David Fenza

District of Columbia, United States

David Fenza joined the staff as publications manager in 1988, when he began to engineer the remaking of AWP Newsletter into the Writer's Chronicle.  The first bookfair he organized for AWP featured 33 publishers at the 1989 AWP Conference in Philadelphia, which attracted 300 attendees. A graduate of the writing programs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa, David also earned a master's degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has served on the boards of Share Our Strength and the Fall for the Book Festival. He is the author of a book-length poem, The Interlude. After becoming Executive Director of AWP in 1995, Fenza initiated many of the changes in governance and programming to support the four-fold growth in the number of writers, teachers, students, and publishers who now benefit from AWP's projects and services. As many AWP initiates know, the bookfair now features over 500 publishers, and the conference attracts more than 10,000 attendees. 


  • "A Note from the American Culture Wars" , American Poetry Review (September 2012)
  • "Occupy My Street" , American Poetry Review (September 2012)
  • The Interlude , Galileo Press (1988)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & World Religions from Colorado College (1977)
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing & Literature from Johns Hopkins University (1978)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Literature from University of Iowa (1981)
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2010)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry