AWP 19 Portland March 27-30 Schedule for WTAW

Our exhibit at the Bookfair is 8096, opening Thurs. March 28 at 9am. Stop by and see us. We'll be there each day until 5pm.


Thursday 1:00 to 2:00pm     Angela Mitchell
Thursday 3:00 to 4:00pm     Sarah Stone

Friday 1:00 to 2:00pm        Peg Alford Pursell
Friday 2:00 to 3:00pm        Louise Marburg


Offsite reading, March 29, 2019 Friday 6 to 7:30pm
Portland Northwest Hostel Cafe
1810 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Featuring: Anita Felicelli, Jimin Han, Louise Marburg, Angela Mitchell, Barbara Roether, Sarah Stone, Naomi J. Williams, and Olga Zilberbourg. Read more about the event, including the authors' bios here.


WTAW Founder and Director Peg Alford Pursell

Saturday, March 30, 4:30 to 5:45 pm
B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
S285. The Word on the Street: How to Start & Run a Community Literary Series. Naomi Williams, Peg Alford Pursell, Sue Staats, Catherine LaSota, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo.

Do you run—or want to start—a reading series in your community? Most literary events are hosted by bookstores, colleges, libraries, festivals, etc. But it’s possible to host your own series outside the umbrella of a larger existing organization. Our panelists direct thriving independent literary series. From managing venues, fundraising, and publicity, to luring big-name writers to town, we’ll discuss the nuts-and-bolts of founding, running, and sustaining small community literary events.

WTAW Author Sarah Stone

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 9:00 to 10:15 am
A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1    
R114. Writing the Transcendent. Courtney Sender, Goldie Goldbloom, Yehoshua November, *Sarah Stone*, Rahul Kanakia

In our most enduring literature, the reader often experiences something ungraspable: a sudden sense of loss or delight or elevation, just beyond the realm of conscious reckoning. In this panel, we call it transcendence, and ask: What is that feeling, anyway? How do you write toward it? What's the relationship between the divine, the inspirational, the science fictional or fantastical? In this panel, five diverse writers of the numinous and otherworldly discuss the deep mysteries of writing.

WTAW Author Anita Felicelli

Friday, March 29, 9:00 to 10:15 am
B116, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
F120. Dystopias and Utopias in Contemporary Asian American Literature. Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Jimin Han, Thirii Myint, *Anita Felicelli*

Ted Chiang writes in Story of Your Life: "Despite knowing the journey and where it leads, I embrace it and welcome every moment." Despite Chiang's renown, little attention has been paid to dystopian and utopian visions in Asian American works, particularly by women. Four writers examine the speculative impulse present in literature that on its face is about contemporary political events, combining brief readings, a Q & A on cross-genre literary work and craft, and an audience writing exercise.

WTAW Author Angela Mitchell

Friday, March 29, 10:30 to 11:45 am
C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
F155. Writing Outside the Big 5: Practical Tips for Authors Working with Indie Presses. Alice Hatcher, Michelle Ross, Dana Diehl, Kim Magowan, *Angela Mitchell*

Authors’ experiences with indie presses can vary greatly. This panel provides insights from authors who have published story collections and novels with indie presses ranging from micro presses to large indie publishers. It focuses on how authors can best utilize the resources of presses with limited staffs and budgets, marketing, working with an editor who is also the publisher, and what to do if a press folds and it is necessary to find a new publisher after a work’s initial release.

Questions? Contact us.