2015 AWP Conference and Bookfair

April 8 - 11, 2015


Ana Menendez: Freedom of Speech in Cuba

Cuban writer Ana Menéndez, author of Adios, Happy Homeland, says Cuba's successfully fought illiteracy but still "jails its poets" and puts limits on free speech.

Roxane Gay: Writing Fiction and Nonfiction

Roxane Gay, author Bad Feminist and An Untamed State, says words last and  fiction and nonfiction can be used to tackle hard truths.

Karen Russell: Comedy as a Weapon

Karen Russell, author of  Swamplandia!, looks at how writers use the power of play, silliness, and "what if?" against oppression. 

Kevin Young: Poetry Inspired by Great Migration

Poet Kevin Young, author of Book of Hours, reads "Thataway," a poem inspired by painter Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration.

NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown on Truth in Poetry vs. Journalism

PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown discusses the difference of the subjective  idea of truth between poetry and journalism. 

About this conference

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP's is now the largest literary conference in North America.

About Association of Writers and Writing Programs

AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 125 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

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