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Apply for a Grant from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund
The Academy of American Poets, Community of Literary Magazines & Presses, and National Book Foundation will issue a second round of emergency funding for literary organizations and publishers. Guidelines will be posted via the application portal, which will open in November 2021 and close in January 2022.

LitNet will be hosting an information session on Monday, November 8, at 1 p.m. ET. To RSVP and learn more about the application process, visit
Check Out #AWP22 Accepted Events
Take a look at the 350+ events that have been accepted for AWP’s annual conference and bookfair! The AWP Conference Subcommittee worked hard to create a diverse schedule for #AWP22, striking the best possible balance between presenters, genres, and topics. For a list of all accepted events, visit the Conference Schedule page.
Register for #AWP22 at the Early-Bird Rate
AWP is excited to host the 2022 AWP Conference & Bookfair in the City of Brotherly Love! Join your fellow writers, teachers, students, publishers, agents, and literature-lovers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, from March 23–26. Register during the early-bird period for the lowest rate!
Donate to the AWP Community Scholarship
The AWP Community Scholarship launched in 2021 and provided all 90+ applicants a free registration to #AWP21. AWP is grateful to the generosity of donors who made these scholarships possible. Help us support fellow AWP members and conference attendees by donating a registration to the AWP Community Scholarship!
Attend a 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. For more events, see this week's writing news roundup.

Tuesday, October 26
7 p.m.—Kidliterate Book Club Reads: Gentlehands
7:30 p.m.—The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

Wednesday, October 27
3 p.m.—Craft Talk with Ladan Osman
7 p.m.—Derecka Purnell in Conversation with Josie Duffy Rice—Becoming Abolitionists

Thursday, October 28
1 p.m.—Once Upon a Pandemic: Publishing Your Story During a Global Crisis
7 p.m.—Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Inducts Luis Alberto Urrea

Friday, October 29
1 p.m.—Novelist, Poet & Playwright Chris Abani in Conversation
9 p.m.—On Tyranny (Graphic Edition) with Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug

Monday, November 1
Lit & Luz Festival begins*
9 p.m.—Paul Auster Discusses Burning Boy with Eric Lorberer

Tuesday, November 2
7:30 p.m.—Ai Weiwei Debuts 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows*
7:30 p.m.—All Her Little Secrets: Wanda M. Morris in Conversation with Joshilyn Jackson

Thursday, November 4
7:30 p.m.—Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis

Saturday, November 6
Lit & Luz Festival ends*
5 p.m.—Station to Station | Plume at the Writer’s Center

Monday, November 8
9 p.m.—Rabih Alameddine, author of The Wrong End of the Telescope, in Conversation
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: Do you prefer to write in silence, or do you have a background noise of choice?

Here are some of the answers we received:

@christyflutterby: I use Noisily to make layers of white noise.

@s.mulla.dvm: Silence

@myreinspiredlife: 🤫

@eyeontheeaast: In silence, so that I can hear the voices inside my head :)

@x_marchand: I have @absoluteradio on in the background. Really. It doesn't phase me and blanks out the other sounds of kids, pets, neighbors...

@AudreyTCarroll: My ideal background noise is birds. Some of my projects (especially novels) work well with particular cinematic soundtracks, or sometimes I just use classical/instrumental music. But other times silence is ideal, especially when going through a language-level revision.

@nikkitolman: SILENCIO! 🤫

@cormacblue: Ambient, instrumental music like Tzusing.

@t.s.banks: Lofi beats

@galleyway_: Silence

@goodw.y.n9: Both 😂

@nikitacanderson: Depends on what I'm writing

@luisacaycedokimura: Definitely silence

@aaroncaycedokimura: Silence, please.

@brooke.fausett: Background noise! I listen to film soundtracks, ambient and nature sounds, and also Celtic music.

Jody Bower: cafe noises.

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