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Early-bird registration for the largest and most essential literary event in North America is now open to attendees, presenters, and exhibitors through October 30.  The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is hosting its Annual Conference & Bookfair at the Los Angeles Convention Center and JW Marriott March 30 through April 2, 2016.

Each year AWP Conference attendees participate in “the big literary conversation” and networking, with unparalleled access to the most influential organizations and voices in contemporary literature. The 2016 conference will feature 2,000 presenters and more than 550 readings, lectures, and panel discussions on modern fiction and poetry, writing technique, publishing, and teaching, and hundreds of presses, literary magazines, online journals, and literary organizations will be exhibiting at the upcoming bookfair.

Featured presenters include keynote speaker Claudia Rankine, who is the author of five collections of poetry and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as Rabih Alameddine, Richard Bausch, Peter Ho Davies, Jonathan Franzen, Kelly Link, Joyce Carol Oates, Roxana Robinson, and many other award-winning authors and poets.

With more than 12,000 writers, teachers, students, editors, agents, and publishers in attendance, the 2016 Conference & Bookfair promises to be the most informative and inspiring literary gathering of the year.

For more information or to register, go to www.awpwriter.org.

 

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April is National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, an annual creative writing event that challenges participants to write a new poem each day from April 1 through April 30.  NaPoWriMo coincides with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated annually in America and Canada.

The project was founded by Maureen Thorson in 2003 and modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November.  Since its inception, the number of registered participants has grown steadily every year, and many writers’ organizations coordinate NaPoWriMo activities.

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, guidelines, and daily prompts, visit the website at http://www.napowrimo.net.

Have fun, and good luck!

 

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Will-call registration for the largest and most essential literary event in North America is now open to attendees, presenters, and exhibitors.  The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is hosting its Annual Conference & Bookfair at the Minneapolis Convention Center and Hilton Minneapolis Hotel April 8-11, 2015.

Each year AWP Conference attendees participate in “the big literary conversation” and networking, with unparalleled access to the most influential organizations and voices in contemporary literature.  The 2015 conference will feature 2,000 presenters and more than 550 readings, lectures, and panel discussions on modern fiction and poetry, writing technique, publishing, and teaching, and hundreds of presses, literary magazines, online journals, and literary organizations will be exhibiting at this year’s bookfair.

Featured presenters include keynote speaker Karen Russell, whose novel Swamplandia! was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as T. C. Boyle, Ron Carlson, Louise Erdrich, Roxane Gay, Tony Hoagland, Ted Kooser, Alice McDermott, Francine Prose, Michael Thomas, and many other award-winning authors and poets.

With more than 12,000 writers, teachers, students, editors, agents, and publishers in attendance, the 2015 Conference & Bookfair promises to be the most informative and inspiring literary gathering of the year.

For more information or to register, go to www.awpwriter.org.

 

Photo by Robb Cohen, AWP

Photo by Robb Cohen, AWP

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Mid-August

Now the ridge

brooks

are

flue-dry, the rocks

parching hot &

where sluice

used

to clear roots &

break weeds down brambly,

light finds a luminous

sand-scar,

vertical: it will

go to a hundred

today: even the

zucchini vine has

rolled over

on its

side.

 

                                       ~ A. R. Ammons

 

"Sweet Repose" by Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

“Sweet Repose” by Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

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The 2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and continues through Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the University of Southern California.

The Festival is a wonderful opportunity to mingle with hundreds of authors, attend panel discussions with bestselling novelists and industry experts on writing and the publishing business, and enjoy live music, visual art, and cultural entertainment by some of the world’s most creative and celebrated artists.

For a full list of authors and panels featured at this year’s event and to review the program schedule, visit the website at http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.

 

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April is National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, an annual creative writing event that challenges participants to write a new poem each day from April 1 through April 30. NaPoWriMo coincides with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated annually in America and Canada.

The project was founded by Maureen Thorson in 2003 and modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the month of November. Since its inception, the number of registered participants has grown steadily every year, and many writers’ organizations coordinate NaPoWriMo activities.

Many of us in Chapman University’s MFA program have impending thesis deadlines, and the NaPoWriMo challenge gives poetry students the perfect opportunity and support to complete this last critical component of the degree requirements.

For a comprehensive list of FAQs and guidelines, visit the website at http://www.napowrimo.net.

Have fun, and good luck!

 

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The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing at Chapman University promotes and advances the discipline of creative writing in all its aspects: fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and film.  Now into its second decade, the Center invites a distinguished group of national and international writers to participate in its annual spring reading series, giving students and the community the opportunity to be exposed to and gain a greater appreciation for cultural and societal diversity in literature.

To kick off the 2014 series, German poet, researcher, lingua-artist, musician, and editor Michael Lentz will be reading excerpts from his work on Monday, March 3.

Lentz is the author of numerous books of prose and poetry, including Atmen Ordnung Abgrund. Frankfurter Poetikvorlesungen (2013), Textleben. Essays (2010), Offene Unruh. 100 Liebesgedichte (2010), Pazifik. Exil. Roman (2007), Liebeserklärung. Roman (2003), Aller Ding. Gedichte (2003), Muttersterben. Prosa (2002), Ende gut. Sprechakte (2001), Oder. Prosa (1998), and Neue Anagramme (1998). He has also written a number of articles on the theory and history of sound poetry and is the recipient of various literary awards and prizes, including the Walter-Hasenclever-Preis in 2012.

The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Henley Reading Room of Leatherby Library.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information about this event or other speakers in the 2014 reading series, visit the website at http://www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/research-centers/john-fowles-center.

 

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