Creative Writing at The New School

The New School will once again be featured at #AWP17, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference! This year's conference will be held in Washington, D.C., from Wednesday, February 8-Saturday, February 11. You can find students, faculty, and staff of The New School throughout the conference at the AWP Bookfair, Booth 125. We will have copies of the brand-new issue of LIT Magazine, representatives from 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. If we've missed your panel and you'd like to be included in this post, please email us at


LITjournal winter 2017The New School, LIT Magazine, 12th Street Journal- Booth #125

Barrow Street (founded by professor Patricia Carlin) - Booth #551

Birds, LLC (co-founded by MFA alum Justin Marks) - Booth #631-T

Black Lawrence Press (staffed by MFA alum Yvonne Garrett) - Booth #393

Bloof Books (founded by MFA alum Shanna Compton) - Booth #625-T

Cave Canem, friend of The New School - Booth #307

Forklift Ohio (edited by MFA alum Amanda Smeltz) - Booth #136-T

H.O.W. Journal (founded by MFA alum Alison Weaver) - Booth #523-T

National Book Critics Circle (friends of The New School) - Booth #313

Noemi Press (publisher of MFA alumni Steven Karl and Julia Cohen) - Booth #268

Octopus Books (publisher of MFA alumni Dan Hoy, Amy Lawless, and Ben Mirov) - Booth #652

WONDER (co-founded by MFA alum Ben Fama) - Booth #623-T


Conference Panels

Thursday, February 9:

9-10:15 a.m. - The Long and Winding Road: Book-Length Poems and Poetic Sequences, featuring MFA alumni Matthew Thorburn and Erica Doyle

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - From Writing Student to Editor: Preparing Yourself for the Editorial Job Market, featuring MFA alum Kyle Lucia Wu

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Writing from the Wound, featuring undergraduate alum Aspen Matis

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Speaking of the Dead: Craft & Ethics in Nonfiction, moderated by MFA alum Peter Selgin

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Success, Failure, and the Green-Eyed Monster: Thriving in a Competitive Environment, featuring MFA alum Mira Jacob

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Writing the South Asian Diaspora in Young Adult Fiction, featuring MFA alum Sona Charaipotra

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - What women Want: Writing Female Desire, moderated by MFA alum Sarah Gerard

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. - Black Girl Magic, Blues, & Beauty in Young Adult Literature, moderated by MFA alum Dhonielle J. Clayton and featuring media studies graduate Tiffany D. Jackson

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. - Juggling from Within: The Art of Voice, featuring MFA alum Alice Eve Cohen

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. - Iranian Diaspora Writers as Cultural Ambassadors: Engaging in Iran After the Nuclear Agreement, featuring MFA alum Soraya Shalforoosh


Friday, February 10:

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Hybrid Genres and Hybrid Forms: How YA Literature Is Breaking All the Rules, featuring MFA alum Corey Ann Haydu

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - When Is It Defamation? Legal Issues for Nonfiction Authors, featuring MFA faculty Susan Cheever

12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Beyond the Classroom: Teaching Outside Academia, featuring MFA alum Gabriela Pereira

12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Invisible Scaffolds: The Writer-Editor Collaborative Process, featuring MFA alum Joseph Salvatore

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm - Beyond the Book Deal: What Really Happens When a Publisher Signs Up Your Book, featuring MFA alum Erin Harris

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm - Working With Your First Editor, featuring MFA Alum Erin Harris


Saturday, February 11:

9:00 am to 10:15 am - From the Bottom to the Top: Building, Rebuilding, and Embracing an Inclusive Creative Writing Program, featuring New School faculty Alexandra Chasin

10:30 am to 11:45 am - Get in Formation: Form in Young Adult Literature, featuring Media Studies graduate Tiffany D. Jackson

10:30 am to 11:45 am - Being the Change You Want to See: The New Literary Leadership, featuring MFA alum Jen Benka

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm - A Tribute to Edmund White, featuring MFA alum Alysia Abbott

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm - The Ghosts of History: and the Secrets They Tell, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts, moderated by MFA alum Angela Flournoy

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm - Lit Hub Presents: A Conversation on Literary Citizenship in the Age of Diversity, featuring MFA alum Yahdon Israel

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm - We Need Diverse Books: Celebrating Children’s Literature, featuring MFA alum Dhonielle J. Clayton



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