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Meet Our #AWP22 Keynote Speaker, Toi Derricotte!
AWP is thrilled to announce that Toi Derricotte will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Philadelphia, PA. Check out our Featured Presenter page to learn more about Toi’s incredible career and get excited to see her at #AWP22 in Philadelphia!
Watch the #AWP22 Event Proposal Webinar
Are you submitting an AWP event proposal for the first time or want a quick refresher on the process? Check out the #AWP22 Event Proposal Webinar for an overview of the event proposal process, including what goes into a proposal, where to find important proposal information, and what’s new for #AWP22. If you have any questions, please email for assistance.

Submit Your #AWP22 Event Proposal
There are two weeks left to submit an event proposal for #AWP22! New event proposals can be submitted in the “My Events” page of your AWP account, and the deadline to submit is Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you have any questions about your event proposal, please email Aubrey Kamppila at for assistance.
Attend a Virtual Lit Event
We are excited to bring you new ways to connect with the literary community through our regular roundup of online events, including workshops, publications, and readings. These events encompass a range of free and ticketed registration and are not affiliated with AWP. All times are in ET.

Tuesday, May 25
7 p.m.—Liv Stratman: Cheat Day w/ Jami Attenberg

Wednesday, May 26
7 p.m.—Camryn Garrett: Off the Record & Olivia Abtahi: Perfectly Parvin
7:30 p.m.—Weird and Wonderful Book Club

Thursday, May 27
1 p.m.—Book Club Discussion with Brooke Lea Foster: SUMMER DARLINGS
1 p.m.—"Losing Our Minds, Coming to Our Senses": Sensory Readings of Persian Literature, A Hafezian Banquet
7 p.m.—We Animate This Life: A Celebration of Muriel Leung's Imagine Us, The Swarm

Friday, May 28
3 p.m.—Writing with the Other Hand: Jhumpa Lahiri

Friday, May 28–Sunday, June 6
Hay Festival of Literature and Arts

Sunday, May 30
1 p.m.—Speaking the Language of Truth: Salman Rushdie

Tuesday, June 1
7 p.m.—Nana Nkweti in Virtual Conversation with Karen Russell

Wednesday, June 2
8 p.m.—Literature Lovers' Night Out™ featuring Colleen Oakley, Kathleen West, and Pam Jenoff

Thursday, June 3
7 p.m.—Joss Lake: Future Feeling w/ Anaïs Duplan & Andrea Lawlor

Friday, June 4
7 p.m. ET—Not the Real Jupiter: Barbara Wilson in Conversation with J. M. Redmann 

Saturday, June 5
11 a.m.–7 p.m.—Roxbury Poetry Festival

Sunday, June 6
5 p.m.—Hay Festival of Literature and Arts ends
8 p.m. ET—Geek-Out Book Club: "Pause" w/ Lindsay Hunter & Megan Stielstra 

Monday, June 7
8 p.m.—P&P Live! Black Women & Romance w/ the AntiRacist Table & the Ripped Bodice
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: Do you try more to be original or to deliver what readers want?

Some of the answers we received: 

@haqq_khadijah: I start with wanting to write something original and end up writing something (hopefully) readers would like.

@perthinent: Do the two have to be mutually exclusive? I try to have an original story that ticks off boxes that readers want ticked when writing #kidlit

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

What's That Image?
#AWP22 Keynote Speaker Toi Derricotte smiling, sitting at a desk in front of some bookshelves.