AWP Comes to Graywolf's Hometown




Hot on the heels of Graywolf’s fortieth anniversary year, we’re tremendously proud to keep celebrating as the annual Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference comes to our hometown of Minneapolis, April 8–11, 2015.


We have some extraordinary events confirmed for the conference—featuring Graywolf authors Vijay Seshadri, Leslie Jamison, Mary Szybist, Maggie Nelson, Eula Biss, Claudia Rankine, Matthea Harvey, Charles Baxter, Tony Hoagland, Nick Flynn, Ander Monson, Jeffery Renard Allen, Stacey D’Erasmo, Mary Jo Bang, Carl Phillips, Katie Ford, and Margaret Lazarus Dean—outlined below.


Be sure to also check out the AWP list of events for the variety of panels featuring Graywolf’s own Fiona McCrae, Jeff Shotts, Ethan Nosowsky, Katie Dublinski, Erin Kottke, and Steve Woodward.


And last but not least, please join Graywolf Press and our good friends at Milkweed Editions, Riverhead Books, and A Public Space for our #awesomeAWPparty, with drinks and food and mayhem, at the amazing Open Book, just a short distance from the convention center, on Thursday, April 9, 7:00–9:00 p.m.


We look forward to celebrating with you and our many authors, readers, booksellers, and friends! Swing by booths 800 and 802 to say hello. 


—The Graywolf staff



Graywolf events at AWP 2015:


Graywolf Poetry Reading

Thurday, April 9, 12:00 PM 

Graywolf poets Mary Jo Bang (The Last Two Seconds), Nick Flynn (My Feelings), Katie Ford (Blood Lyrics), Matthea Harvey (If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?), and Jim Moore (Underground) will read from their new books. Introduced by Graywolf executive editor Jeff Shotts. 


Literary Arts Institute Reading

Thurday, April 9, 3:00 PM

In celebration of Graywolf’s long-time collaboration with the Literary Arts Institute at the College of Saint Benedict, Kim Anno, Anne Carson, Marie Howe, and Graywolf author Claudia Rankine (Citizen) will give a reading and conversation.


Graywolf Press Reading

Friday, April 10, 12:00 PM 

Graywolf authors Jeffery Renard Allen (Song of the Shank), Catherine Barnett (The Game of Boxes), Margaret Lazarus Dean (Leaving Orbit), Mark Doten (The Infernal), Tony Hoagland (Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays), and Ander Monson (Letter to a Future Lover), will read from their recently published titles. Moderated by Graywolf publisher and director Fiona McCrae. 


Argonaut, Citizen, Empathy, Inoculation: New Nonfiction

Friday, April 10, 4:30 PM 

Graywolf nonfiction writers Eula Biss (On Immunity: An Inoculation), Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams), Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts), and Claudia Rankine (Citizen) will discuss new nonfiction writing and their own recent books. Moderated by Graywolf publisher and director Fiona McCrae.


Graywolf Press and Kundiman Present Vijay Seshadri and Arthur Sze

Friday, April 10, 8:30 p.m.

We are thrilled to collaborate with Kundiman to present the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Graywolf poet Vijay Seshadri (3 Sections), with award-winning poet Arthur Sze for a special evening reading. Introduced and conversation moderated by poet Tina Chang.


A Tribute to Jane Kenyon

Saturday, April 11, 12:00 PM

Almost 20 years after Jane Kenyon’s (Collected Poems) untimely passing, her influence remains widely felt and her work widely appreciated. Kenyon's voice as an influential translator of Akhmatova; as a poet of place and the natural world (first in Michigan and then in rural New Hampshire); as a spiritual poet and a poet of depression persists and remains pertinent. This panel with Amy Cannon, Tree Swenson, Paul Breslin, Marie Howe, and Joyce Peseroff
is a celebration of Kenyon’s influence into the present, and will include readings of and reflection on her life and work.


Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed Editions Present Linda Hogan, Eric Pankey, and Mary Szybist

Saturday, April 11, 4:30 p.m.

We are honored to celebrate Minneapolis’s vibrant publishing scene with our friends at Coffee House and Milkweed with this special poetry reading featuring award-winning poets Linda Hogan and Eric Pankey, and 2013 National Book Award winner Mary Szybist (Incarnadine). Introduced and conversation moderated by the head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress, Rob Casper.


The Art of the Art of Writing

Saturday, April 11, 4:30 PM 

There is an art to writing about the art of writing. Stacey D'Erasmo (The Art of Intimacy), Charles Baxter (The Art of Subtext), and Carl Phillips (The Art of Daring) will discuss the current state of critical writing about craft, and how they approach writing about the art of fiction and the art of poetry through their contributions to The Art of series, a line of books that examines singular issues facing the contemporary writer. Discussion among the panelists will extend to further conversation with the audience.




And these are just some of the major Graywolf panels and readings at the conference. Join us at the Graywolf booth at the book fair for great deals on books, author signings, and more! Further details on the AWP conference can be found here: