My 2018 AWP Conference Schedule

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 View Full Schedule

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

R204. Complicating Florida. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Florida sometimes comes off as the court jester of the United States. But writing by Floridians exposes the incongruities and felicities of living in a state with such natural beauty and diverse culture but that is also infrastructurally and politically conservative. These authors—all of them Floridians—reflect in their work the complexities and contradictions of the state. This panel convenes in order to discuss how diverse writers' works can represent home's beautiful, complicated terrain.

Erika is Coffee House Press's poetry editor at large. She freelances as Quick Bread Editorial. She is formerly of the University Press of Florida and the University of Georgia Press.

Raymond McDaniel is the author of Murder (a recipient of the National Poetry Series), Saltwater Empire, Special Powers and Abilities, and The Cataracts. He is a staff writer for The Constant Critic and teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Lightsey Darst's most recent book, Thousands, came out from Coffee House Press in fall 2017. She has published two previous books with Coffee House, Find the Girl and DANCE. Her awards include National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for literature and dance criticism and a Minnesota Book Award.

M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, and Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War. She directs the MFA in creative writing at the University of Miami, and she is board member and faculty of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She has held several writing fellowships and was Ninth Letter's 2015 Award Winner in Fiction. She holds a master's in library science from FSU and is the author of Felt in the Jaw, a collection of short stories dealing with the lesbian domestic.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 View Full Schedule

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

S111. First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: When, Why, and How Short Stories Become Novels. (,  ,  ,  ) According to Lorrie Moore, “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.” And as in a romance, sometimes one leads to the other, as in Evan S. Connell’s Mrs. Bridge (originally, “The Beau Monde of Mrs. Bridge”) or Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! (“Ava Wrestles the Alligator”). While most published stories stay short, writers sometimes see in a select few the potential for more. The authors on this panel will describe their experience of writing novels that evolved from short forms.

Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories and the forthcoming Make Way for Her and Other Stories. Her work recently appeared in Indiana Review, Wigleaf, Juked, and elsewhere. She teaches at Texas Tech University and is the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Julianna Baggott is the author of over twenty books under her own name and two pen names, including two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, Pure and Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonder. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and on NPR.

M. Evelina Galang, author of Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, and Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War. She directs the MFA in creative writing at the University of Miami, and she is board member and faculty of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).

Chigozie Obioma is a Nigerian writer from Akure, Nigeria. The Fishermen, his debut novel, won numerous awards, including the FT/Oppenheimer Awards, and an NAACP Image Awards, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book award.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Taps Restaurant Bay & Lounge, 777 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

TriQuarterly Books/Curbstone Reading
Cost: Free

Join Northwestern University Press for an exciting event featuring our authors M. Evelina Galang, Debra Dean, Marcelo Hernandez-Castillo, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Marcus Jackson, as they read from their latest works from our TriQuarterly and Curbstone imprints. Appetizers will be served and a limited number of free drink tickets will be available. The event will be taking place in the upstairs wine bar. We hope to see you there!

 

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