Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2015


The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) is a non-profit organization that fosters and supports the growth of writers, readers, teachers, and students in all forms of literary achievement. The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature.

The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 700 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP is now the largest literary conference in North America and was in Minneapolis April 8-11, 2015. As an institutional member of AWP, the Literary Arts Institute was featured at the conference.


2015 Panels Presented by the Literary Arts Institute

 Literary Arts Institute 18th Anniversary Reading

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Authors Anne Carson, Marie Howe and Claudia Rankine, as well as artist Kim Anno
Moderator: Mark Conway

Visiting authors as well as visual artist helped celebrate 18 years of the LAI's service to both Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro audiences. These three authors helped shape and grow the influence of the Literary Arts Institute through the work they shared, both at the College of St. Benedict campus and AWP. Anne Carson joined with artist Kim Anno to talk about the newest book printed in the Welle Book Arts Studio.


 Stuart Dybek and Francine Prose: A Reading and Conversation

Friday, April 10, 2015


Renowned authors Stuart Dybek and Francine Prose held a reading and discussion as one of the conference's featured events. Dybek, a short story writer, is the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award, a Lannan Award, a Guggenhein fellowship, a Whiting Writer's Award, two fellowships from the NEA, and four O'Henry Prizes. Prose is also a distinguished authur and a recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, two NEA grants, and a PEN translation prize. She was also elected to the Academy of Arts and Letters in 2009, an honor society of architects, writers, artists, and composers. Dybek discussed his two newest collections, Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Latern, and Prose discussed her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.


 Revising Highway 61

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dessa, Olena Kalytiak Davis, James Allen Hall, Mark Conway
Moderator: Nick Flynn


Four poets responded to one of Minnesota's most popular singers, song writers, and artists: Bob Dylan. Fifty-five years since Dylan's pervasive influence began to spread across the nation, these poets explored, through their own writings, how they may reflect, draw upon, or resist elements in Dylan's work. Poets present for this panel included: Mark Conway, author of two books of poetry, the chapbook First Body, and director of the Literary Arts Institute; Olena Kalytiak Davis, author of three full length poetry collections and a chapbook, On the Kitchen Table from Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed; Dessa, a rapper, member of the Indie hip hop collaboration Doomtree, and writer who has released two literary collections, a chapbook of poetry called A Pound of Steam, and several albums; and James Allen Hall, the author of Now You're the Enemy, which won awards from the Lamboda Literary foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers who is currently is a Professor of English at Washington College.