In the Spotlight

Featuring AWP members who represent AWP’s mission to foster literary achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

  • Minal Hajratwala

    Minal Hajratwala

    Bangalore/San Francisco       Member Since: 2007

    “Read more than you watch TV or movies or cat videos.”

    About: Minal Hajratwala is author of the award-winning epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, which Alice Walker called “incomparable” and The Washington Post, “searingly honest.” She is also editor of Out! Stories from the New Queer India. Her latest book is Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, of which she is a co-founder. As a writing coach, she loves helping people unblock, finish their books, and write winning proposals.

  • Terry Kennedy

    Terry Kennedy

    Greensboro, NC       Member Since: 2000

    “This sort of unplanned fellowship is what AWP is all about for me.”

    About: Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collection, New River Breakdown. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro and as Editor of the online journal storySouth.

Previously in the Spotlight

  • Lisa C. Taylor

    Lisa C. Taylor

    Connecticut       Member Since: 2002

    Featured: January 2015

    “I love to finish a book and think to myself, 'I never could have written that.”


  • Luisa A. Igloria

    Luisa A. Igloria

    Norfolk, VA       Member Since: 2000

    Featured: December 2014

    “I don't believe in writer's block.”


  • Shauna Hambrick Jones

    Shauna Hambrick Jones

    West Virginia       Member Since: 2011

    Featured: November 2014

    “I try not to be too hard on myself because ideas sometimes need time to grow and mingle with other ideas.”


  • Michael Khandelwal

    Michael Khandelwal

    Norfolk, VA       Member Since: 2010

    Featured: October 2014

    “Because we constantly share ideas, none of us has to continually reinvent the wheel.”


  • JP Howard

    JP Howard

    New York       Member Since: 2013

    Featured: September 2014

    “We nurture each other both literally and figuratively.”


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