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AWP Events

by Dan Froid

Celebrating the launch of new books, donating books to others, giving away all-important swag: Prairie Schooner’s got it all at AWP this year. Read on to find out about all of Prairie Schooner’s events at this year’s convention.

Visit Prairie Schooner at Booth 1203 to:

  • subscribe to Prairie Schooner at an exclusive discounted rate
  • explore the digital side of Prairie Schooner: a podcast, mobile app, and FUSION e-zine
  • learn about the African Poetry Book Fund publications, contests, and other initiatives
  • explore recent Prairie Schooner issues and new books and chapbooks from the African Poetry Book Series
  • pick up our brand new spring issue, or a copy of our Winter 2014 themed issue, “Women and the Global Imagination,” guest-edited by Alicia Ostriker
  • take home something cool (swag!)
  • donate poetry books to send to African poetry libraries*

*Donations are a part of the African Poetry Library Initiative. We invite publishers and presses to donate books to be sent to accessible, user-friendly poetry libraries across the African continent. Learn more here.

On Thursday, April 9, the African Poetry Book Fund will celebrate the release of its latest publications: Ladan Osman’s The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony (University of Nebraska Press) and the chapbook box-set Eight New Generation African Poets. Join Osman, this year’s Sillerman Prize Winner Mahtem Shiferraw, and chapbook author Amy Lukau, as well as UNL Creative Writing faculty, including Prairie Schooner’s editor-in-chief Kwame Dawes and others for cheese, crackers, wine, and beer.

Check out the schedule below to find out about our other events. Prairie Schooner- or UNL-associated people in bold.

Thursday, April 9

12:00-1:15 pm: R174, “A Thread through the Labyrinth: Learning and Teaching Plot”

  • Lynne Barrett,  Joy Castro,  Lauren Grodstein,  Daniel Wallace
  • Room 208 A&B, Level 2

4:30-5:45 pm: R256, “When Poetry is About Something”

  • Chris Abani, Bernardine Evaristo, Alicia Ostriker, and Afaa Michael Weaver
  • Ballroom A, Level 1

6:30-8:00 pm: R293, African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner Reception

  • UNL Creative Writing faculty and special guest Laura Sillerman
  • Hilton Minneapolis Hotel

Friday, April 10

1:30-2:45 pm: F205, “It’s a Crime to Skip This Panel”

  • Michael Kardos,  Joy CastroChris Abani,  Christopher Coake,  Lori Rader-Day
  • Room 101 H&I, Level 1

1:30-2:45 pm: F207, “If You Build It, They Will Come: Community Libraries for Poetry”

  • Lorna Dawes, Lee Briccetti, Katherine Litwin, Charlene Spearen, Marianne Kunkel
  • Room 200 B&C, Level 2

3:00-4:15 pm: F243, “You Can Judge a Journal by Its Cover: Editors on Cover Art”

  • David Lynn, Quincy Troupe, Kirby Johnson, Kwame Dawes
  • Room 200 F&G, Level 2

4:30-5:45 pm: F264, “Make It New(s): A Reading and Conversation

  • Ted Kooser, Jeffrey Brown, Connie Wanek
  • Ballroom A, Level 1

4:30-5:45 pm. F273, “Palmetto Poetry Series: McManus, Pineda, Simmonds, and Wentworth”

  • Jon Pineda,  Ray McManus,  Kwame Dawes,  Marjory Wentworth,  Charlene Spearen
  • Room 200 B&C, Level 2

Saturday, April 11

12:00-1:15 pm: S172, “Literature on Air”

  • Marianne Kunkel, Jeff Brown, Don Share, Michael Nye, Paul Reyes
  • Room 101 F&G, Level 1

3:00-4:15 pm: S255, “B Words: A Celebration of Bold, Bossy, Bitchy, Ballsy Women Poets & the Body Politic”

  • Julie Kane,  Jan Beatty,  Laura Madeline Wiseman,  Grace Bauer
  • Room L100 B&C, Lower Level

4:30-5:545 pm: S272, “Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, 40th Anniversary Roundtable”

  • Afaa Michael Weaver,  Kwame Dawes,  Sheila Smith-McKoy,  Jonah Mixon-Webster,  Duriel E. Harris
  • Room 200 H&I, Level 2