Creative Writing at The New School

LIT AWP FlierThe New School will once again be featured at #AWP15, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference! This year's conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from Thursday, April 9- Saturday, April 11th. You can find students, faculty, and staff of The New School throughout the conference at the AWP Bookfair, Booth #500. We will have copies of the brand-new issue of LIT Magazine, 12th Street Journal, and plenty of New School swag.

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Alumni and faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program will also be featured at many panels throughout the conference, as well as at many on- and off-site readings. Here are selected programs featuring the New School community:


The New School, LIT Magazine, 12th Street Journal- Booth #500
Barrow Street (founded by professor Patricia Carlin) - Booth #1108
Birds, LLC (co-founded by MFA alum Justin Marks) - Booth #728
Black Lawrence Press (staffed by MFA alum Yvonne Garrett) - Booth #2030
Bloof Books (founded by MFA alum Shanna Compton) - Booth #1633
dancing girl press (featuring MFA alum Brooke Ellsworth's newly published chapbook, Mud) - Booth #628
WONDER (co-founded by MFA student Ben Fama) - Booth #236

Conference Panels

Thursday, April 9

12:00pmMoney! Sex! Politics! Negotiating Gender Bias to Get What You Want as a Writer and as an Academic, featuring MFA Poetry alum Danielle Pafunda
1:30pm The Hybrid Book: Publishing Poetry and Art Together, featuring MFA student Ben Fama
3:00pm - Far Out: Travel as Research for Fiction and Poetry, featuring professor Tiphanie Yanique
4:30pmNo Country for Good Old Boys: The Remaking of the Masculine in Contemporary American Fiction, featuring MFA alum Siobhan Fallon
4:30pmDigital Strategy as Mission Statement: Three Models, featuring MFA alum Jen Benka

Friday, April 10

9:00amCreate and Connect: Making the Most of Your Writing Residency, featuring MFA alum and faculty member Kathleen Ossip
9:00amRepresenting Responsibly: We Need Diverse Books—Authors on the Challenges of Writing Diversity for Kids and Teens, featuring MFA alum Sona Charaipotra
10:30amTeaching: The Life of Poetry and Muriel Rukeyser, featuring MFA alum Jen Benka
10:30am - Telling Stories About Your Hometown, featuring faculty member Elizabeth Gaffney and 12th Street Advisory Board Chair Rene Steinke
12:00pm - From Page to Stage: How to Engage with an Audience, featuring MFA alum Justin Taylor
12:00pm - Graywolf Press Reading, featuring faculty member Jeffery Renard Allen
1:30pmReadings from Every Father’s Daughter, a New Anthology of Personal Essays by Women about Their Fathers, featuring faculty member Ann Hood
1:30pm - DYI Small Press Publishing, featuring MFA alum Shanna Compton

Saturday, April 11

9:00am - The Legacy of Joyce Carol Oates: Learning from a Master, featuring MFA alum Julie Sarkissian
10:30am - The Art of Literary Editing, featuring faculty member Jeffery Renard Allen
12:00pm - Writing into the World: Memoir, History, and Private Life, featuring faculty member Honor Moore
12:00pm - The Past is the Present, featuring faculty member Elizabeth Gaffney
1:30pmDisappearance and Forgetting: Geeshie Wiley and Last Kind Words Blues, A Lecture by Greil Marcus, Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, featuring Greil Marcus and Robert Polito
1:30pm - The Other Track: MFAs in the Book Business, featuring faculty member Craig Morgan Teicher
1:30pmThe Meridel Le Sueur Essay: Sixteen Years of Water~Stone Review, featuring faculty member Honor Moore
1:30pmThe Resuscitation of Childhood: A WITS Reading, featuring professor Tiphanie Yanique
1:30pmEchoes of Displacement: Sound in Poetries of Diaspora, featuring MFA alum Yvonne Garrett
1:30pmTelling Our New War Stories: Witness and Imagination across Literary Genres, featuring MFA alum Siobhan Fallon
3:00pmFinding Voice with Roxane Gay, Pablo Medina, Michael Thomas, and Bob Shacochis, Sponsored by Grove/Atlantic Press, moderated by faculty member John Freeman
3:00pmRecent Novels by Fiction Faculty, Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA, featuring 12th Street Advisory Board Chair Rene Steinke
3:00pmYou. Yes, You. I'm Going to Write About You. Mom., featuring MFA alum Alysia Abbott
3:00pm - 50 Years of Denver Quarterly: A Conversation, featuring MFA alum Julia Cohen
3:00pm - Literary Startups, featuring MFA alum Melinda Wilson
4:30pm“Photographic” Memory, Why all Memoirists Tell Imperfect Truths, featuring faculty member Ann Hood
8:30pmA Reading by Carolyn Forché and Kevin Young, Sponsored by Academy of American Poets, moderated by MFA alum Jen Benka


Off-Site Readings

Wednesday, April 8, 7:00pm - Bloof + Coconut + Saturnalia Reading at The New Century featuring MFA alum Danielle Pafunda and faculty member Sharon Mesmer. The New Century Theater,  615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145, Minneapolis.

Thursday, April 9, 6:00pm
Brooklyn Arts Press, Hanging Loose, Nightboat Books, Penguin Poets, Ping Pong, and Swerve Reading at MTN. Featuring MFA alumni Jackie Clark and Julia Cohen, and faculty member Sharon Mesmer.  MTN Studios, 1620 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis.

Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm- Black Lawrence Press Reading featuring MFA alum B.C. Edwards and co-hosted by MFA alum Yvonne Garrett. Kieran's Irish Pub, 6th Street and 1st Avenue, Minneapolis.

Friday, April 10, 7:00pm - LIT Magazine Reading featuring Don Mee Choi, Paul Cunningham, Eunsong Kim, Sade Murphy, and Jasmine Dreame Wagner. Mayday Bookstore, 301 Cedar Avenue (Green Line to West Bank).

Saturday, April 11, 7:00pm - Saturday Night in Minneapolis: Coconut + Bloof at Mason's Restaurant Barre. Featuring MFA alumni Jackie Clark, Shanna Compton, and Ben Fama. Mason's, 528 Hennepin Avenue So, Minneapolis.

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