Virtual AWP Event Beyond Sunrise, There Is a Song We Follow: A Conversation with Joy Harjo and Rob Casper


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 Some interviews from 2016–2019 were produced by PBS's Book View Now.

Video List:

  • | July 29, 2021

    Writer to Writer Conversations & Readings with Mentor Shikha Malaviya

    In our latest installment of Writer to Writer Conversations & Readings, we spotlight perennial W2W poetry mentor Shikha Malaviya and four of her mentees: Preeti Parikh, Muhammad Salimi, Manisha Sharma, and Sunita Theiss. Shikha moderates as they discuss what prompted them to participate in the program, the mentor-mentee matching process, and the importance of a shared cultural connection that allowed them to write and speak freely.

  • | June 29, 2021

    Virtual AWP Pedagogy: Supporting LGBTQ Students in the Creative Writing Classroom

    This Virtual AWP Pedagogy discussion focuses on supporting LGBTQ students in the creative writing classroom. AWP and the Creative Writing Studies Organization welcome Anel I. Flores, Alexa Garvoille, and Ruben Quesada as they discuss solutions to structural problems in creative writing workshops and programs that marginalize LGBTQ and BIPOC writers. AWP Board Member Stephanie Vanderslice moderates as they cover the importance of being visible as queer educators, contextualizing queer writers of the past, and collaborating with other teachers and students to ensure the inclusion of all voices.

  • Virtual | April 15, 2021

    Virtual AWP: Writer to Writer Conversations & Readings

    Just in time for National Poetry Month, the Writer to Writer Conversations & Readings series kicks off with a poetry reading by the mentees of poet and literary translator J. Kates, who has returned each year as a mentor since joining in 2017. He has guided four mentees through the program: Lucas Jacob, Lynn Pattison, Joyce Schmid, and Susan Tatiner.

  • Virtual | April 6, 2021

    A Reading & Conversation with Ada Limón, Jake Skeets, and Rick Barot, Sponsored by Milkweed Editions

    Milkweed Editions presents three critically-acclaimed poets in conversation: Ada Limón, author of the National Book Critic Circle Award-winning collection The Carrying; Diné poet Jake Skeets, author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, a National Poetry Series-winning collection; and Rick Barot, author of The Galleons, as well as three previous collections of poems, The Darker Fall; Want, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize; and Chord.

  • Virtual | March 7, 2021

    Legacy Conversations C. S. Giscombe and Nathaniel Mackey, Sponsored by Cave Canem

    Established in 2001, Cave Canem's Legacy Conversations features pre-eminent poets and scholars who have played historic roles in Black poetry. These discussions address historical, aesthetic, political, and personal influences on craft and thought. In this edition, poets C. S. Giscombe, known for his meditations across geography and time, and Nathaniel Mackey, noted for his experiments with language and music, are led in conversation by Cave Canem fellow Jari Bradley.

  • Virtual | March 6, 2021

    NBCC Award Winners Edwidge Danticat and Sarah M. Broom on Finding Home

    Two National Book Critics Circle award-winning writers, Haitian-born Edwidge Danticat and New Orleanian native Sarah M. Broom, read from their work and engage in a conversation about finding home, their inspiration, research, evolving forms, the unique challenges of writing in these times, the imaginative process that shapes their originality, and what awards mean to writers. Consider this a double master class in the art of storytelling.

  • Virtual | March 4, 2021

    #AWP21 Keynote: Joy Harjo

    Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's #AWP21 keynote address was given on March 4, 2021, as part of the 2021 AWP Conference & Bookfair. Her unique blend of poetry and jazz is now available for all to enjoy. AWP thanks the University of Iowa for sponsoring this event.

  • | January 12, 2021

    Virtual AWP Pedagogy: Diversity & Inclusion in the Creative Writing Classroom

    Felicia Rose Chavez, Caleb Lee González, and Matthew Salesses discuss creative writing teaching practices that value all voices and experiences. AWP Board Member Stephanie Vanderslice moderates.