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WTAW Press looks forward to attending the AWP Conference in Philadelphia in 2022. Meanwhile, the AWP21 Conference will be held virtually. Several of our authors will participate in panels. The Press will join the SMOL Fair, an alternative virtual book fair offering giveaways and other activities. See the website for more information. To take advantage of our discount, use the coupon code SMOL for 20% of all titles in stock, including ebooks, March 3 - 7.

Catch WTAW Press authors at the following AWP21 events.

March 3, 12:45 pm (Pacific)

W133. Invincibles: Women Writers Publishing After 50. Naomi J. Williams, Val Brelinski, Peg Alford Pursell, Jimin Han, Geeta Kothar. Many panels and articles claim to honor older women writers—then define “older” as over 35! The fiction writers on this panel all published their first books after age 50. What are the particular challenges—and opportunities—posed by our age and gender? How do we simultaneously manage the demands of writing, publishing—and menopause? In what ways are we constrained—or free? We share true stories, tips, and encouragement for writers of all ages.

March 4, 9:10 am (Pacific)
T112. From Magnolias to Meth: Place in the Southern Short Story. Angela Mitchell, Susan Finch, Stephanie Powell Watts, Crystal Wilkinson, Michael Croley. The landscape of the South is radically different from the days of Faulkner and O’Connor. Both urban and rural settings have been impacted by immigration, class inequities, and shifting cultural values. In a world where travel and technology have blurred regional differences, whatdoes it even mean to be “Southern”? Five writers seek to define and identify the expanding boundaries of the new south and discuss the impact these global markers have had on their Southern fiction.

March 5, 2:10 pm (Pacific)
F136. High Style and Misdemeanors: The Virtues and Vices of Elevated Prose. Lauren Alwan, Anita Felicelli, Olga Zilberbourg, Lillian Howan, Aatif Rashid. The hallmarks of high style—elevated voice, obsession with the pictorial, self-consciousness, and poetic devices—are rooted in Flaubert and European realism. Can writers whose work concerns immigration and displacement embrace a stylistic approach that has historically been disengaged and apolitical? Authors of fiction that centers on immigration, intergenerational stories, and belonging, read their work and discuss the intersection of elevated prose and socially and politically engaged work.

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