2016 AWP Conference Schedule

Join AWP's literary community for the following offsite events, hosted throughout the 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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Saturday, April 2, 2016

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Art Share LA, 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Science Fairies – A Pop-Up Poetry Fair
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Remember cheering on seedlings with a little Mozart & some Miracle Gro for science fair in middle school? Or hosting a lemonade & magnetic poetry stand at your best friend’s house? Our Pop-Up Fair is equal parts poetry, amateur science, & DIY art-making. You will get a hands-on experience of our holistic approach to growing writers & experiment with your own sense of serious whimsy!
Contact: Emily Carr
Organization: OSU-Cascades MFA in Creative Writing
Organization URL: website

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Mandrake Bar, 2692 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

The Account and Memorious at the Mandrake Bar in LA
Cost: Free
The Account and Memorious invite you to join them for a reading featuring Memorious contributors Derrick Austin, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Jennifer Pashley, along with The Account contributors Stanley Plumly, David Baker, and Lee Ann Roripaugh.
Contact: The Account and Memorious
Organization: The Account and Memorious

4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

The Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026

The 3rd Annual Rock and Roll Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Rapid-fire readings followed by live music from Frances Gumm. Readers: Alice Bolin, Stephen Burt, Melissa Chadburn, Jerry Gabriel, Eleanor Henderson, Micah Ling, Nate Marshall, Emily Nemens, Elena Pasarello, Jim Ruland, Ethan Rutherford, Amy Scharmann MC: Amy Silverberg 18+, no cover Doors at 4 p.m., first reader at 4:30 p.m., band around 6:00 p.m, club curfew at 7:30pm Presented by Echo and Stories
Contact: Dan Hoyt

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Chavez Farmworker Family Apartments, 5559 Salvador Street, Oxnard, CA 93033

Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Patrick Rosal, and Curtis Bauer at the Chavez Farmworker Family Apartments
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Poets Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Patrick Rosal and Curtis Bauer read at a festival honoring Cesar Chavez (his birthday, March 31). The reading will be held in the courtyard of the Chavez Farmworker Family Apartments in Oxnard about an hour outside of Downtown LA. We hope you can join us for a celebration of work, land, the many people who labor in this country, and their many languages.
Contact: Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation
Organization: Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm

Human Resources Los Angeles, 410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Yes Femmes
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Readings and performances that explore the limits of the body, aim toward transformation, seek plants and animals as models or collaborators, express saturated or hysterical emotion, embrace femme aesthetics, and move toward the horizon of queerness. Amanda Ackerman, Myriam Gurba, Johanna Hedva, Lily Hoang, Jacqueline Kari, Clay Kerrigan, Meghan Lamb, Sade Murphy, Tamryn Spruill, Julie Tolentino
Contact: Sam Cohen and Gina Abelkop
Organization: Birds of Lace
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Espacio 1839, 1839 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Thanks for Visiting!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Los Angeles Poet Society and The Writers Underground present: Thanks for Visiting! A showcase of Los Angeles Poets that bring it! With: Iris De Anda Jessica M. Wilson Jeffery Martin Gloria E. Alvarez with musical accompaniment from Greg Hernandez Cynthia Guardado Steve Abee Join us for poetry, food, and social time. WRITE ON! www.lapoetsociety.org
Contact: Jessica Wilson Cardenas
Organization: Los Angeles Poet Society & The Writers Underground
Organization URL: website

Chevalier's Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90004

Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, a Reading and Celebration
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
After President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, taking an important step towards closing the wage gap between men and women, Carolyne Wright and co-editors were inspired to create this ground-breaking anthology that gives voice to working women. Lead editor Wright, publisher Christine Holbert, and several renowned contributors will join us for this SoCal launch, reading and signing.
Contact: Carolyne Wright
Organization: Chevalier's Books
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 8:45 pm

Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall, 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Incite Them to Poetry: A Reading for C.D. Wright
Cost: Free
We will honor & celebrate the poetry/legacy of the late C.D. Wright. Readers will read poems by Wright & their own work. Poets will speak on her influence on their works & days. Readers: Laynie Browne, Lee Ann Brown, ​ ​Valerie Mejer Caso, Don Mi Choi, Claire Donato, Lisa Olstein, Elizabeth Robinson, Prageeta Sharma, Craig Teicher, Sam Truitt, Chet Weise, Michael Wiegers, Joshua Marie Wilkinson. .
Contact: Sam Truitt
Organization: Copper Canyon Press, Station Hill Press, Tender Buttons
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm

Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St, LA 90042

The Tusk: Highland Park Babylon
Cost: Free
The-Tusk.com and friends are here to stir up scandal and perform work that will be spoken of in hushed tones for decades to come. This is one for the Society Pages, folks. We've got Lizzy Acker, Tom Batten, Lauren O'Neal, Nate Waggoner, Ariel Fintushel and more!
Contact: Nate Waggoner

The Drain, 2232 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Caketrain + Solar Luxuriance Reading
Cost: Free
A reading at The Drain featuring Caketrain and Solar Luxuriance authors: Katy Mongeau, Bridget Brewer, Rachel Levy, M. Kitchell, William Vendenberg, Thibault Raoult, Kit Schluter, Kristin Hayter, and Leif Haven.
Contact: Rachel Levy
Organization: Caketrain [a journal and press]
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Wolf & Crane Bar, 366 E. 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Midwestern Americana Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
The museum of americana and Midwestern Gothic present readers Shaindel Beers (The Children's War and Other Poems—Salt Publishing, 2015), Curtis Crisler (Don’t Moan So Much (Stevie): A Poetry Musiquarium—forthcoming, Kattywompus Press), John McCarthy (Ghost County—MG Press, 3/29/16), Toni Nealie (The Miles Between Me—Curbside Splendor, 4/2016), and Ben Tanzer (Sex and Death—sunnyoutside, 2016).
Contact: Lauren Alwan
Organization: Co-presented by the museum of americana and Midwestern Gothic
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

La Plaza De Culturas Y Artes, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Reading Celebrating 20 Years of the Macondo Writers Workshop
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come celebrate the 20-year legacy of the Macondo Writers Workshop. This reading of alumni (Macondistas) will honor the workshop created by author Sandra Cisneros. Learn how you can be part of the Macondo community. A reception and reunion will follow. Macondo fosters socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community.
Contact: Miguel M. Morales
Organization: The Macondo Writers Workshop
Organization URL: website

The Falls Lounge, 626 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

VONA/Voices & Willow Books
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Writers of Color from 2 Organizations Serving Our People: VONA/Voices and Willow Books From VONA/Voices: Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Tananarive Due, M. Evelina Galang, David Mura, Daniel José Older, Willie Perdomo From Willow Books: Yesenia Montilla, Cedric Tillman, Cole Lavalais, Mahogany Browne, Rachelle Escamilla, Reginald Flood, Randall Horton Sponsored by WritLarge Press
Contact: Diem Jones
Organization: Writlarge Press
Organization URL: website

Opodz, 362 E 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wrolstad Series Party feat. Megan Levad, Ruth Madievsky & Albert Goldbarth
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Megan Levad and Ruth Madievsky read from their debut poetry collections, both of which were selected for publication through the Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series, Tavern Books' program championing the work of young female poets. Plus, special guest Albert Goldbarth will read from collections old and new!
Contact: Natalie Garyet
Organization: Tavern Books
Organization URL: website

1714 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Radio Novela: A Night of Stories y Sonidos
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A multilingual listening and reading experience with poets, fiction writers, and radio producers hosted by Sinking City and Carolina Wren Press, with support from KCRW Santa Monica and Poesía Para La Gente. Free and Open to the Public. Food and drinks will be served
Contact: Emma Rosenberg
Organization: University of Miami
Organization URL: website

Poetic Research Bureau, 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ugly Duckling Presse, Siglio Press, Essay Press and Dorothy, a publishing project
Cost: Free
A program of readings curated by: Dorothy, a publishing project, Essay Press, Siglio Press and Ugly Duckling Presse. With readings by: Ben+Sandra Doller, Jenny Boully, Amina Cain, Danielle Dutton, Jen Hofer, John Cage (read by Richard Kraft and Joe Biel), Andrew Maxwell and Joanna Ruocco.
Contact: Joseph Mosconi
Organization: Small Press Distribution and Poetic Research Bureau
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

LACP Los Angeles Center of Photography, 1515 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Books & Booze Offsite Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Alternating Current for an Offsite Reading Event at LACP! $3 LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER. Free snacks. Donations welcome. Readers include: Sunil Yapa, Matt Bell, Eric Shonkwiler, Will Chancellor, Kathy Fish, Ben Tanzer, Ryan Ridge, Andrew F. Sullivan, Ashley Farmer, Carmen Lau, A. Jay Adler, & Tabitha Blankenbiller. Authors will have books & will sign. Mayhem will ensue. Fun will be had.
Contact: Leah Angstman
Organization: Alternating Current
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, 2245 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Semiotext(e) and Friends
Cost: Free
Join us at LACA for a night of Dicey LifeWriting, New Essaying, and Prose on the Edge by authors whose disinhibited independence is the kind that has characterized Semiotext(e) since 1980. Featuring Dodie Bellamy, Garth Greenwell, Ed Pavlic, Jarett Kobek, Kevin Killian, Feliz Molina, Brian Blanchfield, and special guests. Matias Viegener emceeing.
Contact: Semiotext(e)
Organization: Semiotext(e)

iO West (Loft Theater), 6366 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028 (Enter on Cosmo Street, o

The Lit/Comedy Roundtable: LA Edition!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Do literary writing and comedy inform each other as art forms? The leading lights of LA's comedy, literary, and TV scenes—including Brad Listi, Kate Lambert, Yoni Brenner, Khanisha Foster, Owen Smith, and Jack P. Moore—kick around this question and more! Novelist Dave Reidy moderates. Signing and conversation in the iO West bar after the show! Call iO West box office to secure ADA seating.
Contact: Catherine Eves
Organization: Curbside Splendor Publishing
Organization URL: website

8:30 pm to 11:45 pm

CIELO Galleries, 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90011

The Dark Noise Collective and The Drawbridge Collective Present: #Jubilee The Official Fish Fry 2016!
Cost: $5 requested donation
Event URL: website
Part celebration, part salon, all mind-blowing art, The official Fish Fry returns, hosted by two dynamic groups of writers and performers, but most of all - awesome par-tay people! Join us in downtown L.A. at the amazing CIELO Galleries, for a beautiful night of poetry, music, food, and love!
Contact: Aaron Samuels
Organization: The Darknoise and Drawbridge Collectives

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Poetic Research Bureau, 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Insert Blanc Press, Les Figues Press & 1913 Press
Cost: Free
A reading at the Poetic Research Bureau featuring three presses: Insert Blanc Press, Les Figues Press and 1913 Press. With: Divya Victor, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Ronaldo Wilson, Joseph Mosconi, Sophia Le Fraga, Leif Haven, Michael du Plessis, Chris Tysh, Kevin Mcpherson Eckhoff and Sean Pessin.
Contact: Joseph Mosconi
Organization: Poetic Research Bureau
Organization URL: website

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2016 Annual Conference & Bookfair

March 30-April 2, 2016
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott Los Angeles