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Check Out the AWP Pandemic Spotlight Series
In this special AWP Spotlight series, AWP features the work of our members who have so generously supported their communities and the literary community at large during the pandemic. Hear more from Melissa Fraterrigo, Carol D. Guerrero-Murphy, and Yiyun Li, our October members in this special #AWPSPOTLIGHT.

Over the next few months, AWP will continue to shine a spotlight on members who have supported their communities and the literary community at large in this special AWP Spotlight series. Help us honor the important work of our members by nominating someone you know who has supported their literary community with generosity and creativity during this challenging year. 
Apply for the Work-Exchange Program
In exchange for your participation in a web training and four hours of your time, you can receive a waived registration to attend #AWP21. This is a great opportunity to see the conference in a new light and serve your fellow AWP attendees. If you have any questions, please email or visit the AWP Work-Exchange page
Explore AWP's Member Programs
Looking for a writing program? In this and upcoming AWP newsletters, be sure to check out our featured member programs in the right sidebar. We'll be featuring programs each month here and around To find your perfect fit in a graduate or undergraduate program in creative writing, head over to AWP's Guide to Writing Programs where you can also check out our Campus Visit Video Series.
Writer’s News
The 2020 winners of the National Poetry Series have been announced: Dear Specimen by W.J. Herbert, [WHITE] by Trevor Ketner, Borderline Fortune by Teresa K. Miller, Requeening by Amanda Moore, and Philomath by Devon Walker-Figueroa.
Share Your Thoughts
Virtual Book Club welcomes Horsepower by 2019 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry award recipient Joy Priest for the month of October. Discussions with Priest in the AWP Community of Writers Facebook group start this Friday, October 9, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET. On October 28, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. ET, join us on YouTube for the October VBC interview with the author. Learn more and register by visiting:
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What book character do you relate to the most and why?

Some of the answers we received:

@jennaglov: Bilbo Baggins. I found an honesty in him that I didn't see often in fantasy books. He didn't want to go on an adventure, wasn't very good at hero things, and his main motivation wasn't some vague notion of the "greater good." He wanted to help his friends.

Izabella Elkjær Dall Flynn: Woodrow Call from Lonesome Dove. I also hate rude behavior.

@TheWritePerson: Lauren Olamina- Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler) #courage #empath #collaborator

AWP also asked: If you were to try writing in a new genre, which would it be?

Some of the answers we received:

Christopher X. Ryan: psalms

Robert D. Gosselin: I would like to try writing a western.

Jana Russ: Mysteries.

@stickpoet: Fiction. But I run hot and cold on cheating on poetry.

Follow AWP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
What's That Image?
Laptop and notepad. Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash.
October 9: Virtual Book Club group discussion 3-5 p.m. ET

October 16: VBC group discussion 3-5 p.m. ET

October 23: VBC group discussion 3-5 p.m. ET

October 28: VBC watch party featuring Horsepower author Joy Priest

OCTOBER FEATURED MEMBER PROGRAMS: Check out These Great AWP Member Programs Today!

University of Nebraska Omaha
Degree: MFA in Writing

Program type:
Low-Residency (currently online)
Application deadlines for Spring and Fall: November 1 and June 1
The low-residency University of Nebraska Omaha MFA in Writing combines four 16-week at-home semesters with five 10-day conference-style residencies.
Student aid:
A diverse selection of prizes, fellowships, and residencies offered.

Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & SciencesDegree: The Writing Seminars have a BA and MFA in creative writing.
Program type:
Residential (currently online)
Application deadlines:
Apply online for either the MFA in Fiction or the MFA in Poetry by December 15.
Founded in 1947, the Writing Seminars is the second-oldest creative writing program in the United States. The department is celebrated for the quality of its faculty and its small classes.
Student aid:
Full tuition, health insurance, and a generous teaching fellowship (currently $30,500).