From February 8-11, 2017, more than 12,000 attendees will gather in Washington, DC, for the largest literary conference in North America, sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Penn State Creative Writing faculty and alums will be in the mix, serving on panels, giving readings and signings, and staffing bookfair tables. Here’s the start of a compilation of Penn Staters at this year’s AWP Conference. If you’d like your information added, please contact Alison Jaenicke at (or add it into the comment box below). Then check back for the latest additions.

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Thursday, February 9th 

9 am—Creative Writing Faculty Member TOBY THOMPSON:
Panel: R120. Dylanology. Five authors discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about Bob Dylan, rock writing in this era, as well as its relationship to the craft of literary nonfiction.
Onsite: Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four

Panel: R130. Contemporary Mythopoetics.
Onsite: Room 204AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two 

3 pm—Creative Writing Faculty Member ROBIN BECKER:
R237. The Lyric Narrative: Telling Stories in Poems.
OnsiteMarquis Salon 7 & 8, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two

3:30 pm—Creative Writing Faculty Member JAMES BRASFIELD:
Book Signing at the LSU Press booth, Exhibit Spaces 608-610.

4:30-6:30 pm—MFA Grad RACHEL MENNIES:
Reading: RHINO Reads! AWP 2017, Public Books Event by Rhino Poetry
Offsite: Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

7 pmBarrelhouse (including MFA Grad, Current Lecturer, and Barrelhouse editor MATT PEREZ) will host “a reading type thing” with The Rumpus, Catapult and Lit Hub: “Write Together, Fight Together
Offsite: The U Street Music Hall, 1115 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Bonus: We’re meeting for a happy hour before it at All Souls Bar from 5 to 7 pm for our Barrelhouse Camp reunion.)

7:30 pm– MFA Grad and former Creative Writing Faculty member SHEILA SQUILLANTE:
Featured Reader, The Inner Loop Reading Series
Off Site: The Pub & The People, 1648 N Capitol St NW

Friday, February 10th

1:30pm—Director of Creative Writing CHARLOTTE HOLMES and MFA Grad LISA RONEY:
Panel: F210. Foremothers: Southern Women Writers Discuss Southern Women Writers.
Onsite: Liberty Salon I, J, K at the Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level 4

1:30pm–Creative Writing Faculty Member ELIZABETH KADETSKY:
Book signing at the Nouvella table
Location: Exhibit Space 445-T

7-10pm–Creative Writing Faculty Member ELIZABETH KADETSKY:
Reading: RSVP DJ and Spontaneous Reading (by C&R Press authors)
Offsite: Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Guests must RSVP and get (FREE) tickets here

Saturday, February 11th

Panel: S110. Money, Power, and Transparency in the Writing World.
Onsite: Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level 2 

1:30 pm— MFA Grad LISA RONEY:
Panel: S204. Practicum and Beyond: Publishing Courses and Literary Citizenship.
Onsite: Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level 2

 4:30 pm— MFA Grad SARAH BLAKE:
Panel: S280. Attempting the Impossible: Strategies for Writing Creative Biography.
Onsite: Room 101, Washington Convention Center, Level One 


MFA Grad and Current Lecturer MATT PEREZ, editor for Barrelhouse, can be found from time to time at the Barrelhouse table, Exhibit Space 385.

Stop by Book Fair Table 842-T, where MFA Grad LISA RONEY be representing
The Florida Review as its new editor.

Visit MFA Grad and editor-in-chief CATHLEEN MILLER at the Reed Magazine booth, Exhibit Space 559.

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