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AWP Conference & Bookfair

AWP Conference & Bookfair
Wed, 03/06/2013 - 11:00am to Sat, 03/09/2013 - 4:00pm
Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, Mass.


Goddard College, once again as a sponsor, will have a booth - G26 - at the 2013 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair, one of the largest literary events of the year. This year's keynote speaker is Seamus Heaney. Our own Goddard College faculty and alumni have also been accepted with the following presentations:

"Varieties of Historical Experience: Turning History into Theatre" with Jayme McGhan and alumni Andrew Pederson (MFAW '10), Sheila Curran Bernard (MFAW '10), Craig Thornton (MFAW '10) and MFAW faculty member Deborah Brevoort.  This panel, made up of award-winning playwrights and documentarians, focuses on the process of creating theatre from historical events. The discussion covers a full range of theatrical projects from documentaries to docudramas to stage plays, and how the raw material of historical fact can be crafted, shaped, and transformed using the dramatic writer’s art.

MFAW faculty member Michael Klein will present "A Tribute to Adrienne Rich" with Jill Bialosky, Saeed Jones, Suzanne Gardinier, and Jan Heller Levi.  Adrienne Rich's refusal to turn away from difficulty and resist literary fashion and convention made her the most important and influential poet of her generation. In this tribute which includes readings of the late poet's own work and recollections about her life, Adrienne Rich's editor at W.W. Norton is joined by friends and admirers who talk about the poet's influence on poetry and upon the politics of poetry itself.

"From a Survivor: Looking at the Work of Adrienne Rich" with MFAW faculty member Bea Gates, Cyrus Cassells, Hugh Seidman, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, and Alicia Ostriker. A presentation, critical appreciation and close reading of one of the great American metaphysical poets, Adrienne Rich. This multi-generational panel consisting of academics, scholars and writers talks about how Rich's work evolved through the more than twenty books of poetry into one of the
most essential and far reaching bodies of work in American letters.

Alumni Chris Millis (MFAW '07) and Shawn Kerrivan (MFAW '06) present "Story Autopsy: How I Wrote a Novel in Three Days And Then Adapted It Into a Movie Starring Billy Crystal." Millis adapted his prize-winning novel Small Apartments into an independent dark comedy feature directed by Jonas Akerlund starring Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, Matt Lucas, Rosie Perez, and many more.

MFAW faculty member John McManus will be part of a reading co-sponsored by Fried Chicken and Coffee and Sunnyoutside Press on March 7th.

Alumna Kristen Ringman (MFAW '08) will give a reading on March 8, 2013 at the AWP Conference:  "How to Catch a Pair of Flying Hands: a Reading by Deaf Writers" with authors Raymond Luczak, Kristen Harmon, and Allison Polk, 12 noon – 1:15pm (Rm 303, level 3, Hynes Convention Center).

We hope you can join us at this year's AWP conference and visit with Goddard students, alumni, and faculty at booth G26 at the Hynes Convention Center & Boston Sheraton Hotel.