Update 3/3/20: Please read AWP’s latest statement and double-check all event listings and event pages as many events have been canceled. Also check updates on the book fair, as many presses will no longer be attending.
Please travel safe. If you are staying home, consider supporting small presses in other ways. Check out the hashtag #AWPvirtualbookfair on Twitter.
We (The Accomplices/Entropy) will still be there. If you’d like to support The Accomplices offset the financial hit we’ll be facing either way this year, please consider ordering our 2 new spring titles from Mathias Svalina & Jon Pack, and Bridgette Bianca. The Depression and be/trouble are available on Amazon, BN, Indiebound, as well as the rest of our entire catalog. (We’re not doing direct sales but may in the future if we’re able to.)
Thanks friends. See some of you soon.
#AWP20 is just a couple days away. And we’re going to admit, with everything happening in the world right now, it really snuck up on us this year.
We suggest taking it easy this year. Be present with friends. Find some stillness. Don’t give into FOMO. Have more one-on-one conversations, and remember to take care of yourself.
This year our guide includes recommendations for panels & off-site events and a curated map to the book fair, and we’re focusing on healing, community, diversity & equity, self-care, and marginalized voices. See you soon.
Don’t forget to visit us (The Accomplices: Civil Coping Mechanisms & Entropy & Writ Large Press) at Table 2052 (T2052). Say hello. Give us a hug. Cry with us. Tell us about your favorite book or ramen or ramen/book pairing. We’ll have books and swag and stickers. And cats. Always, cats.
(Also, #AWP20 has it’s own app, in case you’re into that sort of thing: AWP Conference Mobile App)
And also, some resources on traveling during concerns about the coronavirus:
- Statement/updates from AWP about coronavirus
- CDC: What you need to know about the coronavirus
- WHO: Info and travel advice
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Just a small selection of some our favorite tables & booths. Find a complete listing of exhibitors here.
Note: The Book Fair is open from 9AM – 5PM each day.
Action Books 1757
Alice James Books 1660
Archipelago Books T1213
Birds, LLC T1856
Black Ocean 1756
Black Warrior Review T2114
BOOK*HUG PRESS 1726
Brooklyn Arts Press 1418
Button Poetry 1713
Canarium Books T1853
Catapult / Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press 1030
Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. 1568
City of Asylum 1636
CLASH Books T1215
Cleveland State University Poetry Center 1758
Coffee House Press 1632, 1633
Copper Canyon Press 1451, 1452, 1453
Cream City Review 1123
Deep Vellum Publishing 1522
The Feminist Press T936
Gaudy Boy T2223
Graywolf Press 1441, 1442
Green Lantern Press T558
Guernica Magazine T2160
Indigenous Aboriginal American Writers Caucus T1958
Jaded Ibis Press T1835
Kaya Press 1060
Kenning Editions T933
Lambda Literary 1420
Lanternfish Press T1832
Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative T1852
Milkweed Editions 1550
n+ 1 Magazine T1321
New Directions 1427
Nightboat Books 1045
Noemi Press 1048
Octopus Books/Fonograf Editions T1859
Open Letter Books T1324
The Operating System 1752
(PANK) Magazine T1255
PEN America 1443
Plays Inverse T2238
Rescue Press 1758
Rose Metal Press T1855
The Rumpus T1834
Saturnalia Books 1742
Small Press Distribution (SPD) 1642
Switchback Books T1237
Tarpaulin Sky Press 1757
The 3rd Thing T1871
The Believer 1643, 1644
Tin House 1635
Two Lines Press 1523
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts T1826
Wave Books T1315, T1316
WTAW Press T2045
YesYes Books / Vinyl 947, 948
Selected AWP Panels:
A few selections and recommendations. See the complete conference schedule and detailed descriptions here.
Thursday, March 5
9:00 am to 10:15 am
“This Possibility of You”: Bi+ Visibility in Poetry.
(Emilia Phillips, Ruth Awad, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Trace Peterson, Rosebud Ben-Oni) / Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
June Jordan’s “Poem for My Love” marvels in “this possibility of you,” the ungendered beloved. This panel will explore the complex possibilities for the ways that bi+ sexualities—that is, any nonmonosexuality—are rendered and/or erased in poetry and the literary community. What defines a bi+ poetics? We will look at historic and contemporary examples, and participants will discuss the ways they intersectionally engage bi+ desire, identity, and experiences in their own writings.
Not So Foreign: Writing in More Than One Language.
(Simon Han, Meng Jin, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Xavier Navarro Aquino) / Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
For writers who publish primarily in English, reflecting a multilingual world can be a fraught process, traditionally involving the accommodation of English-only speakers. How are writers of English-language fiction and nonfiction today centering characters who speak and think in languages other than English? Drawing from questions of not only craft but also the personal and political, five panelists discuss their innovative approaches to incorporating multiple languages in their work.
10:35 am to 11:50 am
The Futures of Documentary and Investigative Poetries.
(Solmaz Sharif, Erika Meitner, Craig Santos Perez, Tyehimba Jess, Philip Metres) / Room 217B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Investigative or documentary poetry situates itself at the nexus between literary production and journalism, where the mythic and factual, the visionary and political, and past and future all meet. From doing recovery projects to performing rituals of healing to inventing forms, panelists will share work (their own and others’) and discuss challenges in docupoetic writing and its futures: the ethics of positionality, appropriation, fictionalizing, collaboration, and political engagement.
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
Don’t Call It a Call Out: Literary Citizenship in the Digital Age.
(Michael Kleber-Diggs, Levis Keltner, Su Hwang, Gala Mukomolova, Sun Yung Shin) / Room 006A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
This panel explores social media as a political space critical to writers today. Panelists will discuss digital citizenship; the fight for inclusivity, vulnerability, accountability, allyship, discourse, and understanding in writing and publishing; and the effects of that fight on personal and professional lives. The panel affirms the transformative nature of social media within the literary community.
Burning the House Down: Mixed Race and Writing.
(Shonda Buchanan, Chris L. Terry, F. Douglas Brown, Janet Stickmon, Luis Rodriguez) / Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
“What are you mixed with?” When Mixed Race writers turn their gaze on race and writing in America, they might burn the house down. Using writing as activism to confront implicit biases and inherited classification, the need to make sense of well-meaning colleagues, friends and strangers’ critique on literary motifs, characterization, and authors’ physical appearances have forced some writers to move from navel-gazing to a serious interrogation of colorism, racial formation, and the role of writing.
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
(Un)Forgotten Women: Blending Research and Lyricism to Reclaim Lost History.
(Kathleen Rooney, Sally Wen Mao, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Juditha Dowd, Danielle Dutton) / Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
History remains perpetually incomplete, especially when it comes to the experiences of women. Seeking to restore missing voices and lives to our shared accounts, these writers employ research and imagination to present women of the past in ways that resonate with the issues of today. How best to blend documentary and creative approaches to revive lost figures? These authors will present examples and techniques for reintroducing and focusing on women who’ve been left out of the story.
Do Words Heal? Writers on the Power and Difficulty of Writing Pain & Trauma.
(Cleyvis Natera, Mitchell Jackson, Susan Kim Campbell, Alison C. Rollins, Vanessa Martir) / Room 217A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Trauma and pain can inhibit—even paralyze—creativity. Yet for some writers, trauma serves as the nexus of their work. Participants will share brief excerpts of their work and then discuss the dangers and triumphs of reckoning with personal experience. Does surviving and choosing to write about traumatic events serve to transcend or mire us? Is it worth facing your biggest pain and trauma for the sake of creating? What is left in the aftermath? Who, if anyone, is transformed?
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm
Reworking the Workshop: Changing Dynamics for a Diverse Classroom.
(Alexandra Teague, Sean Hill, Prageeta Sharma, Divya Victor, CMarie Fuhrman) / Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Professors and students spend hours in workshops, often using the classic model of the silent writer who listens. How does this model, and even taxonomies such as “essay” versus “story,” privilege dominant power structures? How can poetry and prose workshops serve writers who are indigenous, of color, multilingual, and/or women and LGBTQ+ when workshop themselves often reinforce their silence? Professors and a recent grad consider ways to better serve complex communities and diverse voices.
Radical Healing: What Does It Mean to Be Well?.
(Jess Row, Lacy Johnson, Kiese Laymon, Marcos Gonsalez, Meghan O’Rourke) / Room 214C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters begins: “Are you sure, sweetheart, that you want to be well?” The paradox Bambara names is that truly being “well,” feeling healthy or feeling whole, has to do with political and social change, not just choices we make about our own bodies—the kind of healing that requires both individual and collective action. On this panel, five writers discuss how they bring together physical, spiritual, and political health in their work.
The American Project and Moral Imagination: Un-settling the Narratives.
(Patricia Jones, John Keene, Cathy ParkHong, Rachel Griffiths, Brian Turner) / Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room
Since the earliest days of European settler colonialism, the “American Project” has comprised metanarratives fostering social, political, and economic domination, including enslavement, dispossession of indigenous people, exploitation of natural resources, subjugation of women, and imperialistic adventures. Our cross-genre panel will explore ways that moral imagination and imaginaries are used to un-settle these mythologies to create an open, just, and inclusive vision of the American Project.
Writing across Multilingual Networks, Sponsored by ALTA.
(Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Orchid Tierney, Gabrielle Civil, Sawako Nakayasu, Raquel Salas Rivera) / Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
This panel focuses on multilingual, multimodal literary networks. It addresses the terrain of translation, transcreation, and writing across multiple languages, and examines the way that communities have written and are writing through and against local, national, global, and language networks. What future citizenship(s) do multilingual literatures enable? Panelists will discuss their own writing, perform excerpts, and/or discuss creators, networks, and systems troubling these intersections.
Friday, March 6
9:00 am to 10:15 am
Spelling: Poetry as Spellcasting.
(Tamiko Beyer, Kenji Liu, Sun Yung Shin, Tatiana Figueroa-Ramirez, Destiny Hemphill) / Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
In a time of relentless tumult and trauma, people are turning to poetry—and magic. It’s no coincidence; people are longing for new ways of relating to each other and the world. Poets of color will discuss poetry as spellcasting and as a transformative act. We remember, recover, and write into the ways our ancestors survived and thrived: through magic, intuitive ways of knowing, and a relationship to the natural world radically different from today’s capitalist and extractive economies.
The Future Is Accessible.
(Emily Rose Cole, Keah Brown, Jess Silfa, Alice Wong, Sandra Beasley) / Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
In this panel, five accessibility experts, all disabled women, will discuss the importance of making the writing community more accessible for all types of bodies and minds. The panelists will address why disability justice is an important framework for writers seeking intersectional social justice, and we will offer concrete, specific suggestions to make future readings, literary events, graduate programs, and conferences more accessible spaces.
Write on Time: Stories of Second Books and Readings by Women of Color.
(Purvi Shah, Rosamond S. King, Gabrielle Civil, Christina Olivares, Seema Reza) / oom 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Seconds can be fraught—and second books can feel elusive even after a first book publication. In this combo story-sharing and reading, five women of color writers will offer their publication journeys (from two to twelve years!) for second books, read from these recent books, and lead participants in a writing exercise on the second, not-first, the next. This interactive, embodied session will provide guidance on publication, build and further community, and celebrate the voices of women of color.
Decentralizing Whiteness in Craft: Writers of Color Talk Craft.
(Ruth Joffre, Matthew Salesses, David Mura, Luisa A. Igloria, Amanda Galvan Huynh) / Room 303, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
For too long, the theory and teaching of craft has been centered on whiteness: white writers analyzing the work of other white writers, ignoring the work of people of color in favor of making craft apolitical or “universal.” This has resulted in a proliferation of false ideas about what counts as craft. Writers of color who have written or edited craft books come together to challenge these ideas and push toward a more diverse understanding of craft.
10:35 am to 11:50 am
New Poetry from Graywolf Press.
(Natalie Diaz, Nick Flynn, Carmen Giménez Smith, Sally Wen Mao, Danez Smith) / Room 301, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Five extraordinary poets will present and read from their recently published new collections from Graywolf Press, one of the leading independent publishers in the country. In brilliant and distinct voices, these five poets confront many important questions and issues of our time—immigration, consumerism, racism, suicide, sexuality, representation, the natural world—and always with a lasting sense of responsibility, friendship, and love.
The New Faces of Indie Publishing.
(Christine Stroud, Caryl Pagel, Michael J. Seidlinger, Jessica Fischoff, José Angel Araguz) / Room 304, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
PANK, Soft Skull Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and Autumn House Press have all undergone major transitions. Lead editors will discuss the process of moving their organizations through a successful transition—the challenges they have encountered, changes they have implemented, how they are responding to a shifting literary landscape, and what issues they foresee needing to address in the future. The discussion will be followed by a brief Q&A.
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
Difficult Women: Writers on Rage and Action in a Polarizing Election Year.
(Amber Tamblyn, Roxane Gay, LIdia Yuknavitch) / Room 217D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room
Three women writers discuss and read work that pushes the boundaries of the personal as political, exploring the ways in which our writing is used as a tool to defend and fight for our rights to exist in positions of power, and fight back against a presidential administration that aims to silence us.
A Common Language: Writing the Multiracial Experience.
(Tina Chang, Mira Jacob, Alexander Chee, Charif Shanahan, Adrian Matejka) / Room 301, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Poets, graphic memoirists, YA writers, and novelists who explore the multiracial experience in America will share their work and discuss their process. How do they create cohesive stories about a wide array of experiences, influences, cultures, and histories? Panelists will examine the genesis and execution of topics such as inclusion, migration, assimilation, and community. What commonalities do their multiracial experiences share, and how do they express them with distinctive voices?
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
To Be Young, Black, and Tenure Track: Diversity in Higher Education.
(bridgette bianca, Natalie Graham, Arisa White, Kiese Laymon, Ryane Nicole Granados) / Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
What does it mean when you walk into a classroom and the person at the podium looks like you? As colleges across the nation increase diversity and inclusion efforts to close equity gaps for students of color, they may be overlooking one thing—diverse faculty representation. Published authors and professors, our panelists share best practices for culturally responsive pedagogy, their experiences in academia, tips for supporting Black teachers, as well as how they make time for writing.
Pushing Boundary: Trans and Genderqueer Poets Beyond the Page.
(Samuel Ace, Ching-In Chen, Trish Salah, Duriel Harris, Andrea Abi-Karam) / Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Five trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary identified poets will showcase how they work beyond the printed page. In addition to work that exists at the intersection of the body and text, these poets produce interdisciplinary work which creates embodied, living, and breathing works through the use of image, sound, dance, performance, recording, and video. The results are multidisciplinary, often refractive, accumulating into fluid, rich, and multilayered forms.
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm
Resisting the Exotic: Eradicating Colonial Narratives of Desire.
(Nay Saysourinho, Grace Shuyi Liew, Kirin Khan, Misha Rai, Sunisa Manning) / Room 006D, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Exoticism, a legacy of colonialism, continues to appear in writing and other forms of media. The concept implies desire and conquest, as exotic people, places, and even animals are foreign enough to be fantasized about, but unthreatening enough to be subjugated. This assumption of passivity harms communities by diminishing their humanity, which allows them to be targets of violence. On this panel, writers will discuss the ways they resist this narrative and how they avoid/subvert exotic tropes.
Corridas, Cumbias, y Chicana Poetics: Embodiment of Cultural Trauma and Resilience.
(Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Sara Borjas, Erika L. Sánchez, Michelle Otero, Vanessa Angélica Villareal) / Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Following foremothers including Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, Ana Castillo, and Sandra Cisneros, five Chicana poets from across the US discuss their interdisciplinary influences and how their intersectional Chicanx poetics articulate tensions arising from their focus on the Chicanx body in the face of cultural trauma and resilience. They will discuss how the development of their selves, writing, and histories are necessary, connected, and central to the future of Chicanx literature.
Saturday, March 7
9:00 am to 10:15 am
Dismantling the White Imagination: On Intimacy in Creative Nonfiction.
(Emily Arnason Casey , Rita Banerjee, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Jericho Parms, David Shields ) / Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Creative nonfiction requires intimacy and vulnerability. Within a genre where the relationship between “I” and “you” is always on the line, how can we as writers forge connections between self and other? How can we reimagine whiteness and disrupt the marginalization of nonwhite voices? By exploring the electric space of collaboration and conversation, panelists will discuss how writers of color and white writers can make otherized identities familiar and new American narratives viable.
10:35 am to 11:50 am
Righteous Fury: Women’s Anger in Memoir.
(Lilly Dancyger, Wendy C. Ortiz, Kelly Sundberg, Krystal Sital) / Room 209, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
There’s an expectation that conflict should be resolved, and antagonists forgiven, by the end of a memoir. This is especially true for women, whose anger is still taboo—despite what the Instagram cross-stitchers would have you believe. But what about when you’re still angry at the end of the story? When the anger you’re holding onto is not only justified but necessary for your survival? This panel looks beyond the “forgiveness arc” to explore the personal and creative power of women’s anger.
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
Invincibles: Women Writers Publishing After 50.
(Naomi J. Williams, Val Brelinski, Peg Alford Pursell, Jimin Han, Geeta Kothari) / Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Many panels and articles claim to honor older women writers—then define “older” as over 35! The fiction writers on this panel all published their first books after age 50. What are the particular challenges—and opportunities—posed by our age and gender? How do we simultaneously manage the demands of writing, publishing—and menopause? In what ways are we constrained—or free? We share true stories, tips, and encouragement for writers of all ages.
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Gratitude as Grit: Poetry of Appreciation in Times of Strife.
(Amie Whittemore, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Tyree Daye, Catherine Pierce, Jane Wong) / Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Contemporary poetry turns frequently toward criticizing socioeconomic and environmental injustices while veering away from poems of thanksgiving and appreciation. However, poetry that perpetuates narratives of hope, grace, and beauty is crucial: without such narratives, personal and political despair become paralyzing. In this reading, poets share work that acknowledges the difficulties of experience while also praising that which gives us the ability to write and take action.
Being an Accomplice: Supporting Local Communities through Literary Programming.
(Kate Maruyama, Judeth Oden Choi, Scott Woods, Nick Demske, traci kato-kiriyama)Room 206B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
There is an explosion of literary events all over the country, from readings showcasing famous writers to poetry nights at the local bookstore. But a neighborhood, a community, a city needs more. Literary accomplices can work together to create events that open spaces, fight erasure, and shift culture, providing environments that are safe, generative, supportive, and inclusive. Join four panelists producing events around the country to elevate the unique communities in which they work
Killing the Story to Tell the Self: Innovating Black Women’s Narratives.
(Ruth Ellen Kocher, Dawn Lundy Martin, Duriel E. Harris) / Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Innovative Black women poets have contributed much to the landscape of contemporary poetry by challenging traditional conventions of lyric poetry to convey narratives long considered less traditional and unconventional. This panel presents four innovative Black women writers who have reimagined the poetic landscape and now embark on projects of literary narrative in various forms including creative nonfiction and studio art in their pursuit of the authentic story.
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm
You’ve Got It Wrong: Writing against Misperceptions.
(Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Carmen Maria Machado, Ander Monson, Paul Lisicky, Fiona McCrae) / Room 301, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
In an age of misinformation, how do writers of nonfiction make space for work that challenges dominant narratives? These four Graywolf Press writers actively overturn commonly held assumptions about their subjects, whether examining farming in the rural Midwest, abuse in queer relationships, the AIDS epidemic by way of Provincetown, or gun violence and water usage in the American Southwest. These writers will read and discuss with publisher Fiona McCrae how their work shatters misperceptions.
A selection of recommended offsite events and readings.
Wednesday, March 4
Button Poetry Live: San Antonio & Write Art Out
8PM-11PM / The Amp Room, 2407 N St. Mary’s St / FB
Button Poetry Live and Write Out Art are stoked to bring some of your favorites together for one night only in San Antonio; Phil Kaye, Rachel Wiley, Adam Falkner, Raych Jackson, Will Evans, Sabrina Benaim, & more! Please note, this event is ages 21 and up.
Thursday, March 5
The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit—Book Launch
4PM-6PM / The Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St
Join us and celebrate the publication of The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit, edited by Leah Silvieus and Lee Herrick, who will introduce readers Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Marianne Chan, Jennifer S. Cheng, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Leslieann Hoboyan, Su Hwang, Vandana Khanna, Timothy Liu, Joseph O. Legaspi, Faisal Mohyuddin, Michelle Peñaloza, Purvi Shah, Sun Yung Shin, and Adeeba Shahid Talukder.
Emerging Voices: A Reading of POC Writers
5PM-6:45PM / J&O’s Bar, 1014 S Presa St
Readings begin at 5:15 p.m. An offsite event for emerging POC voices. Readers: John Manuel Arias, Diamond Forde, Danielle Geller, Megan Giddings, Chris Gonzalez, Minda Honey, Katerina Ivanov, Nicole Shawan Junior, Dantiel Moniz, and Jenny Tinghui Zhang. Hosted by Natalie Lima.
6PM-8PM / Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza
Reading featuring authors from Chax Press, Tinfish Press, EOAGH, and POG. Participants include Charles Alexander, Trace Peterson, Susan M. Schultz, Jaimie Guzman, Steven Salmoni, Will Stanier, Tracie Morris, Zoe Tuck, Ching-In Chen, Natasha Dennerstein, Brody Parrish Craig, Jesse Seldess, James Warner, AC Warner, Beth Gilstrap, Saba Syed Razvi, Jessica Smith, Kyle Schlesinger, Samuel Ace, and possibly more!! Cash bar at event. Some light food provided. Donations encouraged. Books sold.
A Switchback Books / Ricochet Editions / Jellyfish Magazine Reading
7PM-9PM / SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, 214 W Crockett St
You’re invited to an evening of small press goodness featuring readings by authors from Switchback Books, Ricochet Editions, and Jellyfish magazine! Readers will include Cynthia Arrieu-King, Kristen Case, M.J. Gette, Jessica Guzman, Stefania Heim, Noor Hindi, Becca Klaver, Alyse Knorr, Irène Mathieu, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Danielle Pafunda, Caitlin Scarano, Dennis James Sweeney, Stephen van Dyck, and David Wojciechowski.
The Horizon Is Not a Border
7PM-9PM / La Botanica, 2911 N St Mary’s St / FB
Please join Foglifter for The Horizon Is Not a Border, curated by Raquel Gutiérrez and featuring Raquel Salas Rivera, Patrick Mullen-Coyoy, Jake Skeets, Zefyr Lisowski, T Fleischmann, Destiny O. Birdsong, Gala Mukomolova, Celeste Chan, Jordan Nakamura, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Joe Jiménez, Saretta Morgan, Willie Kinard III, Òscar Moisés Díaz, Soham Patel, Andrea Abi-Karam, and more!
The Erotic as Power: A Reading and Celebtration
7PM-9PM / Merkaba (Riverwalk), 111 W Crockett St, Suite 205 / FB
This tribute to Audre Lorde’s powerful essay is a celebration of sensuality, sex, and the reclamation of our bodies through acts of resistance, defiance, attraction, & love. Rapid-fire readings by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Katie Farris, Denice Frohman, Robin Gow, Patricia Spears Jones, Ilya Kaminsky, Rickey Laurentiis, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Katie Peterson, Safiya Sinclair, Benny Sisson, Patricia Smith, & Matthew Zapruder. Plenty of drink tickets for all! Live DJ following the event. Hosted by The Shipman Agency, UC Davis & Village of Crickets. Cosponsored by Adelphi University MFA.
Rescue Press, CSU Poetry Center, & Fence: A Reading
7PM-9PM / Cafe Paramour, 102 9th St, Suite 400
Join Rescue Press, the CSU Poetry Center, and Fence for a reading with Sara Deniz Akant, Stella Corso, Brad Fox, Tessa Micaela, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Leora Fridman, Anna Maria Hong, Anne Lesley Selcer, Mak Mak Faunlagui, Rachel Galvin, Alyssa Greene, Raquel Gutierrez, Zebulon Huset, Kirsten Kaschock, Anna Morrison, Joanna Novak, & Michelle Taransky. All-weather rooftop, Cafe Paramour.
MOB the OCHO
7PM-10PM / Ocho Bar, the Havana Hotel, 1015 Navarro St. / Website
MOB the OCHO is a star-studded poetry reading sponsored by the Adroit Journal, the American Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, the Missouri Review, and Pleiades. Featuring Ruth Awad, Taneum Brambrick, Kaveh Bassiri, Michael Bassett, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Bruce Bond, Jericho Brown, Victoria Chang, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Franny Choi, Tyree Daye, Toi Derricotte, Diane Glancy, Matty Layne Glasgow, Alicia Mountain, Marilyn Nelson, Katie Pierce, Brenda Shaughnessy, Maggie Smith, Talin Tahajian, T.C. Tolbert!!! Free drink for the first 100. Doors open at 7:00 p.m, reading 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
OS FEST San Antonio at Sala Diaz
7PM-11PM / Sala Diaz, 517 Stieren St / FB
7pm start for readings, followed by time to decompress and be together. free. no cover, no expectation of buying drinks or standing for hours, but drinks and snacks available by donation. come give yourself what you need.
Friday, March 6
Nightboat Books Reading
5:30PM-7PM / La Quinta Inn & Suites, San Antonio Riverwalk, 303 Blum St / Website
Nightboat Books is thrilled to host a group reading to celebrate our authors: Gillian Conoley, Aaron Shurin, Rosamond S. King, Cole Swensen, Fred Schmalz, Paolo Javier, Jared Stanley, Zoe Tuck, Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Mónica de la Torre, & Lindsay Turner! Join us in the Crockett Room, La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk, 303 Blum Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.
Kenning Editions, Green Lantern Press, Action Books, Small Press Distribution Reading
7PM-9PM / Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St
Action Books, Green Lantern Press, Kenning Editions, and Small Press Distribution invite you to an offsite reading to celebrate and launch new and recent titles. Including poets and translators: Fulla Abdul-Jabbar, Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro (reading Audre Lorde), Rachel Galvin, Cathy Park Hong (reading Seungja Choi), Valerie Hsiung, Devin King, Olivia Lott (reading Soleida Ríos), Jesse Seldess, and Candice Wuehle. Come by the Cherrity Bar, 302 Montana St, San Antonio, a two minute walk from the Henry B. González Convention Center. Cherrity Bar’s proceeds go entirely to worthy community non-profits, and they have the best Ramen and craft cocktails in San Antonio. Admission is free, Zine giveaways, also.
Queer Voices: Nuestra Voz, Nuestro Cuerpo, Nuestro Tiempo—Our Voice, Our Bodies, Our Time
7PM-10PM / Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave
An evening of Queer Voices from Everywhere. Featuring Kay Ulanday Barrett, Kai Raimy, Maya Chinchilla, Polly Anna Rocha, Edyka Chilome, Anel I. Flores, Jo-Reyes Boitel, Six Gawd, Ire’ne Lara Silva, Gume Laurel III, Anna Ortiz Varela, Miguel Morales, Daisy Hernandez, Jesus I. Valles, Saul Hernandez, Roy Guzman, Dan Vera, DLo (video in), Pablo Miguel Martinez, Raquel Gutierrez, Adelina Anthony (video in), Carla Trujillo, Kate Carroll de Gutes, and Virginia Grise.
Saturday, March 7
WHALE PROM: An Alternative AWP Bookfair
10AM-4PM / Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex 108 Blue Star / FB
In response to the rising costs of AWP book fair tables & demands from attendees for a more inclusive experience, Whale Prom is an accessible, free-admission book event dedicated to independent presses & the people who love them.
UDP Birds, LLC DoubleCross Essay Fence Octopus Fonograf Reality Beach Tarpaulin Sky
5:30PM-10PM / La Villita Cafe, 418 Villetta St
Birds, LLC, DoubleCross Press, Essay Press, Fence, Octopus Books / Fonograf Editions, Reality Beach, Tarpaulin Sky, and Ugly Duckling Presse present a reading featuring Amie Zimmerman, Anna Gurton-Wachter, Annelyse Gelman, Catherine Wagner, DJ Ashtrae (Joshua Escobar), Jameson Fitzpatrick, Jeff Alessandrelli, Jessica Q Stark, Johannes Göranssen, Kate Colby, Katherine Agyemaa Agard, Kathryn Cowles, Lauren Russell, Mary-Kim Arnold, MC Hyland, Raquel Salas Rivera, S. Brook Corfman, Shira Dentz, Sommer Browning
Reckonings: An Evening with The Atlas Review, Guernica, and The Rumpus
7PM-9PM / Bar America 723 S Alamo St / FB
Join The Atlas Review, Guernica, and The Rumpus for a special evening of good words and good company as AWP concludes on Saturday, March 7th! With readings from Kaveh Akbar, Ayşe Papatya Bucak, Danielle Evans, Rachel Heng, Donika Kelly, Nadia Owusu, and Shannon Sankey.