Creative Writing at The New School

The New School Writing Program will be at the AWP Conference and Bookfair!

This year, the AWP Conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) will be held in Seattle, Washington from Wednesday, February 26 to Saturday, March 1st.

AWP Party Flier

On Friday, February 28 at 8:00pm, The Writing Program is hosting an AWP party. Riggio student Ari Spool will host, and Riggio student and 12th Street editor-in-chief Ricky Tucker will conduct his famous SHOWSTOPPER vogue workshop. The event is at Still Liquor, located at 1524 Minor Avenue in Seattle. Admission is free, and there will be drinks, dancing, and DJs.

Join LIT, The New School’s journal of creative writing, to celebrate the release of issue #25 on Thursday, February 27th at 6:30pm. Seattle-based collective “Office Nomads” kindly invited LIT to share their space. The night will feature readings by LIT contributors, as well as guest appearances by Nomads themselves. An evening of bi-coastal collaboration awaits.

Throughout AWP you can find what we're up to via Twitter (@NewSchoolWrites #AWP14), Facebook (, and on our blog here at


The New School is sponsoring booth #608 at the book fair. Join us there to get the new issue of LIT Magazine and recent issues of 12th Street. New School faculty and staff will be in attendance, along with students and editors of our magazines. We will also host a rotating cast of alumni authors who will sign books.

On Thursday, MFA alum Nicole Steinberg will sign copies of her book, Getting Lucky, from 1:00-3:00pm, followed by MFA alum Roberto Montes, who will sign copies I Don't Know Do You from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

On Friday, MFA alum Danielle Pafunda will sign copies of her poetry collection, Natural History Rape Museum, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

On Saturday, Ben Fama will sign copies of Odalisque at noon, and at 2:00pm Amanda Smeltz will sign copies of Imperial Bender.

Be sure to stop by Bloof Books table D-38. Alum Shanna Compton will be there with her own book, Brink, as well as Pafunda's aforementioned title and a brand new chapbook by MFA student Ben FamaOdalisque.


10:30am:  Alysia Abbott will appear on the panel "A Bag Full of God: Female Memoirists with Daddy Issues."
1:30pm: Mark Bibbins, MFA and Riggio faculty member, will read at the "Hot off the Presses: A Reading By Copper Canyon Poets" event.
4:30pm: Faculty member Madge McKeithen will moderate the panel "How to Write About a Murderer."
4:30pm: Eugene Lang faculty member Alexandra Chasin will be on the panel "New Media Beyond the Book: A How-to Session."

10:30am: MFA alum Jen Benka will appear on the panel "Poetry and the Online Community: Using Digital Media to Build Audience."
12:00pm: Danielle Pafunda will appear on the panel "A Shapeless Flame: The Nature of Poetry and Desire."
12:00pm: Riggio and MFA faculty member Catherine Barnett will appear on the panel, "Ergo Sum Game: Poetry as Philosophical Foray."
1:30pm: Faculty member Joseph Salvatore will appear on the panel "The Art of the Book Review," along with faculty members Craig Morgan Teicher and Darcey Steinke.
1:30pm: New School MFA faculty member and Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito will moderate a lecture and discussion with avid Bob Dylan fan and scholar Christopher Ricks, entitled "Bob Dylan and the Very Words."
3:00pm: Friend of the New School Writing Program Jane Ciabattari will host "A Reading and Conversation with Ben Fountain and Amy Tan."
3:00pm: 12th Street advisory board chair Rene Steinke will be featured on the panel "Science and Fake Science in Fiction."

9:00am: Riggio and MFA faculty member Craig Morgan Teicher will appear on the panel "Reported Poem, Lyric Truth."
10:30am: MFA alum Sharisse Smith-Owens will appear on the panel "This Is Not Your Country: Creating Characters Outside the Landscape of Our Lives."
10:30am: Eugene Lang professor Alexandra Chasin will appear on the panel "The Wreckage of Reason: Contemporary Experimental Prose by Women Writers."
12:00pm: Robert Polito will appear on the panel "The Supernatural School of Poetry."
12:00pm: MFA alum Peter Selgin will appear on the panel "Telling it All: Boundaries in Creative Nonfiction."
1:30pm: MFA alum Jen Benka will appear on the panel "Rivers and Tides: Balancing Leadership with the Writing Life."


Friday: MFA alums Brooke Ellsworth and Sean Damlos-Mitchell will read at 3pm for The New Megaphone & H_NGM_N Books.
Saturday: MFA alum Roberto Montes will read  at 6pm for Sixth Finch & YesYes Books.
Saturday: MFA alum Amy Lawless, author of My Dead,  will be reading at 7pm for Octopus Books.


About The Author


Justin Sherwood's poems and essays have appeared in H_NGM_N, ILK Journal, The Poetry Project Newsletter, New Criticals, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at The New School, where he was selected for the 2012 Paul Violi Prize in Poetry. Find him on Twitter at @JustinSherwood