Collage of Wesleyan events. Text reads: AWP 2023 — Seattle, Wesleyan University Press, Booth 1002

Wesleyan UP at AWP 2023

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Five Events Sponsored by Wesleyan University Press

V102. A Tribute to Irena Klepfisz

Wednesday, March 8, 12-1PM
Julie Enszer, Chana Kronfeld, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Sarah Schulman, Irena Klepfisz.
Respected poets and scholars celebrate the contributions of Irena Klepfisz who will then read from her work. Klepfisz’s poetry is a fierce wave of truth graced with illuminating linguistic innovations, unafraid to engage with difficult themes: the brutal deaths in the Shoah, the unending Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the darkest moment of an immigrant’s journey. Klepfisz is a unique link between the Holocaust, the Yiddish revival, Jewish support for Palestinian human rights, and lesbian love.
*This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

T144. Architecture of Things: A Tribute to Ed Roberson

Thursday, March 9, 10:35–11:50AM
Room 433-434, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Douglas Kearney, Joseph Donahue, Evie Shockley, Phillip B. Williams, Ed Roberson.
A tribute to Ed Roberson, whose career rose amid the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, which inspired him to challenge language and expectations of what a Black poet “should” be. A self-described nature and visual poet, he inspires us to be in conversation with and see our environment anew. A formally educated poet, Roberson is known for creating structures of layered voices that capture complex internal conversations. Four renowned scholars will speak, followed by Roberson reading.

Join us for a signing with Ed Roberson and Evie Shockley at booth #1002 directly after this event.

TT235. A Trio of Wesleyan Poets

Thursday, March 9, 3:20-4:35PM
Bookfair Stage, Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild, Exhibit Hall 1 & 2, Summit Building
Brenda Hillman, Kerri Webster, Abigail Chabitnoy.
Three poets of varied aesthetics read new work, with an emphasis on their relationships with the natural world and climate change as experienced through the lens of their different life experiences. Their work contemplates living on the land we now know as the United States—the altered landscape, the ongoing politics of extractive colonialism, and how the two are in inextricably linked.

Join us for a signing with Brenda Hillman, Kerri Webster, and Abigail Chabitnoy at booth #1002 directly after this event.

S144. Poets of Chinese Heritage: A Reading

Saturday, March 11, 10:35–11:50AM
Rooms 433-434, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Jay Gao, Mary Jean Chan, Wendy Xu, Nina Mingya Powles, Will Harris.
A reading by international poets of Chinese heritage, some of multiple ethnicities, who have lived in the UK, USA, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. Poems address the complicated relationship between China and the West, being in conversation with Chinese poetry / texts / literary lineages, writing in English as a second language, facing stereotypes and racialization, and internalized racism, among other topics. Diverse writing styles are included—from formal styles to more abstract work.

Join us for a signing with Will Harris at booth #1002 directly after this event. He will be joined by Sarah Blake and Trevor Ketner.

S201. New Poetry: A Wesleyan Reading

Saturday, March 11, 1:45­–3PM
Rooms 445-446, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Evie Shockley, Trevor Ketner, Ranjit Hoskote, Sarah Blake, Rae Armantrout.
New work from five poets showing the breadth of Wesleyan’s poetry series. Diverse work includes anagrams of Shakespeare’s sonnets exploring queer desire and pagan tradition; prose poems pondering what makes us human if removed from the human world; poetic word play that nudges us to rethink our modern predicaments; the repurposing of literary modes from across centuries of African diasporic traditions; and lyric poems that replace the sovereign “I” with an ensemble of urgent, questioning voices.

Join us for a signing with Evie Shockley, Trevor Ketner, Ranjit Hoskote, Sarah Blake, and Rae Armantrout at booth #1002 directly after this event.

**Please join us at our booth (#1002) for Author Signings**

Ed Roberson & Evie Shockley, Thursday, 12–1 PM
Brenda Hillman, Thursday 2–3 PM
Kerri Webster, Abigail Chabitnoy, Brenda Hillman, Thursday 4:30–5 PM
Abigail Chabitnoy, Friday, 1–2 PM
Jennifer Givhan, Fri 2–3 PM
Will Harris, Sarah Blake, Trevor Ketner, Saturday 12–1 PM
Ranjit Hoskote, Rae Armantrout, Sarah Blake, Trevor Ketner, Evie Shockley, Saturday 3:15-4:15 PM

Even more events with Wesleyan authors!

These events were organized by other presses and people, but they include Wesleyan authors past and present!

T190. Jewish Diasporist Poetics
Thursday, March 9, 1:45–3:00 PM
Rooms 340-342, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Shelby Handler, Sara Brickman, *sam sax, Tom Haviv, Mónica Gomery
In the face of rising white supremacist violence, nationalism, and xenophobia, this reading features Jewish poets who are reckoning with US and Israeli state violence. Panelists will read from their work and discuss the role of poetry in challenging Zionism and confronting white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-semitism. These poets envision a Judaism that includes many races, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and stands with all oppressed peoples. They ask: How can our poetics imagine a Jewish future rooted in diaspora and solidarity?

F158. Art and Science in Collaboration
Friday, March 10, 12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
Room 327, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Jeanne Heuving, *Rae Armantrout, Madhur Anand, Amy Catanzano, Redell Olsen.
Writers today are engaged in groundbreaking interactions between art and science. A diverse range of women writers working across genres and media present innovative projects that take on physics, cosmology, neuroscience, and environmental science. They present their work and create compelling questions for discussion: what transpires when writers take on scientific disciplines in all their demanding complexity and precision? How does science change writing? How does writing change science?

F163. Stand (or Sit) and Deliver: Inviting Audiences into Poetry through Performance
Friday, March 10, 12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
Rooms 335-336, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, *NourbeSe Phillips , Ilya Kaminsky, Alicia Jo Rabins, Joshua Nguyen.
Creative writers use bodies and voices—pitch, volume, pacing—to shape tone. Writers may not all be actors, but if we can diversify and expand audiences through performance, why not call for more rehearsals? Panelists raise the curtain on backstage preparations to show how bodies’ gestures, sounds, sizes, and movements can deepen the audience’s connection to an imaginative world. Working within constraints, panelists model the small and larger techniques to gift an embodied lyric experience.

F206. Writing the Investigative Memoir: Lessons Learned from the Writers Who Dunnit
Friday, March 10, 1:45–3:00PM
Room 447-448, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Steph Liberatore, *Kazim Ali, Rose Andersen, Margaret Juhae Lee, Claudia Rowe.
Memoirs are investigative by their very nature, but what about those informed by an actual investigation—with legal documents, experts, witnesses, and the like? Four investigative memoirists will share their insights on blending the art of creative nonfiction and the craft of journalism. How do we handle conflicting stories? Hostile witnesses? The possibility for libel? Practical tips and advice will be provided.

S180. Mutant, Monster, Misfit, Myself: Writing the Disabled / Chronically Ill Body, Sponsored by AWP
Saturday, March 11, 12:10–1:25PM
Ballroom 2 & 3, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 5
Jeannine Hall Galley, Sandra Beasley, Paul Guest, Rosebud Ben-Oni, *Jennifer Givhan
Five disabled and/or chronically ill writers of poetry and memoir talk about how their body influences the way they write, their subject matter, even how they impact their genres and efforts towards publicity. How do we claim / activate our disability or illness? What do we disclose? We’ll discuss how our work has changed over time, how our relationships with disability have changed, how we accommodate or resist the gaze of abled readers, and how disability / illness manifests in genre, line, metaphor. This event will be livestreamed. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.

S172. Writing Abortion in the Wake of Roe
Saturday, March 11, 12:10–1:25 PM
Rooms 440-442, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Desiree Cooper, Manisha Sharma, Alina Stefanescu, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, *Annie Finch.
Abortion narratives have existed long before laws controlled the procedure. By investigating abortion as already documented through creative writing, this panel proposes to reassess the direction discourse might take in an unfolding legal and linguistic landscape. The panel will emphasize the responsibility to keep telling abortion stories; how genre, language, and exigencies of the marketplace shape those stories; and how to maintain the conversation in spite of the chilling effect of stigmas.

S196. Disabled, Different, Diverse? Writing the Liminal Space Between Identities
*Dianne Bilyak, Tamara Sellman, Leticia Garcia Bradford, Kathleen Marcath, Leticia EscaleraSaturday, March 11, 1:45pm–3:00pm
Rooms 433-434, Summit Building, SeattleConvention Center, Level 4
People with minds / bodies differing from the norm describe their experiences / identities differently given cultural paradigms through which they see themselves. People often identify with a mixture of labels / concepts: disabled, diverse, or simply different. Authors whose work concerns visible / hidden disabilities, D/deafness, chronic physical / mental illness, and physical / neurological / linguistic differences explore the creative potential of stories with characters identifying in complex, unique ways.

S215. Uprooted / Unrooted: Adopted and Donor-Conceived Poets Rewriting Family
Saturday, March 11, 3:20–4:35PM
Room 337, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Lori Desrosiers, Stacey Balkun, Lee Herrick, *Jennifer Givhan, Leah Silvieus.
The bonds that make “family” have always extended beyond its traditional definition; blood isn’t always thicker than water. Five poets redefine the notion of family, discussing their experiences with adoption-from-birth, late-discovery cross-cultural adoption, and donor-conception, and sharing how such experience has (or hasn’t) impacted the writing and/or publishing of creative work. To widen the discussion and make room for all families, this event will invite the audience to join in via Q&A.

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