Literary Caucuses

AWP is proud to support the vibrant literary caucuses working to meet the needs of the world’s diverse population of writers. Every year, AWP makes space available for caucuses to meet at our annual conference, where all conference attendees, regardless of affiliation, are welcome to attend. Please find below a list of literary caucuses that have attended our conference, along with contact information and links to caucus websites and upcoming conference events.

These caucuses are freestanding groups, each made up of a specific demographic that shares academic, literary, and professional development concerns. The views and opinions expressed by the caucuses do not necessarily reflect the views of the AWP Board of Trustees or Staff.


African Diaspora Caucus

Contact information and mission statement soon to be updated.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:

  • African Diaspora Caucus
    E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
    Agenda: This panel will focus on Black speculative fiction and how it can be utilized to translate the experience of those from the African diaspora. The panelists will engage in an open discussion about the genre, the importance of minority writers within the spectrum of science fiction and fantasy, as well as short readings from the panelists’ own work that display the unique way speculative fiction can frame a marginalized experience.

  • Afrofuturism and the Future
    D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

  • Monsters, Marvels, & Melanin: A Discussion of Black Speculative Fiction
    F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Arab American Writers Caucus

Contact: Randa Jarrar, Executive Director of RAWI, randajarrar@gmail.com
Website: http://arabamericanwriters.org

Mission Statement: Established in 1993, RAWI is a national organization that provides mentoring, community, and support for Arab American writers and those with roots in the Arabic speaking world and the diaspora. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) literary organization dedicated to supporting and disseminating creative writing and scholarly writing by Arab Americans and those from the Arabic speaking world—which often means creating space and highlighting voices and people threatened by erasure.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:

  • Arab American Writers Caucus
    F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
    Agenda: This town-hall style meeting creates a much-needed space for Arab American writers to build and connect within AWP. We invite established and emerging writers, editors, students, scholars, and organizers, and aim for the caucus to facilitate networking and exchange on Arab American literary endeavors, craft, publishing, poetics, and praxis. Our caucus seeks to empower and center the voices of underrepresented Americans with roots in the Arab world, including Black Arabs, queer and trans Arabs, differently bodied Arabs, and stateless Arabs. The last 30 minutes of the caucus will be an open mic.

  • Writing Palestine: Combating Erasure/Imagining the Future
    D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • Sarabande Books Silver Anniversary Reading
    B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

  • Dispatches From the Land of Erasure: Arab American Writers Forum
    B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • Bona Fide Relationships
    D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.


Art School Writing Faculty

Contact information and mission statement soon to be updated.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:

  • Art School Writing Faculty Caucus Meeting
    F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Agenda: Annual meeting of writing faculty who teach in art and design environments to discuss pedagogy, programming, administration, and general best practices particular to their writing classes and programs.


Asian American

Contact information and mission statement soon to be updated.

Upcoming Events

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Disabled and D/deaf

Contact: AWPdisabilitycaucus@gmail.com
Website: https://awpdisabilitycaucus.wordpress.com/

Mission Statement: The Disabled & D/deaf Writers Caucus is a yearly meeting at the annual AWP Conference and aims to allow for disabled individuals to network and discuss common challenges related to identity, writing, and teaching while professionally leading a literary life. We aim to archive our interests, challenges, and concerns in order to increase our visibility and emphasize our importance to this organization, along with our social and creative significance to the academic and literary communities where we live, teach, and work.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:

  • Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus
    E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
    Agenda: The Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus allows for those who are disabled or living with chronic illness, and their allies, to network and discuss common challenges related to identity, writing, and teaching while professionally leading a literary life. By meeting annually at the AWP conference, we aim to archive our interests, challenges, and concerns in order to increase our visibility and emphasize our importance both to this organization and to the communities where we live, teach, and work.

  • The Future is Disabled: A Reading of Disabled Writers on What's Next
    F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • Rewriting Wild Bodies
    F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

  • The Strengths of Complexity and the Power of Limitations: Writers on Disability
    Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

  • Invisible Disabilities, Necessary Supports
    B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

  • Disability Literature Consortium Reading (Offsite, free and ASL-Interpreted)
    Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center
    435 NE Wasco Street, Portland, OR 97232
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


FUSE Caucus

Contacts: Catherine Zobal Dent, Susquehanna University, Executive Director dent@susqu.edu  
Amy Persichetti, Cabrini University, Associate Director amyp1234@gmail.com
Rachel Hall, SUNY Geneseo, Regional Director, hall@geneseo.edu
Reed Wilson, UCLA, Regional Director, rwilson@english.ucla.edu
Michael Cocchiarale, Regional Director, mfcocchiarale@widener.edu
Website: http://www.fuse-national.com

Mission Statement: FUSE’s mission is to foster visionary magazine work and to support undergraduates who are eager to pursue careers in writing, publishing, and editing. FUSE provides a wide range of tools necessary for students to further their editing and writing endeavors and is designed also to be accessible to professors of editing and publishing courses, faculty advisors of literary magazines, and directors of undergraduate programs.
The main goal of FUSE is to operate through the formation of college chapters that work to encourage magazine staffs and writers within their own communities as well as at other schools.  The members of FUSE run workshops, write reviews of literary magazines, and provide assistance as well as a social outlet for undergraduate editors and writers. This supportive environment opens doors for professional training and teamwork within writing departments.  In addition to the main goals, a FUSE chapter might publicize literary journals and blogs, hold fundraising events, organize extramural trips, host readings, and much more.  A FUSE chapter is a small group meant to draw people with a common interest into a much bigger family of editors and writers across the nation.
The FUSE website aims to encourage communication among and between students at schools with FUSE chapters, and it helps new schools discover the FUSE resources. The FUSE website hosts a continuously evolving archive of undergraduate writing across North America. By providing links to individual journals in the Directory, FUSE shares and promotes innovations in editing and publishing. FUSE also reviews undergraduate magazines, celebrating aspiring writers and editors and helping to enlarge the readership of these magazines.
To supplement its web presence, FUSE holds an annual conference where students can display their magazines, attend workshops in magazine design, and participate in readings and contests.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19

  • The 2019 FUSE Caucus at #AWP19
    F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Agenda: Calling all undergraduate faculty and students engaged in editing and publishing literary journals, literary websites, chapbooks, and small presses. Come join FUSE for its annual caucus. At this session, we will discuss FUSE and explain and revise its goals, report out FUSE chapter updates, provide networking opportunities, establish our 2019 conference theme selection, elect new student leadership, and review ways to keep in touch through our year-round online presence.

  • Please visit FUSE at T11080 at the #AWP19 Bookfair!


Indigenous Aboriginal American Writers Caucus

Contact: Shauna Osborn, nativeawp@gmail.com
Website: https://nativewriterscaucus.wordpress.com/

Mission Statement: Indigenous writers and scholars participate fluidly in AWP, teaching and directing affiliated programs or working as independent writers/scholars and/or in language revitalization and community programming. This group serves the purpose of supporting the annual AWP Indigenous Aboriginal American Writers Caucus and imparting field-related craft, pedagogy, celebrations, and concerns as understood by Indigenous-Native writers from the Americas and surrounding island nations.

Upcoming Events

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K-12 Caucus

Contact: Kenyatta Rogers, kenyatta.rogers02@gmail.com
Website https://chiarts.org/chiarts-moves-toward-a-trauma-informed-arts-education-practice/

Mission Statement: The caucus creates a space where teachers in K-12 schools, as well as those who work part time with young writers, can share their classroom experiences with the hope of helping one another understand the complex and diverse needs of young writers in the 21st century. The meeting will feature presentations by caucus members to help generate discussion around issues of pedagogy and how to build a creative writing curriculum that is accessible to students no matter their identity or background.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:


Latino Caucus

Contact: Ruben Quesada, Founding Member, latinxcaucus@gmail.com
Website: https://latinxwriterscaucus.org
Social Media: Twitter @LatinxCaucus

Mission Statement: Established in 2015, the Latino Caucus serves to create a network for Latinx and Latin American-identified writers. Through active education, marketing, and promotion of literary publications and live events, we support the needs of Latinx and Latin American writers for broader visibility and inclusion in the literary community.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:


LGBTQ Caucus

Contact: Samantha Tetangco, President, stetangco@gmail.com
Website: http://www.lgbtqwriterscaucus.wordpress.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQWritersCaucus/, @LGBTQWriters

Mission Statement: The LGBTQ Writers Caucus is a space for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer to network and discuss common issues/challenges in the literary community and world. These concerns are related to gender fluidity and identity while teaching and writing professionally, along with leading a literary and socially responsible life. We share interests, publications, and projects in order to strengthen visibility and importance to AWP, along with addressing our social/creative significance to academic/literary communities. We are now celebrating our 6th year representing LGBTQ writers at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:

  • The LGBTQ Caucus wrote to AWP: “It is impossible for us to choose between over 50 LGBTQ-themed panels at #AWP19, so we've compiled a useful list of LGBTQ/Queer panels at #AWP19!”


Low-Residency Directors

Contact information and mission statement soon to be updated.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:

  • Low-Residency Directors' Caucus
    F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    This caucus is the annual meeting of directors of low-residency graduate programs.


Two-Year College Caucus

Contact: Maria Brandt, Vice President, mbrandt@monroecc.edu
Mary Lannon, President, mary.lannon@ncc.edu
Website: https://twoyearcollegecaucus.wordpress.com/

Mission Statement The mission of the Two-year College Creative Writing Caucus is to connect creative writing instructors at two-year institutions across the country and promote two-year college initiatives while providing a voice for two-year college concerns within the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:


Women’s Caucus

Contact: Melissa Studdard, President, mjstuddard@gmail.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AWPWomen/, https://twitter.com/CaucusCWWomen

Mission Statement: The Women's Caucus offers an inclusive space for the diverse perspectives of women writers and seeks to recognize the contributions of women writers nationally and internationally, enhance understanding of the relationship between gender and creative writing, expand literary and cultural dialogue to encompass all genres of creative writing specific to women writers, encourage an open forum for dialogues about feminist literary perspectives, support education about the contributions of women writers, and support women writers on local, national, and global levels. Meetings offer a forum in which to network, plan events, and discuss issues concerning women writers (e.g., ways to support each other, lack of access to literary power structures, conference childcare, obstacles to publication, keeping literary events safe, etc.).

Upcoming Events

At #AWP19:

  • Women’s Caucus 
    E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Agenda: The Women's Caucus offers a space to network, plan events, and discuss issues concerning women writers (e.g. ways to support each other, lack of access to literary power structures, conference childcare, obstacles to publication, keeping literary events safe, etc.). This year's panel includes two guest editors who will speak and answer questions about publishing and what they look for in manuscripts. The Women's Caucus is an inclusive space and welcomes the diverse perspectives of women writers. 

  •  #saferLIT: Fighting Sexual Misconduct in the Literary World
    B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

  • VIDA Voices & Views Transgender, Non-Binary, & Gender-Nonconforming Interview
    E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 
    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • The Influence Lab
    Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2 
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

  • All Your Faves Are Problematic: #MeToo and the Ethics of Public Call-Outs
    Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2 
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

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