2018 Offsite Event Schedule

Join AWP's literary community for the following offsite events, hosted throughout the Tampa area during our conference.

The organizers of these events have agreed to ensure that the offsite venues listed here are accessible according to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

These events are not produced, moderated, or curated by AWP, and AWP is not responsible for their quality or accessibility services. We list these events as a courtesy to the literary field.

If you have any questions or concerns about specific offsite events, please contact the organizers of the event directly.

 

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Inkwood Books, 1809 North Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

New Writing From Atlanta!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A group reading featuring a variety of writers who call Atlanta their home: Regina Bradley, Molly Brodak, Anne Corbitt, Anthony Grooms, Valerie Smith, Kelsey Medlin, Anna Schachner, Sheila Smith McKoy, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Gray Stewart, and Ralph Wilson. Bring a brown bag and enjoy!
Contact: Tony Grooms
Organization: MA in Professional Writing Kennesaw State University
Organization URL: website

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

University of Tampa Low-Res MFA and Volt Books Cover Stories Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Jeff Parker, Terese Svoboda, Derek Nikitas, and Jane Dykema will read from Cover Stories, an anthology of reimaginings of classic short stories. The event is hosted by the University of Tampa Low Res MFA and Volt Books.
Contact: Stefan Kiesbye
Organization: University of Tampa Low-Res MFA
Organization URL: website

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Inkwood Books, 1809 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL, 33602

Naugatuck River Review 10th Anniversary Reading!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Naugatuck River Review is a print journal of narrative poetry with a yearly contest. This year's contest judge was Kaveh Akbar. Readers are from the past two issue, featuring 2017 contest winner Destiny Birdsong, 2017 finalist MB McLatchey, and 2018 finalists Robbie Gamble and Terry Blackhawk. Jane Rosenberg LaForge (Finalist 2012) will also be joining us. NRR editors Lori Desrosiers and Michael Mercurio will also read from their work.
Contact: Lori Desrosiers
Organization: Naugatuck River Review
Organization URL: website

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Inkwood Books, 1809 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

Haunted Poetry, Writing the Ephemeral
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
There is a real difference in being haunted and trying to be haunted, as Emily Dickinson pointed out. What is self-conscious and what is real? What are the poems that happen after the Beloved dies? How does “haunting” allow us to approach the experience of a female embodied subject position in twentieth and twenty-first century American society? We may also make reference to the notion of the uncanny and the return of the repressed. Explore the unsaid in women's poetics. Poets presenting include: Lori Desrosiers, Issa Lewis, Christina Lovin, and Leslie Adrienne Miller.
Contact: Lori Desrosiers

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Attic Cafe, 500 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Black Earth Institute Reading
Cost: Free
The Black Earth Institute is a community of artists and scholars creating a more ethical world. BEI will sponsor a reading of its fellows and friends in the late afternoon from 4 PM-6 PM at the Attic on Kennedy. Readers include fellows Ann Fisher-Wirth, Patricia Spears Jones, Taylor Brorby, Melissa Tuckey, and Lauren Camp. Others will join us. Refreshments and beverages will be available.
Contact: Michael McDermott
Organization: Black Earth Institute
Organization URL: website

715 Franklin Street (2nd Floor), Tampa, FL 33602

UL Lafayette Creative Writing Program/ Yellow Flag Press/ Gigantic Sequins Reading
Cost: Free
A pop-up reading hosted by Lector Wine Bar with UL Lafayette Creative Writing Graduate Students showcasing the program, writers selected by Yellow Flag Press, and Gigantic Sequins selected writers Emrys Donaldson, Eloisa Amezcua, and Emily Brandt.
Contact: Dr. Sadie Hoagland
Organization: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Creative Writing
Organization URL: website

The Bad Monkey, 1717 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

This is Paradise: A Reading With Duane Locke and Las Vegas Writers
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for happy hour and a picnic under the trees! We will hear voices of resistance and rage, queerness and quietude, exuberant joy. Come celebrate the word with writers from UNLV’s MFA program and the legendary poet, Duane Locke (who, with over 6000 published poems, may be America’s most prolific living poet). We'll be on the back patio. Free sandwiches and half priced drinks!
Contact: Shannon Salter and Kayla Miller

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

CAVU, 1601 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Finishing Each Other's Sentences: A Reading of Collaborators
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us post-panel, post-bookfair, and pre-dinner for a reading featuring collaborative writers, including Dana Diehl and Melissa Goodrich, Naadeyah Haseeb, Kelly Magee and Carol Guess, Kim Magowan and Michelle Ross, Aimee Parkison, and Joanna C. Valente. The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A and other fun, collaborative magic TBA.
Contact: Dana Diehl

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

TN in Tampa: Off-Site Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
TN in Tampa is an off-site reading co-hosted by Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Nashville Review, and Zone 3 Journal & Press. Located at Gaspar's Grotto, the reading will feature recent contributors from all three publications.
Contact: Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Nashville R
Organization: Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Nashville Review, Zone 3 Press
Organization URL: website

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

c.1949, 6905 N Orleans Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Barrels Grimly Crashing into the Sun
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Always Crashing, Barrelhouse, Grimoire, and Vestiges / Black Sun Lit at c.1949 Florida Beer Garden at 5pm on Thursday, March 8th for beer, readings, and a generally lovely time. Readers include: Elise Blackwell Gabriel Blackwell Dan Brady Emily Corwin Andy Farkas Erin Fleming Virginia Konchan Evan Lavender-Smith Michael Martone Vi Khi Nao Chris Tonelli
Contact: Always Crashing Magazine
Organization: Always Crashing Magazine
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Inkwood Books, 1809 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

Florida Writers
Cost: Free
Join us at Inkwood, Tampa's legendary independent bookstore now at a new location, to hear poetry and fiction by Florida writers Peter Meinke, Michael Hettich, Polly Buckingham, Lisa Birnbaum, and Greg Byrd.
Contact: Lisa Birnbaum

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Bay Harbor Hotel, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607

Free Verse Editions Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Free Verse Editions is happy to sponsor an off-site reading that will feature a brilliant array of poetic talent by Bruce Bond, Matthew Cooperman, Allison Funk, Elizabeth Jacobson, L.S. Klatt, Brittany Perham, Donald Platt, Cole Swensen, Jon Thompson, and Felicia Zamora. Attendance is free and open to the public. The Bay Harbor Hotel will provide a striking backdrop on the water for the diverse talents represented by these Free Verse Editions authors.
Contact: Jon Thompson
Organization: Free Verse Editions
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Splitsville, 615 Channelside Dr, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33602

Five Oaks Press Poetry and Pool Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Free sushi and the first 25 people at our reading get a free drink (domestic draft, bottle beer, house wine, or well liquor). Come listen to a line-up of our authors read from their works (reading starts at 6 PM). We will be set up in the dining room of the Splitsville Bowling Alley located in the Channelside Bay Plaza. Featured authors include Emari DiGiorgio, Julie Hensley, Brendan Walsh, and others (TBA)!
Contact: Lynn Houston
Organization: Five Oaks Press

Pokey's Rock & Rolls, 100 E Madison St, Tampa, FL 33602

Nasty Women Poets Anthology Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come meet and mingle with contributors to Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017) and hear them read their nasty anthology poems. Hosted by co-editors Grace Bauer and Julie Kane. There will be a signup sheet on location for all contributors who want to read. Food and drink available. Located just 0.5 mile from the Convention Center.
Contact: Julie Kane and Grace Bauer

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, Florida 33602

Submerging Writer Fellowship Book Launch Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for a celebration of the 2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship winner and finalists. The winner of the 2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship is Angelica Maria Barraza. Her chapbook will be available at the event and she'll be reading from her work. Our three finalists--Katie Burgess, Verna Zafra-Kasala, and Melissa Dias-Mandoly--will also read from their work.
Contact: Erin Dorney & Tyler Barton
Organization: Fear No Lit
Organization URL: website

Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery, 1611 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL, 33606

WTAW Press Presents
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
WTAW Press & Why There Are Words are proud to present readings from Michael Collins (Appearances), Louise Marburg (The Truth About Me: Stories), Angela Mitchell (Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories), Tanya Perkins (People Are Naturally Attracted to You), & Sarah Stone (Hungry Ghost Theater: A Novel) with Peg Alford Pursell (Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow). Irish 31-"The People's Pub"-offers a full menu of cocktails & adult beverages, traditional Irish food, vegetarian options, Southern favorites, and classic comfort foods.
Contact: Peg Alford Pursell
Organization: WTAW Press & Why There Are Words
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, R.K. Bailey Arts Studio, 310 N Boulevard, Tampa FL 33606

University of Tampa Presents Brock Clarke and Patricia Smith: A Reading
Cost: Free
The University of Tampa's Low-Residency MFA presents a reading by Brock Clarke and Patricia Smith. Clarke is the author of multiple novels and story collections, including The Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England and Exley. Smith's recent poetry collections include Incendiary Art and Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. The Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, on UT's historical campus, is located downtown, just a short walk from the Convention Center. A book-signing will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Erica Dawson
Organization: The University of Tampa Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Attic Cafe, 500 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Bat City Review, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, & Subtropics reading
Cost: Free
Friends, fans, family, & strangers! Join us for a celebration of work from Sam Sax, Mary Jo Bang, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Erin Adair-Hodges, & more! We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll drink, we'll eat, we'll be merry. The first round is on us! Hope to see you there.
Contact: Eriel Fauser
Organization: Bat City Review
Organization URL: website

Felicitous Coffee Shop, 14204 N 42nd St, Tampa, FL 33549

Moon City Press Reading
Cost: Free
A reading featuring Moon City Press authors Kerri French (author of Every Room in the Body, winner of the 2016 MCP Poetry Award), Kim Magowan (author of Undoing, winner of the 2017 MCP Short Fiction Award), Michelle Ross (author of There's So Much They Haven't Told You, winner of the 2016 MCP Short Fiction Award), and Travis Mossotti (author of My Life as an Island, winner of the 2012 MCP Blue Moon Chapbook Prize).
Contact: Michelle Ross
Organization: Moon City Press
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Blind Tiger Cafe, 1901 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Spalding Low-Res MFA Gathering & Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
You’re invited to a Spalding MFA gathering & reading! Readings by Kathleen Driskell, K.L. Cook, Kiki Petrosino, Nancy Chen Long, Cole Bellamy, and Leah Henderson, plus time to catch up with friends. The event is free, ticketless, and open to all. Snacks and a drink on us! Nearby restaurants and bars abound for dinner afterward. Board the TECO Line streetcar outside the Convention Center. From the Ybor City Centennial Park stop, it’s a 2-minute walk to the Blind Tiger at the corner of 7th Avenue and 19th Street. Spalding MFA: Flexible. Affordable. International. Cross-genre.
Contact: Katy Yocom
Organization: Spalding's low-residency MFA in Writing Program
Organization URL: website

Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Sweet, Diagram, & Saw Palm Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for a reading celebrating the work of Maggie Smith, Dinty W. Moore, Claire Wahmanholm, Chantel Acevedo, and Tim Seibles. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Annalise Mabe
Organization: Sweet: A Literary Confection
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Bamboozle Tea Lounge - Channel Side, 109 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602

Grey Book Press / Anhinga Press Offsite Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
This poetry reading features five readers each from Grey Book Press and Anhinga Press. Confirmed readers include: E. Kristin Anderson (GBP), Robin Beth Schaer (Anhinga), Ann Dernier (GBP), Yolanda J. Franklin (Anhinga), Kelle Groom (Anhinga), Hauntie (Anhinga), Gerry LaFemina (Anhinga), and Candice Wuehle (GBP).
Contact: Scott Sweeney, Kristine Snodgrass
Organization: Grey Book Press / Anhinga Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Inkwood Books, 1809 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

Red Hen Press Poetry Reading at Inkwood Books
Cost: Free
Featuring poets Peggy Shumaker, Davis Mason, John Barr, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, and Maurya Simon reading from their new collections.
Contact: Red Hen Press
Organization: Red Hen Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Lector Social Club: A Literary Wine Bar, 2307 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Saint Julian Press Poetry Event
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Saint Julian Press Poets, Family and Friends Poetry Reading including Aliki Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, Tony Barnstone, Elaine Fletcher Chapman, Elizabeth Cohen and others to be added.
Contact: Ron Starbuck, Publisher
Organization: Saint Julian Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm

Rialto Theatre Gallery, 1617 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Wide Receivers: A Reading of Poetry in Translation by Action Books and Friends
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
An offsite-AWP reading of poetry in translation translation hosted by Action Books & friends, featuring Don Mee Choi, Valerie Mejer Caso, Michelle Gil-Montero, Anna Deeny, Katherine Hedeen, Joahannes Goransson, & more.
Contact: Action Books
Organization: Action Books / LTI Korea
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Tampa Club, Rotunda Room, 101 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Terrapin Books Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Susanna Lang, Hayden Saunier, Karen Paul Holmes, and Geraldine Connolly will read from their new poetry books. Followed by a group reading from The Book of Donuts: Lynn Domina, Emily Rose Cole, Patricia Clark, Anne Harding Woodworth, Cal Freeman, Elizabeth O'Brien. Tina Kelley, Mira Rosenthal, Faisal Mohyuddin, Michael Northen. Complimentary Snacks, Cash Bar.
Contact: Diane Lockward
Organization: Terrapin Books
Organization URL: website

Foundation Coffee, 1607 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

FC2 Flash Reading
Cost: Free
Please join us at Foundation Coffee for an evening of fiction, refreshments, and innovation. The event will feature flash readings by recently published authors of Fiction Collective Two. Featured readers include Aimee Parkison, Sarah Blackman, Vi Khi Nao, Michael Mejía, Jennifer Natalia Fink, Steve Tomasula, and more!
Contact: Rachel Levy
Organization: Fiction Collective Two
Organization URL: website

Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606

The Southeast Review, Indiana Review, and The McNeese Review Reading
Cost: Free
Join The Southeast Review, Indiana Review, and The McNeese Review for a vibrant reading of poetry and prose at America's only thatched roof pub. Featuring contributors from all three journals, including: Roger Reeves, Tiana Clark, Amy Meng, Michael Torres, Shelley Wong, Brenda Peynado, and Aria Curtis.
Contact: Tessa Yang
Organization: The Southeast Review, Indiana Review, The McNeese Review

5 Star Dive Bar, 1811 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605

Strange Theater: A Menagerie of Fabulists
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for a lively reading by writers who call the weird, magical, and surreal their stomping grounds. A magical raffle will be had and some books will be available for purchase. The pod: Anne Valente, Daniel Hoyt, Adrienne Celt, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Tessa Mellas, Jason Teal, Dana Diehl, Melissa Goodrich, Anca Szilagyi
Contact: Sequoia Nagamatsu

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

The Hideaway, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Defending Home: An Eco-Inclusive Reading
Cost: Free
Hear from a wide selection of poets and writers whose work deals with environmental themes, as well as Tampa locals involved in environmental advocacy. Readers include Shamala Gallagher, Nathan David Gehoski, Ben Rutherfurd, and Nathan Dixon.
Contact: Aviva Kasowski

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Creative Loafing, 1911 N 13th St, Ste W200, Ybor City, FL 33605

Indolent Books Launch & Celebration
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Indolent Books as we celebrate the debut of TWELVE NEW TITLES by Lisa Andrews, Nicole Callihan, John Deming, James Diaz, Logan February, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Karen Hildebrand, Samar Abdel Jaber, J.G. McClure, Dante Micheaux, Laura Winberry, Stephen Zerance, and the 73 contributors to Poems in the Aftermath: An Anthology from the 2016 Presidential Transition Period. We will have readings, food, drink, music, and dancing—over and over and over again! But fear not—their will be world enough and time set aside for indolence too. What's a party without some slacker sleeping in a hammock?
Contact: Indolent Books
Organization: Indolent Arts Foundation, Inc.
Organization URL: website

4611 W Kensington Ave, Tampa, FL 33629

Sierra Nevada College and Guernica Magazine present: The Kiss - Intimacies for Writers
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A celebration of The Kiss - Intimacies from Writers, Edited by Brian Turner. Food, drinks, readings from the anthology from writers including Nick Flynn, Camille Dungy, Tea Obreht & Dan Sheehan, Patricia Smith, Nickole Brown, Major Jackson, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, & John Schafer--the music from Pressurewave adding to the celebration! The Kiss: A deliciously diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems, and graphic memoir, where writers explore the deeply human act of kissing.
Contact: Sophie Cherry
Organization: Sierra Nevada College
Organization URL: website

Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge, 777 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Measure Press Reading
Cost: Free
Join us for an evening of readings by Measure Press poets.
Contact: Paul Bone
Organization: Measure Press
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Waterside Grill, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Queer Mixer!
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Okay Queers, here it is. The wait it over. Lambda Literary and the LGBTQ Writers Caucus will host yet another fantastic gathering of queer creatives and queer word lovers! You know how we do. So come take shade from the shade and catch up with all your nearest and queerest before conference chaos has us running from panel to panel. Queer Mixer! takes place directly AFTER the LGBTQ Caucus Meeting. Shall we go to the caucus meeting for business, then go to the mixer for some biznass? Oh yes, let's shall. We're also working on some sweet surprises. Watch our event URL for more info! #AWPLBGTQ
Contact: LGBTQ Writers Caucus
Organization: Lambda Literary
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Bad Monkey in Ybor City, 1717 E 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605

Ahsahta Press Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Ahsahta Press and friends reading from their poetry. Lauren Russell, Julie Carr, Sasha Steensen, Jen Hyde, Jonah Mixon-Webster, and others help the press celebrate its 43rd year on the all-accessible bar patio at the Bad Monkey. Join us!
Contact: Janet Holmes
Organization: Ahsahta Press
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Jet City Espresso & Wine Café, Seminole Heights, 5803 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Wine & Words (Alternating Current) Offsite Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Offsite reading event, sponsored by Alternating Current Press. Featuring: Alexander Chee, Paul Lisicky, Jared Yates Sexton, Rion Amilcar Scott, Steph Post, Ruth Awad, Eric Shonkwiler, and Tabitha Blankenbiller. Free event, and we’ll have free swag and a free raffle to win autographed books and prizes throughout the night. Readers will sign. Specialty coffees, craft beer, wine, champagne, homemade sangria, smoothies, food, and snacks for purchase. Gluten-free and Paleo options. Facility is disability-friendly and all-ages.
Contact: Leah Angstman
Organization: Alternating Current Press
Organization URL: website

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Rialto Theatre, 1617 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

PANK x Prelude x Yemassee
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Y'all are cordially invited to join PANK, Prelude, and Yemassee at the Rialto Theatre, a blue-doored, historic theatre, for an event that will surely warm your innards & fill you with glittering. We'll listen to gorgeous words, drink deeply, and cavort in the theatre's original stage space, a thing of incredible beauty. Our readers include Trace DePass, Maya Sonenberg, Laura Buccieri, Lindsay Turner, Jason Koo, Aaron Belz, Montreux Rotholtz, Taneum Bambrick, and DM Aderibigbe. There will be snacks and liquid refreshments!
Contact: Charlie Martin

Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

National Poetry Series Winners Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for a reading and celebration of the 2016 National Poetry Series Winners: William Brewer, Sasha Pimentel, Jeffery Schultz, Sam Sax, and Chelsea Dingman. As described by the Library Journal, these writers explore personal anguish and social issues in their poems.
Contact: Allyson Hoffman & Chelsea Dingman
Organization: University of South Florida MFA
Organization URL: website

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