand readership for poetry and to center the narratives of queer BIPOC. White is an associate professor of creative rriting at Colby College.

Tess Taylor is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Misremembered World, The Forage House, and Work & Days. In spring 2020 she published two books of poems: Last West, part of "Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures" at the Museum of Modern Art, and Rift Zone from Red Hen Press.

Twitter Username: tessathon


Patricia Smith's books: Unshuttered, Incendiary Art (Kingsley Tufts, Pulitzer finalist, LA Times Book Prize), Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Lenore Marshall), and Blood Dazzler (National Book Award finalist). Academy chancellor, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Guggenheim fellow, Princeton professor.

Twitter Username: pswordwoman


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2024 Annual Conference & Bookfair

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

#AWP24 Virtual Events Guide
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