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Creative Writing program highlighted at nation's largest creative writing conference in Denver April 7-10

April 6, 2010

The largest creative writing conference in the country will bring more than 7,000 writers - including many Colorado State University faculty, students, and alumni - to Denver's Colorado Convention Center for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, April 7-10.

Creative writing and literary arts

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, or AWP, is the umbrella organization for creative writing and strong proponent for literary arts in America.

Since 1967, AWP has supported writers and writing programs around the world. To date, AWP has more than 34,000 members at more than 500 member colleges and universities.

Talented faculty and alums

CSU is a benefactor of the AWP conference and many university faculty, staff, and alumni will be featured in events throughout the conference.

The AWP conference coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at CSU. In honor of the anniversary, several events are dedicated to highlight the talented faculty and alums of the program.

Accomplished writers share tips, and more

Here are just a few of the university-connected authors you don't want to miss (see more below):

The majority of events during the conference will be held in Denver at the Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th St. and the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St.

Off-site events free & open to the public

The conference itself requires a registration fee, but the off-site events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 7

Stars Are Symbols: Writers and Scientists Collaborate
7:30–9:30 p.m.
Offsite at The Other Side Art Gallery, 1644 Platte St.

Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, Susie Tepper, Rico Moore, Drew Nolte, David Bowen, Charlie Malone, and others (Host: Aaron Plasek)

Denver Quarterly at Dikeou
6–7:30 p.m.
Offsite at Dikeou Collective, 1615 California St. (at 16th St.), Suite 515

Dan Beachy-Quick, and others


Thursday, April 8

CSU Book Signing
Noon - 1:15 p.m.
CSU table at conference book fair, Colorado Convention Center

Leslee Becker, Judy Doenges, Matthew Cooperman

That’s Private! Using Personal Details About Others’ Lives in Fiction
3–4:15 p.m.
Room 205, Colorado Convention Center

Steven Schwartz, Antonya Nelson, Ann Cummins, Sylvia Brownrigg (Chair: Steven Schwartz)

Keynote Fiction Reading
4:30–5:45 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom, Hyatt Regency, 650 15th St.

Leslie Marmon Silko (Introduction: Matthew Cooperman)

Colorado Writers Read
5:30–7:30 p.m.
University of Colorado-Denver campus, 1250 14th St.

Sasha Steensen, Gordon Hadfield, Julie Carr, and others (Host: Julie Carr)

Low Down Writers’ Bash
8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Wynkoop Brewery, 1634 18th St.

Hosts are Colorado Review, The Normal School, The Pinch, and the Colorado Art Ranch


Friday, April 9

Finding Lost Memories
9–10:15 a.m.
Rooms 210-212, Colorado Convention Center

Vicki Lindner, Emily Fox Gordon, Jana Harris, Ann McCutchan, Steven Schwartz (Chair: Vicki Lindner)

A Tribute: Ed Dorn and the Public American West

10:30–11:45 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency, 650 15th St.

Peter Michelson, Joseph Richey, Dale Smith, Jenny Dorn, Matthew Cooperman (Chair: Matthew Cooperman)

Fence Book Signing
1:30 p.m.
Fence Table at conference book fair, Colorado Convention Center

Sasha Steensen, and others

Denver Quarterly Reading
3 p.m.
Location TBA

Dan Beachy-Quick, and others

It’s Not Just About You: Solidifying Journalism’s Role in Creative Writing Programs
3–4:15 p.m.
Rooms 401-402, Colorado Convention Center

Patrick Walters, Jim Sheeler, Philip Gerard, John Calderazzo, Rebecca Skloot (Chair: Rebecca Skloot)

Navigating Chaotic Changes in Literary Magazine Publishing
4:30–5:45 p.m.
Rooms 401-402, Colorado Convention Center

Melanie Moore, Maribeth Batcha, Carolyn Kuebler, William Pierce, Stephanie G’Schwind (Chair: Melanie Moore)

25 Years: CSU’s MFA Alumni Reading and Party
8 p.m. to midnight
Wynkoop Brewery, 1634 18th St.

Host is Matthew Cooperman

Literary Legacy of the Front Range

4:30–5:45 p.m.
Rooms 301-302, Colorado Convention Center

Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, Eleni Sikelianos, Bhanu Kapil, Dan Beachy- Quick, Matthew Cooperman (Chair: Julie Carr)


Saturday, April 10

Colorado Prize for Poetry Reading
9–10:15 a.m.
Rooms 102-104, Colorado Convention Center

Rob Schlegel, Endi Hartigan, Jaswinder Bolina, Craig Teicher, Rusty Morrison (Chair: Stephanie G’Schwind)

CSU 25th Anniversary Reading

Noon–1:15 p.m.
Room 303, Colorado Convention Center

Mary Crow, Bill Tremblay, George Kalamaras, Wendy Rawlings, Steve Church, John Calderazzo (Chair: Leslee Becker)

Students Who Build Things: The Literary Magazine as Teaching Tool for Undergraduate Students
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Agate Room, Hyatt Regency, 650 15th St.

Haley Larson, KC Culver, Collette Morris, Karen Craigo, Zach Tarvin, Patricia Murphy

Colorado Writers Read
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place

Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, and others (Host: Julie Carr)

Starting Today Reading
6:30 p.m.
Paris on the Platte, 1553 Platte St.

Sasha Steensen, and others

Ahadada Books and Unlikely Stories

7–11 p.m.
Michelangelo’s Wine Bar, 1 Broadway, Suite B

Jared Schickling, and others

Contact: Lisa Feld
Phone: (970) 491-2403