Creative Writing at The New School

The New School will once again be featured at #AWP18, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. This year's conference will be held in Tampa, Florida, from Wednesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 11. You can find students, faculty, and staff of The New School throughout the conference at the AWP BookfairBooth 1238

Alumni and faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program will be featured at many panels throughout the conference, as well as at many on- and off-site readings. This blog post will be updated until the conference begins to highlight selected programs featuring the New School community. If we've missed your panel and you'd like to be included in this post, please email us at


Conference Panels

Thursday, March 8:

Defeating Writer’s Block: Techniques for Breaking Throughfeaturing Jean Kwok, Mira Jacob, Juan Martinez, Elizabeth L. Silver, and Sari Wilson.

Black Women Writers Presenting, Preserving, & Protecting Black Childhood on the Page, featuring  Jennifer Baker, Ibi Zoboi, Leah Henderson, Tracey Babtiste, and Renee Watson.

From Best Friends Forever to Toxic Bonds: Digging Deep into Complex Female Friendships in Young Adult Literature, featuring Amy Reed, Marcy Beller Paul, Anica Morse Rissi, Sarah Nicole Smetana, and Kit Frick. 

Avoiding the Sunken Place: On Blackness, Selfhood, and the MFA, featuring MFA alumni Dianca Potts and Yahdon Israel

This Pussy Fights Back: Poems of Witness and Resistance, featuring Lisa Dordal, Kendra DeColo, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Allison Joseph, and Cynthia Manick.

 The Future (of Kid Lit) Is Female: Female Protagonists and Voices in Youth Literature,  Sarah Aronson, Micol Ostow, Nova Suma, and Cynthia Smith, and Dhonielle Clayton.

The Gatekeepers: Behind the Scenes of Literary Agencies, featuring MFA alumni Michelle Brower, Lucy Carson, Allison Hunter, Erin Harris, and Beth Staples.


Real Writers, Real Parents: Literary Adventures in Adoptive Parenting, featuring Janice Eidus, Ann Hood, Joanna Sit, Ernesto Mestre-Reed, and Donna Baier Stein. 


Friday, March 9


Knowing Your Place: Identity and Space in Young Adult Fiction, featuring Andrew Boryga, Lilliam Rivera, Samantha Mabry, Ibi Zoboi, and Dhonielle Clayton.

Graphic Women: The Evolution of Literary Comics, featuring Kristen Radtke, Danica Novgorodoff, Mira Jacob, and Amy Kurzweil.

Complex Narratives: A VIDA Voices and Views Disability Focus Interview , featuring Melissa Studdard, Danielle Pafunda, Lydia X.Z. Brown, L.Lamar Wilson, and Lynne DeSilva-Johnson.

Writing a New Identity: Caribbean Women Writers from Beach & Carnival Culture to Political & Survival Text, featuring Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Mercy Tullis-Bukhari, Donna Weir-Soley, and R. Erica Doyle.

"The People": Myth, Mantle, Muse?featuring Ellen Hagen, Nico Amador, Tanaya Winder, and Marissa Johnson-Valenzula.

Reading as a Revolutionary Act: Inciting Change in the Literary Community, featuring Lisa Lucas, Yahdon Israel, Renee Watson, Glory Edim, and Rebecca Stump.

Women Write the Future, featuring Rebecca Gayle Howell, Leah Umansky, Nisi Shawl, and Sheree Renée Thomas. 



A Year of Intersectional Thinking: Identity in the Classroom,  featuring Hafizah Geter, Amy Lemmon, Nicholas Boggs, Camille Rankine, and Syreeta McFadden. 

Flesh and Blood: Women Writing Our Bodies, featuring Janice Gary, Dixie King, Lisa Freedman, (and alumni) Arielle Silver, and Tabitha Blankenbiller.

Poetry Mixtape, featuring Emily Grise, Natalie Shapero, John Freeman, Tomas Morín, and Jenny George.

Women on the Verge: A Reading,  featuring Rachel Khong, Alice Sola Kim, Katie Kitamura, and Claire Vaye Watkins, and R.O. Kwon.


Saturday, March 9


Leap: Disjunction, Disconnection, and Useful Dissonance in Contemporary Poetics, featuring Mark Bibbins, Laura Minor, Josh Bell, Gillian Weise, and Carmen Gimenez Smith. 

Literary Journal Circulation in the Internet Age, featuring Dani Hedlund, Andrew Jimenez, Justin Alvarez, Jeff Gleaves, and Kevin Larimer.

A “Novel” Idea: How Short Story Writers Approach Their First Novels, featuring Erin Harris, Kelly Luce, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and Allegra Hyde, and Misha Rai.

We Will Survive, But We Will Not Forget: Poetry by Muslims as Historical Documentation in Post-9/11 America, featuring Adam Hamze, Marwa HelalSafia Elhillo, and Angel Nafis.

Women for Women—Building Community Through Mentorship, featuring Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Parneshia Jones, Patricia Smith, Cynthia Dewi Oka, and Ellen Hagan

A Reading by Mark Doty, Khaled Mattawa, and Layli Long Soldier, Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets,  featuring Jen Benka, Mark Doty, Khaled Mattawa, and Layli Long Soldier.


Writing Bad Ass and Nasty Women, featuring Luanne Smith, Pam Houston, Kim Addonizio, Ann Hood, and Bonnie Jo Campbell.

Four Way Books Stage Reading, Part 2, featuring Carol Moldaw, Lee Briccetti, Miranda Field, Vincent Guerra, and Ben Purkert.

New Intimacies: A Reading and Conversation with Min Jin Lee and Sigrid Nunez. Sponsored by Kundiman, featuring Harold Augenbraum, Min Jin Lee, and Sigrid Nunez.



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