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Where will I be at AWP? Footnote book signing, Sat. 2 – 3pm + my picks!

AWP is right around the corner and this will be the first time I attended, so I’m excited to see some of the amazing poets and writers I’ve met during my blog adventures!

If you’re wondering where to find me, I’ll be signing copies of Footnote at the Lithic Press booth #6008 on Saturday from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Come stop by to say hello!

You can check out the full list of Lithic Press book signings here.

Of course I’ll be hitting up several panels and off site readings as well. What’s on my schedule? It’s been difficult to select, but I think I’ve got a solid plan. My guess is, I’ll get to at least half of these.




My picks for AWP 2019


D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R131. Lit Your City: How To Build Strong Writing Communities & Run Reading Series.(,  ,  ,  ,  ) Reading series exist to share ideas, build community, and bridge the gap between the writer and non-writer. They enrich the experience of writers in the community, but also expose the larger population to the importance of writing and hearing diverse voices. Panelists are writers who have worked on series or have in some other way ingeniously brought the word to their city. Each participant will discuss the mission and development of their series or project, as well as the pitfalls and successes.

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R198. Page Meets Stage (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Where does poetry live? Where does it breathe? And what makes it dance? This reading will answer those questions insufficiently but entertainingly. Modeled after the popular 14-year-old series at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, four poets who occupy different places on the continuum from page to stage--from the National Book Award to the National Poetry Slam--read “popcorn style,” with no set order and sometimes not even a set list in an ongoing poetic conversation.

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R246. A Reading & Conversation with Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker, and Evie Shockley, Sponsored by Cave Canem(,  ,  ,  ) Three award-winning poets give brief readings, followed by a moderated conversation about poetry as a space for complex negotiations and radical reimaginings. While the meaning of diversity is being debated, these poets’ unique voices and varied strategies expand the discourse beyond considerations of race and ethnicity. Their views of the poet as artist and social being disrupt familiar tropes assigned to "the writer of color."

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R257. New Poets of Native Nations(,  ,  ,  ,  ) Graywolf Press is proud to celebrate the landmark anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, edited by Heid E. Erdrich. Featuring twenty-one poets of Native Nations whose first books were published in the twenty-first century, the anthology highlights a resurgence of Native American poetry publications since the year 2000. Five poets from the Lakota, Dakota, Shawnee, Dine, and Mojave nations perform poetry readings on Indigenous languages, lands, literatures, and more.

Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

R320. Remembering the World: The Memoir of Political Witness(,  ,  ,  ,  ) "Be a Columbus to continents within you," says Thoreau. But what about memoirists preoccupied by more literal land masses? Writers interested in national, rather than individual, conflicts; by the foolishness and wisdom of societies. In this panel, five experienced nonfiction writers talk about how the lens of personal recollection and the formal flexibility of memoir itself can be deployed to accomplish what Carolyn Forché calls a "poetic witness to dark times."

Mother Foucault's Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Platypus Press Presents: Wildness 
Cost: Free

Join your host, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, for an amazing night of words from two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani, National Book Award longlistee Chen Chen, and and Anisfield-Wolf fellow Leila Chatti.

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

R349. Old School Slam() AWP welcomes students to return to the roots of Slam! Open mic, special guests, and then undergraduate and graduate students partake in a hardcore-break-your-heart-strut-out-the-good-stuff slam competition. Students are welcome to sign up to participate on Thursday, March 28, 2019 and Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Wilkes University/Etruscan Press booth and read original pieces (three minutes or less with no props) at the Slam later that night. Sponsors: Wilkes University/Etruscan Press.

F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

F136. Composing an Anthology from Start to Strong Finish(,  ,  ,  ,  ) From proposal to product, editors examine the undertaking of anthology creation, exploring the detours, potholes, and thoroughfares of the process. Panelists discuss the many facets of anthology deliberation: editorial vision and aesthetic decisions; collaborating with authors, publishers, and other editors; marketing, support, and dissemination, including readings, social media engagement, and classroom distribution; and unexpected issues ranging from the legal to the ethical to the practical.

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

F171. The Future is Disabled: A Reading of Disabled Writers on What’s Next(,  ,  ,  Dorothy Palmer) Disabled writers have been historically ignored, but with the growing awareness of "CripLit" gaining mass and the disability movement demanding "nothing about us without us," the importance of disabled writers looking forward with their work cannot be overstated. In this reading, four Deaf and/or disabled writers share excerpts from their recently published books or works in progress. The future of disability literature, freed from the shackles of ableism, starts here.

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

F189. On the Road Again: What Touring Writers Need to Know(,  ,  ,  ,  Keetje Kuipers) Three poets known for dynamic performance, a Blue Flower Arts agent, and a university reading series coordinator will share best practices for successful reading tours. Topics include the decision to sign with a speaking agency or remain independent, booking reading tours, publicity and promotion, maximizing social media platforms, community engagement, contracts, taxes, and particular realities such as traveling on a budget, with disability, or away from kids.

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

F244. A Reading & Conversation with Kaveh Akbar, Jos Charles, and Fady Joudah, Sponsored by Alice James Books and Milkweed Editions(,  ,  ,  ) Three award-winning poets sharing their most recent work: In Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, Fady Joudah finds tenderness for the other, the dead, and the disappeared. In feeld, Jos Charles offers a lyrical unraveling of the circuity of gender and speech. In Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Kaveh Akbar confronts addiction and the strenuous path of recovery, beginning with the wilds of the mind. Introduced and moderated by Victoria Chang.

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

F258. Commonplace Live: A Reading Featuring Guests of Rachel Zucker's Podcast.(,  ,  ,  ,  ) This reading features Ross Gay, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Sabrina Orah Mark, and Adam Faulkner, former guests of Commonplace, a podcast Rachel Zucker started in 2016. A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other extraliterary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist's life and work.

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

F317. A Reading & Conversation with Tarfia Faizullah, Tess Gallagher and Ilya Kaminsky, Sponsored by Graywolf Press(,  ,  ,  ) Join award-winning and critically acclaimed poets Tarfia Faizullah (Registers of Illuminated Villages), Tess Gallagher (Is, Is Not), and Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic) as they read from and discuss their latest books of poetry. In poems touching on themes of disability, immigration, war, and the resilience of spirit, these three authors speak directly to the contemporary moment with distinct and original voices. Introduced and moderated by Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts.

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

F340. Love from the Belly of Terror: A Copper Canyon Press Reading (,  ,  ,  ) Copper Canyon Press presents a reading from four dynamic poets and who are leaders in the literary community: Ellen Bass, Jericho Brown, Deborah Landau, and Javier Zamora. Brown’s The Tradition and Landau’s Soft Targets are new collections debuting at AWP: See their first public readings from these hot-off-the-press books. Zamora’s Unaccompanied continues to make (and critique) headlines, and Bass remains one of the most beloved poets writing today.

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

S132. Iron Horse Literary Review: 20th Anniversary Reading(,  ,  ,  ) Iron Horse Literary Review celebrates its 20th anniversary, and the release of its Best Of IHLR Prose and Poetry issues, with readings from a diverse group of contributors. The panel represents Iron Horse’s mission to discover new writers and publish them alongside established voices, particularly marginalized voices. Come hear these daring and inventive selections, representing two decades of IHLR fiction and poetry, and learn more about IHLR‘s aesthetic preferences.

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

S171. Poetry Celebrates(,  ,  ,  ,  ) To many, poetry is angst-ridden (which much of it is) or impenetrable (which it shouldn't be). Yet there has always been a deep strain of celebration in poetry: indeed, more poetry celebrates than it denigrates, castigates, ruminates. The democratic spirit will hover over this panel as each of its members reads a poem (not his or hers) that celebrates. The panelists will talk about their choices, and then audience members will be asked to read their own favorite poems of celebration.

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

S187. Contemporary Poems and Their Making(,  ,  ,  ,  ) This reading features a selection of contributors to The Eloquent Poem, a new anthology arranged by poetic mode in which writers discuss the crafting of their included poems. These renowned poets read exemplars of an array of approaches--including the prose poem, the list poem, ars poetica, collage, ekphrasis, to name a few--and then discuss their poems' genesis, offering insight into not only their writing but entire subspecies of poetry.

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

S214. Furious Flower Presents Black Poets on Poetics(,  ,  ,  ) What makes a great poem? What does one bring to the making of a poem as a Black writer, and does it matter? This panel asks these questions of poets who are contributors to the third Furious Flower anthology, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry. This groundbreaking collection gathers for the first time essays on poetics by Black poets, showcasing a diversity of approaches to poetic craft. The poets read from their essays and discuss their poetics.

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

S262. How We Need Another Soul to Cling to: Writing Love Poems in Difficult Times.(,  ,  ,  ,  ) When the news feels like a daily onslaught, it's hard to believe writing a poem can matter--let alone a love poem. Here, five poets will share their own love poems and discuss how writing about love also allows them to explore everything from racism to climate change to queerness to personal grief, then offer strategies of how others might do the same. For how better to know why resistance is worth it? In this panel, we’ll discuss not just what we're fighting against but what we're fighting for.

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

S289. The Gothic Pastoral: Poems from a Wrecked Eden(,  ,  ,  ) In keeping with Plath's notion that "perfection is terrible," Eden is at its most dynamic when it is punctured. The true pastoral is a stagnant ideal which comes alive when infiltrated with the mystery and the perversity of the gothic. Four women read poems that arise from this intersection, contextualizing landscape within a writing tradition that is increasingly obsessed with technology. Incorrigible speakers emerge from deteriorating, overlooked spaces where poetry is a dirty word.

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

S312. Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus(,  ,  ,  ,  ) The Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus allows for those who are disabled or living with chronic illness, and their allies, to network and discuss common challenges related to identity, writing, and teaching while professionally leading a literary life. By meeting annually at the AWP conference, we aim to archive our interests, challenges, and concerns in order to increase our visibility and emphasize our importance both to this organization and to the communities where we live, teach, and work.


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