My 2015 AWP Conference Schedule

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 View Full Schedule

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Room 200 B&C, Level 2

R108. Social Media Secrets for Authors. (,  ,  Amy King,  Susan Ito,  Sophfronia Scott) Building an author platform is more than a numbers game. Any author active on social media knows that 10,000 Twitter followers do not equal 10,000 book sales. But you can increase your number of “true fans”—those followers who will buy everything you publish—by following a few simple secrets. Panelists will discuss how they use quality, consistency, authenticity, and reciprocity on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to engage their readers in conversation and convert followers into friends.

Meghan Ward is a professional book editor, social media coach, and founder of, a blog about writing, publishing, and social media. She teaches blogging and social media classes at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and is the author of Runway: Confessions of a not-so supermodel.

Isaac Fitzgerald is the co-founder of Pen & Ink, co-owner of the Rumpus, and the editor at BuzzFeed Books.

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

AWP Bookfair Stage, Level 1

R162. The Sky Isn’t Falling: Publishing and Entrepreneurship. (,  ,  ,  ) Believe it or not, there are publishers bullish about the future. Coffee House, Guernica, Red Lemonade, and Two Dollar Radio are thinking differently about how they connect writers and readers, responding to not only a changing industry, but to the changing ways readers want to experience texts. By thinking entrepreneurially, they are moving beyond what a traditional publisher does by engaging visual artists, making films, working in multiple platforms, creating writers' residencies, and more.

Chris Fischbach is publisher of Coffee House Press, a nonprofit literary press in Minneapolis. He joined Coffee House in 1995, and became publisher in 2011. He has served as co-chair of the Minneapolis Arts Commission and is currently on the board of the Friends of the Hennepin County LIbrary.

Richard Nash is vice president of community and content at Small Demons. From 2001-2009 he ran Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded AAP's Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. In 2010 the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World. 

Eric Obenauf co-founded Two Dollar Radio and is its executive director. His writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other places. He is the writer and director of the forthcoming feature film, I'm Not Patrick.

Lisa Lucas is a nonprofit arts administrator based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to serving as publisher of Guernica magazine, Lisa consults for arts education organizations, serves on the Brooklyn Literary Council, and is co-chair of nonfiction for the Brooklyn Book Festival.

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Auditorium Room 2, Level 1

R192. New Trends in Literary Publishing. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Get the latest on the greatest issues facing literary publishing from a panel of individuals shaping the industry.

Jeffrey Lependorf serves as the shared executive director of America's two national service organizations for independent literary publishing: the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and Small Press Distribution.

Fiona McCrae has been the director and publisher of Graywolf Press since 1994.

Deena Drewis is the founder and editor of Nouvella, an independent press dedicated to novella-length works of fiction. Nouvella titles have been the recipients of numerous accolades, including the National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction and an Amazon Best Book of the Month pick.

Nathan Rostron is the director of marketing at Restless Books, an innovative digital publisher of international literature, based in Brooklyn. Previously, as an editor, he helped to launch, and at Little, Brown & Co., he edited several award winners and New York Times best sellers.

Room 101 J, Level 1

R200. More Than Luck: How Publishers Select Literary Manuscripts. (,  ,  ,  ) All presses look for quality in manuscripts. What other criteria make a difference in the selection process? Book editors from diverse presses—Red Mountain, and Mammoth Publications (American Indian)—discuss the possible impacts of niche, contests, marketability, length, topic, and author support, among other considerations. A behind-the-scenes look at how to increase chances of getting a book published and understanding what is needed to go from manuscript to book.

Ann Filemyr is a poet and writer. She serves as vice president of academic affairs at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. She co-led the creation of the Institute of American Indian Arts low-residency MFA in creative writing. Her most recent book of poetry is Love Enough. 

Denise (Dotson) Low is a past president of AWP. She is 2007-2009 Kansas poet laureate, with twenty-five published books of poetry, personal essays, and scholarship. Her works explore interactions of historic, "mythic," and "real" time with respect for her Lenape (Delaware) and British Isles heritage.

Susan Gardner is founding editor and publisher of Red Mountain Press in Santa Fe. A poet, painter, photographer, and literary editor, her first poetry was written in Japanese calligraphy, with later works in English and Spanish. She has received wide recognition for her poetry, art, and memoir.

Donald Levering received his MFA from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He has worked as a teacher on the Navajo reservation, groundskeeper, and human services administrator. A former NEA fellow, he won the Quest for Peace Prize in rhetoric and was featured in the Academy of American Poets forum, the Ad Astra Poetry Project.

Room 211 C&D, Level 2

R210. Writing Well Yet Writing to Sell: The Art of The Literary Page-Turner. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Writers of literary fiction spend years earning the praise and acceptance of journals and small presses, yet are rejected by advance-paying NYC houses because their work doesn't compel readers to buy. Five accomplished authors at various stages of their careers share advice, insights, and lessons they've learned about the divide between literary and commercial fiction, and how they've straddled it with books that not only earn praise, but also wider audiences—and the income to keep on writing.

Carla Buckley is the author of the literary suspense novels The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award for Best First Novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. She currently serves on ITW’s Board of Directors as vice president of awards.

Rebecca Johns is the author of the award-winning novel Icebergs and The Countess. Her work has appeared in Printer's Row, the Mississippi Review, Narrative, and Ploughshares. She teaches at DePaul University in Chicago.

Mark Wisniewski is the author of the acclaimed novels Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman and Show Up, Look Good, and the forthcoming novel Watch Me Go. A Pushcart Prize winner, he was a Regents Fellow in the University of California, Davis creative writing program.

Laura McHugh is the author of The Weight of Blood, which was selected as an Indie Next pick and #1 LibraryReads pick.

Tim Johnston is the author of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize-winning collection of stories Irish Girl, the novel Never So Green, and the forthcoming novel Descent. Winner of an O. Henry Prize, he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis.

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Scott James Bookfair Stage, Level 1

R222B. Official #AWP15 Tweetup. () A gathering for attendees tweeting at the AWP Conference & Bookfair to meet face-to-face. Come for a few minutes to say hello or stick around to chat with Twitter users and the AWP Webmaster. Use the hashtags: #AWP15 and #AWPTweetup. For more information about tweeting from the conference, view the #AWP15 Tweet Sheet.

Kate McDevitt joined AWP in late June of 2006 as the webmaster. She manages the organization's social media presence.

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Auditorium Room 2, Level 1

R258. What We Hate: Editorial Dos and Don'ts. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) You won’t find this in the FAQ. Get it straight from the source. Five distinguished magazine and book editors speak candidly about what they love and loathe and everything in between. What do editors really want from writers? What do they absolutely not want? If you’re positively sure you know the answers to these questions, then don’t come to this panel featuring editors from the Believer, Milkweed Editions, Tin House, New England Review, and Orion.

Emerson (Chip) Blake has served as editor-in-chief of Orion since 2005. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Milkweed Editions. Work he edited has been nominated for or won the Pushcart Prize, the PEN Literary Award, the John Oakes Award, and the John Burroughs Medal.

Cheston Knapp works for Tin House.


Patrick Thomas is managing director at Milkweed Editions. He acquires and edits books for the nonfiction list, manages marketing and promotion, while also managing a range of organizational operations, including tasks in finance, inventory, and distribution.

Carolyn Kuebler is the editor of New England Review. Before coming to NER as managing editor in 2004, she was an editor at Library Journal and founding editor of Rain Taxi. She has published work in various magazines, and has an essay forthcoming in the Little Magazine: A Contemporary Guide.

Jordan Bass is the executive editor of McSweeney's Publishing, where he has helped to edit and design dozens of books, both fiction and nonfiction, since 2004.


Room 200 F&G, Level 2

R267. Digital Strategy as Mission Statement: Three Models. (,  ,  Antonio Aiello ) This panel will feature three leading literary institutions in conversation about their digital strategies, and look at the efforts of each across their platforms as an expression of their respective mission statements. We will explore websites, social media, and email efforts, and digital publications/collections. We will speak to how an integrated approach to digital strategy works to cultivate and engage audience and encourage broader, multifaceted participation across screen sizes and devices.

Tyler Meier is the executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, a 17,000 square ft. facility located in Tucson, Arizona that features a 70,000+ item poetry library and an extensive set of community-based programs, including the Reading and Lecture Series, now in its 52nd year.

Jen Benka is the Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets. She worked previously as the managing director of Poets & Writers and for 826 National. She is the author of Pinko and A Box of Longing With Fifty Drawers.

Room L100 B&C, Lower Level

R282. The Rise of the Independent Publicist. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Emerging fiction and nonfiction writers and an independent publicist discuss working with diverse publishing venues to pursue optimal media coverage. Panel topics include ways to take full advantage of your own PR consultant, who can create and execute original media strategies or supplement existing in-house publicity efforts.

Angela Pneuman's work includes Lay It on My Heart, a novel, and Home Remedies, a book of short stories. She received a Stegner fellowship from Stanford, a Presidential fellowship from SUNY Albany, and the Alice Hoffman prize from Ploughshares. She teaches in Stanford's Online Writers Studio.

Michelle Blankenship worked sixteen years as an in-house publicist at John Wiley & Sons, Picador USA, Harcourt, and Bloomsbury. Former authors include Günter Grass, Wisława Szymborska, Umberto Eco, Kaye Gibbons, Roger Angell, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Jesmyn Ward, to name a few. She went freelance in April of 2013.

Jesmyn Ward is the author of Men We Reaped, which won the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction; Salvage the Bones, which won the National Book Award for Fiction; and Where the Line Bleeds. She has published in Oxford American, BOMB Magazine, A Public Space, and elsewhere. She teaches at Tulane University.

Amy S.F. Lutz's writing about autism and other issues she has encountered as the mother of five children has been featured on the websites Slate and Babble; her book Each Day I Like It Better: Autism, ECT, and the Treatment of Our Most Impaired Children was just published by Vanderbilt University Press.

Peggy Shinner is the author of You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body. Her work has appeared on Salon, and in BOMB, the Colorado Review, the Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Bloom, and other publications. A lifelong Chicagoan, she teaches in the MFA program at Northwestern University.

Friday, April 10, 2015 View Full Schedule

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Room 200 F&G, Level 2

F113. How Writing Programs Can Meaningfully Utilize Social Media in an Age of Branding, Over-saturation, and Decreasing Admissions. (,  ,  ,  ) This panel will discuss different ways that writing programs and journals can use social media to recruit, advocate, teach, and promote literary citizenship. Panelists will discuss their experiences and best practices for established and emerging digital mediums (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). In an age of "branding," over-saturation, and decreasing admissions, how can programs and editors use social media meaningfully? This panel will provide practical advice, as well as thoughts on the digital future.

Robert Stevens teaches and serves on the social media subcommittee at the University of Pittsburgh. As fiction and web co-editor, Stevens helped redesign Fourth River's website and led social media initiatives at the journal from 2010-2013. Stevens publishes under the name Robert Yune.

Robyn Coggins, currently an editor at Longform and associate editor at Pitt Med magazine, has managed social networking pages since 2011. She helped select #cnftweet Tiny Truths stories for publication at Creative Nonfiction.

Kinsley Stocum is the founding poetry editor and web/layout designer for the fledgling online lit mag IDK Magazine. She retired her positions as associate and artwork editor for the Fourth River and Rachel Carson fellow for Chatham's MFA program in creative writing when she graduated in May of 2014. 

Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collections New River Breakdown and Until the Clouds Shatter the Light that Plates Our Lives. He currently serves as the associate director of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is editor of storySouth.

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Room 101 B&C, Level 1

F138. The Little Magazine in America: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?. (,  ,  ,  ) A diversity of literary magazine experts discuss and debate the sometimes secret history and roles of "the little magazine" in America. Where do literary magazines seem to be headed now? What other routes might they take?

Jeffrey Lependorf serves as the shared executive director of America's two national service organizations for independent literary publishing: the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and Small Press Distribution.

Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine.

Ian Morris is founding editor of Fifth Star Press and the managing editor of South Loop Review. He is the author of the novel When Bad Things Happen to Rich People and is co-editor (with Joanne Diaz) of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America. He teaches publishing at Columbia College Chicago.

Jane Friedman is the co-founder of Scratch, a magazine about writing and money, and she currently teaches digital publishing and media at the University of Virginia. She is a former editor at VQR and has served on grant panels for the NEA. Her blog for writers at receives 100,000+ visits each month.

Room L100 D&E, Lower Level

F161. In the Middle of Everything: Independent Publishing in the Midwest. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) "New York!" he said. "That's not a place, it's a dream," writes Ralph Ellison in Invisible Man. New York may be a dream for many writers, but it's certainly not the only dream. Over the last decade, countless small presses and journals, literary reading series, and independent bookstores have cropped up in minor Midwestern cities. "In the Middle of Everything" will discuss what's going on in Midwestern America to make it one of the most vibrant places to be a writer and celebrate literature.

Naomi Huffman is managing editor of Curbside Splendor, the assistant literary editor at Newcity, where her reviews and essays appear regularly, and an editor at Bookslut.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, Orphans, and Lost in Space, among others. He directs publicity and content strategy for Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his growing lifestyle empire.

Jeffery Gleaves is the marketing and publicity director at Dzanc Books, a web assistant for Harper's, and a web editor for the Normal School.

Kathleen Rooney, a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, is the author of three books of nonfiction and three books of poetry, the latest of which, Robinson Alone, is a novel in poems based on the life and work of Weldon Kees. Her debut novel, O, Democracy!, was released in spring of 2014.

Jason Sommer is the managing editor & co-owner of Featherproof Books, and also a founder/contributing writer at the literary blog, Bark ( He lives in Chicago, and can be found at

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Room 200 D&E, Level 2

F175. Literary Citizenship: Incessant Self-Promo or Virtuous Duty?. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) As publishers keep marketing budgets at historic lows and writers take to social media by the thousands to promote their work and that of others, “literary citizenship” has become a hotly debated and divisive topic. This panel of writers, editors, and publishers will discuss why literary citizenship is crucial not only for the growth of individual careers or organizations, but perhaps more importantly, for promoting literacy and the literary arts in a culture that is increasingly televisual.

Dave Griffith is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America. He directs the creative writing program at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is currently a Mullin Scholar at the University of Southern California's Center for Advanced Catholic Studies.

Richard Nash is vice president of community and content at Small Demons. From 2001-2009 he ran Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded AAP's Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. In 2010 the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World. 

Austin Kleon is the New York Times best-selling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work!, and Newspaper Blackout.

Julie Buntin is the Director of Programs and Strategic Outreach at the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses. Her writing has appeared in Cosmo, Publishers Weekly, the Rumpus, and One Teen Story.

Cathy Day is the author of two books: The Circus in Winter and Comeback Season. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ninth Letter, [PANK], and The Millions. She teaches fiction writing at both the graduate and undergraduate level, most recently at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Room 101 D&E, Level 1

F203. Readings from Every Father’s Daughter, a New Anthology of Personal Essays by Women about Their Fathers . (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Some of this century’s finest women writers from all over the country will read from Every Father’s Daughter, a new anthology of personal essays by diverse women about their fathers. The anthology is being published in April 2015 on the occasion of McPherson & Company's 41st anniversary.

Phillip Lopate has written over twenty books, most recently, the essay collections Portrait Inside My Head and To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction. He has also edited the anthology Art of the Personal Essay, and directs the MFA nonfiction program at Columbia University.

Joyce Maynard is the author of fourteen books, including the novel To Die For and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World—translated into twelve languages. Her novel, Labor Day, is currently being developed as a motion picture to be adapted and directed by Jason Reitman. Her latest novel is The Good Daughters. 

Ann Hood is the author of thirteen books, including most recently the novels The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle, and the memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. She has been the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and Best American Spiritual, Travel, and Food Writing Awards.

Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, Lark and Termite, MotherKind, Shelter, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, and Black Tickets, is a National Book Award and two-time NBCC finalist. Distinguished Professor of English, she directs the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program.

Jill McCorkle is the author of four short story collections and six novels including her most recent, Life After Life. Her stories have appeared in various periodicals as well as Best American Short Stories and The Norton Anthology. She teaches at NC State and in the writing program at Bennington College. 

Room 205 A&B, Level 2

F211. Hello, Is It Me You're Looking For? Finding Your Audience through Social Media. (Benjamin Samuel ,  ,  ,  Kathy Daneman) Social media gurus reveal the nitty-gritty of developing a consistent, engaging voice across platforms by sharing actual tweets, posts, blasts, and subject lines that have gotten the word out and grown audiences.

Lincoln Michel’s fiction appears in Tin House, Electric Literature, Unstuck, NOON, and elsewhere. He is a co-editor of Gigantic and Gigantic Worlds, a forthcoming anthology of science flash fiction. His debut collection, Upright Beasts, is forthcoming. He tweets at @thelincoln.

Rachel Fershleiser heads publishing outreach at Tumblr. She has been community manager at Bookish and events director at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. She is co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times best seller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 View Full Schedule

9:00 am to 10:15 am

Room 200 D&E, Level 2

S113. Yes, Writing Is a Job: People Who Get Paid to Write. (,  ,  ,  ) Believe it or not, it’s possible to make a living writing. Four working writers from diverse backgrounds will talk about how they make ends meet through article writing, blogging, nonfiction books, and other projects. Panelists will discuss how we get work, the financial realities of the publishing world, and our struggle to balance writing for money with creative endeavors that are closer to our hearts (but harder on our pocketbooks).

Joy Lanzendorfer’s work has been in Mental Floss, Salon, Entrepreneur, Imbibe, Hotel Amerika, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, Superstition Review, and others. She’s a judge for the Writer’s Digest Book Awards and holds an MA from San Francisco State University.

Marcia Simmons is the author of DIY Cocktails. Her work has appeared in Every Day With Rachael Ray, Serious Eats, Geek, Go, Make, and Shape, among others. She has also served as an editor for the Project Censored series of books.

Nora Maynard's recent work has appeared in Salon, Drunken Boat, the Millions, and the Ploughshares and Brevity blogs. Recipient of fiction fellowships from the Millay Colony, Ragdale, Ucross, Blue Mountain, and I-Park, she is a member of the board of directors for the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Ken Weaver is a professional writer and editor. His first book, The Northern California Craft Beer Guide, was named a finalist for an NCIBA Book of the Year award. Ken currently heads RateBeer Weekly, a digital publication reaching 85,000 subscribers in over 160 countries.

Room M100 D&E, Mezzanine Level

S124. Moving into the Future, One Step at a Time: Serial Literature in the Digital Age. (,  ,  ,  ) Serial literature, the staple of working writers like Charles Dickens, has been revived by advances in technology. Editors of e-publishing outfits discuss the revival of the serial, how it affects the reading experience, and what this emerging market means for writers. Discussion includes analyses of technological advances that make serial publishing feasible for a publisher, how/if writers are adapting style to fit the form, and how serials reach untraditional audiences.

Drew Arnold is the editor of Novella-T, an e-journal of serialized fiction. He also works at GrubStreet.

Yael Goldstein Love is the co-founder and editorial director of Rooster and author of the novel Overture, published in paperback as The Passion of Tasha Darsky.

Henriette Lazaridis Power's latest novel is The Clover House. Her work has appeared in publications including Narrative magazine, New England Review, the Millions, the Huffington Post, and The New York Times online. She is the founding editor of the Drum Literary Magazine.

Michelle Miler is a writer and creator of "The Underwriting," a twelve-part multimedia serial about Wall Street and Silicon Valley. She has also written novels and essays under pseudonyms while working at JP Morgan and is presently co-founding a serial fiction studio. She holds a BA and MBA from Stanford.

10:30 am to 11:45 am

Room 101 F&G, Level 1

S140. Promotion as Art: Thinking Beyond the Book Trailer . (,  ,  ,  ,  ) En route to a National Book Award win, Nikky Finney promoted Head Off & Split with a series of short films by David Flores. More than book trailers, these thoughtful vignettes revealed the person behind the poems: a voice of witness speaking candidly from the places that birthed the project. This panel gathers five poets with David Flores to discuss their unique collaborations with the filmmaker, the need for more innovative book promotion, and what happens when spreading the word becomes art.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award nominee. An Affrilachian Poets founder and Cave Canem fellow, he is an associate professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 

David Flores is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. His photography can be found on the covers of Poets & Writers, MIX magazine, and PLUCK. His films have screened at the Verbal Arts Centre of Northern Ireland and film festivals across the country.

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her latest collection Hemisphere is forthcoming this spring. She is also the author of Crowned. A proud Kentucky writer, she is a member of Affrilachian Poets and Conjure Woman and is co-founder of girlstory.

Monica A. Hand is the author of me and Nina. She has attended residencies at Poets House and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A Cave Canem alum, she is currently a PhD candidate in poetry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems and recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. She currently holds positions as sales and subsidiary rights manager and poetry editor for Northwestern University Press.

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Room 101 F&G, Level 1

S172. Literature On Air. (,  ,  ,  ,  Anna Schachner) The panel will explore innovative ways in which the literary arts have achieved renewed life through various broadcast media, including video, vimeos, and the exciting rise in literary podcasts. Editors of Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Missouri Review, and PBS NewsHour will discuss strategies, challenges, and opportunities that come with creating on-air media platforms for the literary arts and what these productions mean for their vision for their pages.

Marianne Kunkel is the author of The Laughing Game and numerous published poems. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and publishing at Missouri Western State University.

Jeffrey Brown is senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and host of the NewsHour's online blog Art Beat.

Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine.

Michael Nye is the author of the story collection Strategies Against Extinction. His work has appeared in Kenyon ReviewBoulevardCincinnati ReviewCrab Orchard Review, and New South, among many others. He is the managing editor of the Missouri Review.

Room 101 H&I, Level 1

S173. Literary Citizenship: It’s Not About You. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Literary citizenship is about building strength in community. Regardless of genre, geography, finances, or publication experience, there are ample ways to engage with others, foster local and national communities, and support our cultural ecosystem. Panelists will discuss how to support and create opportunities for the benefit of others, including the development of reading series’ and online communities, working with nonprofit organizations, book reviewing, mentoring underserved writers, and more.

Lori A. May is the author of six books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life. She founded Poets’ Quarterly, a volunteer-run review journal. May teaches in the University of King’s College, Halifax MFA program and is an internship supervisor at Wilkes University.

Kamy Wicoff is the founder of SheWrites, the largest global online community for women who write, and the co-founder of SheWrites Press. She is the author of I Do But I Don't and the upcoming novel Wishful Thinking. She also serves on the board of the NYC mentoring organization Girls Write Now.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a poet and prose writer, editor of award-winning Mongrel Empire Press, and contributing editor to Sugar Mule: A Literary Journal and to Oklahoma Today. She is director and faculty mentor of the Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University.

Joe Ponepinto is co-publisher of Tahoma Literary Review and the former book review editor for the Los Angeles Review. His short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in dozens of literary journals.

Susan Tekulve is the author of In the Garden of Stone, winner of the 2012 South Carolina First Novel Award, and three short story collections: Savage Pilgrims, Wash Day, and My Mother’s War Stories. She is an associate professor of English at Converse College.

Room M100 A, Mezzanine Level

S185. Small Press, Not Small Reach: Marketing Your Small Press Fictions. (,  ,  ,  ) An awesome small press has reached out to you and said, Yes, let us make this fiction of yours into a book together, and you couldn't be more thrilled—and more uncertain. You know you won't have a tour on their dime, there are no dimes, but what will be your role in marketing your small press work of fiction? This panel addresses the use of social media, guerrilla campaigns, independent bookstores, interpersonal connections, and library systems in marketing and sharing your small press fiction.

Joshua Isard is the author of the novel Conquistador of the Useless, and his short stories have appeared in journals such as StoryChord, Wyvern Lit., and Cleaver. He currently serves as the director of Arcadia University's MFA program in creative writing.

Courtney Elizabeth Mauk is the author of the novels Orion's Daughters and Spark. Her short work has appeared in the Literary Review, [PANK], Wigleaf, Five Chapters, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches with the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop.

Nina McConigley is the author of the short story collection Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the PEN Open Book Award. She teaches at the University of Wyoming.

Christopher Merkner is the author of The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic. He is co-director of the creative writing program and assistant professor of English at West Chester University.

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Room L100 D&E, Lower Level

S224. Poets Paying the Bills: Balancing Your Writing and Moneymaking. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) “Poetry” is often synonymous with “poverty.” How do we afford groceries and other necessities? Panelists from diverse professional backgrounds will discuss how they balance their paying jobs (emergency room doctor, freelance editor, adjunct professor, poetry press editor, online instructor, and book designer) with their writing practice and families. Two panelists have small children at home.

Rachel M. Simon is the author of the poetry collection Theory of Orange and the chapbook Marginal Road. She teaches writing, gender studies, and film classes at Purchase College, State University of New York; Pace University; Bedford Hills Correctional Facility; Poets House; and others.

Chloe Yelena Miller is the author of Unrest, a poetry chapbook. Her work has been published in Narrative and the Cortland Review, among others. She teaches writing at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, online at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and privately.

Hila Ratzabi was selected by Adrienne Rich for a National Writers Union Prize. She is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Storyscape. Ratzabi founded the Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop and the Red Sofa Reading Series in Philadelphia. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Shradha Pravin Shah is a poet, visual artist, and physician. She practices emergency medicine in the Bay Area. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University and MD from Wayne State School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan.

Mary Austin Speaker is the author of Ceremony; The Bridge; 20 Love Poems for 10 Months; and a play, I Am You This Morning You Are Me Tonight. In Minneapolis, she runs a small book design studio. This summer she will teach creative writing at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference.

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Auditorium Room 3, Level 1

S231. From Rent Parties to Kickstarter: Toward a Democratic Patronage of Poetry. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Have you seen your poems on blogs or pillows sold on Etsy but weren’t even consulted or paid for their use? Would you like to receive payment for your poetry? Do you have a special project that needs funding? This panel will identify avenues of support for poets who make potential readers more aware of and invested in poetry as a living art form. We will explore the concept of the gift economy, aggregated sites for donations, crowdsourcing, rent parties, and more.

Rita Mae Reese is the author of The Alphabet Conspiracy. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize.

Millicent Borges Accardi is the author of three poetry books: Injuring Eternity, Woman on a Shaky Bridge, and Only More So. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, and the California Arts Council.

Colleen Abel is the author of Housewifery, a chapbook. A former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow, her work has appeared in the Southern Review, Mid-American Review, West Branch, The Journal, Cimarron Review, and Verse Daily.

Eileen Myles’s most recent books are Snowflake/different streets (poetry) and Inferno (a poet’s novel), which is now available on iTunes and in her own voice. Awards include a Guggenheim fellowship and a 2014 poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She lives in New York.

Marty McConnell is the author of wine for a shotgun. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, among others. She is the founder of Vox Ferus, and a co-founder of the louderARTS Project.

AWP Bookfair Stage, Level 1

S232. Literary Publishing in the 21st Century. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) In 1980, Bill Henderson assembled The Art of Literary Publishing, an anthology that defined the challenges publishers would face for the next thirty years. In recognition of the seismic change in the industry over the past decade, Literary Publishing in the 21st Century brings together a diverse group of publishing professionals to explore challenges the next thirty years may hold. This panel assembles four contributors to the anthology to explain how publishing will thrive in the 21st century.

Travis Kurowski teaches creative writing and publishing at York College of Pennsylvania. He is the Literary MagNet columnist for Poets & Writers and the editor of Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine.

Daniel Slager is the publisher and CEO of Milkweed Editions, an independent literary press based in Minneapolis. Previously, Slager was an editor at Harcourt in New York, and the associate editor of Grand Street, a quarterly magazine of literature and art. He is also a widely published translator.

Jane Friedman is the co-founder of Scratch, a magazine about writing and money, and she currently teaches digital publishing and media at the University of Virginia. She is a former editor at VQR and has served on grant panels for the NEA. Her blog for writers at receives 100,000+ visits each month.

Emily Louise Smith is the co-founder and publisher of Lookout Books and its sister magazine, Ecotone. She teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she also directs the publishing certificate program and the Publishing Laboratory, a student press. Her poems appear in Best New Poets and the Southern Review.

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Room M100 J, Mezzanine Level

S284. Creative Writing in the Digital Age. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Digital technology has a profound and ever-increasing impact on creative writing; however, this impact is often overlooked in the traditional creative writing classroom. This panel addresses creative solutions to utilizing technology in traditional and hybrid genres, from digital poetics to social media to game theory. The panelists discuss traditional, hybrid, and online-only classrooms, and how instructors can integrate digital tools to enhance creativity both in process and product.

Joseph Rein is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He is co-editor of Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Students on Creative Writing Pedagogy. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in over a dozen journals and anthologies.

Doug Dechow is the digital humanities librarian and an adjunct professor of English at Chapman University. He is co-author of a book about the Smalltalk programming language entitled Squeak: A Quick Trip to ObjectLand, and he and Chapman professor Anna Leahy also co-write Lofty Ambitions blog.

Janelle Adsit is the author of the poetry collection Unremitting Entrance. Her poetry, book reviews, and essays have appeared in Confrontation, Caketrain, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, and ForeWord. She teaches writing at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Trent Hergenrader is an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His short stories have appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and Best Horror of the Year. His academic work focuses on digital pedagogy, creative writing pedagogy, and game studies.

Michael Dean Clark is an associate professor of writing at Azusa Pacific University and the co-editor of the text Creative Writing in the Digital Age. An author of fiction and nonfiction, his work has appeared in a variety of places including Relief, Fast Forward, and Paper Tape.


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