Saturday Schedule // Meridian Contributors at AWP 2014

It’s that time again, y’all: AWP is again upon us. Below you’ll find the final installement of our Meridian guide to AWP 2014, which includes a list of panels featuring past and present Meridian contributors; their names are bolded.

Saturday 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Room 602/603, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

S177. Encouraging Emerging Poets. (Eduardo Corral,  Arda Collins,  Fady Joudah,  John Donatich,  Richard Siken) Finding mentors, applying for artist-in-residence programs, winning competitions, and getting published can make the difference between obscurity and renown for a younger poet. The challenges, opportunities, and successes in attempting to obtain recognition will be discussed by a panel including a successful, established poet with a passion for mentoring, a faculty member at a famed writing program, a publisher of emerging poets, and several younger poets who have taken advantage of such help at pivotal points in their careers.


Saturday 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Room 604, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

S178. Poetry as Sound’s Potential. (Karla Kelsey,  Sueyeun Juliette Lee,  Zach Savich,  Michelle Taransky,  G.C. Waldrep) Poets will discuss sound’s potential to act as a continuous thread that meaningfully links multiple poems into series, individual volumes, and across books. Dialogue, ambient sound occurring in the poem’s setting, formal patterning, song, and performance are among the sounds of interest to the panelists. In addition to offering attendees craft-based ideas for employing sound as part of their process, panelists will discuss sound’s tradition in poetries of a variety of aesthetics and cultures.


Saturday 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Willow Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor

S200. Reading Stevens for Writers: The Mind at the End of the Palm. (Linda Gregerson,  Stanley Plumly,  David Baker,  Carl Phillips) “We think by feeling,” writes Roethke, but Wallace Stevens proposes more complex methods of inquiry. Our panel of poet-critics reads the poems, essays, and letters of this “philosophical” poet through contemporary workshop practices as well as both romantic and post-structural language theories to interrogate how this heady Modernist speculates, meditates, and reflects. We hope our examination will reveal how Stevens helps us sharpen and sustain our own ability to think in lyric poems.


Saturday 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Room 101, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 1

S220. The LongISH Poem: a Reading of Poems and Sequences 3-9 Pages Long. (Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum,  Lisa Lewis,  Simone Muench,  Robert Wrigley,  Terry Hummer) When we talk about poetry, we tend to think in terms of long and short, but what about the mid-length poem, the longISH poem—verses too large to call economical yet too small to venerate as epic? Ironically, while writers and readers expect (and perhaps demand) mid-length poems in a collection, such verses are rarely included in journals, readings, or the classroom. This reading will celebrate the pleasure and power of the mid-length poem while arguing for its revival in American Letters.


Saturday 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Room 602/603, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

S238. Race and Belonging: Navigating the MFA Program as a Writer of Color. (Sejal Shah,  Eduardo C. Corral,  Crystal Williams,  Jon Pineda,  Tim Seibles) How does one navigate the literary world as a writer of color? Often, the MFA and the publishing world exclude, exoticize, tokenize, and even deride the experiences of writers of color. This panel—with representatives from Kundiman, CantoMundo, and Cave Canem—will provide a place to air out and discuss systemic problems but also will serve as a space to discuss solutions.


Saturday 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

S241. New Recruits: How Literary Organizations Train and Motivate Students and Volunteers. (Phong Nguyen,  Jennifer Luebbers,  Ron Mitchell,  Marcus Wicker,  Carolyn Kuebler) Program directors from Indiana Review, New Harmony Writers Workshop, New England Review, Pleiades, Pleiades Press, Southern Indiana Review, and SIR Press will address strategies for the vision and implementation of an effective student or volunteer workforce, a fiscal necessity in the current climate of staff cuts and budget reductions, including recruitment, motivation, best practices, assessment, and unexpected challenges. Topics will include production, funding, web design, and marketing.


Saturday 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3

S263. Social Responsibility, Creative Writing, and the Urban-Serving University. (Liam Callanan,  Julie Marie Wade,  Nicole Cooley,  Michael Kula) Urban-serving universities, which serve a high percentage of diverse, first generational students, place high value on workforce development. This presents challenges and opportunities for Creative Writing programs in these contexts, and this panel will address questions such as: How can we balance a practical-minded mission with our artistic pursuits? What can our diverse classrooms teach us about authorship? What role can our programs play in serving the wide audience of an urban environment?

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