March 20 – 22, 2015
Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridgelake Blvd, Memphis TN 38120

URB publisher Joanne Merriam will be a guest at this Memphis science fiction convention. Her tentative schedule (subject to change):

  • Fri 3/20/2015, 5:00 PM: Moderator, Aliens and The Others: Exploring narratives about aliens and the Others. How will society deal with “The Others”?
  • Fri 3/20/2015, 9:00 PM: Panelist, Creating Platform: Tips on developing an internet presence and self promotion thru social media.
  • Sat 3/21/2015, 11:00 AM: Panelist, Finding your Voice: That elusive but critical ingredient of compelling fiction – tips for finding yours.
  • Sat 3/21/2015, 12:00 PM: Panelist, Pro Row.
  • Sun 3/22/2015, 10:00 AM: Panelist, Fire Up Your Fiction with Inciting Events: Hook the reader with your opening line; the importance of the first 50 pages; things that irritate readers.

April 8 – 11, 2015
AWP 2015 Conference & Bookfair
Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel, 1301 2nd Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55403

Upper Rubber Boot Books will be at Table 1919 in the Bookfair (on the right in a corner table, across from Ninebark Press at Table 1918 and Atlas Games in Booth 1915 ). Hall B & C, Level 1.

Official AWP events will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403). Registration is required to attend. URB authors will be all over AWP! Listed below are their panels and appearances, with our authors in bold (subject to change, of course – check AWP’s current listings):

Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am: R107. Thank You for the Surgery. Room 101 J, Level 1. (Megan Levad, Peter Ho Davies, Pimone Triplett, V. V. Ganeshananthan, Jeffrey Schultz) In this panel, writers with diverging teaching philosophies will discuss what the writing workshop stands to gain—or lose—from stinging appraisals.
  • 10:30 am – 11:45 am: R141. The Voyage of Graphic Literary Forms. Room 205 A&B, Level 2. (Mercedes Gilliom, Edward Gauvin, Erica Mena, Tomasz Kaczynski, Brian Evenson) Four panelists who work at the intersection of graphic literature and translation discuss the challenges and benefits of transporting graphic literary forms from one language and culture to another.
  • 10:30 am – 11:45 am: R157. Like a Virgin: Short Story Writers Read from Their First Books. Room L100 H&I, Lower Level. (Claire Vaye Watkins, Ethan Rutherford, Ben Stroud, David James Poissant, Diane Cook) Five award-winning writers prove that the short story is not dead and that fiction writers’ first books need not be novels. Join us for a reading in celebration of these young writers’ highly regarded debuts.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: R180. Queer Poetics in a Transnational World: Craft, Politics, and Publishing. Room M100 D&E, Mezzanine Level. (Andrew Leong, Kazim Ali, Minal Hajratwala, Nicholas Wong) Join poets and translators from Hong Kong, India, and the US as we discuss issues of queerness, cultural displacement, and the mapping of selves across a shifting world.
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: R199. From Zero to One: First Books and What We Wish We’d Known. Room 101 H&I, Level 1. (Karen Skolfield, Kristin Bock, Douglas Bauer, Ayshia Stephenson, Amy Dryansky) Of special interest to writers hoping to or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, post-publication contests, and second and beyond books.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: R231. Building on Thirty-five Years: New and Upcoming Poetry from Milkweed Editions. Room 101 H&I, Level 1. (Patrick Thomas, Parneshia Jones, Sally Keith, Melissa Kwasny, Wayne Miller) Of the more than three hundred books Milkweed has published in the past thirty-five years, more than a third have been collections or anthologies of poetry. Ranging from translations by Robert Bly, Alexis Levitin, and Martha Collins to poetry from Marilyn Chin, Sean Hill, and Eric Pankey, the list has constantly evolved along with the press itself. This poetry reading looks into the future of that evolution by featuring four current and upcoming poets on our list.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: R245. Hybridity as Origin: Writing from Multiracial Experience. Room M100 D&E, Mezzanine Level. (Rosebud Ben-Oni, Marie Mockett, Alyss Dixson, Wendy Babiak, Aaron Samuels) This panel will explore how multiracial writers evolve their origins, and are not solely defined by them. We will discuss in particular how each breaks down and recreates histories by examining the various migrations, assimilation, and beliefs that shape the creative self.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: R249. Intimate Communities: How to Form and Keep a Writing Group That Works. Room L100 A, Lower Level. (Daisy Hernandez, Minal Hajratwala, Katayoon Zandvakili, Kristin Naca, Lorraine Lopez) Five authors in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction share practical strategies for forming an in-person or online group, dividing time wisely, and critiquing fairly.

Friday, April 10, 2015

  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am: F104. The Ethics of Book Reviewing. Auditorium Room 1, Level 1. (Eric Lorberer, Stephen Burt, Carolyn Kellogg, Brian Evenson, Rusty Morrison) This panel, made up of authors, reviewers, and small press publishers, will grapple with the dilemmas of the current world of book reviewing, discuss ways out of the coterie vs. ‘objective’ binary, and hash out some ideas to make reviewing more transparent, honest, and useful in the future.
  • 10:30 am – 11:45 am: F134. Teaching: The Life of Poetry and Muriel Rukeyser. Auditorium Room 2, Level 1. (Tim Seibles, Jen Benka, Jan Freeman, D Nurkse, Renee Olander) This panel of five poets explores and discusses approaches to teaching poetry using Muriel Rukeyser’s 1949 classic The Life of Poetry as a foundational text.
  • 10:30 am – 11:45 am: F140. Principled Protest in Academia: The National Significance of the University of Houston Sit-in. Room 101 F&G, Level 1. (Ashley Wurzbacher, Kay Cosgrove, Jameelah Lang, Kevin Prufer, Alexander Parsons) In 2013 graduate students and faculty in the University of Houston creative writing program staged a sit-in and other collective actions to protest teaching stipends that had not been increased in at least twenty years. Their efforts received national attention and resulted in a raise of over fifty-five percent. This panel will provide student, faculty, and administrative perspectives on the sit-in and will discuss its national implications at a time when funding for the arts is at an all-time low.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: F236. Pitt Poetry Series Reading. Room 101 B&C, Level 1. (Beth Bachmann, Ross Gay, Dore Kiesselbach, Sarah Rose Nordgren, David Roderick) Throughout its history, the Pitt Poetry Series has provided a voice for the diversity that is American poetry, representing poets from many backgrounds without allegiance to any one school or style.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: F239. The Uncanny Reader: the Art of Unease in the Short Story Form. Room 101 H&I, Level 1. (Marjorie Sandor, Karen Russell, Kate Bernheimer, Steve Stern, Kelly Link) Four contributors and the editor of a new anthology, The Uncanny Reader, will discuss the influence of great uncanny writers on their own work.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: F248. The Long and the Short of It: Five Debut Authors Divulge How They Got Their Short Fiction Collections Published, Buzzed, Reviewed, and Read. Room 208 C&D, Level 2. (Laura Maylene Walter, Vanessa Blakeslee, Miroslav Penkov, Josh Rolnick, Tessa Mellas) Five first-time authors discuss the process of bringing their debut short story collections to life.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am: S105. Women Writers of the American West: Definitions and Readings. Auditorium Room 2, Level 1. (Tamara Linse, Bonnie ZoBell, Paisley Rekdal, Kathy Fish, Pam Houston) Five female writers will present diverse visions of the contemporary American West by each giving a one-sentence definition and reading from her work.
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am: S107. The Legacy of Joyce Carol Oates: Learning from a Master. Room 101 B&C, Level 1. (Kristiana Kahakauwila, Boris Fishman, Whitney Terrell, Pinckney Benedict, Julie Sarkissian) Joyce Carol Oates—National Book Award winner, PEN/Malamud Award recipient, and author of more than fifty novels as well as numerous short story collections, plays, and poetry—is one of the most revered and prolific writers of our era. This year, as she retires from more than four decades of teaching, former students gather to discuss her work, her pedagogy, the writing and craft practices she imparted, and her long-lasting influence within and beyond the academy.
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am: S115. Morphing from 2D to 3D: Teaching Multimodal Creative Writing. Room 200 H&I, Level 2. (Silas Hansen, Tessa Mellas, Sarah Myers, Ruth Williams, Matt Hart) Text in lines on a page: a singular mode. Lines become ruts, the page a rectilinear bore. Composition studies busted beyond the 2D text. They compose in sound and sculpture, memes, and vlogs.
  • 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: S175. From the Thickets of Translation: How and Why We Should Teach Contemporary World Literature in the Creative Writing Classroom. Room 200 B&C, Level 2. (Jia Oak Baker, Ravi Shankar, Forrest Gander, Wayne Miller, Carolyne Wright) Join editors from highly acclaimed anthologies of contemporary world literature as they discuss pedagogical strategies and the necessity for enlarging the perspective used in classrooms today by infusing new voices into the conversation.
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: S202. The Flash Fiction Marketplace: What Editors are Looking for. Room 101 B&C, Level 1. (Tom Hazuka, Kim Chinquee, Meg Tuite, Lex Williford) Four well-known writers and editors will discuss flash fiction from creation to publication, with particular emphasis on what makes editors say “yes.”
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: S206. 2013 National Poetry Series Selections: A Reading. Room 101 J, Level 1. (Jeffrey Schultz, Simeon Berry, Thomas Dooley, Sara Eliza Johnson, Rose McLarney) For thirty-five years, the National Poetry Series has worked to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary American poetry. This reading will feature the poets selected for the 2013 Series, a group that represents a wide range of approaches to contemporary poetic practice.

June 19 – 21, 2015
Holiday Inn Express Airport, 1111 Airport Center Dr, Nashville TN 37214

URB publisher Joanne Merriam will be a guest at this Nashville science fiction convention. Schedule TBA.

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