Videos of select featured presentations from the more than 550 events offered at the AWP Conference & Bookfair. These recordings were produced by

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  • Keynote Address by Annie Proulx

    Seattle, WA | February 27, 2014

    Sponsored by the University of Washington Creative Writing Program. Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in the New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent book is Fine Just the Way It Is. She lives in Wyoming.

  • National Book Critics Circle: Ben Fountain and Amy Tan

    Seattle, WA | February 28, 2014

    Two National Book Critics Circle award honored novelists--Ben Fountain and Amy Tan--read from their work and talk with NBCC Vice President/Online Jane Ciabattari about inspiration, research, readers, awards, the unique challenges of first novels, and the imaginative process that gives their work originality. Since 1974, the National Book Critics Circle awards have honored the best literature published in English. These are the only awards chosen by the critics themselves.

  • Image & Idea: Rachel Kushner & Colm Tóibín

    Seattle, WA | February 28, 2014

    Colm Tóibín (The Testament of Mary) described Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers as, "an ambitious and serious American novel. The scope is wide. The political and the personal are locked in a deep and fascinating embrace." And in Tóibín's latest novel he takes on nothing less than the mother of Christ. Hear these two authors read and speak about the larger ideas that inspired them and the need for scope in the contemporary novel.

  • Robert Hass, Eva Saulitis, & Gary Snyder: Writing Nature

    Seattle, WA | February 28, 2014

    Author and marine biologist Eva Saulitis joins legendary poets Robert Hass and Gary Snyder for a reading followed by a conversation, moderated by Peggy Shumaker, about the task of writing about nature in a culture that often prizes easily commodifiable academic achievement over messier ways of knowing: the lyric, the spiritual, the sublime.

  • Song of the Reed: The Poetry of Rumi

    Seattle, WA | March 1, 2014

    Thirteenth century Persian poet Rumi is now the most popular poet in the United States. In this event, leading Rumi interpreter Coleman Barks reads his beloved versions of the Sufi poet’s verse, biographer Brad Gooch shares research into Rumi’s lived experience, and poet Anne Waldman reflects on Rumi’s contribution to poetry’s ecstatic tradition.

  • A Reading and Conversation with Gish Jen & Tobias Wolff

    Seattle, WA | March 1, 2014

    Gish Jen, author of The Love Wife and Typical American, and Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army, will present readings of their award-winning work, followed by a discussion moderated by Jess Walter.

  • Augusten Burroughs & Cheryl Strayed: A Reading & Conversation, Sponsored by the Wilkes University Low-Residency MA/MFA Program in Creative Writing

    Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Augusten Burroughs, author of memoirs Running with Scissors and Dry, and Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild and the voice behind the Rumpus’s beloved “Dear Sugar” column, will present readings of their work, followed by a discussion moderated by columnist and commentator Bob Morris, author of the memoir Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad. The authors will be introduced by playwright and novelist Bonnie Culver, director of the Wilkes University Low-Residency MA/MFA Program in Creative Writing.

  • Amy Bloom & Richard Russo: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by Lesley University

    Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Amy Bloom is author of the New York Times best-selling Away: A Novel, and Where the God of Love Hangs Out, a collection of short fiction. Richard Russo is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls, Straight Man, and Nobody's Fool. The reading will begin with an introduction by poet Steven Cramer, director of the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and will be followed by a discussion moderated by novelist and critic Leah Hager Cohen, author of The Grief of Others and House Lights.

  • Alice Hoffman & Tom Perrotta: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by Grub Street

    Boston, MA | March 7, 2013

    Internationally best-selling writers Alice Hoffman and Tom Perrotta, authors of over thirty books between them, read from their recent fiction. After the reading, Grub Street artistic director and novelist Christopher Castellani moderates a discussion that focuses on how these authors continually appeal to wide audiences with novels and stories of great depth, subtlety, and cultural relevance. The discussion will also touch on how these authors use humor and magic in their work, the creative roles they’ve played in their film adaptations, and other topics related to the craft of fiction.

  • WAMFEST and Fairleigh Dickinson University Present: POEMJAZZ, A Conversation and Performance with Robert Pinsky, Laurence Hobgood, and Stan Strickland

    Boston, MA | March 9, 2013

    Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood recently released their collaborative CD titled POEMJAZZ. This performance will be an extension of that collaboration, which includes jazz greats Ben Allison (bass) and saxophonist Stan Strickland (saxophone). Like all WAMFEST (The Words and Music Festival) events, this will be introduced by David Daniel. WAMFEST is a part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s creative writing programs.

  • Language at the Breaking Point, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts

    Boston, MA | March 8, 2013

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Jorie Graham and National Book Award-winner Terrance Hayes stretch language past the barriers of mind and limitations of personal experience to reinstate a kind of dignity to the world. Their creative tensions puncture the commonplace allowing the familiar to dislocate, laying bare our tenuous connection to life. Yet grace and a vivid, wakeful presence abide. Their poems demonstrate how the excavation of language itself can shape new possibilities for imagination to evolve.