The Grubbie Guide to AWP 2013

The Grubbie Guide to AWP

Please let us know in the Comments if we’ve missed anyone. See you at the Hynes!




The Grubbie Scale: 1 point for each Grubbie on panel and 2 for Grub Staff, current instructor, Literary Council Member or Muse 2013 Presenter. Maximum Grubbiness: 10. 



Thursday, 9AM – 10:15


R120. Words to Eat: The Challenge of Writing About Food. Clara Silverstein (Current Grub Intructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Kathryn Miles, Martha Bayne, Sherrie Flick With elemental appeal, food writing has become an increasingly popular form of creative nonfiction. Yet, amid the sizzle and smoke, what constitutes literary quality? Drawing from contemporary examples, panelists explore the nexus between food and literature from the perspectives of journalism, blogging, teaching food literature, and cookbook publishing. They address the importance of applying principles of craft and narrative to a subject of interest to everyone. Room 209, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R119. Religion and Stories: Heretics and Humanists Shift the Perspective. Mary Johnson, Alan Lightman, Rebecca Goldstein (Grub Street Literary Council/Muse Presenter) Donna Johnson, Kristen Wolf These writers, though not conventionally religious, use religion to explore reality. One novelist creates a physics-bound god (and his Aunt Penelope), another structures a novel using arguments against God, and a third imagines Jesus as a woman. The memoirists demystify Mother Teresa, and recall a childhood under gospel tents. Join them for a frank discussion of issues (creative, cultural, moral, and legal) involved when writers use what others regard as sacred to illuminate the human condition. Room 208, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R124. Choose Your Own Editor: Creating Meaningful One-on-One Services for Writers. Sonya Larson (Grub Staff) Amy MacKinnon (Muse Presenter) Lynne Griffin (Grub Instructor), Jennifer Elmore (Grub Student) Feedback from one trusted reader—instead of a workshop full of them—can be far more helpful for a writer at an advanced stage of her project. Learn how one center, Grub Street, began a flourishing nationwide program that matches writers with manuscript consultants who function as editors, instructors, career counselors, and coaches. This panel features practical tips for starting such a program, as well as advice on choosing a consultant, becoming a good one yourself, and cultivating the writer/editor relationship.  Room 308, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 7

Thursday, 10:30 – 11:45

BF11. Grub Street Presents: The Icon, the Immigrant, the Bookie and the Superhero. Steve Almond (Grub Literary Council/Muse 2013 Presenter), Andrew Goldstein (Muse 2013 Presenter), Rosie Sultan (Muse Presenter), Sarah Gerkensmeyer (Grub Student), Christopher Castellani (Grub Artistic Director/Muse 2013 Presenter) Steve Almond introduces and moderates a reading and discussion with four fiction writers who, in their new books, explore the complex and often surprising lives of people you thought you knew. Rosie Sultan will read from Helen Keller In Love,  Christopher Castellani from All This Talk of Love,  Andrew Goldstein from The Bookie’s Son and Sarah Gerkensmeyer from What You Are Now Enjoying. The authors were selected for Grub Street’s Inaugural Launch Lab, which seeks to educate authors on the most effective strategies to reach new readers. Patricia Olson Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Hall A, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 8

R148. Being a Good Literary Citizen. Rob Spillman, Alan Heathcock, Emma Straub (Muse 2013 Presenter) Julie Barer (Grub Literary Council, Muse Presenter), Matthew Specktor Publishing is a small ecosystem. If you do not support the ecosystem, you can’t expect the ecosystem to support you. An editor, agent, and two writers talk about the importance of being genuinely engaged with all aspects of publishing. Topics include using social media in a nonself-serving way, mentoring fellow writers and editors, helping literary organizations, and hand-selling books and magazines that have nothing to do with you. Room 302-304, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 4

R152. Preparing for Liftoff: The Launch Event. Kevin Fenton, Nichole Bernier (Muse 2013 Presenter)Kris Bigalk, Lightsey Darst, Kathryn Kysar The launch event is a singular opportunity to celebrate, promote, and extend one’s work. Our authors have overcome performance anxiety, curated reading series, conducted marketing campaigns, and presented their work in bold new ways, including collaborations with artists in other disciplines. By touching on everything from logistics to performance to follow-up, this panel will show authors how to seize this distinctive opportunity and integrate it into their larger marketing efforts. Room 308, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R156. Teaching Creative Writing to Teens Outside of the Classroom: What, How, and Why. Jennifer De Leon (Grub Instructor/Muse Presenter)  Katie Bayerl, Aaron Devine (Grub YAWP Instructor) Jessica Drench Join instructors in local creative writing organizations that serve youth, including Grub Street’s Young Adult Writing Program, Boston Children’s Hospital Writing Program, 826 Boston, and Teen Voices, as they discuss best practices for teaching young writers in nonacademic settings. What are the unique challenges and opportunities involved in teaching outside of school? What keeps students motivated? How can we work together to build the next generation’s literary community? Room 313, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 4

Thursday 12PM – 1:15

R158. The Blacksmith House Poetry Series 40th Anniversary Reading. Andrea Cohen, Rebecca Morgan Frank (Grub Instructor), Mark Halliday, Kate Rushin Join us to celebrate forty years of Monday-night readings in Harvard Square at a venue that’s showcased many of our most honored poets at all stages of their writing lives. Five poets will share their own work as well as that of poets who graced our stage—such as Joseph Brodsky, Larry Levis, and Jane Kenyon—and are no longer with us. Moderated by Gail Mazur. Room 102, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE:2

R160. Team Teaching the Writing Workshop. Lisa Borders (Grub Instructor/Muse 2013 Presenter), Michelle Hoover (Grub Instructor/Muse 2013 Presenter), Pagan Kennedy (Grub Instructor, Literary Council, Muse Presenter) Belle Brett (Grub Novel Incubator Student) Grub Street has pioneered two yearlong programs using the team-teaching model: Novel Incubator, a course focused on deep revision of a novel draft as well as a comprehensive study of the novel form; and the Nonfiction Career Lab, in which students develop a book-length work of nonfiction while building their professional careers. Instructors and a student in these programs will report on the efficacy, difficulties, and rewards involved with this team-teaching model.  Room 104, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 7

R170. A Reading By Contributors to Sudden Flash Youth. Tom Hazuka, Meg Kearney, Katharine Weber, Pamela Painter (Grub Literary Council and Muse 2013 Presenter) Steve Almond (Grub Instructor, Literary Council, Muse 2013 Presenter) Sudden Flash Youth, published by Persea Books in 2011, provides a unique perspective on the flash fiction genre: the main characters in its sixty-five stories (none longer than 1,000 words) are teenagers and children. Well-known writers Tom Hazuka, Meg Kearney, Paul Lisicky, Pamela Painter, and Katharine Weber will read their own stories from the book, as well as another favorite piece of their choosing by a different author from the anthology.  Room 203, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 4

R172. Literary Writers Writing Popular Fiction: What’s Up With That? Ed Falco, Julianna Baggott, Lise Haines, Benjamin Percy (Muse Presenter 2010) What exactly are we saying when we refer to a novel as literary or serious fiction, as opposed to popular or commercial fiction? Can clear distinctions be made? What do these commonly used terms—literary, serious versus commercial, popular—mean to writers? Is it possible to write a commercial novel that is also literary? Writers who have published literary works as well as novels that might be considered popular fiction explore these and other relevant questions.  Room 206, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R174. Being Crafty: The Art of Writing Textbooks and Other Books on Craft. John McNally, Ned Stuckey-French, Eileen Pollack (Grub Book Prize Winner 2012), Janet Burroway, David Jausss Every year, publishers send around catalogs to creative writing teachers, hoping to entice them to try their new books on craft. Who’s writing these books? Why are they writing them? What are the nuts and bolts of selling one? Can a book on craft also be a work of art? What are the craft books that have influenced writers of craft books? This panel, comprised of craft book authors, will attempt to answer these and other questions. Room 208, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R175. What About Literary Journalism? Mark Kramer, Clara Germani, Dan Grossman, Ayesha Pande (Muse Presenter), Robert Stewart Despite the decline of magazines, newspapers, and book publishers’ budgets, the climate for literary journalism has never been better. Print is trending downwards, yes, but digital is spiking. Book apps, e-books, multimedia—new opportunities for this genre are continually emerging. In this moderated Q&A session, two journalists, two editors, and an agent discuss the possibilities and share ideas about how to develop stories and publish them. Room 209, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R183. Poetry for the People: A Reading and Discussion of Bringing Poetry into the Community by the Present and Past Poet Laureates of Northampton, Massachusetts. Lesléa Newman (Grub Instructor/Consultant/Muse Presenter), Janet Aalfs, Martín Espada, Rich Michelson, Lenelle Moïse The job of the poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts is to educate the public about the importance of poetry. The panelists will read from their work and discuss projects they initiated during their two-year terms, including holding readings at the local jail, editing a poetry newspaper column, writing poems to raise money for literacy, distributing books to city waiting rooms, conducting a poetry radio show, and curating exhibits of poetry and visual art.  Room 310, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

Thursday 1:30 – 2:45PM

R186. Writing and Publishing Global Fiction in a US and British-Dominated Marketplace: Struggles and Strategies. Mary Helen Specht, Amanda Eyre Ward (Former Grub Instructor), Dominic Smith, Andrea Eames, Nelly Rosario Writing fiction set in locales outside the US and Britain for a western-dominated marketplace comes with unique challenges and rewards. A focus on foreign places and cultures often requires authors to address issues like exoticism, privilege, and diaspora as well as make craft and publishing decisions that come with describing a world unfamiliar to many readers. The writers on this panel will explore the struggles and strategies of writing and publishing global fiction. Room 101, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R191. Five Years of Normal: Anniversary Reading for the Normal School. Steven Church, Adam Braver, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ann Hood (Muse 2013 Presenter and Grub Literary Council), Joe Bonomo In 2007, the Normal School published its first issue. In just five years, the magazine has achieved national distribution and a strong reputation for publishing high-quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This reading will celebrate our first five years of publication with readings by the panelists. Moderator and founding editor Steven Church will introduce the readers and moderate discussion afterwards. Room 107, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R195. From Exiled Memories to Cubop City Blues: A Tribute to Pablo Medina. Fred Arroyo, Pablo Medina (Muse 2013 Presenter) Rigoberto González This panel pays tribute to the poet, translator, essayist, and novelist Pablo Medina. The author of nine books, and translator of two, most notably Lorca’s Poet in New York, Medina is a gifted teacher and mentor at Emerson College and a recent recipient of a Guggenheim. Medina will give a reading, followed by a conversation with Rigoberto González and Fred Arroyo exploring the writing life Medina has mastered, in particular his movement from a poetics of exile toward a poetics of place. Room 111, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R212. Literary Boston: A Living History. Ladette Randolph (Muse 2013 Presenter), Matthew Pearl (Muse 2008 Presenter), Megan Marshall, Michael Lowenthal (Muse Presenter), Paul Lewis Boston is the site of the nation’s oldest literary tradition, and is still host to a vibrant writing and publishing community. From the Colonial era writers to Longfellow, Poe, the James brothers, and Robert Lowell to the present, Boston is home to many of the country’s most beloved writers. Many publishers and literary journals have been and are based in Boston, among them, Garrison’s Liberator (which helped establish the abolitionist movement) the Atlantic,Ploughshares, and Houghton Mifflin. Room 310, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 4

Thursday 3PM – 4:15PM

R226. Second Sex, Second Shelf? Women, Writing, and the Literary Marketplace. Christine Gelineau, Erin Belieu, Julia Glass (Muse Presenter), Lydia Diamond, Meg Wolitzer Statistics suggest a gap still exists. But is there a problem, and if there is, what is its nature? What changes/remedies/metamorphoses can/should be imagined? Do you think about this issue differently in terms of your writing and in terms of your career? Accomplished writers, who happen to be women, theorize and report out of their own experiences and analysis of the current literary scene. Room 200, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R228. The First Ten Years: An Anniversary Reading by Faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Steven Cramer, Barry Brodsky (Former Grub Instructor), David Elliott, Alexandra Johnson (Muse Presenter), Hester Kaplan Celebrating the first ten years of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing, five of its local faculty—from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but representing the program’s nucleus in Cambridge—present new works. Readings from just-published books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and illustrated verse for children—as well as actors performing a staged reading of a ten-minute play—showcase the program’s multi-genre and interdisciplinary ethos. Room 202, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R229. A Reading with Margot Livesey, Gail Mazur, and Maria Flook. Steve Yarbrough (Muse 2013 Presenter), Margot Livesey (Grub Literary Council  and Muse Presenter), Gail Mazur (Muse Presenter), Maria Flook Emerson College, a long-standing and current sponsor of the AWP Conference & Bookfair, located in the heart of Boston, presents a reading by award-winning Emerson College faculty members Margot Livesey, Gail Mazur, and Maria Flook. Room 203, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 5

R231. The New Kids in the Class—Teachers Under 35. Michael Croley, Laura van den Berg (Grub Instructor/Consultant), Erica Dawson, David James Poissant, Holly Goddard Jones Five professors discuss their transition from graduate student to faculty member and the advantages and difficulties their age has posed in negotiating—and finding—their teaching styles with undergraduate and MFA students as well as what role(s) they take on in their courses and departments. The session offers insights and best practices regarding the first few years on the job in and out of the classroom, while also discussing how gender may affect the perception of a young teacher. Room 206, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R236. Camouflage and Capitalism: The Intellectual Appropriation of American Poetry, Sponsored by Alice James Books. Laura McCullough, Tony Hoagland, Kathleen Graber, Reginald Dwayne Betts (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Peter Campion Alice James Books presents Tony Hoagland on the state of American Poetry. Hoagland will present an essay on poetry as camouflage, as something smuggled into the culture and how the poetry community hides behind the overintellectualization of aesthetics. Kathleen Graber, Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Peter Campion respond, offering assessments of the current condition of poetry in this dialogue and debate moderated by Alice James Books board member, Laura McCullough. Room 302-304, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

R239B. Educating Writers in the 21st Century. Michelle Toth (Muse 2013 Presenter/Grub Board Member) Marc Foster (Novel Incubator Student/Board Member Emeritus), Eve Bridburg (Grub Executive Director/Muse 2013 Presenter), Jason Ashlock (Muse 2013 Presenter/Grub Literary Council) How is it best to educate writers in the 21st century? What do writers need today that they didn’t need ten years ago? Grub Street has radically shifted its approach to developing new and emerging writers by broadening the scope of its offerings and by teaching skills in areas traditionally left to publishing houses. Representatives from Grub Street’s board, staff, faculty, and student body will discuss our new approach of educating writers from idea to incubation to publication and promotion. Room 308, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 8

R242. From the Hamster Wheel to the Sandbox: Dreams and Free Association, New Media, and Playfulness in the Writing Classroom. Ricco Siasoco, Matthew Burgess, Alden Jones (Grub Instructor), Jason Roush, Lad Tobin The writing workshop may be our most important pedagogical tool, but we can significantly improve the quality of our students’ writing by introducing methods that demystify the process of invention. A cross-genre panel of teacher-practitioners shares innovative prompts that push students to write from new personas; to access rich unconscious material through dreams, fantasies, and free association; and to incorporate new media, including blogging and podcasting, into the writing process. Room 312, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

BF16. Major Jackson’s Ploughshares Issue Reading. Ladette Randolph (Muse 2013 Presenter), Major Jackson, Maggie Dietz, Emily Bernard, David Huddle Ploughshares literary magazine editor-in-chief Ladette Randolph will host a reading to celebrate Major Jackson’s guest-edited issue. Major Jackson will read from his work and speak briefly about his experience selecting work for the magazine. He will be joined by contributors from his issue, including Maggie Dietz, Emily Bernard, and David Huddle. Alice Hoffman Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Hall D, Level 2  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

Thursday 4:30 – 5:45

R244. Alice Hoffman & Tom Perrotta: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by Grub Street. Christopher Castellani (Grub Artistic Director/Muse 2013 Presenter), Alice Hoffman (Grub Literary Council and Muse Presenter), Tom Perrotta (Grub Literary Council and Muse Presenter) Internationally best-selling writers Alice Hoffman and Tom Perrotta, authors of over thirty books between them, read from their recent fiction. After the reading, Grub Street artistic director and novelist Christopher Castellani moderates a discussion that focuses on how these authors continually appeal to wide audiences with novels and stories of great depth, subtlety, and cultural relevance. The discussion will also touch on how these authors use humor and magic in their work, the creative roles they’ve played in their film adaptations, and other topics related to the craft of fiction. Hynes Ballroom, Level 3 GRUBBIE SCORE: 8 [EXTRA POINTS FOR AWP KEYNOTE STATUS!]

R258. University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers Reading. Sabina Murray (Muse 2012 Presenter), Peter Gizzi, Noy Holland, James Tate, Dara Wier For nearly half a century, the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers has nurtured new writers, cultivated innovation, and served as a vibrant center of New England literary life. Its faculty has shepherded dozens of important works of contemporary poetry and fiction into being. Join us for readings showcasing the breadth and talent of distinguished faculty members Peter Gizzi, Noy Holland, Sabina Murray, James Tate, and Dara Wier. Room 203, Level 2 GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R262. What to Do Before You Debut. Randy Susan Meyers (Muse 2013 Presenter) Nichole Bernier (Muse 2013 Presenter) Jane Roper (Grub Instructor and Muse Presenter), Carleen Brice Authors are often naïve about their role in finding readers, and they are rarely taught the iterative steps involved in the process of a book launch. Panelists will share specific methodologies, from best practices for websites, publicity, marketing decisions, and working with publishing houses, to assessing the line between awkward hawking and reasonable audience building. Timelines, methods, and tools offered will be balanced with discussion of the art of finding comfortable promotional voices. Room 208, Level 2  GRUBBIE SCORE: 5

R264. Staggered Tellings: Immediacy, Intimacy, and Ellipses in the Verse Novel. Kevin Clark, Wendy Barker, Rita Dove, Jonathan Galassi, Kevin Young (Taste of Grub Presenter) Marrying intimacy of voice to the dramatic arc of a story, the verse novel continues against all odds as an engrossing genre. Our panel will offer answers to key questions, including: What does the verse novel do that the prose novel does not? What is the effect of elliptical plotting? Is narrative subordinate to character? Do authors outline before writing? Do readers find it a more intimate form? How does the poet balance interior life and exterior events? Room 210, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R266. Tribute to DeWitt Henry. Derek Alger, Sam Cornish, Susan Tepper, Rusty Barnes (Former Grub Instructor), Lee Hope A tribute to DeWitt Henry, cofounder and longtime editor of Plougshares, memoir writer, teacher at Emerson College, major literary figure in Boston, and, responsible for publishing the first stories of many accomplished writers throughout the country. The panel will consist of diverse writers who have benefitted from exposure to DeWitt Henry and his writing. Room 303, Level 3  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

R270A. Southern Writers in Exile. Michael Croley, Richard Bausch, Michael Griffith, Steve Yarbrough (Muse 2013 Presenter), Brad Watson Writers who identify as southern don’t often stray far from home, but as some have moved into teaching positions, they find themselves now living all over the country, out of their comfort zones. This panel explores how that distance has affected each writer’s approach to their craft and teaching, as well as what it means to be a southern writer no longer living in the South, and what role regionalism plays in the landscape of American literature. Room 309, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2



Friday, 9AM – 10:15AM

F109. It Could Always Be Verse: Books in Verse for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers. Lesléa Newman (Grub Instructor/Consultant/Muse Presenter), Kwame Alexander, Helen Frost, Meg Kearney, Marilyn Nelson Books written in verse for young adult and middle-grade readers have become increasingly popular in recent years. Book-length collections such as novel-in-verse, heroic crown of sonnets, themed cycle of poems, and formal poetry enhance story while exposing young readers to finely crafted literature. Panelists will read brief excerpts of their work and discuss the particular joys and challenges of writing in these forms. Room 107, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F114. Keeping It Simple, Making It Real: 24PearlStreet and the Online Creative Writing Workshop. Jill McDonough (Grub Instructor/Consultant), Mark Wunderlich, Charles McLeod, Ann Hood (Muse 2013 Presenter, Grub Literary Council), A.J. Verdelle Asynchronous classes have a lot going for them. You participate wherever you are, whenever you like. But what about building community? The frustrations of technology? Keeping everyone organized and engaged? Our panel of nationally-recognized writers taught in the inaugural year of 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center Online, honoring FAWC’s ethic of community and accomplishment. We’ll discuss our classes, leaving plenty of time for problem-solving Q&A with the audience. Room 201, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 4

F119. The Art of the Nonfiction Idea. Lisa Dierbeck, Pagan Kennedy (Grub Instructor and Literary Council and Muse Presenter), Alissa Quart, Katie Orenstein In this panel, we discuss the anatomy of a successful nonfiction idea. Perfect StormFreakonomicsSeabiscuit—each of these books began with a powerful premise. How does an author identify a winning concept? And which ideas are most likely to attract the attention of editors? The session includes an Idea Hospital: audience members will have a chance to pitch their projects to the panelists. Room 207, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F127. Launch Labs, Inside Our Experiment. Eve Bridburg (Grub Executive Director/Muse 2013 Presenter), Katrin Schumann (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Lynne Griffin (Grub Instructor and Muse Presenter), Taryn Roeder It is now crucial for writers to embrace the business and marketing side of their writing lives. They must honestly assess their skills, aspirations, networks, comfort in promoting, and resources. Grub Street’s innovative Launch Lab brings together published writers and marketing/publicity professionals. Together, they explore best practices for writers facing these new responsibilities and challenges. Members of our Launch Lab team will bring you inside the Lab to share what we learned. Room 308, Level 3 GRUBBIE SCORE: 6

F128. What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About War. Catherine Parnell (Grub Instructor), George Kovach, Siobhan Fallon , Masha Hamilton, Bob Shacochis When writers address the subject of war, they face tough choices about what material to include and how to give voice to the unspeakable. The writer’s job, then, is to examine what drives nations into war and terrorism, and to focus on atrocities that are ignored or under-reported. This panel will discuss the roles that research, experience, and reportage play. It will ask how the choice of genre impacts the topic of war and what literature can achieve that journalism cannot. Room 309, Level 3 GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F129. Knowing Nothing: What Novelists Figure Out Before Page One. Sheri Joseph (Muse 2013 Presenter and Grub Book Prize Winner 2006), Tom Perrotta (Grub Literary Council and Muse Presenter), Lauren Groff, Alix Ohlin (Muse 2013 Presenter), Michael Lowenthal (Muse Presenter) A novel creates the illusion of a broad, complicated, history-laden world by showing only a portion of it (famously: the top 1/8 of the iceberg) and implying the rest. But how does the writer locate the rest? How much iceberg construction must precede the confident omniscience of page one? Five accomplished novelists share some of the research, drafting, or dreaming tactics that go into gathering the novel’s material, used and unused, before it begins. Room 310, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 7

Friday, 10:30 – 11:45

F137. A Tribute To Gail Mazur. Gail Mazur ( Muse Presenter), Robin Becker, Peter Campion, David Rivard, Maggie Dietz) A tribute to Massachusetts native Gail Mazur. The panelists will discuss the significance of Mazur’s masterful career, which will be followed by the poet reading her work. The founding director of the legendary Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge Massachusetts and Distinguished Writer in Residence in at Emerson College, Gail Mazur has for decades inspired the entire community of poets with her wise, eloquent, and elegant work. The event will be moderated by Lloyd Schwartz. Room 107, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

F139. The Geek in Me: Writing from the Cultural Fringe.Ethan Gilsdorf (Grub Instructor, Muse 2013 Presenter/Board Member), Lizzie Stark, Peter Bebergal (Grub Instructor) Geek and fringe subcultures such as Dungeons & Dragons, Larping, psychedelia, punk rock, and comic books can be ideal portals through which to examine the self, construct narratives, and comment on the culture at large. In this session, three panelists whose books mix memoir, pop culture, and ethnography discuss best practices for breaking into subcultures conducting fringe culture reportage and using that research to tell powerful and poignant stories about the human condition.Room 109, Plaza Level.   GRUBBIE SCORE:4

F148. The Right First Book: Agents & Editors Discuss the Opportunities & Challenges of Debut Fiction. Philip Gerard, Sarah Bowlin, Laura Tisdel, Michelle Brower (Muse 2013 Presenter), Jeff Kleinman Writing and publishing a first book can be an amazing and rewarding endeavor, but it can often seem frustrating. What leads certain debuts to achieve literary success while others never get past the slush pile? This panel discusses the planning that goes into publishing a first book, which elements agents and editors most look for when they are deciding to take on a first-time author, and what makes any debut stand out from the crowd. Room 207, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F149. Art of the Ending. Miles Harvey , Amy Hempel (Muse Presenter), Michele Morano, William Lychack ( Muse Presenter), Scott Blackwood All writers struggle with endings—those heady, cumulative moments in which events, characters, and readers are ushered out the door, forever changed. This panel—which includes three fiction writers, an essayist, and a journalist—will look at pitfalls and possibilities of bringing a narrative to a successful conclusion. It will also explore the clash between the writer’s vision and the audience’s expectations about endings, and examine how ideas about narrative closure are continuing to change. Room 208, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F152. Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series Showcases Boston Writers. Peg Alford Pursell, Christopher Castellani (Grub Artistic Director and Muse 2013 Presenter), Tracy Winn (Grub Consultant) Pablo Medina (Muse 2013 Presenter), Joan Wickersham (Muse 2013 Presenter) The reading series takes place monthly in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing an important way for writers to reach audiences. Writers are established and emerging authors selected via submissions. Readings are not tied to book releases (and thus, not marketing decisions); the series operates on the premise that good writing always needs to be heard. This panel features four Boston area authors reading fiction.  Room 302-304, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 8

F153. Sea Change: Writing Remade Off the New England Coast. Robin Beth Schaer, Amber Dermont, Elyssa East, Anna Solomon (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Amy Brill Writers from Herman Melville to Charles Olson have gazed from the New England shore and set out to sea, under both real and imagined sails. Their stories follow a coast stippled with wrecks, shipyards, and salty ports, pursuing the ships of slaves, pilgrims, pirates, and whalers. This panel will explore the sea’s tidal pull on imagination: the myths of its vast expanse, the reflection of the human psyche in its surface, and the history of politics, culture, commerce, and exploration it carries. Room 303, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F155. Page Meets Stage. Taylor Mali, Martín Espada, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Reginald Gibson (Grub Instructor) Taylor Mali returns to AWP with another sample of the popular series from the Bowery Poetry Club. Reading back and forth, poem for poem, page-oriented poets share the stage with more performative spoken word artists in an effort to discover how poetry thrives between the two surfaces of page and stage. An ongoing sonic conversation rather than a literary or bardic competition, Page Meets Stage has built a vital bridge between two camps that keep forgetting they live under the same tent. Room 306, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

Friday, 12PM – 1:15PM

F180. The Urge Toward Memoir. Elisabeth Schmitz, Jill Kneerim (Grub Literary Council), Michael Thomas (Muse Presenter), Jeanette Winterson, Lily King Novelists Jeanette Winterson, Emily Raboteau, Michael Thomas, agent Jill Kneerim, and editor Elisabeth Schmitz discuss the writer’s urge toward memoir. What defines memoir and is it any more “true” or less creative a process than fiction? Panelists will talk about a favorite memoir and the forms they invented for their own. Room 210, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 3

F181. A Tribute to Seamus Heaney. Elise Paschen, Frank Bidart, Askold Melnyczuk ( Muse/Taste of Grub Presenter), Tom Sleigh, Tracy K. Smith This tribute celebrates the work of Seamus Heaney, one of the major poets of our time. Heaney, the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations, received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. His most recent books include Human Chain and District and Circle, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. This panel of colleagues, friends, and former students, who knew Heaney during his “Boston” years, will share anecdotes, offer critical analyses, and read from his poetry and prose. Room 302-304, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

F189. A Rising Tide Floats All Boats: Best Practices for Teaching Multilevel Workshops. Jane Lin, Rebecca Seiferle (Grub National Book Prize Winner 2007), Brent Spencer, Jason Schneiderman, Carrie Jerrell A creative writing workshop assumes that students can and should learn from each other, but what happens when the students arrive with unequal backgrounds and skill levels? How can a teacher foster growth in all students, rather than teaching to the lowest common denominator? Panelists share methods and practical advice for creating a classroom in which advanced students can make significant progress while beginning students build a foundation and are taught to offer substantive critiques. Room 313, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

Friday, 1:30 – 2:45 PM

F194. Creative Nonfiction Pedagogy: New Findings from the Field. Suzanne Cope (Grub Instructor), Christin Geall, Jan Donley, Stuart Horwitz (Grub Instructor/Consultant/Muse 2013 Presenter) This panel features a recent study of approaches to teaching CNF in undergraduate, graduate, and community-based classes. Moderated by Dr. Suzanne Cope, lead researcher in the first participant-based study of CNF instruction for adults, panelists will reflect upon their pedagogy and influences. The conversation will revolve around the findings from the study, including the benefit of mentors and communities of practice, and the adaptation of instruction for various groups. Room 105, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 4

F199. Turning in Their Graves: Researching, Imagining, and Shaping Our Ancestors’ Stories. Rebecca McClanahan, Lee Martin, Mary Clearman Blew, Suzanne Berne (Muse Presenter), Sharon DeBartolo Carmack Five authors, including a Certified Genealogist, share their varied experiences of writing about family and ancestral roots, offering suggestions for every stage of the journey: accessing archival sources; sifting through the facts to discover meaning, theme, and universal truths; deciding if and when to invent or fictionalize; shaping the material into an artful text; and dealing with the consequences of the published work. Room 111, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

F201. A Lotus Blossom in the Emerald Necklace. Afaa M. Weaver, Mindy Zhang, Yibing Huang (Mai Mang), Eleanor Goodman (Former Grub Instructor), Ao Wang This panel will consist of presentations by poets and translators discussing influences of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference on their own work and the larger world of contemporary Chinese and American poetry. This conference held at Simmons College on the Fenway is the only one of its organizational type ever held in the United States. Room 201, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

F202. Where Marketing Meets Development: Who Said Fundraising’s Not Fun? Whitney Scharer (Grub Director of Development/Communications), Stewart Moss, Daniel Johnson, Andrea Dupree Representatives of renowned nonprofit literary organizations—The Writer’s Center, Lighthouse Writers, 826Boston and Grub Street—speak about the intersection of marketing and fundraising for literary organizations, and how development efforts can create community, promote an organization’s programming and services, and be innovative and fun rather than daunting. Room 202, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F203. The Debut Voices of UNCW’s Lookout Books. Emily Louise Smith, Edith Pearlman (Muse/Taste of Grub Presenter), John Rybicki, Ben Miller In two short years, UNCW’s Lookout Books has grown from debut to award-winning literary imprint. Join publisher Emily Louise Smith and acclaimed Lookout alumni Edith Pearlman and Steve Almond as they introduce the newest voices on Lookout’s list: poet John Rybicki (When All the World Is Old) and memoirist Ben Miller (River Bend Chronicle). Authors will read from their books and discuss how signing with an upstart press committed to literary discovery can yield big dividends. Room 203, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

F205. A Point of View on A Point of View. Daniel Menaker, Amy Hempel (Muse Presenter), Bret Anthony Johnston (Muse Presenter/Board Member Emeritus/Grub Literary Council) Point of view is the lens through which a writer conveys the vision of a story. But what is it about point of view that makes an editor pick an unknown writer out of a pile of unsolicited submissions? And what is it about point of view that makes a series of short stories cohere into an original and memorable collection? In A Point of View on A Point of View, distinguished editor Daniel Menaker and much-anthologized writers Amy Hempel and Bret Anthony Johnston turn a lens on the lens itself. Room 206, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 3

F209. The Weathergirl Reading. Iris Gomez (Grub Student), Jenna Blum (Grub Instructor and Literary Council and Muse Presenter), Joy Castro How do the metaphors of natural catastrophe illuminate the dangers of loving someone with a mental illness—or of loving oneself in struggle with such illness? Novelists Iris Gomez, Jenna Blum, and Joy Castro take on the forces of nature in Try to Remember, where a Latina tries to save her schizophrenic father while navigating an unfamiliar culture, The Stormchasers, where a twin sister chases Midwestern tornadoes to save her bipolar brother from dangerous manic impulses, and in the post-Katrina thriller Hell or High Water, which explores the detritus of sexual assault through a victim’s PTSD. Room 210, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 3

F213. 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books: A Poetry Reading. Carey Salerno, Brian Turner, Reginald Dwayne Betts (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, Shara McCallum A poetry reading celebrating forty years of poetry published by Alice James Books. Three best-selling AJB authors will read from their work: Brian Turner (Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise), Reginald Dwayne Betts (Shahid Reads His Own Palm),and Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno (Slamming Open the Door). AJB executive director Carey Salerno will moderate. Room 306, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

3PM – 4:15PM

F229. First Person Plural Reading. Amy Benson, Keya Mitra, Margo Jefferson, Justin Torres (Muse 2013 Presenter) Amy Benson, Margo Jefferson, Justin Torres, and Keya Mitra read prose written in the first person plural point of view. Their fiction and essays explore the limits and rewards of this seldom used voice. Their work prompts questions about collective identity, shared experience, and zeitgeist—what can ‘we’ say best, when does ‘we’ turn into ‘I’ or ‘they’? Opportunities for questions and discussion follow readings by the panelists. Room 110, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F233. Women on the Road: Exploration, Inspiration, and Imagination in Fiction. Tara L. Masih (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Mary Akers, Jessica Anthony, Midge Raymond (Former Grub Instructor), Laura van den Berg (Grub Instructor/Consultant) An exploration of crafting stories and novels that place characters in distant regions and countries, and how travel abroad helped shape the countries of the panelists’ imaginations. Panelists will share travel experiences and photos, inspirations, readings, and the process of creative observation. Tips will be offered on using research to fill in travel gaps, both in contemporary and historical contexts, and on negotiating the complexities of writing about cultures different from one’s own. Room 202, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 5

F244. The Godzilla of Nonfiction: Has Memoir Swallowed the Essay? Debra Monroe, Emily Fox Gordon, Meghan Daum, David McGlynn, Madeleine Blais (Muse Presenter 2008) While creative nonfiction is a growing, vibrant component of most literary journals, most agents and trade presses shy away from essay collections. There is thus a publishing tension between the shorter, not-necessarily chronological, not-necessarily confessional essay and the longer, largely chronological, often confessional memoir. This panel discusses the tension between the short and long forms and offers pragmatic advice for writers working on book-length nonfiction works. Room 306, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

F248. Music In—and On—the Air. Askold Melnyczuk (Muse/Taste of Grub Presenter), Lloyd Schwartz, Terry Gross NPR talk show host Terry Gross turns her interviewing skills on poet Lloyd Schwartz,Fresh Air’s Pulitzer-winning music critic, as together they probe the connection between music, language, and audiences. Why do some poems invite musical settings while others resist them? What’s next? Their conversation is preceded by Schwartz playing recordings of poetry set to music, juxtaposed against popular songs from the same period, followed by comments about the different aims and ambitions of each. Room 312, Level 3.   GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

4:30 – 5:45PM

F266. Bring Out Your Dead: Writing Ghosts (and Zombies) in Literary Fiction(Rebecca Makkai, Tea Obreht, Lauren Groff, Tim Horvath, Alexi Zentner) The ghost story thrives in literary fiction as well as the oral tradition, defying genre. How do we keep these compelling tales fresh? How do we frighten without resorting to cheap tricks? How do we navigate the borders between spirituality, science, doubt, and a reliable narrative voice? And why are we drawn to these themes again and again? Five writers introduce you to their ghosts and tell you how they summoned them. Room 206, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

F256. Finding Your Voice. Kim Wright, Dawn Tripp (Muse 2013 Presenter), Rachel Kadish, Kathy Crowley (Grub Student), Laura Harrington Saul Bellow describes the writer’s voice as the characteristic signature of a person, of a soul. Virginia Woolf, Jennifer Egan, and Susan Orlean contend that voice is the elusive, essential element that breathes life into a story. Four established fiction writers discuss the concept of voice in their own work and in the work of others. They explore: What do we mean when we talk about voice? How does voice differ from style? Can it be analyzed, tweaked, or taught? If not, how can it be freed? Room 107, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 3

F264. You Publish, Become Famous, Then Live As a Writer—Or Not: Lifelong Strategies for the Rest of Us. Ethan Gilsdorf (Grub Instructor/Muse 2013 Presenter/Board Member), William Orem, Becky Tuch (Grub Instructor/Muse 2013 Presenter), Henriette Power (Muse 2013 Presenter), Ted Weesner, Jr. (Grub Instructor). You plan on becoming a writer as a teen or undergraduate. You have a vision of your inevitable future. Now, you’re in your thirties, forties, or fifties. Some hits. Some misses and disappointments. And yet you go on. In this session, panelists examine the mercurial writerly self-image, then offer practical strategies and advice for recharging batteries, diversifying your work, cobbling together a career, dealing with rejection and envy, staying active and hopeful in your lifelong commitment to the craft. Room 203, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 8

F269. The Literary Legacy of Andre Dubus. Matthew Batt, Andre Dubus III (Former Muse/Taste of Grub Presenter and Literary Council), Melanie Rae Thon, Nancy Zafris, Bruce Machart (Grub Instructor and Muse Presenter) Andre Dubus (1936-1999), author of nine volumes of fiction and two collections of essays, including Meditations from a Moveable Chair andDancing After Hours, was a long-time resident of Haverhill, Massachussets, and is widely recognized as one of the greatest practitioners and teachers of the contemporary short story. Panelists, including Dubus’s son, a former student, a close friend, and a lifelong fan, will discuss their relationship with Dubus and what they learned from his work and life. Room 102, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE:3

F274. Tossing Off the Covers: A Peak Under the Sheets and Behind the Scenes of Running a Nonprofit Literary Organization. Jocelyn Hale, Michael J. Henry, Jeffrey Lependorf, Tree Swenson, Michelle Toth (Grub Board Member and Muse 2013 Presenter) Literary talent can only take an organization so far. Eventually (and sooner than you think) your governance and operations must be as well crafted as your sentence structures. This panel dives into the nuts and bolts of management. Topics include governance from a board member’s perspective; how to raise, spend, and account for money; tips for managing people including teaching artists, visiting writers, and staff; and understanding program impact with strategic planning and evaluation. Room 306, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

8:30 – 10PM

F284. Amy Bloom & Richard Russo: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by Lesley University. Leah Hager Cohen, Amy Bloom, Richard Russo (Grub “Adaptations” Event Author) Amy Bloom is author of the New York Times best-selling Away: A Novel, and Where the God of Love Hangs Out, a collection of short fiction. Richard Russo is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire FallsStraight Man, and Nobody's Fool. The reading will begin with an introduction by poet Steven Cramer, Director of the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and will be followed by a discussion moderated by novelist and critic Leah Hager Cohen, author of The Grief of Others and House Lights. Room Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Level 2 GRUBBIE SCORE: 1



9am – 10:15am

S107. From Here, From Away: Maine’s Young Fiction Writers. Joshua Bodwell, Ron Currie, Lily King, Sarah Braunstein, Lewis Robinson ( Muse Presenter) Many great writers call and have called Maine home, but what about the next generation? Whiting Award winners Lewis Robinson (Officer Friendly and Other Stories; Water Dogs) and Lily King (Father of the Rain; The English Teacher) will read recent fiction along with Ron Currie, Jr. (God is Dead; Everything Matters!) who won the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and Sarah Braunstein (The Sweet Relief of Missing Children) who was named one of “5 Under 35” by the National Book Foundation. Room 104, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S109. Other Worlds: Writing Between Genres for Young Adults. Liza Ketchum (Former Grub Instructor/Muse Presenter), Kelly Easton (Muse Presenter), Mark Peter Hughes, Peter Johnson When writers create a world, they include culture, language, politics, belief systems, and the historical aspects of the fictional time and place. They bring into being a cosmology and an ethos. This panel will explore the invention of what John Gardner termed a vivid continuous dream in fantasy, dystopian, historical, and realistic fiction written for young adults. We will analyze the plasticity of form and content, and we will explore the tools needed to create new worlds. Room 107, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

S111. The Illustrated Novel, the Illustrated Memoir, and What Else?  Ron Tanner, Mira Bartók, Reif Larson, Josh Weil (Muse Presenter/Visiting Grub Instructor) Stan Mack This may be the age of the graphic novel, but is it an age that embraces illustration in “serious” literature? In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of works that blend art with text. Is this practice catching on? Or is this recent trend only the exception? A panel of authors and illustrators will discuss the issues and consider the possibilities for all writers who entertain the idea of expanding their textual worlds with images. Panelists will show examples. Room 109, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S116. The Art of Losing. Reese Okyong Kwon, Elliott Holt, Jennine Capó Crucet, Meghan O’Rourke, Alexander Chee (Muse 2012 Presenter) Leonard Michaels wrote about his wife, Sylvia, Edwidge Danticat wrote about Haiti, and Henry James wrote about his cousin, Minny. Many writers, after losing the people and places they love, have translated their grief into prose. For those of us who find that profound personal loss has informed our writing, what concerns and challenges have we encountered? What are potential pitfalls, and are there any consolations? Join us as we share our perspectives and read from our work. Room 203, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S118. Literary Nonfiction and Social Activism. Helene Atwan ( Muse Presenter), Marianne Leone (Grub Student/Taste of Grub Presenter), David Chura, Courtney Martin This panel explores the craft of writing nonfiction that is both literary and socially relevant. Panelists include writers who, while seeking to make significant contributions to the national conversation on the issues they are writing about, are first and foremost writers of literary nonfiction. Writers and editors on the panel discuss ways to balance the political goals of the activist with the aesthetic imperatives of literary writing and the financial demands of trade publishing. Room 206, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

S123. Puritan Scar, Scarlet Letter: Contemporary Writers on Hawthorne’s Masterwork. John Domini, Amy Wright, Heidi Julavits, Jennifer Haigh (Muse Presenter and Grub Literary Council) No novel so established Boston as a literary center as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850), and few have left such an indelible trace across the American project since. Hester Prynne’s struggle raises core issues of outsider and community in all their moral contrariness. As art, too, the novel sets a rare challenge, working cross-gender and cross-genre, at once romance and realism, transcendental and ambiguous. Panelists assess the impact the book had both locally and worldwide. Room 303, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

10:30 – 11:45 AM

S132. Breaking Bones: Traditional and Nontraditional Structures in the Novel. Michelle Hoover (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Dawn Tripp (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter) Bruce Machart (Grub Instructor and Muse Presenter) Sheri Joseph (Muse 2013 Presenter and Grub Book Prize Winner 2006) Jenna Blum (Grub Instructor and Literary Council Member and Muse Presenter) Given the constraints and freedoms of the novel, structure proves the heart of the debate about whether the form can be taught at all. Do novels rely more on structure than short stories? Is it possible to teach traditional structures as a backbone instead of a restrictive weight? What opportunities do experimental structures give us? Panelists will revisit the traditions, discuss their importance, and explore alternative ways to guide writers in their choices without restraining innovation. Room 105, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 10

S144. Agents, Editors, and the State of Publishing. Mary Gannon (Muse 2012 Presenter), Jofie Ferrari-Adler (Muse 2011 Presenter) Jennifer Joel, Chuck Adams, Lorin Rees Agents and editors share behind-the-scenes perspective about what authors need to know about the changing industry of publishing. How have e-books, e-readers, and self-publishing affected the industry? With the closing of Borders and the growing influence of Amazon, how have changes to distribution channels affected the way publishers market books, and what does this mean for authors? How have the best practices for submitting work to agents and editors changed? Room 207, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

12PM – 1:15PM

S174. Write Where You Know: When Setting Serves as a Main Character in a Novel. John Roche, Jennifer Haigh ( Muse Presenter and Grub Literary Council), Thomas Kelly, Richard Russo (Grub “Adaptions” Event Presenter) Richard Russo’s bestselling novels, including Pulitzer-winner Empire Falls, uniquely capture a sense of place, whether it’s dying blue-collar towns in upstate New York or New England enclaves. Thomas Kelly, the author of three novels praised for their authentic depiction of New York City, and Jennifer Haigh, whose four novels include Faith, set in Boston, will join Russo in discussing the importance of setting in their fiction, at times to the point where place itself becomes a main character. Room 302-304, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 3

S177. Reading by Grand Central Authors. Benjamin Percy (Muse 2010 Presenter), Julianna Baggott, Ed Falco Discover three of the strongest voices in contemporary fiction at a reading by Grand Central’s finest. Julianna Baggott is the author ofPure, the first book in a postapocalypic series which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Ed Falco’s most recent novel, a prequel to The Godfather titled The Family Corleone, is based on material excerpted from screenplays by Mario Puzo. Benjamin Percy’s new novel,Red Moon, is an epic and terrifying story of lycans set in the American West. Prepare for a thrilling night—and take the cannoli. Room 306, Level 3.   GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

1:30 – 2:45 PM

S194. Finding New Freedom in Old Forms. Danielle Jones-Pruett, Jill McDonough (Grub Instructor), Maria Hummel, Tyehimba Jess Sonnets, villanelles, ghazals, and other poetic forms are often discussed in terms of their restrictiveness, but more and more poets are returning to these forms to address social injustice, tragedy, and inequity, or to engage in other politically charged topics. Come hear Jill S. McDonough read sonnets grappling with the history of execution in America; discover how song forms, like villanelles and pantoums, provided a release for Maria Hummel, allowing her to write about her son’s illness in a way that is emotionally honest; experience Tyehimba Jess’s ability to take African Americans on the fringe of history and reintroduce them into popular culture, all while deconstructing and reconstructing form. After the reading, the poets will answer questions about working with form and how it has been significant to their poetic process. Room 203, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

S195. Borrowing from Literature to Create for the Screen. Erin Trahan, Lyda Kuth, Jan Egleson, Cheryl Eagan-Donovan (Grub Instructor), Luke Poling New England has a strong tradition of independent documentary filmmaking and has played a significant role in the evolution of film genres that includes first-person documentaries, essay films, and biopics. Recent films by our panelists encompass all three; they will screen clips and discuss the influence of literary forms on their approach to filmmaking. Room 204, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

S200. What Is Criticism? With NBCC Winners and Finalists. Stephen Burt, Vivian Gornick, James Wood (Muse Presenter), Clare Cavanagh, Parul Sehgal What does it take to change discussion—or start discussion—around a novel, a poem, a play, a career? How to combine instruction with delight? Four leading literary and cultural critics, winners or finalists for the National Book Critic Circle’s awards, discuss the art of writing about books. These winners and finalists differ in background and experience; all represent criticism as a lively, challenging activity, one that can and must find something new to say. Room 210, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

3PM – 4:15PM

S208. WAMFEST and Fairleigh Dickinson University Present: POEMJAZZ, A Conversation and Performance with Robert Pinsky, Laurence Hobgood, and Stan Strickland. Wesley Stace, Robert Pinsky (“Taste of Grub” Presenter), Laurence Hobgood, Stan Strickland, Ben Allison Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood recently released their collaborative CD titled POEMJAZZ, and this event will be an extension of that collaboration. Like all WAMFEST (The Words and Music Festival) events, this will feature collaborative performances and a conversation about collaborating across genres, about the relationship between words and music, and about the artists’ inspirations and so on. Hynes Ballroom, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S209. Master of None: Surviving and Thriving without an MFA. Rebecca Makkai, Samuel Park, Ru Freeman, Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Muse Presenter), Ida Hattermer-Higgins Five successful writers talk about making it in the industry without an MFA. We discuss life outside the academy; making professional connections and finding a support network; navigating sticky situations where recommendations are required; teaching without a terminal degree; and the challenges and benefits of writing in isolation. We also share how we learned to better our crafts outside of a workshop, and how we got feedback on our early writing. Room 101, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S213. Teaching Novel Writing Across Student Populations. Lisa Borders (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Christopher Castellani (Grub Artistic Director and Muse 2013 Presenter), John Vanderslice, Mako Yoshikawa ( Muse Presenter) , R.J. Taylor (Grub Novel Incubator Student) Approaches to teaching novel writing workshops are as varied as the institutions offering these classes. Models that work for MFA students may not work for undergraduate writers; low-residency MFAs have their own unique structure, and writing centers have institutional flexibility as well as different student populations. Instructors representing all of these settings and a student with experience in two different models will contrast their approaches and report on the strengths and weaknesses. Room 105, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 6

S222. Fierce Friendships, Raw Rivalries in Robert Lowell’s Circle. Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. Kathleen Spivack (Grub Instructor/Muse Presenter), Frank Bidart, Lois Ames, Thomas J Travisano, Maxine Kumin The well-documented friendships and rivalries among the poets in Robert Lowell’s circle in Boston were complex and multilayered. Respect, help, support, competition, jealousy, and even a suicide pact were some of the aspects. We’ll discuss published material and add our own insights into what we, as young writers in the New England of the time, personally observed through our own friendships with the poets involved. Room 203, Level 2.   GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S227. Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Jennifer De Leon (Grub Instructor and Muse Presenter), Ruth Behar, Lorraine López, Erika Martínez, Celeste Guzman Mendoza Contributors to a groundbreaking creative nonfiction anthology will read from personal essays that explore the range of Latina experiences in college. Come listen to compelling narratives that provide crucial insight into this complex intersection of race, class, and educational issues, dispelling myths and showcasing the diversity of this community’s experiences in higher education. Room 209, Plaza Level.  GRUBBIE SCORE:2

S228. Art vs. Commerce: Writing for Love and Money. Elizabeth Benedict ( Muse Presenter), Stephen McCauley (Muse 2013 Presenter and Literary Council), Stephen Elliott, Maud Newton, Steve Almond (Grub Instructor, Muse 2013 Presenter and Literary Council) Grace Paley’s advice to writers: Keep your overhead low. But when teaching doesn’t lead to tenure, how do literary writers cobble together a living and a life while writing work that matters? Panelists who have had unconventional careers largely outside the academy examine their decisions and discuss the role of money, literature, and serendipity in their creative pursuits: editing an online literary magazine, writing soft-core porn, and creating advice columns, TV shows, and yoga books under a pseudonym. Room 210, Level 2.   GRUBBIE SCORE: 5

S230. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Mary Johnson, Cheryl Young, Brian Malloy, Liz Engelman, Sonya Larson (Grub Program Manager) Representatives of renowned literary organizations—A Room of Her Own, Grub Street, Hedgebrook, The Loft Literary Center, and The MacDowell Colony—address the rewards and challenges of growing a supportive community, identifying the tools which forge relationships and maximize the benefits of belonging to a niche without getting stuck in a rut.  Room 303, Level 3. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

S232. Flash, Sudden—Where Did They Come From, Where Are They Going? Ron Carlson (2010 Muse Keynote), James Thomas, Jennifer Pieroni, Tara L. Masih (Grub Instructor and Muse 2013 Presenter), Robert Shapard Since the first of these anthologies appeared more than twenty-five years ago, offering their titles as genre names, questions and controversies have followed about just what the names mean and what the forms are. How do they differ from prose poems, micros, nanos, or even shorter forms? Are flash and sudden changing? The original editors, along with newer generation writer-editors and moderator Ron Carlson, take on these topics in an open forum with the audience. Please bring your questions. Room 310, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 3

Saturday, 4:30 – 5:45

S235A. Andre Dubus III & Edith Pearlman: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Mary Kay Zuravleff, Andre Dubus III ( Muse/Taste of Grub Presenter and Literary Council), Edith Pearlman ( Muse/Taste of Grub Presenter) Andre Dubus III, New York Times best-selling author of The House of Sand and Fog, and Edith Pearlman, author of National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Binocular Vision, read and discuss their work with Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of The Bowl is Already Brokenand a PEN/Faulkner board member. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 3

S239. Shadow Show: Writers and Teachers on the Influence of Ray Bradbury and Other Genre-Bending Authors. Sam Weller, Mort Castle, Alice Hoffman (Literary Council and Frequent Muse presenter), Lee Martin, Dan Chaon Five accomplished authors discuss the literary shadow of Ray Bradbury and the history of blurring genres in literature. The panel includes Bradbury biographer Sam Weller; seven-time Bram Stoker finalist Mort Castle; #1 New York Times bestseller Alice Hoffman; Pulitzer nominee,Lee Martin; and New York Timesbestseller Dan Chaon. Each panelist will discuss Bradbury’s influence on his or her career. They will examine the increasingly porous boundaries between genre and literature. Room 104, Plaza Level. GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

S252. Because That’s the Way It’s Always Been Done: When Literary Journals Face Necessary Change.Michael Nye, Anna Schachner, Cara Blue Adams (Muse 2013 Presenter), Lydia Ship, Andrew Ciotola Literary journals must respond to changing readerships, budgetary constraints, evolving aesthetics, and limited staffing resources. TheChattahoochee Review, the Missouri Review, theSouthern Review, and West Branch editors will address achieved results through editorial restructuring, website redesign, press partnerships, increased print and online content, social media outreach, and digital formatting. Room 207, Level 2.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 2

S255. Come Celebrate with Us: The Multiple Legacies of Lucille Clifton. Peter Conners, Kevin Young ("Taste of Grub" Presenter), Sonia Sanchez, Cornelius Eady This panel honors the poetic legacy of Lucille Clifton (National Book Award, Robert Frost Medal, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize) and the publication ofThe Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (BOA Editions, 2012). Distinguished poets, friends, and colleagues Kevin Young, Michael S. Glaser, Cornelius Eady, and Sonia Sanchez discuss Clifton’s impact as a poet, teacher, mentor, and guiding spirit. Attendees are encouraged to share their Lucille Clifton stories at the end of the discussion.  Room 210, Level 2. GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S257. Love Thy Neighbors: How Secondary Characters Can Save Your Work. Cynthia Reeves, Steven Schwartz, Robin Black (Muse 2012 Presenter), Edward Porter Secondary characters are often characters of convenience: sketchily drawn figures who serve only the direct needs of a story’s protagonist and central conflict. This oversight may stem from fear that a too-vivid supporting cast might be distracting or worse, irrelevant. Panelists will explore the frequently overlooked power of secondary characters to deepen a too-tidy work by reimagining them as forces of transformation, creators of world and metaphor, and arbiters of a story’s obsessions. Room 303, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S258. Writers in the Boonies: Creating a Regional/Rural Literary Hub. Ellen Meeropol (Muse 2013 Presenter), Patricia Lee Lewis, Jacqueline Sheehan (Muse 2013 Presenter) Literary arts centers have been successful in cities, but what about in nonmetropolitan areas? Three western Massachusetts authors discuss the challenges and benefits of developing Straw Dog Writers Guild, a community literary arts organization in a rural/small town region. Starting with a vision but no money or backers, presenters explore strategies to build a new organization to engage and connect writers without infringing on existing workshops and programs. Room 305, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 4

S260. Counterpoint Press Reading. Dan Smetanka, David McGlynn, Dana Johnson, Susan Sherman, Ilie Ruby (Grub Instructor) A reading by prose writers who have had books published in 2012 by Counterpoint Press. Two memoirists and two novelists read work spanning a range of landscapes, time periods, and subjects. The editor who acquired the books moderates and discusses what drew him to each title, while the authors themselves read and reflect on their experience of working with one of the nation’s largest and most respected independent literary publishers. Room 309, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1

S262. Community Writing Projects and MFA Programs. John Trimbur, Jerald Walker (Muse 2012 Presenter), Mary Kovaleski, Sebastian Stockman, Tamera Marko This panel explains how and why writing faculty and MFA students in the Writing, Literature & Publishing department at Emerson College developed five community writing projects: weekend creative writing classes for high school students, a writing center in one inner-city high school, master classes in creative writing at another, a bilingual writing course for Emerson maintenance workers, and a transnational writing project to bring emerging artists from Colombia to the United States. Room 313, Level 3.  GRUBBIE SCORE: 1


(all signings held at the Grub Street Booth)

Thursday, March 7th:

1PM: Stuart Horwitz, Blueprint Your Bestseller


Friday, March 8th

11AM: Adrian Van Young, The Man Who Noticed Everything

12PM: Christopher Castellani, All This Talk of Love

1PM: Matthew Salesses, I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying

Saturday, March 9th

11AM: Ben Berman, Strange Borderlands

1PM: Kate Burak, Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things


6PM – 8PM: “Get Lit: Partying with Grub Street and Small Demons”
Location: Storyville, 90 Exeter Street, in the Copley Square Hotel

Boston's own Grub Street and Richard Nash's Small Demons invite you and your friends to gather for drinks, music and refreshments. There will be no readings, no panels, no tchotchke, no interviews, no presentations, no signings, no Q&A, no pressure to be clever.

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GrubWrites is a space for the writing and reading community to share ideas and seek advice, a place where writers at the very beginning of their careers publish alongside established authors. Book lovers, we bring you reviews, recommendations, and conversations with exciting new authors to keep you up to speed on all things lit. Writers, this is your one stop shop for expert craft talk, opinions on how we learn and teach writing, and essential advice about the publishing industry.

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