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Join a Virtual Coffee Chat with Executive Director Cynthia Sherman & the AWP Team
Grab your coffee or tea and join Executive Director Cynthia Sherman and the AWP team for a Zoom chat on Wednesday, September 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET. Cynthia and the team are interested in learning about the services and programs you love and listening to your program ideas and suggestions to better serve you, our valued members. There will be time for a quick conference update before we say our goodbyes. Please RSVP to for the Zoom link. See you there!
AWP Warns Members About Fraudulent Calls
It has come to our attention that some AWP members have received vague calls from unknown callers inquiring about participation in and hotels for the AWP Conference & Bookfair. We encourage all of our members to be wary of such scam calls, as AWP staff members will not call you regarding the AWP Conference & Bookfair, and any third-party hotel reservation companies are not affiliated with AWP. If you’re unsure if a message about the conference is from AWP, please don’t hesitate to reach out to for assistance.
Celebrate Writer to Writer
Writer to Writer is entering its fifteenth season, bringing together emerging-writer members with experienced published writers for three months of exchange, education, conversation, friendship, and sheer joy. All you need to do is watch this conversation between mentor Shikha Malaviya and four of her past mentees to know why Writer to Writer matters.

Please consider giving today to support this unique program and join us Tuesday, September 28, for an all-day Writer to Writer celebration, featuring one-minute readings, giveaways, and more.
Advertise with AWP
Our web page ads are a perfect way to reach conference goers before and during the conference! Our web ads start as low as $300 a month and are a fantastic, affordable way to spread the word about what you do. Spots are limited, so make sure to reserve today! Any questions or reservations can be addressed to our advertising manager at
Watch "A Reading & Conversation with Mira Jacob & Monique Truong, Sponsored by Kundiman"
Another #AWP21 featured event is now available to watch in full on our website! Monique Truong and Mira Jacob, two masterful multigenre authors, read and discuss their work and its engagement with family, food, identity, and history. Kundiman's Kyle Lucia Wu introduces, and Crystal Hana Kim moderates. Kundiman is a national nonprofit dedicated to nurturing generations of Asian American literature.
Attend a Virtual Lit Event
With each e-newsletter, we bring you new ways to connect with the literary community through our regular event roundup, including author conversations, book clubs, workshops, and poetry salons. These events encompass a range of free and ticketed registration and are not affiliated with AWP. All times are in ET.

Tuesday, September 14
4 p.m.—Signing & Snacks with Christine Sahadi Whelan: Flavors of the Sun*
7 p.m.—Poetry Palooza
7 p.m.—West Side Rising: How San Antonio's 1921 Flood Sparked a Latino Environmental Justice Movement

Wednesday, September 15
1 p.m.—Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
7:30 p.m.—The Poetry Salon at City Lit Books*
8 p.m.—LBB Presents Kei Miller with Rajiv Mohabir —Things I Have Withheld

Thursday, September 16
5 p.m.—Mi María: Surviving the Storm—Voices from Puerto Rico
8 p.m.—Catherine Dang Presents Nice Girls
8:15 p.m.—LBB Book Club: Lesbian Reading Group discusses The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

Friday, September 17
7 p.m.—Andrea Abi Karam: Villainy Reading

Sunday, September 19
2 p.m.—Poetry Day with Rattle*
4 p.m.—Workshop with Jubi Arriola-Headley
8 p.m.—Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2021*

Monday, September 20
7 p.m.—Brendan Kiely with Dhonielle Clayton, Ellen Oh, Julia E. Torres & Kass Minor

Tuesday, September 21
3 p.m.—Tadaima! Mystery After Manzanar: A Conversation between Naomi Hirahara and Brian Niiya
4 p.m.—Tell Me a Story: Evoking Narrative in Poetry & Vignette with Michael Bazzett (Session 1)
8 p.m.—LBB Book Club: Shakespeare Festival Reads Discusses Hamnet
10 p.m.—Defne Suman in Conversation with Maureen Freely

Wednesday, September 22
6 p.m.—Amia Srinivasan: The Right to Sex with Sarah Leonard
8:30 p.m.—Winers Book Club: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta*

Thursday, September 23
4 p.m.—Tell Me a Story: Evoking Narrative in Poetry & Vignette with Michael Bazzett (Session 2)
7 p.m.—Red Ink Series: Family

Saturday, September 25
12 noon—Young People’s Poetry Day: Marilyn Nelson
7 p.m.—Poets in Print: Denise Miller and Cornelius Eady

Monday, September 27
7 p.m.Blind Man’s Bluff: Reading with Author and Alumnus James Tate Hill*
8 p.m.Natasha Lester Presents The Riviera House

*in-person events
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: Are there any books on your syllabus that you are excited to read?

Here are some of the answers we received:

@leoeliasdavid: The Revolutionary Genius of Plants, Against the Grain, The Government of Beans

@thepoetrylab: Why God Is a Woman - Nin Andrews

@SoniaReads: Frankissstein by Jeanette Winsterson and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro!

AWP also asked: Who or what inspired you to pursue a major in writing?

@Marescritura: Carver.

Follow AWP on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
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