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After The Parade: An Interview with Lori Ostlund

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In After The Parade, a new novel from Lori Ostlund, Aaron, an English as a Second Language teacher leaves behind his partner and the home they share...

Gale Force

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Carol Muske-Dukes

Recently, Kate Gale, publisher of the Los Angeles-based literary press, Red Hen, published a meant-to-be-satirical piece in her blog column in the Huffington Post -- and drew a firestorm.

Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: An Interview with Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

My poems allowed me to say things I could not have said to anyone in person. I think poems build a bridge between us as human beings and that's why I think poetry is so important. It gives us the courage to say the unsayable.

Small Press Books to Watch in 2014 (AWP edition)

Valerie Stivers-Isakova | Posted 05.05.2014 | Books
Valerie Stivers-Isakova

Emergency Press also had a last copy of Kate Zambreno's Green Girl, which is becoming a collector's item, since the book will be re-released later this year by Harper Perennial.

Talking With Roger Reeves: A Pawn, a Poet, a King

Ru Freeman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

"If one is obsessed with finger puppets, one will write about finger puppets. My obsession happens to be the intersection of politics, subjectivity, aesthetics and race."

13 Bests of AWP 2013

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.12.2013 | Books
Ru Freeman

AWP can deliver on some of its promises. If you can keep calm and carry on, if you can acknowledge the hysteria without becoming hysterical yourself, if you can avoid eye-contact with the thousands, yet have conversations with the few, AWP can be magical.

The AWP Conference in Boston: Where Writers Swim Like Fish

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Over 11,000 writers, editors, and publishers turned out this year for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Conference, making it one of the biggest literary hootenannies for anyone with a passion for putting words on the page.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Dear AWP First-Timer

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

In true glass-half-full, pony-in-there-somewhere, writing-geek style, I choose to focus on what I have to look forward to at AWP, situations that, writing and teaching in America's southern heartland, I can't experience any other way.

The View From AWP Chicago: Writer-Con 2012

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 05.06.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

What do you call 10,000 writers on the shores of Lake Michigan? The start. The start of a three-day conversation that happens every spring when the Association of Writers and Writing Programs convenes its national conference.

Eugene Cross: Stories for Our Time

Ru Freeman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Books
Ru Freeman

Cross' stories reverberate with the idea that there was once, in each of these characters' lives, a moment when things may have gone differently, where youthful bravado and indifference could have matured into responsibility and self-worth.

Independent Publishers: Saving Jobs And Literature?

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books

This year I attended two very different writing-centered extravaganzas: the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) a...

Freedom to Make Art, from Oscar to Junot

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ming Holden

Last night's resplendent Academy Awards ceremony put me in mind of a less opulent affair: the Associated Writing Program's annual conference earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

What I Learned at AWP

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ming Holden

"Active prayer": It's what I would term Claudia Rankine's response to a poem by Tony Hoagland that angered and offended many readers with a racist worldview and language.

First Time at AWP? 11 Ways to Tame the Beast

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ru Freeman

By now you are elated by (or resigned to) the prospect of sharing a room with a writer you hardly know. Here's a list of 11 sundry things you might want to consider before over-packing.

Exiles and Eccentricities: Goldie Goldbloom's The Paperbark Shoe

Adrienne Celt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Adrienne Celt

There's something about vagabonds that intrigues us. People who live on the edge of society, who eschew our modes of beauty and respectability, tend t...

There WILLA be at AWP

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ru Freeman

Is it possible to go against the grain in an industry where the masses (women) support the few who critique them (men)? At the Women In Letters & Literary Arts, it's possible and a lot of fun.

Sacred Art: Exploring The Spiritual In Writing

Jed Bickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jed Bickman

On Thursday, over 8,000 writers flocked to Denver to participate in the annual Association of Writing Programs conference. One of the underlying themes of this conference for me was religion and spirituality.