Radio Free AWP

Radio Free AWP

Radio Free AWP coincided with the annual conference, February 2-6, 2011, of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, which supports more than “34,000 writers at over 500 member colleges & universities and 100 writers' conferences & centers.” In 2011 the conference was held in Washington, DC, home of Inside Higher Ed, and some 8,000 creative writers and teachers attended more than 350 readings, lectures, panels, and book signings, as well as a bookfair with 500 publishers represented.

Radio Free AWP was conceived, organized and curated by Inside Higher Ed's Oronte Churm, who wanted to use the opportunity to connect writers and readers, wherever they are. It’s true pirate radio, internet-style, with some of Churm's literary friends and friends-of-friends generously donating their words and time for your listening pleasure. The readings and discussions archived here range widely, from a short story recorded professionally in the studio of some guy named Ira who evidently has an interest in American lives, to a self-produced audio essay recorded on location in Africa, to what sounds like a writer who's broken into your kitchen late at night to drink your bourbon and pet your dog, and when you discover him there he tells you a crazy-funny tale about the Russian mob stealing a river.

Enjoy, and thank you for listening!

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PROGRAMS

January 31, 2011
January 30, 2011
Editor Lee Gutkind, Managing Editor Hattie Fletcher, and Associate Editor Stephen Knezovich of Creative Nonfiction offer an invaluable inside look at the background of the magazine, the fundamental differences between magazines and literary journals, genre, finding a niche, audience, and much more.
January 30, 2011
South African memoirist Glen Retief is an Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Susquehanna University.

Archive

January 30, 2011
Bob Shacochis's first collection of stories, Easy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction in 1985, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1989.
January 30, 2011
Poet and essayist Art Homer is currently chair of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Writer’s Workshop and Director of the Nebraska Low Residency MFA in Writing.
January 30, 2011
Amy Hassinger (The Priest’s Madonna) and Fred Arroyo (The Region of Lost Names) introduce Lewis Hyde's The Gift and discuss its cult status among writers.
January 30, 2011
Amy Hassinger (The Priest’s Madonna) and Fred Arroyo (The Region of Lost Names) introduce Lewis Hyde's The Gift and discuss its cult status among writers.

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