Videos

#AWP22Conference & Bookfair: Mark your calendars! #AWP22 is online and in-person in Philadelphia, PA this year March 23-26, 2022!

 

Videos of our virtual events as well as select featured presentations from the events offered each year at the AWP Conference & Bookfair. Some recordings from 2013-2015 were produced by FORA.tv.. Some interviews from 2016–2019 were produced by PBS's Book View Now.

Video List:



  • | May 16, 2022

    #AWP23 Event Proposal Webinar

    Join AWP Conference Events Coordinator, Aubrey Kamppila, for this short webinar on AWP's event proposal process for #AWP23. She will cover general information about event proposals, the different components of an event proposal, a timeline for proposals and what happens afterwards, what to do if your event is accepted for the 2023 AWP Conference & Bookfair, and where on the AWP website you should look for information about the event proposal system.


  • | May 9, 2022

    #AWP23 Proposal Walkthrough System

    AWP Events Coordinator Aubrey Kamppila gives an overview of the event proposal and selection process for the 2023 AWP Conference & Bookfair. The webinar covers event proposal deadlines, requirements, best practices, selection criteria, and acceptance rates.


  • Virtual | April 26, 2022

    "How The Water Holds Me" by Tariq Luthun

    Emmy Award-winning poet Tariq Luthun reads from his collection How The Water Holds Me for National Arab American Heritage Month. Enjoy his poems: "The Summer My Cousin Went Missing", "Al Bahr", and "I Go to the Backyard to Pick Mint Leaves for My Mother" in this video.

    Bio: Tariq Luthun is a Detroit-born, Dearborn-raised community organizer, data consultant, and Emmy Award-winning poet. The son of Palestinian Muslim immigrants from Gaza, he is a Kresge Arts in Detroit fellow that earned his MFA in Poetry from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Luthun’s work has earned him such honors as being named Best of the Net, in addition to fellowships through Kundiman, The Watering Hole, and the Kresge Foundation. His first collection of poetry, How The Water Holds Me, was awarded Editors' Selection by Bull City Press and is available now.


  • | March 25, 2022

    #AWP22 Since My Body Discovery and Embodiment of Disabled Voices, Sponsored by Zoeglassia

    Five pioneers of disability poetry in a reading and moderated Q&A that expresses different strains of disability poetics. From the anticolonial to the queer celebratory, disabled voices are charting a poetics of liberation that illuminates the intersectionality of body and identity and the forms of social control and oppression that seek to correct or silence disabled bodies. Together, these four poets will explore, to quote Kay Ulanday Barrett, “the potentiality in being multiple embodiments."


  • | March 24, 2022

    #AWP22 Writing Ourselves into Existence: Taiwanese American Voices

    Taiwan is the twentieth-largest economy in the world and a modern democracy, but it is blocked from membership in the United Nations and World Health Organization and can’t even compete in the Olympics under its own name. China thwarts Taiwan’s sovereignty not just through diplomacy but through language, by censoring perceived dissent and controlling the narrative. Taiwanese American writers can tell their stories from a safe distance; their words are urgent and necessary to counteract this erasure.


  • | March 24, 2022

    #AWP22 Celebrating the National Book Critics Circle's First Book Award

    A literary partner featured event focused on the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard award winners, introduced by NBCC VP/Events Jane Ciabattari, moderated by NBCC President David Varno, featuring Leonard award winners Raven Leilani, Carmen Maria Machado, and Kirstin Valdez Quade. They’ll focus on launching a literary career, inspiration and research for their work, the influence of Leonard and other awards, evolving forms, the unique challenges of writing in these times, and the imaginative process that shapes their work.


  • | March 24, 2022

    #AWP22 Keynote Address by Toi Derricotte, Sponsored by Wilkes University Creative Writing

    Toi Derricotte is the recipient of the 2020 Frost Medal from Poetry Society of America. Her sixth collection of poetry, "I”: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. Other books of poetry include The Undertaker’s Daughter, Tender, Captivity, Natural Birth, and The Empress of the Death House. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her numerous literary awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was awarded the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, a Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists, the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. With Cornelius Eady, Derricotte cofounded the Cave Canem Foundation in 1996. They are corecipients of the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the City of Literature Paul Engle Prize, and the MLA Phyllis Franklin Award. She is professor emerita from University of Pittsburgh and a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Support the #AWP22 featured presenters by purchasing their recent published titles on our Bookshop list: https://bookshop.org/lists/awp22-featured-presenter-books


  • | March 23, 2022

    #AWP22 Keynote Address by Toi Derricotte, Sponsored by Wilkes University Creative Writing

    Toi Derricotte is the recipient of the 2020 Frost Medal from Poetry Society of America. Her sixth collection of poetry, "I”: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. Other books of poetry include The Undertaker’s Daughter, Tender, Captivity, Natural Birth, and The Empress of the Death House.

    Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her numerous literary awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was awarded the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, a Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists, the 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. With Cornelius Eady, Derricotte cofounded the Cave Canem Foundation in 1996. They are corecipients of the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the City of Literature Paul Engle Prize, and the MLA Phyllis Franklin Award. She is professor emerita from University of Pittsburgh and a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

    Support the #AWP22 featured presenters by purchasing their recent published titles on our Bookshop list: https://bookshop.org/lists/awp22-featured-presenter-books


  • | March 23, 2022

    In The Cosmopolis of Memory Women on Cultural Selfhood in a Globalized World

    Setting and place are at the center of our stories and identities—yet globalization and territorial violences create a complicated spatial “belonging." How do we place ourselves in our writing? Braving political strife, war, and displacement coupled with traumas of misrepresentation by dominant narratives, five women grounded in (global) Lebanese, Azerbaijani, Palestinian, and Pakistani cultures write and/or translate poetry, fiction, and memoir to recast histories and cultures in our own voices.


  • | February 15, 2022

    Virtual AWP in Conversation: Celebrating Black Poetry with Cave Canem, Sponsored by The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

    Celebrate Black poets this month and all months! Join us on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. ET as poets Linda Susan Jackson, Maya Marshall, and Afaa Weaver read a selection of their poems and discuss Cave Canem throughout its fruitful twenty-five years. Linda, Maya, and Afaa relate the influence Cave Canem has had on their own work and the work of others as a safe haven for Black creators to realize their full potential. With introduction by Dante Micheaux, Cave Canem’s twenty-fifth anniversary curator and artistic advisor. Thank you to The Givens Foundation for African American Literature for sponsoring this Black History Month event.


  • | January 13, 2022

    Virtual AWP Pedagogy: Reclaiming Genre Fiction for the Creative Writing Classroom, Sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing

    AWP board member and creative writing professor DeMisty D. Bellinger moderates as authors and teachers Tara Campbell and Julie Iromuanya discuss the tools genre fiction provides to explore social problems and the lived experiences of writers of color. They examine redefining the canon and rediscovering existing BIPOC and women genre writers, and Tara and Julie offer book recommendations and champion the importance of reading and teaching what you love.


  • | January 6, 2022

    American Harvest and White Flights: Marie Mockett and Jess Row in Conversation

    This event originally premiered on March 5, 2021 as part of the #AWP21 Conference & Bookfair and is now available for all to enjoy.

    Acclaimed authors Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Jess Row read from and discuss their latest works of nonfiction. Engaging with race, religion, agriculture, and contemporary fiction, these two authors are at the center of ongoing conversations of vital importance to us all. Introduced and moderated by Graywolf Press director and publisher Fiona McCrae.