2019 AWP Conference Events in Portland, Oregon

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Portland, OR – NACF Fellows are participating in this week’s 2019 Association of Writers & Writers Programs Conference in Portland, Oregon. The 2019 conference events begin on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, and conclude on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The bookfair is open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. from Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30, 2019. Attend one of the many events featuring Native writers!

Featured NACF Fellows

Laura Da’ – 2015 NACF National Artist Fellow

Natalie Diaz – 2013 NACF Artist Fellow

Heid E. Erdrich – 2018 NACF National Artist Fellow

Joy Harjo – Founding NACF Board Member

Joan Naviyuk Kane – 2013 NACF Artist Fellow

Michael Wasson – 2018 National Artist Fellow

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

Check the AWP website for a full list of conference events and offsite events in the Portland area!

NACF Fellow Events

Wednesday, March 27, 6pm – 8pm
A Resplendence of Poets, Chinook Territories – Laura Da’
Passages Bookshop – 1223 NE MLK, Portland

Wednesday, March 27, 8pm – 12:00am
CutBank Books: Chapbook Release and Reading – Joan Kane and Soma Mei Sheng Frazier
Dig A Pony – 736 SE Grand Ave, Portland

Thursday, March 28, 3pm-4:15pm
New Poets of Native Nations – Heid Erdrich, Laura Da’, Tacey Atsitty, Gwen Nell Westerman and Trevino Brings Plenty
Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, B114

Friday, March 29, 1:30pm – 2:45pm
On the 20th Anniversary of Tupelo Press, a Celebration of Native poets – CMarie Fuhrman, Michael Wasson, Deborah A. Miranda, LeAnne Howe, Bojan Louis
D133-134, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Friday, March 29, 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Act of Gratitude: Poetry International’s 20th Anniversary Celebratory Reading – Jennifer Minniti- Shippey, Sherwin Bitsui, Catherine Barnett
Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

Friday, March 29, 3pm – 5pm
Black Earth Institute readings – Heid Erdrich amongst many readers
Ford Food + Drink – 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland

Friday, March 29, 3pm – 4:15pm, F150
Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light: A Play and A Circle of Response – Joy Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle
Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Friday, March 29, 4:15pm – 6:15pm
Tupelo Press Native Voices: Reading and Launch Party – NACF Fellow poetry contributors: Sherwin Bitsui, Joy Harjo, Luci Tapahonso, Michael Wasson, Heid E. Erdrich 
Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Saturday, March 30, 3pm – 4:15pm
Jack Jones Literary Arts Presents Natalie Diaz and Nikky Finney
Oregon Convention Center, Level 2, Oregon Ballroom 210-202

Saturday, March 30, 8pm – 10pm
Copper Canyon Press Book Launch Party! – Readings from Sherwin Bitsui among other writers
Stumptown Coffee Downtown, 128 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

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