The AWP conference, March 3 - 7, is virtual this year. Instead of having to choose between the panels we can't miss and miss the panels we wish we could attend, the virtual cloud conference allows us to go to ALL our selected panels and not miss a thing.
View the schedule of events here and make sure to check out these panels and readings by The New School Creative Writing Faculty and Alumni:
Wednesday, March 3
8pm EST Hosted by TriQuarterly Books & Northwestern University Press: Yxta Maya Murray & Benjamin Hedin. Benjamin Hedin (fiction, 2004) will read from his first novel, Under the Spell. Learn more and register for this offsite event here.
Thursday, March 4
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST T130. A Reading & Conversation with Mira Jacob & Monique Truong, Sponsored by Kundiman. (Monique Truong, Mira Jacob (faculty), Crystal Hana Kim). Join Kundiman for a conversation with Monique Truong and Mira Jacob, two masterful multi- genre authors of lyrical and vital work. Each author will give a reading, followed by a moderated discussion about their work and its engagement with family, food, identity, and history. Kundiman's Kyle Lucia Wu (fiction, 2015) will introduce, and Crystal Hana Kim will moderate. Kundiman is a national nonprofit dedicated to nurturing generations of Asian American literature. Learn more about AWP and purchase AWP student discounted registration here. Pathable link to this event here.
Thursday, March 4
8:30 PM EST Hosted by TriQuarterly Books & Northwestern University Press Short & Sweet: A Poetry Reading with Ellen Hagen. Ellen Hagan (fiction, 2013) is the author of Blooming Fiascoes, Hemisphere, Crowned, Watch Us Rise, a YA collaboration with Renée Watson, and Reckless, Glorious, Girl, a middle grade novel in verse. Learn more and register for this offsite event here.
Friday, March 5
1:20 - 2:20 p.m. EST F124. In It for the Long Haul: Circulation Building for Literary Magazines, Sponsored by CLMP. (David Gibbs (poetry. 2012), Abigail Serfass, Dani Hedlund, Kellen Braddock) New subscriptions and renewals are key to increasing a magazine's readership and revenue. Learn innovative strategies for identifying potential readers, building a robust acquisition plan, and converting first-time subscribers into renewals. Learn more about AWP and student discounted registration here. Pathable link to the event here.
Saturday, March 6
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST S105. Student Voice and the Creative Writing Workshop in the 21st Century. (Jameelah Lang, Barney Haney, Shonda Buchanan, Christopher J. Coake, Alexandra Kleeman [faculty]) This panel will focus on helping students respond to peers in the creative writing workshop by examining practices that ridgette workshops, empower students, and enhance teaching. Panelists will discuss different modes and levels of workshops, from graduate to introductory. We will draw upon a range of techniques, from traditional to innovative, and different response forms. We’ll share perspectives from small liberal-arts colleges to HBCUs to large state universities and points in between. Learn more about AWP and student discounted registration here. Pathable link to this event here.
12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. EST S112. Embracing the Strange: The Power of Genre-Bending in Fiction. (Joy Baglio [fiction, 2013], Sarah Cody, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Lara Ehrlich, Matthew Lansburgh) Recent years have seen an increase in literary fiction that bends toward the fantastic and strange: Are literary fiction writers bored of realism? Or do “strange” and “magical” stories allow us to better express the raw truths of our lived experiences? In this panel, award-winning writers who explore strange and fantastic premises in their fiction will discuss what drew them to genre-bend, what challenges they faced, as well as how the surreal has enabled them to get at difficult truths. Learn more and purchase registration for this panel event here. Learn more about AWP and student discounted registration here. Pathable link to this event here.