AWP Women’s Caucus Reading at Augsburg

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium

Anderson Music Hall

AWP Women’s Caucus Reading. Award winning poets Joy Harjo and Natalie Diaz will read at this year’s AWP Women’s Caucus Session. Joy Harjo is the author of seven books of poetry and the memoir, Crazy Brave.  She received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was An Aztec. She received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Nerude Prize for Poetry.

The reading is free and open to the public.


Augsburg Mentors at AWP April 8-11

The annual AWP conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from April 8-11, with Augsburg MFA Mentors participating in several events:

- Thursday, April 9, 10:30-11:45a, Room 101 J, Level 1 – Robert Bly and the Minnesota Writers’ Publishing House.  Panelists, including Cary Waterman, will discuss their experiences with the House and Bly’s influence and will read from their chapbooks.

- Friday, April 10, noon-1:15p, Room L100 B&C, Lower Level – Creative Writing as Job Training.  Can we move beyond corporate rhetoric and demonstrate that creative writing is a marketable 21st-century skill? (Panelists include Cary Waterman.)

- Friday, April 10, 1:30-2:45p, Room 208 C&D, Level 2 – A Tribute to Gerald Vizenor. Anishinaabe writers will read selections from Gerald Vizenor’s vast body of work and reflect on how this elder statesman of Anishinaabe literature influenced and supported their own work. (Panelists include Heid Erdrich.)

- Saturday, April 11, 9-10:15a, Room 208 A&B, Level 2 – Re: Searching, Or: Don’t Write What You Know. Panelists, including Stephan Eirik Clark, will explore ways that research has enhanced their short stories and novels, including writing that is based on historical events, connected to their own life experiences, or entirely remade in their imagination.

- Saturday, April 11, 9-10:15a, Room 200 H&I, Level 2 – Morphing from 2D to 3D: Teaching Multimodal Creative Writing.  Panelists, including Sarah Myers, share extra-­textual CW assignments: Students photograph their fiction, push plays off­stage, bake literary analyses into cakes, cross CNF with social media, take to the streets with guerrilla poems. Students embody texts and texts expand off­page.

- Saturday, April 11, 1:30-2:45p, Room 101 F&G, Level 1 – Video Poems and Cross­Genre Collaboration: A Conversation and Screening with Louise Erdrich, Heid E. Erdrich, and Trevino Brings Plenty. The panelists see collaboration across genre as a hallmark of indigenous aesthetic and an emerging movement in American literature.

- Saturday, April 11, 3-4:15p, Room 200 H&I, Level 2 – Byte by Byte: Teaching Creative Writing Online. Five writers—who teach online in a public university, a community college AFA, an arts nonprofit, and in private BFA and MFA low-­residency programs–offer a candid and guided tour of the online creative writing classroom. (Panelists include Cass Dalglish.)