2015 AWP Conference Public Events

The events listed below are open to the public. Attendees of all other AWP conference events are required to purchase a conference registration. This schedule is subject to change.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Room 205 C&D, Level 2

Sober AWP. Daily 12-Step Meeting
All in recovery from anything are welcome.
soberawp@gmail.com

Friday, April 10, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Room 205 C&D, Level 2

Sober AWP. Daily 12-Step Meeting
All in recovery from anything are welcome.
soberawp@gmail.com

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Main Auditorium, Level 1

F309. Stuart Dybek and Francine Prose: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by the College of St. Benedict. (Francine Prose,  Stuart Dybek,  Patricia Weaver Francisco) Join the conversation with renowned authors Stuart Dybek and Francine Prose. Short story writer, Stuart Dybek, discusses his two newest collections of fiction, Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Lantern. Francine Prose, author of twenty fiction books and distinguished award winner, discusses her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. The event will be moderated by writer Patricia Weaver Francisco.

Ballroom A, Level 1

F310. A Reading and Conversation with Vijay Seshadri and Arthur Sze, Sponsored by Graywolf Press and Kundiman. (Tina Chang,  Arthur Sze,  Vijay Seshadri) This featured event will highlight two of this country’s most respected poets, Vijay Seshadri and Arthur Sze. Vijay Seshadri is the most recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the first Asian American poet to have received that honor. Arthur Sze is one of the most renowned poets of the last thirty years. Together, this is sure to be a remarkable poetry reading, and a marvelous way to promote and discuss poetry by Asian American writers. Introduced and moderated by poet Tina Chang.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Room 205 C&D, Level 2

Sober AWP. Daily 12-Step Meeting
All in recovery from anything are welcome.
soberawp@gmail.com

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Main Auditorium, Level 1

S300. A Reading by Carolyn Forché and Kevin Young, Sponsored by Academy of American Poets. (Jennifer Benka,  Carolyn Forché,  Kevin Young) The Academy of American Poets presents award-winning poets Carolyn Forché and Kevin Young, who will read from their respective works. Forché is the 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. Kevin Young is the recipient of a 2012 American Book Award and is a National Book Award finalist. Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets, will introduce the poets.

Ballroom A, Level 1

S301. Joshua Ferris and Dinaw Mengestu: A Reading and Conversation. (Joshua Ferris,  Dinaw Mengestu,  Laurie Hertzel) Join us for a reading and discussion with two of contemporary literature’s brightest stars, Joshua Ferris and Dinaw Mengestu. Joshua Ferris, a finalist for the National Book Award and named one the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" fiction writers worth watching, among other awards, will discuss his latest work To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. Dinaw Mengestu is the best-selling author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, How to Read the Air, and most recently All Our Names. He was also named a "20 Under 40" writer by the New Yorker as well as included in a short list of "5 Under 35" by the National Book Award Foundation. The event will be moderated by Laurie Hertzel, Senior Books Editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.