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BOA Editions at AWP 2016

AWP 2016 is just around the corner! In honor of our 40th anniversary, BOA will be the Presenting Sponsor for this year's AWP Conference and Bookfair in Los Angeles from March 31 to April 2—and we are committed to making it an unforgettable experience.

Our Bookfair booths this year will be 800 and 802 at the entrance, where we will have author signings, special book pricing, giveaways, and more! At the conference, we will also debut Li-Young Lee's new poetry chapbook, The Word from His Song, a limited edition collectible featuring eight new poems and a beautifully designed letterpress cover. See our schedule below, complete with author signings, BOA celebration events, and BOA author events.

BOA AUTHOR SIGNINGS

Thursday, March 31:


Naomi Shihab Nye: 12:00 –1:00 p.m.
Erika Meitner: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Dinah Cox: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 1:

Marsha de la O: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Rick Bursky: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Aracelis Girmay: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Li-Young Lee: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 2:

Michael Waters: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Tsipi Keller: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Derrick Austin: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

BOA 40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Friday, April 1 | 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
BOA Editions 40th Anniversary Celebration
Li-Young Lee, Aracelis Girmay, Jillian Weise, Nikola Madzirov, Michael Waters

Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Join five BOA authors whose poetry spans the 40-year history of one of America's true independent literary treasures. The panelists read from their BOA titles and share a few words about BOA's place in the past, present, and future of our literary landscape.

Friday, April 1 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
BOA Editions 40th Anniversary Party
Olympic 1, JW Marriott LA, 3rd Floor

Join the staff, board, and authors of BOA Editions for a cocktail party reception as the press celebrates its milestone 40th anniversary! Together, we will toast to BOA’s 40-year legacy of contributing to our literary community and honor all of those who have played a part in making BOA one of America’s most admired independent publishing houses. The party, which will follow BOA’s “40th Anniversary Celebration” panel, is free and open to the public.

BOA AUTHOR EVENTS

Thursday, March 31:

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

...But You, Motion Picture Industry, / It’s You I Love!

Celeste Galney, Aaron Smith, Ellen Bass, Patrick Ryan Frank, Maureen Seaton
Room 408 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace—an Anthology Reading and Celebration
Carolyne Wright, Vandana Khanna, Jacqueline Osherow, Kim Addonizio, Elaine Sexton
Room 403 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

The Tattooed Desert: A Tribute to and Reading from Richard Shelton, Hosted by the University of Arizona Poetry Center
Alison Deming, Mark Doty, Ken Lamberton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Richard Shelton
Room 502 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Art of the Literary Interview

Tony Leuzzi, Tod Marshall, Allie Larkin, Joseph Salvatore, Catherine LaSota
Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott La, 1st Floor

ASU & HFR: A Celebratory Reading
Cynthia Hogue, Hugh Martin, Matt Bell, Brian Ollu, Josh Rathkamp
Robert Muroff Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One

Poetry, Politics, and Place: A Reading and Conversation with Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Luis J. Rodriguez, Sponsored by Poets House
Stephen Motika, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Luis J. Rodriguez
Petree Hall, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

After Steinbeck and Jeffers: How the Central Coast Inscribes Us

Kevin Clark, Todd Pierce, Micah Perks, Marsha de la O, Gary Young
Room 515 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Poetry Crosses the Pond: A Reading and Conversation with London-Based Eyewear Publishing
Mandy Kahn, Sean Singer, Piotr Florczyk, Todd Swift, Anthony Seidman
Room 506, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Offsite Events:

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
LA Confidential – Cultural Weekly Welcomes Dorianne Laux, Richard Garcia, Joseph Millar & Friends

Dorianne Laux, Richard Garcia, Joseph Millar
Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Friday, April 1:

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid: How to Write About What You Love Without Losing Critical Distance

Carrie Shipers, Bruce Beasley, Dave Madden, Andrea Scarpino, Joe Oestreich
Gold Salon 1, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor

Phoning It In: Using QR Codes to Bring Poetry to a New Audience
Keetje Kuipers, Jaena Alabi, Victoria Poling, Melissa Hall
Room 511, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Translation and Influence

Sarah Stickney, Martha Collins, Curtis Bauer, Adam Giannelli, Piotr Florczyk
AWP Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One

The Art of the Book Review
Joseph Salvatore, Helen Schulman, Courtney Maum, Tony Leuzzi, Scott Cheshire
Gold Salon 1, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Embracing a Poetics of Joy

Lisa Dordal, Ellen Bass, Traci Brimhall, Jericho Brown
Room 502 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

A Finished Conversation?: Gendered Cultures of Creative Writing
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Aimee Parkison, Monique Zamir, Lisa Lewis, Camille Rankine
Room 403 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Male Poets Writing Home and Hearth

John Hoppenthaler, Geffrey Davis, Jon Pineda, James Harms
Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Publicity and the Independent Press
Kelly Forsythe, Jenna Fisher, Chelsey Slattum, Brittany Dennison, Heather Brown
Room 411, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Serial Killers: How to Survive the Series Poem
John A. Nieves, Cynthia Maria Hoffman, Alexandra Teague, Kathryn Nuernberger, Nicky Beer
Room 510, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

The Poem You’ll Write Tomorrow: How to Teach Vision

Traci Brimhall, Natalie Diaz, David Kirby, Erika Meitner
Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

USC Creative Writing Faculty Reading
Carol Muske-Dukes,  Susan McCabe,  Mark Irwin,  Anna Journey,  Dana Johnson
Room 515, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Saturday, April 2:

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Against Palatable Writing: Dismantling an Inherent Problem in the Workshop

Zach VandeZande, Caitlin Pryor, Tanaya Winder, Geffrey Davis, Andy Briseno
Room 506, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Exploring the Heart of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry
Matthew Silverman, Jacqueline Osherow, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Lori Desrosiers, Susan Rich
Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Delmore Schwartz: The Life and Work of an American Writer

Craig Morgan Teicher, Stephen Burt, Kevin Prufer, Caroline Casey
Room 515 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

11:00 a.m.

Book signing
Mark Irwin
Ashland University Press Bookfair Booth 302

12:00 p.m.

Book signing and reading
Mark Irwin
USC Bookfair Booth 803

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

From the Fishouse: A Twelve-Year Anniversary Reading and Celebration

Nickole Brown, Tarfia Faizullah, Layli Long Soldier, Ross Gay, Jamaal May
Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Home: Santa Ana as Resonant Source

Aracelis Girmay, Richard T. Rodriguez, Emmy Perez, Adriana Alexander, Sarah Rafael Garcia
Room 503, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Philip Levine
Edward Hirsch, Vievee Francis, Malena Morling, Dorianne Laux, Christopher Buckley
Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Our Lavender Past: Queering History in Fiction
Timothy Schaffert, Emily Danforth, Adam McOmber, Rebecca Rotert, DeMisty Bellinger
Room 513, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Where We Begin to Revise the Poem (Part 2)

John Hoppenthaler, Keetje Kuipers, James Harms, Peter Campion, Erica Dawson
Room 408 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

A Tribute to Donald Revell
Dean Young, Kazim Ali, Claudia Keelan, Craig Morgan Teicher, Carey Salerno
Room 403 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Offsite Events:

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
The Account and Memorious at the Mandrake Bar in LA

Derrick Austin, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Jennifer Pashley
Mandrake Bar, 2692 S La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Click here for the complete AWP schedule of events.

We'll see you in sunny LA!


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