Mar
28
12:00 PM12:00

AWP Panel/Show Me The Money: Making Ends Meet in the Literary World

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1  
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm 

Five writers with experience in developing literary magazines, small presses, reading series, and other literary endeavors will have an in-depth discussion about the financial realities of the literary community that too often remain hidden. We’ll consider how these financial realities differ across race and gender, the importance of transparency, and how these disparities can be addressed within existing structures and outside of them. 

Moderator: 

Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near New York City. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of TheRumpus.net.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow, contributing editor to Electric Literature, editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life - A Short Story Anthology, and team member of the nonprofit I, Too Arts.

Ashley Ford is an essayist, editor, and columnist with work in PANK magazine, The RumpusCrossed Genre's MagazineELLE MagazineThe Guardian, BuzzFeed.Com, and Literary Orphans.

Michele Filgate is the editor of What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About, forthcoming. She is a contributing editor at Literary Hub, and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She teaches creative nonfiction for Catapult and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. 

Emily Gould is the author of And The Heart Says WhateverFriendship, and the forthcoming Perfect Tunes. With Ruth Curry, she runs Emily Books, which sells and publishes books by women as an imprint of Coffee House Press. She teaches writing in New York City.

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Mar
28
3:00 PM15:00

AWP Panel/Writing the Mother Wound

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1  
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm 

We live in a culture that idealizes mother love, and shames those who question it. Five multi-genre writers share how they address and interrogate the complex realities of mother-daughter relationships. How do we push back on the silence imposed on those who are un-mothered, abused, or choose to not be mothers themselves? How do we use our lives as fodder to create stories that are realistic and not overly sentimental, with the audacity of truth? 

Moderator: 

Vanessa Martir has been published in The Rumpus and Roxane Gay’s anthology Not That Bad, among others. She is the founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop which she teaches online and in person in NYC. Vanessa is working on finishing her memoir A Dim Capacity for Wings

Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls, forthcoming from Algonquin, and recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Kenyon Review. Her work appears in The Best American EssaysLongreads, and The New York Times Style Magazine

Elisabet Velasquez is Latina writer from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been published by NBC, WeAreMiTu, and AJ+. She is the 2017 Button Poetry Video Prize Winner. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD

Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of The Enchanted and The Child Finder, novels inspired by her work on death row and with sex trafficking victims. Her work has won numerous prestigious awards. In addition to her activism and writing, she has been a foster-adoptive mother for over twenty years. 

Michele Filgate is the editor of What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About, forthcoming. She’s a contributing editor at Literary Hub, and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She teaches creative nonfiction for Catapult and Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

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Tinkers Tenth Anniversary
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Tinkers Tenth Anniversary

Join us to celebrate the publication of the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of Tinkers with a conversation between author Paul Harding and Elizabeth McCracken, author of Bowlaway, moderated by Michele Filgate. 

Paul Harding's modern classic Tinkers begins with an old man who lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past, where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature. The story behind this bestselling debut―the first independently published Pulitzer Prize winner since A Confederacy of Dunces nearly thirty years before―is as extraordinary as the prose within it. Inspired by his family’s history, Paul Harding began writing Tinkers when his rock band broke up. Following numerous rejections from large publishers, Harding was about to shelve the manuscript when Bellevue Literary Press offered a contract. After being accepted by BLP, but before it was even published, the novel developed a following among independent booksellers from coast to coast. Readers and critics soon fell in love, and it went on to receive the Pulitzer Prize, prompting the New York Times to declare the novel’s remarkable success “the most dramatic literary Cinderella story of recent memory.”

Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: Enon and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tinkers. He teaches at Stony Brook Southampton.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry(stories), The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist), Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize, long-listed for the National Book Award), three of which were New York Times Notable Books. She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of an anthology based on her Longreads essay, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster on April 30, 2019. Currently, she is an M.F.A. student at NYU, where she is the recipient of the Stein Fellowship. Her work has appeared in LongreadsThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeRefinery29SliceThe Paris Review DailyTin HouseGulf CoastThe Rumpus, and other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, Catapult, and Stanford Continuing Studies and is the founder of the Red Ink series.

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