One Story at AWP 2019

Every year, thousands of writers, publishers, and literary professionals converge on a different city for the annual AWP Conference & Bookfair. This year, that city is Portland, OR. One Story will be there too, along with our famous spinning wheel of prizes! Will you be there? We hope you’ll come by our table, T7068, and say hello! Anyone who buys a (heavily discounted) subscription is guaranteed to win something.

You also won’t want to miss our party with Catapult, PEN America, and The Story Prize on Thursday night at Dig A Pony.

We’ve compiled a helpful rundown of all of the events featuring our authors, whose names appear in bold. See you in Portland!

THURSDAY, MARCH 28TH

Time: 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: We’re Here and We’re Queer: LGBTQ Women Tell Their Stories

Panelists: Imogen Binnie, Chelsey Johnson, Nicole Dennis-Benn, SJ Sindu, Patricia Smith

Description: Queer people—and queer women especially— have long been marginalized in literature. What are the stories being told about queer women? And who is doing the telling? Four authors with very different backgrounds discuss their books and characters, the stereotypes they fight against, and the truths and lives they reveal. What are the various identities queer women navigate in real life and on the page? What untold stories remain hidden?

Time: 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Surfing the Green Wave: Engaging Environmental & Social Issues for Young Readers

Panelists: Shanetia Clark, Todd Mitchell, Eliot Schrefer, Sherri L. Smith, Cecil Castellucci

Description: Stories shape the way we think and act. In this interactive panel, four award-winning middle grade and young adult authors discuss how they’ve sought to engage wicked problems like climate change, species extinction, and income inequality through fiction. They explore how literature is changing to address new problems, what lies beyond apocalyptic fiction, and the challenges of effectively engaging the generation that’s inheriting global problems on an unprecedented scale.

Time: 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: A Glimmer Train Reading: 28 Years of Stories

Panelists: Lee Martin, Carrie Brown, Matt Bondurant, Danielle Lazarin

Description: The first issue of Glimmer Train, founded in Portland, Oregon, appeared in 1991. Over its twenty-eight years, its stories, many of them from emerging authors, have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Stories, and the list goes on. Please join us for a celebration of its accomplishments as well as conversation about what makes a memorable short story via brief readings and remarks from former Glimmer Train contributors in the city where it all began.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Standing Ovation: The Impact of Awards at All Stages of an Author’s Career

Panelists: Courtney Santo, John Blair, J. Michael Martinez, Lindsay Tigue, Melissa Yancy)

Description: How does winning a major literary award affect your career and writing? Join these prize-winning authors at various career stages for a discussion of what it means to win for the first time or for multiple times. Are there ways to capitalize on such success? Are there pitfalls to winning early? What advice do they wish they’d been given when they won? Is the system fair? They’ll also discuss failures. How many contests do you have to enter before you win?

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location: Cody D. Todd Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: History of Myself: Approaches to Research in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction.

Panelists: (Adam Nemett) California College of the Arts, San Francisco, MFA Faculty Panel: Tom Barbash, Jasmin Darznik, Adam Nemett, Leslie Carol Roberts,

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Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Books for a Well-Read Life: Celebrating Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Panelists: Lauren Grodstein, Heather Abel, Brock Clarke, Jonathan Evison, Joanna Luloff)

Description: Since its 1983 founding in a Chapel Hill backyard, Algonquin Books has enjoyed many notable years of publishing; however, 2017 and 2018 have proven to be extraordinary. The past two years produced the press’s first National Book Award finalist, first Man Booker Prize finalist, and first Oprah Book Pick in almost two decades, among other successes. Join us at a reading to celebrate the North Carolina indie, featuring five Algonquin authors with work released during the press’s latest banner years.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Let’s Talk About Race, Baby; Let’s Talk About You & Me

Panelists: Jean Kwok, Mira Jacob, Mitchell S. Jackson, Irina Reyn, Devi Laskar

Description: This panel is for anyone, regardless of color, who wishes to improve the way they write about, teach or publish racially- or ethnically-charged issues in this complex time. How do we handle race and ethnicity with sensitivity, in real life and on the page? How can we overcome discrimination in workshops and the publishing world? May we write negatively about a character of a particular race? This panel of successful writers provides honesty and humor and suggests strategies for connection.

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title:  Light is the Left Hand of Darkness: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin.

Panelists: Alexander Lumans, Emma Eisenberg, C Pam Zhang, David Naimon, Kelly Link)

Description: “Truth,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her novel The Left Hand of Darkness, “is a matter of the imagination.” In 2018, one of America’s greatest science fiction writers passed on, leaving behind a library of literary and social achievements. Through her imaginative narratives, she scrutinized politics, gender, and the environment, creating alternate worlds and new societies as a means to convey deeper truths about our own. This panel celebrates her influential work and pays tribute to her legacy.

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Bridging The Gap: How & Why Historical Writers Build Bridges To The Past

Panelists: Michael Pritchett, Amy Brill, Phong Nguyen, Jen Julian

Description: What makes historical writers unique is our desire to bridge gaps from our current world to worlds we left behind in the past. Through the lens of single lives, we tell the stories of the past’s constructive/destructive impact on the present, moments of change, and battles between Old World and New. We explore moral history, the evolution of ideas, and the tantalizing could-have-beens. A panel of writers with diverse visions discuss the hows and whys of their mission to bridge history’s gaps.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

Title:  Lisa Ko and Nicole Chung, Sponsored by PEN America.

Panelists: Lisa Ko, Nicole Chung

Description: Join Nicole Chung and Lisa Ko in conversation.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: The Revision That Got Away From Me

Panelists: Erin Saldin, Nova Ren Suma, Eliot Schrefer, Maria Dahvana Headley, Brandy Colbert

Description: We all expect to revise our books while we’re creating them alone in our rooms, and sure, we assume we’ll do some editing with our editors once the book has been acquired. But what happens when, post-acquisition, the book becomes something utterly different during the editorial revision process? Five YA authors discuss and read from the revision that got away from them. They’ll talk about how they coped, and how the process opened up unexpected possibilities and directions for their work.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: UnBiography: Creating Fictional Characters from Factual People

Panelists: Caitlin Horrocks, Jasmin Darznik, Peter Ho Davies, Zachary Lazar, Megan Mayhew Bergman

Description: Transfiguring historical figures into fictional characters asks the writer to grapple not only with craft challenges, but questions of genre, ethics, and research. Does the artist who uses a real subject for inspiration inevitably become Robert de Montesquiou’s “thief of souls”? How faithful can or should writers be to the historical record? How do writers research that record without becoming paralyzed by it? Panelists will discuss big picture questions and offer practical suggestions.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Personal, Political, Provocative: Celebrating 45 Years of The Sun

Panelists: Sy Safransky, David James Duncan, Danusha Lameris, Susan Straight, John Brehm

Description: January 2019 marks the forty-fifth anniversary of The Sun, a reader-supported, ad-free magazine. Each monthly issue features radically intimate and socially conscious writing that touches anyone with an open heart and a curious mind. To celebrate The Sun’s anniversary, the founder and editor joins four contributors for a reading of work from the magazine.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title:  The Art of the Craft Talk: Tips from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference Faculty

Panelists: Charlotte Wyatt, Lan Samantha Chang, Daniel Orozco, Michael Byers, Angela Pneuman

Description: Writers are asked to give craft talks at literary festivals, writers’ conferences, book tours, and classroom visits. With unfamiliar audiences and limited time, the selection of topics, texts, and delivery methods becomes a set of important considerations. Moderated by an MFA candidate, this panel of fiction faculty from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference offers both innovative and tried-and-true approaches for writers who are beginning to develop these important professional skills.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH

Time: 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Unspoken Intimacies: On Male Friendship, Romance, and Everything in Between

Panelists: Alex McElroy, Cheston Knapp, Brandon Taylor, Garth Greenwell, Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Description: What responsibility do male authors have in disrupting the patriarchy? How can literature take aim at toxic masculinity? This panel brings together five prose writers whose work challenges masculine norms by engaging with male intimacy and vulnerability to reimagine cultural possibilities. Panelists will discuss craft techniques in fiction and nonfiction, as well as the ethical necessity of portraying intimacy between men in literature.

Time: 9:00 am to 10:15 am

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: The PushMePullMe of Advising Lit Journals: Publishing While Getting Published

Panelists: John Schulze, Pauls Toutonghi, Daryl Brown, Jeff Newberry, Marianne Kunkel

Description: Five experienced undergraduate literary journal advisors share strategies for providing quality experiential learning opportunities for their students within the editing and publishing field, developing the time-management skills necessary for timely publication, maintaining their own publishing schedule, and leveraging their roles as advisors when it comes to academic appointments, promotion, and tenure.

Time: 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Location: Zachary A. Doss Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Timely vs. Timeless: How to Balance a Hot Topic vs. Creating Timeless Literature.

Panelists: Susan Choi, Tanya Selvaratnam, Sharma Shields, Julie Buntin

Description: How does the writing process change when the subject matter you chose long ago is suddenly all over the news? Three authors, each with forthcoming books rooted in the past, will discuss the process of writing stories anchored in time when elements of their stories becomes startlingly fresh. How do we tell stories about women, about war, about assault, about prejudice, in a time when such ideas are under present-day scrutiny? Tanya Selveratnam will moderate as each author discusses her unique methods of dealing with current events as they pertain to timeless stories.

Time: 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Location: Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Tell Me a Story: Getting a Debut Collection Published

Panelists: Matthew Lansburgh, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Ivelisse Rodriguez, R.L. Maizes, Clare Beams

Description: It’s well known that short story collections can be difficult to publish, yet several avenues exist, as do strategies for making collections stand out. Authors of debut collections discuss the pros and cons of publication through contests, independent publishers, and big five publishers, as well as how to approach each one. The panelists examine ways to make a collection as strong as it can be through, among other things, story selection, sequencing, and themes.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location: Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

Title: Real Women Talk Dirty: Feminisms of Sex in Fiction.

Panelists: Merritt Tierce, Debra Monroe, Mary Ann Mohanraj, Nalo Hopkinson, Claire Vaye Watkins

One way to define dirt is as “matter out of place.” Is “dirty” literature labelled as such because of its content, or because of its irreverent treatment of such matter? What would advocates of heteroglossia or mixed discourses think of “dirty fiction”—that its determined blending makes it the sharpest edge of realism? Is the depiction of sex crucial to the goals of feminisms, and how? This all-woman panel discusses craft hazards and opportunities of rendering the sexually explicit.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location: A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Knowing the Story: Flannery O’Connor Award Winners on Writing Short Fiction.

Panelists: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Lori Ostlund, Amina Gautier, Siamak Vossoughi, Becky Mandelbaum

Flannery O’Connor is quoted as saying, “I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.” This panel will explore what five short story writers (all winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction) know (or know they don’t know) about short fiction form and style, as well as about polishing a collection for submission. Part reading, part lively discussion, this panel will be both exploration and celebration of short fiction as a thriving literary form.

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Location: D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Dirty Works: Fiction From the New American Working Class.

Panelists: Gonzalo Baeza, Joseph Haske, Jodi Angel, Daniel Mendoza

Writers from poor and working-class regions read stories and novel excerpts set in the unique, underrepresented areas that inspired their respective fiction. These authors deliver their work in raw, unfiltered voices, focusing on places often ignored as literary settings. While a working-class or impoverished upbringing creates many obstacles for aspiring writers, these authors draw invaluable experience from such disadvantages, and hardship ultimately enriches their literary nuance and style.

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Location: B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Preaching Beyond the Choir: The Value of Creative Writing Outside the Major.

Panelists: Katherine Zlabek, David James Poissant, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Michelle Burke, Melinda Moustakis

This panel considers what best to offer a student if given one shot, one class, to make creative writing relevant in the student’s day-to-day life. Panelists will share diverse approaches to the classroom that expose students to ways of viewing both written work, and the world around them, as spaces that can be shifted and enhanced through creative effort. They will engage in a discussion on the importance of exposure and representation, aspiration and a writer’s brass tacks.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title:  Tarot for Writers: Expanding Intuition, Imagination, and Craft.

Panelists: Cecily Sailer, Laurie Filipelli, Catherine Bowman, Fatima Kola

The archetypal imagery of Tarot offers access to the intuitive self that fuels our best creative work. In this panel, several writers discuss how they use Tarot to better understanding the creative process, their own work, and the “psycho-spiritual” journey of writers in all genres. This discussion includes practical exercises and approaches for using Tarot during the writing process, in workshop, and when teaching, regardless of prior knowledge about Tarot cards and their traditional meanings.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Beyond the Desk: Engaging Community As a Writer-Activist.

Panelists: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Sam Ligon, Kristen Millares Young, Dawn Pichon Barron, Julia Hands

Writing requires solitude, but being a writer requires community. What does it mean, though, to be a writer-activist today? This panel will focus on how five Pacific Northwest writers have woven activism into their writing lives, from the personal to the broadly political. Discussion will include how to find and create arts-activism opportunities in your own community, the relationship between engaged literary citizenship and engaged democracy, and the influence activism has on the panelists’ own writing.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: The F Word: Writing Unabashedly Feminist Fiction.

Panelists: Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Naomi Williams, Carolina de Robertis, Aya de Leon, Chantel Acevedo

The word feminist is controversial. Yet the VIDA charts prove, year after year, that the publishing playing field isn’t level. Given the data they reveal about who gets published and reviewed, how do writers who identify as feminists navigate both the writing and publishing process? Are there consequences, positive or negative, to claiming the identifier? What constitutes feminist fiction? Who gets to define the term? In short, how does claiming feminism affect writing fiction?

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: The Sense of an Ending: Writers Over 60 Discuss Death.

Panelists: Katharine Haake, Rod Val Moore, Gail Wronksy, Chuck Rosenthal, Dorothy Barresi

It’s not polite to say so, but writers grow old too (if they’re lucky). The body, like the world, is a dangerous place. And if, in the chilling uneasiness of the new world order, it’s hard not to wonder what’s next, whether personal or global, one day the bombs go off. Everybody knows this. Yet somehow it comes to each of us as a big surprise: We can die; we will die; we do die. Writers over 60 who work in different genres explore literature, politics, and the end of life.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Between the Margins and Mainstream: Liminal Spaces of Jewish American Literature.

Panelists: Jacob Appel, Molly Antopol, Alicia Jo Rabins, Aaron Tillman, Erika Meitner

For many American Jews, being “Jewish” is not a religious nor an ethnic signifier; Jewish Americans have diverse conceptions of marriage, gender, culture, and spiritual practice. While Jewish identity remains, it is not easily classifiable in social or literary spheres. How does this anomalous position play out in contemporary Jewish American literature? This panel of Jewish-identified writers and performers will address how they and others have grappled with an increasingly elusive identity.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Location: E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Speculative Fiction, Genre, and World-building in the Creative Writing Classroom.

Panelists: Brenda Peynado, Ploi Pirapokin, Kelly Link, Karen Fowler, Trent Hergenrader

With more and more writers interested in speculative fiction, magical realism, and genre, how can workshops, teachers, and programs embrace all these forms? Panelists who teach in the Clarion Writers Workshop, UCLA Extension Programs, MFAs, and undergraduate programs discuss specific approaches to teaching, including speculative fiction in literary fiction workshops, classes and programs tailored for genre forms, and guiding students to build sound, imaginative, and diverse worlds.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Location: B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Making Ourselves Small: Women and Publishing in the Age of Self-Promotion.

Panelists: Misha Rai, Ama Codjoe, Lee Conell, Jaclyn Watterson, Anne Valente

With the rising expectation that authors maintain a strong social media presence and promote their writing accomplishments, this panel will discuss the difficulties of this expectation for women writers who have often been socialized to not call attention to themselves. This panel will address the intersections of gender and race in examining how promoting one’s own material is not equally applicable for all writers, and in fact comes with consequences for many despite the pressure to post.

SATURDAY MARCH, 30TH

Time: 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Location: E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Editor-Author Relationships: How Should They Be?

Panelists: Jennifer Acker, John Freeman, Tracy O’Neill, Yuka Igarashi, Patrick Ryan

Literary journals and small presses provide a platform for launching the careers of writers, and strong editorial support is key to this role. Collaboration between editor and author happens in real time, on the page. In turn, editors are often writers, with their own distinct experiences sending work into the world and being edited. What can and should editors provide authors, and how can their own experiences as writers and literary citizens inform and expand these collaborative relationships?

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Location: C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Jewish Women Writers Confront Identity.

Panelists: Elizabeth A.I. Powell, Jamie Wendt, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Irina Reyn, Simone Zelitch

In this panel, female Jewish poets and prose writers discuss how identity shapes their work. The writers explore how historical and current events, specifically ones that have impacted Jews, enter their writing, including recent rises in antisemitism and racism. The panelists consider how their experiences as Jews enter into their poems and stories, both politically and personally.

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Location: B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: How to Design a Novel Workshop.

Panelists: James Hannaham, Leni Zumas, Matthew Salesses, Chelsey Johnson, Susan Choi

Ever the misfit in traditional workshops, the novel needs its own space to grow. In a conversation for anyone who writes novels, teaches novel courses, or wants to, five writers reveal how we structure generative, productive novel workshops. We’ll exchange imaginative prompts and craft exercises that spur writers on and see them through the long haul. And we’ll reflect on how teaching this expansive, unruly genre has altered the way we understand the workshop form—and the novel itself.

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Location: C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Crossovers: Writing for Both Teens and Adults.

Panelists: Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, Lilliam Rivera, Patrick Ryan, Megan Cummins, Sarah Nicole Smetana

YA crossover is an appealing idea: a book sold to both teens and adults, read more widely because its meaning shape shifts across age groups. This panel brings together writers who write for both teens and adults within the same project; for a YA audience sometimes and for adults at others; and writers who don’t think about age at all when they write. The panel asks what lessons we learn as early readers and explores why writers should never underestimate their readers, no matter their ages.

Time: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Location: E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: The Non-Residency Residency: From Working Writers.

Panelists: Emily Wolahan, Dean Rader, Aimee Phan, Kate Folk, Yalitza Ferreras

Writers’ residencies can be a fantastic way to set aside time and space to write, but not everyone can press pause on their professional and family lives in order to attend one. There are, however, alternative models to the traditional residency. From coworking spaces, to programs in interdisciplinary art centers, to self-started retreats, panelists discuss a range of opportunities available to writers looking to deepen their practice and build community—and find time to write.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location:Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

Title: Worth a Thousand Words: Poetry, Photography, and Instagram.

Panelists: Kai Carlson-Wee, Cheston Knapp, Raven Jackson, Anita Koester, Karyna McGlynn

From Allen Ginsberg to Rupi Kaur, poets and artists have often found a common language through imagery. With the recent popularity of visual media through online platforms like Facebook and Instagram, writers have been finding new and innovative ways to share their work using multimedia. Five award-winning writer-photographers display their work and discuss ways in which the two mediums can be used to complement each other in the digital age.

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Location: F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: Hedgebrook Voices Rising.

Panelists: Amy Wheeler, Shobha Rao, Hannah Tinti, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Victoria Redel

Hedgebrook’s global community of women authoring change comes together for readings of alumnae work across genre, generation, and geography. Come celebrate Hedgebrook’s thirtieth anniversary, enjoy hearing work by women writers in its community, and join a conversation about the movement for equal voice in the cultural conversation.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Location: D131-132, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title:  In Over Your Head: The Undergraduate Workshop.

Panelists: Michael Croley, Laura van den Berg, Joanna Klink, Alexander Chee, Anne Valente

Undergraduate workshops often don’t just pose a problem for students whose aim exceeds their emotional reach and experience; they present challenges to teachers as well. Five professors focus on navigating difficult material—writing that is potentially triggering to other students, for example, or charged personal stories from which students have little distance—and show a variety of approaches, questions, and tools for how fraught material can be handled with grace and care.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Location: B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Title: The Word on the Street: How to Start & Run a Community Literary Series.

Panelists: Naomi Williams, Peg Alford Pursell, Sue Staats, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Nita Noveno

Do you run—or want to start—a reading series in your community? Most literary events are hosted by bookstores, colleges, libraries, festivals, etc. But it’s possible to host your own series outside the umbrella of a larger existing organization. Our panelists direct thriving independent literary series. From managing venues, fundraising, and publicity, to luring big-name writers to town, we’ll discuss the nuts-and-bolts of founding, running, and sustaining small community literary events.

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