Read the #AWP22 Health & Safety Policy
For the past several weeks, AWP conference staff have been determining #AWP22 health and safety policies with the goal of hosting a safe and valuable conference. We have now shared our official #AWP22 Health & Safety Policy with information on our policies for gathering safely in person in Philadelphia, PA, in March 2022. We hope you will take the time to review the full COVID-19 policy, and if you have any questions or would like to be added to the list to receive future COVID-19 surveys, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Submit to the Small Press Publisher Award
Submissions for the Small Press Publisher Award are open! At #AWP22, one journal will be recognized for its contributions to the literary landscape through the publication of consistently excellent work. The deadline to submit a letter of nomination for a journal you admire is Friday, October 15. For more information on this award, please visit the Small Press Publisher Award page of the AWP website.
Check Out #AWP22 Featured Presenters on Bookshop.org
Already getting excited for Toi Derricotte’s #AWP22 keynote address? Visit the #AWP22 Featured Presenters list on AWP’s Bookshop.org page to check out some of her books, and be on the lookout for more featured presenters to be added in the coming months!
A Warm Thanks to All Who Participated in the Writer to Writer Day of Giving!
Thank you to everyone who donated, tweeted their support, or shared one-minute readings and posts from our Writer to Writer Day of Giving. We raised $4,007, got 75,000 Twitter impressions, and built up knowledge and goodwill around the good work of Writer to Writer. We are so grateful for all the ways you support this program of writers helping writers.
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, workshops, and celebrations. These events encompass a range of free and ticketed registration and are not affiliated with AWP. All times are in ET.
Tuesday, October 5
7 p.m.—Bob Keyes in Conversation with Chuck Reece: The Isolation Artist Virtual Event
8 p.m.—PJ Seminar: A Master Class on Characters Being Unlikeable on Purpose with Lidia Yuknavitch
8 p.m.—LBB Presents Jayne Allen with Tia Williams—Black Girls Must Die Exhausted
Wednesday, October 6
7 p.m.—Seeds Bursting Open in Fire with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tamiko Beyer, and Gabrielle Civil
7:30 p.m.—Character, Emotion, and Suspense with Anca Szilágyi
8 p.m.—LBB Presents Jocelyn Nicole Johnson with Walter Mosley—My Monticello
Thursday, October 7
7 p.m.—The Blues of Heaven: An Evening with Poet Barbara Ras*
Saturday, October 9
11 a.m.—Writing Trauma in Traumatic Times with Katherine Standefer
2 p.m.—Reading for Young People: Kwame Alexander
Monday, October 11
7:30 p.m.—Book Ends of the Publishing Landscape with Gabriel Levinson
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What purpose does writing serve in your life?
Here are some of the answers we received:
@angeliquetung: Helping others heal trauma through teaching. Also healing my own trauma
@hard_to_handle_cristien: Letting people in my little
@bird.the.writer: It is my purpose. It makes each day matter.
@turtleberry: "it's my therapy when I'm losing it which is usually the case..."
@lisekimhorton: For years my writing sustained me emotionally & mentally, as I toiled at the mind-numbing, soul crushing day job. Now retired I'm forced to recalibrate & am finding it hard. How about you?
AWP also asked: Who is the #1 supporter of your writing career? How do they keep you going?
@OnyxPublication: Coffee is my biggest supporter. Warm, welcoming, and always there when I'm in need.
@DarlingSefora: Does family count? Like I mention family wholesomely as one person does that count? If it does, then my answer to that question is FAMILY.
Follow AWP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
What's That Image?
#AWP22 graphic with the Philadelphia skyline. To the left is a light green panel with the AWP logo and #AWP22.