Lighthouse at AWP

As the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' annual conference approaches (only three days away!), we're madly packing our bags and doublechecking schedules. We're excited to give our humidifiers a rest, but more importantly, we're especially excited to see our fellow literary enthusiasts in Portland.

If you're in town for the conference, come find us and say hi; we'll be at 6064, smack in the middle of the book fair, ready to talk Lit Fest, Book Project, Poetry Collective, our Grand Lake and Writing in Color retreats, and our ever-growing menu of online and in-person workshops. If you're interested in volunteering to represent Lighthouse at the booth, you can sign up for hour-long shifts here.

There will be a lot of Lighthousers participating in the conference (maybe we should charter a plane next year); see a sampling below of who's presenting where:

Andrea Dupree will be talking Creating Discrimination & Harassment Policies in the Era of #MeToo and Writers Centers, Conferences, & Retreats: Write, Teach, & Work After the MFA.

Steven Dunn will be talking Travelogue in Flames: Writing the Limit of Cultural Exchange, and Outsiders in Minority Fiction: When You’re From Where You’re Not Supposed to Be (with fellow LH faculty Erika T. Wurth and David Weiden), as well as reading offsite: Acre Books, Essay Press, Lavender Ink, Reality Beach & Tarpaulin Sky

Carolina Ebeid will be on the panel It’s Complicated: Writing Poetry from Multiple Subjectivities as well as reading at An Evening of Latinx Literature.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine will be discussing Tell Me a Story: Getting a Debut Collection PublishedMatch Game: How to Find and Work With Your Agent, and reading at Debut Authors '19 Reading.

Richard Froude will be on the panel Information to Astonishment: Research as Creative Process in Nonfiction & Poetry  and reading at Dough: Art and Poetry

Diana Khoi Nguyen will be presenting on A Hybrid Panel on Hybrid Forms and reading at Wild Girl Poets: A Reading and ReckoningLana Turner Poetry ReadingTender Table: Food & Storytelling by Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ashley Toliver, & Amy LamBookseller's Ball, and Omnidawn/speCt! Poets Read.

Alexander Lumans will be talking Light is the Left Hand of Darkness: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin and What a Heroine Can Do: Female Protagonists Take Back the Narrative.

Khadijah Queen will be discussing Who’s Got the Power? Enacting Advocacy for Oneself & Others and All Your Faves Are Problematic: #MeToo and the Ethics of Public Call-Outs.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint will be talking Dystopias and Utopias in Contemporary Asian American Literature and The Plot to Kill Plot: Practical Alternatives to "Plotting" Fiction.

Juan Morales will be presenting on I'm Unprepared: Navigating Trauma in Writing Classrooms and reading at Lithic Press, Pulpmouth, & Reality Beach.

Candace Walsh will be discussing Shame as a Driver of Marginalized Female Narrative Unreliability

Erika T. Wurth will be talking Indigenous Fiction: Intersections in the United States & Canada and Outsiders in Minority Fiction: When You’re From Where You’re Not Supposed to Be 

Wendy J. Fox will be on the panel Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Writers on Employment Outside of Academia.

Elisa Gabbert will be signing her new book at the Black Ocean table

Seth Brady Tucker will be signing his book at the Gival press table and reading at the Gival Press 20th Anniversary Reading Celebration.


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