AWP Thanks Participants & Attendees for a Wonderful #AWP22

April 8, 2022

#AWP22 logo and image of Broad street facing Philadelphia City Hall.


The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) is proud to announce the resounding success of the #AWP22 conference and offers a heartfelt thanks to all who participated and attended. On March 23–26, AWP welcomed 6,000 attendees for the return of an in-person conference and bookfair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as hosting an additional 1,000 attendees online.

The conference included a joyful keynote address by celebrated poet Toi Derricotte and fourteen other featured events organized with the help of our many valued literary partners. You can find links to view all of these events, along with social media highlights, in our complete press release.

#AWP22 was able to be held in-person thanks to a rigorous Health & Safety Policy, which remained in effect even after the City of Philadelphia lifted mask and vaccine mandates. However, despite mandatory mask-wearing in conference spaces and vaccination verification, we want to remind in-person attendees that there is a level of COVID-19 risk to attending in-person, especially during travel. If you have tested positive between the start of the conference and April 9, please notify AWP, local health authorities, and anyone with whom you may have had close contact. AWP remains in contact with local health officials in Philadelphia to monitor contact tracing. However, we will not release or identify any individual information that we may receive but leave it to the local health authorities to contact those that may have been at risk.

If you would like to continue enjoying #AWP22, log in to view the online prerecorded virtual events and livestreamed featured events through May 1, 2022. #AWP22 featured events will be released to the AWP YouTube channel throughout the coming year. Thank you, AWP community, for a safe and successful #AWP22! We look forward to joining together again in 2023!

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