Creative Writing at The New School

The New School will once again be featured at #AWP16, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference! This year's conference will be held in Los Angeles, California, from Wednesday, March 30-Saturday, April 2nd. You can find students, faculty, and staff of The New School throughout the conference at the AWP Bookfair, Booth #1512 . 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:


12790881_10153991572751639_1182927705343136511_nThe New School, LIT Magazine, 12th Street Journal- Booth #1512

Barrow Street (founded by professor Patricia Carlin) - Booth #608

Birds, LLC (co-founded by MFA alum Justin Marks) - Booth #1529

Black Lawrence Press (staffed by MFA alum Yvonne Garrett) - Booth #1526

Cave Canem, friend of The New School - Booth 806

Forklift Ohio (edited by MFA alum Amanda Smeltz) - Booth 1054

H.O.W. Journal (founded by MFA alum Alison Weaver) - Booth 1456

Monk Books (publisher of MFA alumni Christine Kanownik and Alina Gregorian) - Booth 1741

National Book Critics Circle (friends of The New School) - Booth 808

Noemi Press (publisher of MFA alumni Steven Karl and Julia Cohen) - Booth 1528

Octopus Books (publisher of MFA alumni Dan Hoy, Amy Lawless, and Ben Mirov) - Booth 1537

WONDER (co-founded by MFA alum Ben Fama) - Booth #408

Conference Panels

Thursday, March 31st

10:30am - Learning the Craft of Children’s Literature in an Adult World, featuring 12th Street Advisory Board Chair Rene Steinke

10:30am - Literary Orphans Presents: Burning Down the Walls: The Art and Importance of Writing Essays That Can Change the World, featuring faculty member Ashley Ford

12:00pm - 25 Years of Diversity from Sable and St. Petersburg Review: A Reading, featuring professor, featuring faculty Jeffrey Renard Allen

1:30pm - A Sarabande Books Reading, moderated by Kathleen Ossip

1:30pm - Art of the Literary Interview, featuring MFA alum and faculty member Joseph  Salvatore

1:30pm - The Life of the Poet in the World, featuring MFA alum r. erica doyle

1:30pm - Writing the Hyphen: How to Explore, Not Exploit, Your Background, featuring MFA alum Mira Jacob

3:00pm - Genre-Crossing and Poetic Truth: Lyric Nonfictions, Reported Poems, featuring faculty member Robert Polito

3:00pm - Mandelstam in America, featuring faculty member Val Vinokur

4:30pm - The Print Journal in a Digital Age, featuring faculty member John Freeman

4:30pm - American Tropics, featuring professor Tiphanie Yanique

Friday, April 1st

10:30am - The Art of the Book Review, featuring faculty member  Helen Schulman and MFA alum and faculty member Joseph  Salvatore

10:30am - The Ethics of the Artist: Writing About Family in Essay and Memoir, moderated by faculty member Laura Cronk and featuring faculty members  Alice Eve Cohen and Honor Moore and alum  Aspen Matis.

1:30pm - From MFA to JOB: Making a Living, Making a Difference, featuring MFA alum Jen Benka

3:00pm - Mentoring Elderly Students at Writers' Centers, Local Ys, and Elder Care Facilities, featuring Kathleen Ossip

4:30pm - There's No "I" in "We": Writing Creative Nonfiction About the Groups We Belong To, featuring faculty member Honor Moore

4:30pm - I Wrote My First Book Because I Wanted to Read It: Black Women and Their Debut Fiction, featuring faculty member Angela Flournoy

Saturday, April 2nd

10:30am - Invisible to Whom?: Black Fiction Writers on Craft and the White Gaze, featuring MFA alum Dianca London

12:00pm - We Need Diverse Books: Shifting the Narrative Lens, featuring MFA alum Sona Charaipotra

12:00pm - A Reading by Edward Hirsch and Natasha Trethewey, Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, moderated by MFA alum Jen Benka

1:30pm - Privacy Matters: Sell Your Books, Not Your Soul, featuring MFA alum Mira Jacob

4:30pm - Writing the Personal with Helen Macdonald, Rabih Alameddine, and Francisco Goldman, Sponsored by Grove Atlantic Press, moderated by faculty member John Freeman

4:30pm - Writing Sex in YA: Choices and Consequences, featuring MFA alum Corey Ann Haydu

8:30pm - A Reading by Edward Hirsch and Natasha Trethewey, Sponsored by the Academy of American Poet, moderated by MFA alum Jen Benka


Fourway Books & Friends Short Readings, Thursday, 6:30 pm, featuring Laura Cronk, NS visiting writer Patrick Rosal, and other writers from Fourway Books and Persea Books, Little Easy, 216 West 5th Street, LA

The Poetry Brothel, an AWPish Offsite Event, Thursday, 8:00 pm, curated by MFA alumni Stephanie Berger and  Nicholas Adamski, Next Door Lounge, 1154 N Highland Ave, West Hollywood, General Admission $30, with AWP registration $20.

LIT Launch,  In collaboration with Camp Real Pants, Friday, April 1, 7:30pm, Astroetic Studios 224 E 11th St #700a, Los Angeles, CA 90015

We Survived AWP, a reading featuring New School alum Gabriel Don. Sunday, April 3, 6:00pm, Chevalier's Books 126 N. Larchmont  Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004


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