2015 Offsite Event Schedule

Join AWP's literary community for the following offsite events, hosted throughout the Minneapolis area during our conference. These events are not produced, moderated, or curated by AWP. We list these events as a courtesy to our attendees.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Northrup King Building Third Floor Gallery/ 1500 Jackson Street NOrtheast

Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project exhibition
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/ThePoeticDialogueProject2015
Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project features collaborative works by pairs of visual artists and poets, including many from AWP. Curated by visual artist Beth Shadur, the show will be open Wed-Friday from 12-5 pm. Works in various media are displayed with poetry. Show traveled from Chicago.

4:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Brit's Pub,1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Festival of Language
Cost: Free and Open to All
URL: http://www.festivalwriter.org/#!fol2015/c1bcr
This will be the seventh annual Festival of Language featuring established and emerging writers in three sets of rapid-fire readings with over 60 participants reading for a maximum of five minutes each. Check the website for updates. Email festivaloflanguage@gmail.com with questions.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave, South Minneapolis, MN 55404

George Mason Univeristy Poets: MFA Faculty and Alumni Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.icehousempls.com/
A reading celebrating new and recent books by alumni Cynthia Maria Hoffman and J. Michael Martinez, and faculty Jennifer Atkinson, Sally Keith, Eric Pankey, Peter Streckfus, and Susan Tichy. Stay for dinner and drinks. Reservations available.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

French Corner Bistro, 1200 Nicollet Ave. S

What about "Coffee, Composition, and Craft: a Conversation for Writers Who Teach Everything But Writing"
Cost: ala carte
Even those who teach writing often do not teach what they write; often bogged down by service and first-year writing courses, professors and other professionals find little time and energy for our own writing. Join other professionals who write for hobby, but not for a living, as we discuss strategies for sharing our writing, publishing, and managing our full-time teaching and professional work loads.

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus 1000 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403,Room: TMH 260

A Tribute to Lon Otto, Readings by Lon Otto and Selected UST Alumni
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.stthomas.edu/english/events/201520lonottotribute.html
Reading by Lon Otto, Professor Emeritus of English, and selected UST alumni Mark Ehling '98, David Onofrychuk '05, Mick Cochrane '79, & Tracy Youngblom '83 & M.A. '96. Introduction by Leslie Adrienne Miller.

Honey, 205 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Err on the Side of Art
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Err/461504400658582?ref=ts&fref=ts
Start AWP with some errant revelry—join local artist collective Err for a showcase of twenty-something talent. Featured artists explore the intersections of writing, live art, and a boogie-down band. Come help us test the effects of rowdy applause (because a party without art is just consonants).

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Once Upon a Crime book store

Wisniewski Reading: WATCH ME GO
Cost: Free
The book store Once Upon a Crime will be hosting a reading/signing for Mark Wisniewski's novel "WATCH ME GO."

Intermidia Arts 2822 Lyndale Ave S.

Kimbilio in MSP
Cost: Free (donations welcome)
URL: http://kimbiliofiction.com/kimbilio-at-awp-2015/
Host: Tayari Jones and featuring writers Jeffrey Renard Allen, Bridgett Davis, Amina Gautier, Brian Gilmore, Cole Lavalais and Rion Amilcar Scott. Learn about the annual Kimbilio Summer Retreats, meet Kimbilio Fellows and staff and listen to some terrific fiction.

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

BOMB Magazine and Two Dollar Radio present Sarah Gerard, Ian Dreiblatt, Nicholas Rombes, and Rae Armantrout
Cost: Free
Join BOMB Magazine and Two Dollar Radio for a reading with Sarah Gerard, Ian Dreiblatt, Nicholas Rombes, and Rae Armantrout. www.bombmagazine.org. www.www.twodollarradio.com.

Nicollet Diner, 1428 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Literary Locavore
Cost: Free
URL: https://williamburleson.wordpress.com/literary-locavore/
Literary Locavore: Source Locally—Consume Liberally, is an evening of local authors reading from their books set in Minnesota. Readers include Stephen Wilbers, Megan Marsnik, William Burleson, Raymond John, and more.LL is only 3 blocks from the convention center at a great 50's-style cafe.

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm

Central Library - Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Beyond Bars: Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop Presents Voices of Incarceration
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.mnprisonwriting.org/
Join us for a reading in Minneapolis's famed Central Library: Instructors and mentors from Twin Cities-based prison programs will read work on behalf of writers incarcerated in county and state correctional facilities and detention centers. Transformative work, transformative reading! Plus snacks.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Cave Canem at the Loft
Cost: Suggested Admission $5
URL: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1EG0000007WjZJMA0
The Loft Literary Center welcomes the poets of Cave Canem, featuring Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Malika Booker, F. Douglas Brown, Mahogany Browne, Kyle Dargan, Alyss Dixson, Kelly Norman Ellis, t’ai freedom ford, JP Howard, Bettina Judd, Nate Marshall, Kyla Marshell, Jamaal May and many more.

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Augsburg College Satern Auditorium, 22nd Ave. South & South 7 1/2 St. Minneapolis

Women's Caucus Reading
Cost: free
Join the AWP Women's Caucus at Augsburg College for a reading by poets Joy Harjo and Natalie Diaz. Introduction by Heid Erdrich.

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts/6666 East River Road, Fridley MN

Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.banfill-locke.org/event/1368/?instance_id=11057
Panel discussion by visual artists and poets on their collaborations in the exhibition Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project, being shown at the Northrup King Building Third Floor Art Gallery. Participants include poets Joseph Heithaus, Lois Roma-Deeley and Daniel Tobin. Shuttle Bus from hotel.

8:00 pm

165 Western Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Accents Publishing Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.subtextbooks.com/events/
To kick off AWP, join poets Brandel France de Bravo, Sarah Freligh, Lynnell Edwards, Lori A. May, and Bianca Spriggs at Subtext as they read from their Accents Publishing books.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

3:00 pm to 4:45 pm

Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Avenue S., Minneapolis

Free Verse Editions Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.boneshakerbooks.com
Join Free Verse Editions to hear some of our newest authors--Monica Berlin and Beth Marzoni, L.S. Klatt, Allison Funk & Sarah Sousa--as well as hear J. Atkinson, E. Carr, A. Clay, E. Pankey, F. D. Rzicznek, C. Kondrich, S. Scarry, E. Rackin, B. Perham, S. Tichy and J. Thompson.

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Kieran's Irish Pub, Poet's Corner, 85 6th St. N., Minneapolis, MN

New Rivers Press Book Launch & Readings
Cost: Free (but buy drinks & food to help us meet our minimum, please!)
URL: http://www.kierans.com/
Join New Rivers Press authors for the launch of our newest publications! Reading authors include Joyce Sutphen (MN Poet Laureate), David Haynes, Rachel Coyne, Randolph Thomas, Madelon Sprengnether, John Zdrazil, Beth Mayer, Timothy Zila, Brandon Krieg, and more!

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Gallery One TractorWorks, 800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

UNFORSEEN Poetry and Painting
Cost: Free
URL: http://artleadershipprogram.tumblr.com/
A collaborative art exhibition including typeset poems juxtaposed with artworks in all media. Need more information, contact Ron Ridgeway by phone/text at (612) 562-0889. See you at Gallery One TractorWorks. Open to the public.

5:00 pm to 6:15 pm

Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

New Sh!t Show Minneapolis
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608775586019028/
The New Sh!t Show Minneapolis has one rule: all work must be new work. Named one of Citypages top literary moments of 2014, we're excited to put our best foot forward as the writing world comes to us with feature performances by Allison Broeren, Chantz Erolin, Emily O'Neill, and more!

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

2002 23rd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Broken River Books/King Shot Press/Ladybox Books Reading at Boneshaker Books
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/760308874048286/
Join Broken River Books, King Shot Press, and Ladybox Books for a reading featuring some of their most recent authors. Readers include Anthony Neil Smith, J. David Osborne, David James Keaton, Rios De la Luz, Eric Nelson, Michael Kazepis, Tiffany Scandal, and Red Hammond.

Garden Terrace Room, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Happy Hour with BOMB & One Story
Cost: Free with AWP badge
URL: http://bombmagazine.org/events/
Join BOMB and One Story for a happy hour on the Walker Art Center Garden Terrace. Giveaways, raffles, and a cash bar! Preview current and upcoming exhibitions at the Walker, mingle with BOMB and One Story staff, and win prizes.

Walker Art Center's Garden Terrace, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Happy Hour with BOMB, One Story, & The Walker Art Center
Cost: Free with AWP badge
URL: http://bombmagazine.org/article/4034223/awp-happy-hour-with-bomb-one-story-the-walker-art-center
Drink with us at the Walker's Garden Terrace, the Twin Cities' most beautiful space and an architectural must-see. Meet up with old friends and make new friends. We'll have a few BOMB Magazine and One Story giveaways on hand, plus drink tickets for the punctual. (Cash bar for the latecomers.)

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

250 Third Ave North, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

James & Mary Laurie Booksellers Reading
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/542299495872708/?ref=23
Readings by John Beer, Jamalieh Haley, Lucy Ives, Emily Skillings, Rich Smith, Drew Scott Swenhaugen. Hosted by Poor Claudia (www.poorclaudia.org) and friends.

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Gamut Gallery (across the street from the Hilton), Basement Level (back entrance), 1006 Marquette Av

MacDowell Colony Fellows Reunion
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/715469785216370/
MacDowell Fellows are invited to a Happy Hour event in the Gamut Gallery basement, across the street from the Hilton. Open bar! Snacks! Literary raffle! Connect with long-lost MacDowell friends and make new ones. Reminisce about studios and picnic lunches. Donate what you can to support MacDowell.

Gamut Gallery on Marquette across from the Hilton

Red Dragonfly Press Reception
Cost: Free, donation
URL: http://reddragonflypress.org
Celebrate Red Dragonfly Press, one of Minnesota's best small presses for 20 years! Social hour and readings by celebrated authors Floyce Alexander, Aliki Barnstone, Robert Hedin, Joyce Sutphen, and translator Alexis Levitin. Meet 30 Red Dragonfly authors over a glass of wine. Books for sale.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Mead Hall Games, 1425 Lasalle Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

"Best of the Bay Area" MFA Programs in Creative Writing Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/node/141606
This collaborative reading will feature the faculty and alumni of some of the best Bay Area MFA Programs in Creative Writing. FEATURED PROGRAMS: California College of Arts Saint Mary's College of CA San Francisco State University San Jose State University University of San Francisco

Rochester room at the Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis

a reading eXperiment presented by Festival of Language
Cost: Free and Open to All
URL: http://www.festivalwriter.org/#!readingx2015/c7b8
This is an eXperiment in the reading of original creative works as juxtaposed against expectations, perceptions, other creative works, etc. Readers play multiple roles in eXperiments that challenge the way we think about reading and writing. Audience participation. Email festivaloflanguage@gmail.com.

Lake Superior A (5th Floor), Hyatt Regency

Crab Orchard Poets: A reading & reception
Cost: Free
Short readings by six poets with recent books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry: Dan Albergotti, Noel Crook, Chad Davidson, Tarfia, Faizullah, TJ Jarrett, and Moira Linehan. Reception to follow. Light refreshments and a cash bar.

6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

514 North 3rd Street Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Presenting: Tender Buttons, Black Radish Books, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Station Hill
Cost: Free
URL: http://514Studios.com
Lee Ann Brown reading from Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets & Sam Truitt reading from Mayer's Early Books, as well as Julie Patton, Katy Bohinc, Valerie Witte, James Maughn, Mackenzie Carignan, Michael Ruby, Filip Marinovich, Cheryl Pallant, Nor Hall, and George Quasha. Wine and snacks provided.

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Segue Cafe, 609 South 10th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Chax Press, Lavender Ink, Diálogos Reading and Book Launch
Cost: Free
Lavender Ink and Chax Press present a joint reading and book launch. New books presented by Megan Burns, Santiago Vizcaino (with translator Alexis Levitin), and Virgilio Piñera (through translator Pablo Medina), among many others. Join us.

6:30 pm to 9:15 pm

The Icehouse Minneapolis, 2528 Nicollet Ave

Reading: Sleet at the Ice House!
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.sleetmagazine.com
Special Guests GE Patterson and Deborah Keenan! Join Sleet and Friends, including RedBird Chapbooks. We'll have chaps for sale and a stellar cast of Sleet readers. IceHouse offers some of the snappiest food/drinks in the Twin Cities, with music at 10:30 p.m. Reservations accepted.

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Honey, 205 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Eight at Six Thirty: A Live Performance, Book Launch & Party
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.honeympls.com/
Join Calypso Editions, Carolina Wren Press, Drunken Boat, LNC, Manor House, Midway Journal, Poetry International & Small Po[r]tions for a live performance & worldwide book launch just blocks from the conference hotel. Join Marilyn Chin, Patrick Rosal & Forrest Gander, among others.

7:00 pm

612 Brew (in the Cellar Event Room), 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN

Four Way Books Offsite Reading with Friends
A poetry reading featuring Andrea Cohen, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Josh Kalscheur, Paul Otremba, & Gregory Pardlo.

The Cedar Cultural Center: 416 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mizna & the Cedar present: Arab American Soundscapes
Cost: $10/$5 for AWP attendees
URL: http://mizna.org/articles/events/127.shtml
Music by Naj Bagdadi surrounds an evening featuring performances by Moheb Soliman, Ismael Khalidi, and Nathalie Handal, with a line-up of acclaimed poets--Glenn Shaheen, Hedy Habra, Philip Metres, and more. Performances will be set against the backdrop of a film of the Euphrates River.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

2002 23rd Ave S

Bread Loaf Waiters 2014 Reading
Cost: FREE
URL: http://www.boneshakerbooks.com
Please join us at this mixed-genre reading by the wait staff at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference! In addition to being talented writers, these waiters know how to have a good time, and they want to have a good time with you! Refreshments will be served.

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Subtext Books, 165 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102

Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.subtextbooks.com/
Join Prairie Gold editors Lance Sacknoff, Stefanie Trout, and Xavier Cavazos; along with fellow contributors. This anthology presents an eclectic mix of short stories, flash fiction, lyric essays, autobiographies, and formal and experimental poems that delve into the nuances of Midwestern identity.

Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413

Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word & Image
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.eatmywordsbooks.com/
Join Kansas State Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Storm Chasing Photographer Stephen Locke as they present a beautiful balance of words and images centered around storm chasing. Weather subtly shapes our days, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives

Acadia Cafe, 329 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Susquehanna University Student, Alumni, and Faculty Reading
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/200255253478091/?ref_notif_type=plan_user_joined&source=1
Students think, live, and breathe literature for their four years at Susquehanna University in Amish river country. This reading reunites faculty members Glen Retief and Catherine Dent with both alumni and students. All welcome.

Thornton Auditorium, Room 206, Terrence Murphy Hall, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

Totally WIPped: Children's and YA authors read from works in progress
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.stthomas.edu/english/events/201520yamiddlegradewip.html
In this session, established and emerging children's middle grade and YA authors will quake with terror, take a deep breath, and read brief excerpts from their works in progress.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Launch Party, Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College
Cost: Free to Invited Guests
URL: http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/cherry-tree/
The Literary House Press celebrates the launch of the inaugural issue of Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College, featuring readings by contributors. Come raise a glass to the start of an exciting, annual publication!

The Local, 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

A Reading by Contributors to Storyscape Journal & Sakura Review
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/707694449314849/
Enjoy readings by contributors to two spectacular literary journals, Storyscape, and Sakura Review. Featuring: Aaron Anstett, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Ken Cormier, Claire Eder, Zachary Scott Hamilton, Rachel Hanson, Michael Lauchlan, Chloe Yelena Miller, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Rosebud Ben-Oni, and Raegen Piet.

The McKnight Foundation, Cynthia Binger Boynton Lobby Gallery, 710 South Second Street, Suite 400,

New Rivers Press/White Pine Press/Fairfield MFA Reception
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.mcknight.org/about-us/our-offices
Join us for our annual co-sponsored reading and reception with sister entities New Rivers Press, White Pine Press, and the Fairfield University MFA Program. We'll have readers, writers, nibbles, and music by Ellie Fabe! New Rivers Press Readers: Debra Marquart, Madelon Sprengnether, and Rachel Coyne.

Westminster Church--Chapel, 1200 South Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Out of the Depths--Poetry of Poverty, Courage and Resilience
Cost: Free and open to the public
Publication launch for "Out of the Depths--Poetry of Poverty, Courage and Resilience," edited by Susan Deborah King (Holy Cow! Press, 2015). Features contributors reading selections from the anthology, poetry by those with experience of living in poverty. Reception, books available for purchase.

Barnes & Noble, 801 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402

Stories and Queer II
Cost: Free
URL: http://storiesandqueer.tumblr.com/about
The Lambda Literary Foundation and Stories & Queer present: S&Q 2. The second annual offsite reading of Queer & People of Color featuring emerging and established poets and writers from all over the country. Featuring 12 writers. Books will be available for purchase.

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

612 Brew (in the Cellar Event Room), 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN

Persea Books Poetry Extravaganza
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.612brew.com/the-cellar/
Join Persea poets Aaron Belz, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Kimberly Johnson, Sandra Meek, Susannah Nevison, and Caki Wilkinson, along with friends from Bull City Press, Four Way Books, and Unicorn Press, for a freewheeling evening of poetry at one of Minneapolis' best brew pubs.

The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Open Book, Open House
Cost: Free
URL: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1E160000080i7FEAQ
Grab a drink and connect with authors, publishers, and bookmakers. Explore Open Book and celebrate the heart of Twin Cities literature. Hosted by The Loft Literary Center, Graywolf Press, Milkweed Editions, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in partnership with Riverhead Books.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Local, 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

New American Press and Friends Read at The Local Irish Pub
Cost: Free
URL: http://newamericanpress.com/events/awp2015.php
New American Press will host an evening of reading and socializing at The Local, an Irish pub four blocks from the conference hotel. Food, drinks, grab bags, merch, and other fun will be afoot. Other participating organizations include UW Press, Milkweed, Curbside Splendor, and South Dakota Review.

Glueck's Restaurant & Bar, 16 North 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55403

Red Dirt Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://bit.ly/RedDirtAWP2015
Readers include: Connie Squires, Rob Roensch, Bayard Godsave, Don Stinson, Brandon Hobson, Allison Amend, Brent Newsom, Jeff Martin, Josh Gaines, Elise Paschen, Carol Johnson, Grant Jenkins, Chase Dearinger, Jason Christian, Cheryl Pallant, Jonathan Stalling, Dean Rader, Chad Sweeney, Timothy Bradford, & more.

7:30 pm

Magers and Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: Free
URL: http://www.magersandquinn.com/index.php?main_page=event
SUNY-Buffalo State's literary journal, ELJ (Elm Leaves Journal) celebrates the launch of its WILD and HARVEST editions, with readings by Kim Chinquee, Paul Lisicky, Gregory Lawless, Robert Lopez, Ted Pelton, Trevor Dodge, Kathy Fish, and Peter Ramos.

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Patrick's Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave

HICK POETICS Anthology Release
Cost: Free
URL: http://Lostroads.org
Official release of the Lost Roads Press anthology HICK POETICS, edited by Shelly Taylor and Abraham Smith. Cash bar for drinks & music provided before the reading. Included readers are G.C. Waldrep, T.C. Tolbert, Forrest Gander, Joan Kane, Dara Wier, and giovanni singleton, among many others.

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm


Hippocampus Magazine Reading & Open Mic Night
URL: http://www.hippocampusmagazine.com
Hippocampus Magazine presents an evening of creative nonfiction readings; an open mic follows featured readers. More details to come.

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

The Titanic Room, Kieran's Irish Pub, 85 North 6th Street

Black Lawrence Press Reading
Cost: Free
Drinks and light refreshments from 7:30 onward. Reading to begin at 8:15. Readers: Elizabeth Cantwell, Jo Ann Clark, Caleb Curtiss, Jenny Drai, B.C. Edwards, Bettina Judd, Blake Kimzey, John Mauk, Marc McKee, Simone Muench, Cate O’Tool, Charlotte Pence, Jessica Piazza, Maggie Schwed, Brenda Sieczkowski, KMA Sullivan.

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Pangea Theater – 711 West Lake St Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Race, History and the Body: A Reading with Aimee Suzara, Heid Erdrich and Matthew Shenoda
Cost: $8 suggested donation
URL: http://www.pangeaworldtheater.org/
The body has been both metaphor and literal site of contestation. These poets, hailing from Oakland, Minneapolis and Chicago, will read from their latest work, as ceremonial archaeologists digging the bones of our histories, returning them to sacred.

8:15 pm to 11:45 pm

The Nicollet, 1931 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Literary Wilderness -- A Reading & Benefit
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/679296812176036/
Join us for stories+drinks to benefit a project connecting books with prison writing classrooms. Readings by: Sheri Booker, Antonia Crane, Shasta Grant, Sarah Green, Richard Gold, Tasha Golden, Arielle Greenberg, Jennifer Bowen Hicks, Robert Lopez, Metta Sáma, Kelly Sundberg, Anca L. Szilágyi, +others.

9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

1818 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Chateau LaSalle Reading
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/312259072306534/?ref=23
Readings by Lara Avery, Joshua Edwards, Ian Hatcher, Lara Mimosa Montes, Alexis Pope, Danniel Schoonebeek, Talin Tahajian. Hosted by Poor Claudia (www.poorclaudia.org) and friends.

10:00 pm

Gamut Gallery, 1006 S. Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Willow Books LitFest 2015
Cost: Free, cash bar
Third annual all-star reading with the authors of Willow Books of Aquarius Press during AWP. Featuring Elmaz Abinader, Randall Horton, Derrick Harriell, Rich Villar, Curtis L. Crisler, Rachelle Linda Escamilla, Cedric Tillman, Lita Hooper, and April Gibson, and the 2014 Emerging Poet.

Friday, April 10, 2015

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Rare Steak and Sushi in the Grand Hotel, 615 2nd Ave. Minneapolis

Naugatuck River Review Poets Reading
Cost: Lunch and drinks available for purchase
URL: http://www.rarempls.com/content/rare/en/mpls.html
Naugatuck River Review is a journal of narrative poetry celebrating our 6th annual poetry contest and the beginning of our 7th year of publishing great narrative poetry.

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

James & Mary Laurie Booksellers, 250 3rd Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Main Street Rag Publishing Company Author Reading
Reading featuring Main Street Rag Publishing Company authors Stacey Waite, Brian Patrick Heston, Leslie Anne Mcilroy, Kayla Sargeson, Gaynell Gavin, Wendy Scott & Dennis F. Borman.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Macalester College, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center (Artcom 102)

Translating Hong Kong Literature and Politics
Cost: Free
Hong Kong author Dorothy Tse will give a reading from her newly translated short story collection, Snow and Shadow, and host a discussion on the intersection of literature and politics in Hong Kong today. Free and open to the public.

James and Mary Booksellers at 240 Third Avenue North Minneapolis

Cecil Giscombe and Basil King Reading presented by Lunar Chandelier Press and Unarmed
Cost: Free
Cecil Giscombe is the author of Giscombe Road, Here and Prarie Style (Dalkey Archive Press), which won the American Book Award in 2008. He was editor of Epoch and Mixed Blood Magazines and is Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley. He will talk about the poetics of Black Mountain College and about the art of essaying at two Saturday panels at AWP. "Mirage" a film about Basil King's work co-directed by Miles and Nicole Peyrafitte, will be screened at The Walker Arts Cente at the Rain Taxi event, On Thursday (3/9) starting at 5:00 pm. King will sign books at an event in the Baznet Center also Thursday evening.

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Kieran's Irish Pub / 85 N. 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis

Pints and Prose
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.thinkpiecepublishing.com
Please join us at Kieran’s Irish Pub for an evening with Think Piece authors Janet Burroway, Andy Steiner, and Julie Barton, with music from Adam Levy. The pub is just a 10-minute walk from the Minneapolis Convention Center, and we have the Poet's Corner stage reserved from 5 to 8 p.m. Come have fun!

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Barnes & Noble / Downtown-2564, 801 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Press 53: a reading with authors
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.press53.com
This mixed-genre reading features authors of Press 53, who will read from their collections of fiction and poetry. Join us! There will be time to commingle after the event. Books are available for signing and purchase.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

North 45 Millennium Hotel 1313 Nicollet Mall

Digital Lit Reception
Cost: Free
A celebration of the innovative world of digital literary magazines, co-hosted by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Talking Writing, Juked and Grey Sparrow. Come mingle with editors & writers from these highly respected online journals. Free and tasty food, cash bar, and good company.

Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454

Women Writing Scandal
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/364026683780536/
Join us for a pint and an off-site reading featuring women writers of various genres whose work explores the boundaries of propriety. Featuring: DeMisty Bellinger, Daisy Hernández, Julie Iromuanya, Serena Lin, Arra Lynn Ross, and Renee Simms.

Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

University of Arizona MFA Alumni Reading
Cost: Free
Please join us at Boneshaker Books for readings by recent (and not-so-recent) UA MFA Alumni! There will be great fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and snacks. Contact Jennifer Rice Epstein with questions at jriceepstein@gmail.com.

The Local, Nicollet Mall, 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Meet the Editors of Unnamed Press and Phoneme Media, and author Cate Dicharry
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/820004234760945/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Come meet Unnamed Press Executive Editor Olivia Taylor Smith, Acquisitions Editor J. Ryan Stradal, and Phoneme Media's Founding Editor David Shook, as we celebrate the launch of Cate Dicharry's debut novel, The Fine Art of F**king Up.

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Northrup King Building Third Floor Gallery/ 1500 Jackson Street Northeast

Reception for Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/ThePoeticDialogueProject2015
A reception for the exhibition Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project, in which artist/curator Beth Shadur paired 20 visual artists with 20 poets to create collaborative works of art. The show premiered in Chicago and most of the works are on display here. Most of the poets are AWP poets.

6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

528 Hennepin Ave (corner of 6th and Hennepin). www.masonsmn.com

Menacing Hedge Dinner Party Reading Jamboree
Cost: Free (Food and Drink available for purchase)
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399634227007818/
Come to the Menacing Hedge dinner party reading event. Eat and drink and listen to pleasingly dark poetry and fiction of an assortment of Menacing Hedge contributors. Readers include Amorak Huey, Juliet Cook, Todd Kaneko, Donna Vorreyer, Margaret Bashaar, Daniel Shapiro, Gayle Towell, and more!

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Acadia Cafe, 329 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

VSC Alumni Reading featuring Kundiman, Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellows
Cost: Free

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lake Como Room - Hilton Garden Inn, 1101 4th Avenue South

Texas Tech University Alumni Reading
Cost: Free
Join Texas Tech University's creative writing program for a reading by recent alumni, with poetry from George David Clark, Ruben Quesada and Brent Newsom, fiction from Rachel Fury, and nonfiction from Joey Franklin. Light refreshments will be served.

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413

Diamond Grove Slave Tree
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.eatmywordsbooks.com/
An ambitious and cutting-edge follow-up to Barbarian at the Gate, poetry slam winner Xavier Cavazos explores the intersection of race, agriculture, history, and plant genus to focus more clearly on the life and times of Iowa State University alumnus, George Washington Carver. Arrive and be amazed.

The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Bust Magazine and the Loft Present Roxane Gay and Others
Cost: Suggested Admission $5, no one turned away
URL: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1EG0000007WjTJMA0
BUST Magazine and The Loft Literary Center present a reading with Patricia Smith, xTx, Roxane Gay, Amber Tamblyn, Franny Choi and host Margaret Cho. Free and open to the public. First-come, first-served seating. Overflow rooms with live feeds will be available.

1103 W. Burnsville Parkway, Ste. 200

A Writer's Meditation at Dynamic Journey Massage & Wellness
Cost: Free
URL: http://driftlessreview.org/
Driftless Review is sponsoring a meditation for writers. The meditation is intended to help us as writers transition from our busy lives to our writing lives (and to the writing that is waiting for us). We'll experience both 5-minute and 30-minute meditations. Conversation to follow.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Algonquin Authors Roundtable & Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.magersandquinn.com/index.php?main_page=event
Join Algonquin authors Jill McCorkle, Bill Roorbach, Brock Clarke, Gina Frangello, Lauren Grodstein, Michael Parker, and Tim Johnston, as they read, sip, snack, and chat about writing and publishing. Refreshments, Q&A, book signings, and spontaneous dancing will be available.

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55455

UMN MFA Reading, Reunion, & Cocktail Party
Cost: Free
Join Minnesota writing faculty and alumni celebrating (almost) 20 years of a terrific MFA program in the literary Midwest. Readings by Charles Baxter & Patricia Hampl. Fun! Games! Cash bar! In the beautiful Weisman (Gehry) Museum on the light rail's Green Line.

House of Balls, 1504 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Found Poetry Review JamPoRee
Cost: Free, donations welcome
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/777384475672652/
Fifteen poets will be engaging in interactive AWP/ Minneapolis-inspired poetry prompts during AWP. The resulting poems will be shared at a reading at the House of Balls, a “funhouse of found art and participatory sculpture.” All AWP attendees are welcome! Light food/drinks + found fun.

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

HONEY, 205 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Girl Friday: A reading sponsored by Our Flow is Hard, Weird Sister & Dancing Girl Press
Cost: Free
URL: http://ourflowishard.tumblr.com
A reading sponsored by Our Flow is Hard, Weird Sister and Dancing Girl Press featuring: A.T. Grant, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Kelly Morse, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Morgan Parker, and many more TBA!! Honey has a full bar and food menu. TURNT UP! dance party starts at 10pm (21+).

7:00 pm to 11:45 pm

Harriet Brewing Tap Room, 3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis 55406 (right off Light Rail Blue Line)

Conduit, Fence, Ugly Duckling Presse Poetry Extravaganza
Cost: Free
Conduit, Fence and UDP have joined forces to present a night of luminary poets including Corina Copp, Ben Fama, Dobby Gibson, Jennifer Mackenzie, James Shea and Dara Wier. Dreamland Faces will provide musical interludes and tunes from DJ Fred Schmalz will follow the reading. Food truck on site.

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective Reading/Celebration
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.shabdapress.com/readings--events.html
Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective Reading/Celebration. Poetry reading by poets published by FootHills Publishing, Hummingbird Press, Many Voices Press and Shabda Press. Celebrating FootHills Publishing's 30-year anniversary and Hummingbird Press' 25-year anniversary. http://commonrootscafe.com

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall

Welcome to the Future: Rescue Press & Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.csupoetrycenter.com; www.rescuepress.co
Join us for a joint Rescue Press + CSU Poetry Center reading! There will be drinks. There will be art. There will be merriment. The lineup includes: Bridgette Bates, Lauren Haldeman, Siwar Masannat, Blueberry Morningsnow, Marc Rahe, Broc Rossell, Andy Stallings, Christian TeBordo, & Lee Upton.

9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

EQ Spoken Word Supershow
Cost: Suggested Admission $5, no one turned away
URL: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1EG0000007WjXTMA0
Equilibrium (EQ) is The Loft Literary Center's long running series dedicated to building community in and between communities of color through the art of spoken word. This special super show features headliners Patricia Smith and Regie Cabico and many, many more.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

2:00 pm

Magers & Quinn Booksellers/3038 Hennepin Ave. S.

Tiferet Journal Poetry/Fiction Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://tiferetjournal.com
This event is a gathering of published writers from Tiferet Journal. Speakers include: Aliki Barnstone, Melissa Studdard, Donna Baier Stein, Therese Halscheid, Alex Cigale, Tony Barnstone, Diane Bonavist, and Willis Barnstone.

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

165 Western Avenue North St. Paul

Dina Elenbogen's St. Paul launch reading for her memoir Drawn from Water
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.subtextbooks.com
Dina will be reading from and signing copies of her just released memoir Drawn from Water: an American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story at the wonderful St. Paul independent bookstore Subtext Books. For more info. www.dinaelenbogen.com

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

2002 23rd Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Books and Bones: A Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://cww.nyc
Join us for a literary performance to remember at Boneshaker Books! Boneshakers: A Cambridge Writers Workshop Reading will feat. Jessica Reidy, Alex Carrigan, Jonah Kruvant, Jessica Piazza, Anca Szilagyi, Micah Dean Hicks, Brenda Peynado, and more. We promise to light up the night!

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S

The Tusk: Drunk on Truth to Stupid Baby Power
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/527063854103521/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar
Colin Winnette, Amira Pierce, Lizzy Acker, Nate Waggoner, Tom Batten, Luke Dani Blue, and Juliana Delgado Lopera, contributors to and friends of the cultural commentary and memoir website The-Tusk.com, read some of their most bone-shakingly honest work.

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Grumpy's Bar & Grill, 1111 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

Bizarro Bash 3000
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/387199874783296/
Drink some beer and eat some grub at the raddest bar in town while enjoying readings from cult bizarro authors Justin Grimbol, Michael Allen Rose, Tiffany Scandal, Rios De La Luz, Eric Hendrixson, Bix Skahill, Gabino Iglesias, MP Johnson and more TBA. Eraserhead Press, Bizarro Pulp Press and more.

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The Headquarters, 2550 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Five Oaks Press and Friends: Homestyle Reading
Cost: free
A free, informal reading in a renovated 1901 building on the corner of Pillsbury Ave S. and W. 26th Street, 8 blocks south of the Convention Center. Free appetizers, wine, and beer. Come drink with us and hear poetry by Leah Newsom, Jia Oak Baker, Rosemarie Dombrowski, Sander Zulauf, and BJ Ward.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Local Irish Pub 'The Choir' Room, Nicollet Mall

Salmon Poetry Book Launch
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.the-local.com
Reception and reading for Salmon Poetry's spring titles.

Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413

The Conium Review, Pacifica, and Small Po[r]tions Reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.eatmywordsbooks.com/
Join The Conium Review, Pacifica Literary Review, and Small Po[r]tions for a night of innovative fiction and poetry at this Eat My Words Bookstore. Free wine and other refreshments served.

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St.

The Rumpus and Fence Present GUTTER TALK
Cost: $7/$5 w/AWP badge
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625923930976757/
Join The Rumpus and Fence for an evening of readings by Antonia Crane, Nick Flynn, Ottessa Moshfegh, J. Ryan Stradal, and Amber Tamblyn. Come for the gutter talk; stay for the bowling!

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Harriet Brewing, 3036 Minnehaha Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406

The Volta Book of Poets
Cost: Free
Celebrate The Volta Book of Poets with readings by Eric Baus, Don Mee Choi, Arda Collins, Yona Harvey, Harmony Holiday, John Keene, Rachel Levitsky, J. Michael Martinez, Dawn Lundy Martin, Shane McCrae, Fred Moten, Andrea Rexilius, Evie Shockley, Abraham Smith, Mathias Svalina, and TC Tolbert.

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Subtext Bookstore/Addendum Books, 165 Western Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota

Geeks in Real Life (G.I.R.L.)
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.subtextbooks.com
In this fun off-the-cuff reading, Steve Brezenoff, author of G.I.R.L. & BROOKLYN, BURNING; and Eric Smith, author of INKED & THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING will be sharing their work and the world of geek, and more. No need to be a young adult, even not-young adults will get their geek selves on.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Cellar Room at 612 Brew, 945 Broadway St., Minneapolis

TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Join us for a poetry reading, and enjoy some great beer! Our authors Jeanne Foster, Paul Breslin, and Ellen Hagan will read from their latest poetry collections from TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

38 S. Snelling Avenue Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105

Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence offsite anthology reading
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.commongoodbooks.com/
A WOMEN WRITE RESISTANCE: POETS RESIST GENDER VIOLENCE anthology reading. The anthology views poetry as a transformative art to challenge narratives about violence against women and making alternatives to that violence visible.

Poet's Corner at Kieran's Pub, 85 North 6th Street, Minneapolis

Embawdied Lit: A Drag Reading
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/400913720082863/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
Readings that explore self-conscious, exaggerated and/or hyperbolic performances of gender, with Adam Atkinson, Lucas de Lima, Lara Glenum, Johannes Göransson, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Joyelle McSweeney, Jennifer Tamayo, & many more.

The White Page, 3400 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis.

Fort Gondo Poetry Series Reunion Reading & Celebration
Cost: Free
URL: http://www.fortgondo.com/poetry.html
Celebrating four years of St. Louis' Fort Gondo Poetry Series. Broadsides, drinks, and readings by Lucy Ives, Matvei Yankelevich, Johannes Göransson, Chris Martin, Corina Copp, E. Tracy Grinnell, Nick Demske, Stefania Heim, Daniel Poppick, Mary Austin Speaker, Nathaniel Farrell, and Susan Scarlata.

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

VONA Reading
Cost: Suggested Admission $5, no one turned away
URL: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1EG0000007WjaiMAC
This special collaboration with the Loft and VONA during AWP will feature local and national writers involved with Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA).

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Big Lucks, Black Cake, and Magic Helecopter present GET OVER IT
Cost: Free
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578418719036778/
Three presses present twelve people to read in a haunted house right after a literary conference ends. Readings by Meagan Cass, Natalie Eilbert, Tyler Gobble, Evelyn Hampton, Mike Krutel, Amy Lawless, Carrie Lorig, Sampson Starkweather, Bianca Stone, Nick Sturm, Mathias Svalina, & Sara June Woods.

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2015 Annual Conference & Bookfair

April 8-11, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel