Virtual AWP: Conversations with Writers featuring Alexandra van de Kamp and Sheila Black

August 10, 2020

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We welcome to our virtual programming a conversation with Alexandra van de Kamp and Sheila Black. Watch as they take time to discuss moving forward with a formal and intentional presence, developing strategies for building community in the virtual classroom, and addressing boundaries to prevent burnout.

This event will premiere on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. ET on the AWP YouTube channel. Alexandra van de Kamp and Sheila Black will participate in a live Q&A chat during the video premiere. Register for this event and to receive notifications on upcoming events.

Follow along with the conversation with the referenced resources below:

Writing Workshops Dallas

The Poetry Barn

Lighthouse Writers Workshop (Denver)

Writers League of Texas

Gemini Ink

Write Space Writing Center


Alexandra van de Kamp is the Executive Director of Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s Writing Arts Center ( Her most recent books of poems are Kiss/Hierarchy (Rain Mountain Press, 2016) and The Park of Upside-Down Chairs (CW Books, 2010). She has also published several chapbooks, including A Liquid Bird Inside the Night (Red Glass Books, 2015) and Dear Jean Seberg (2011), which won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been published in journals nationwide, such as The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, Tahoma Literary Review, and more. She has work forthcoming in the Texas Observer. She is working on a third manuscript of poems, and her poems have been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.

Sheila Black is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Iron, Ardent (Educe Press, 2017). A fifth collection, “Vivisection,” is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. She is a co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Birmingham Review, The New York Times, and other places. She was a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow with the Library of Congress. She currently divides her time between San Antonio, TX, and Washington, D.C., where she works at AWP.



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