#AWP23 Lightning Readings by Writer to Writer Alumni


Quick reads performed by published writers from the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. We invite you to enjoy a mix of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from these talented writers. Organized and emceed by alumni P.D. Keenen.

#AWP23 Seattle
Bookfair Stage

Saturday, March 11, 2023
Time 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Registration options for the conference can be found here you can register for the full conference or get a Saturday-only $25 pass that gives access to the Bookfair and all Saturday onsite conference programming.

About Writer to writer:

AWP’s mentorship program, Writer to Writer, matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. We hope you apply and join our growing community.

Sponsorship Opportunity

We are still looking for a sponsor for this event! If you are interested in having your programs and services included in our marketing materials, please reach out to miranda@awpwriter.org.


Dawn Angelicca Barcelona is a poet based in San Francisco. She is an alumni of the Fulbright Program, Community of Writers, VONA, and Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Workshop. She’s a recent winner of the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Award in Poetry. Writer to Writer Spring 2022 Poetry.

Jennifer Bullis is a poet and essayist and author of the poetry collection Impossible Lessons (MoonPath Press). She holds a PhD in English from University of California Davis and lives in Bellingham, Washington. Writer to Writer Spring 2015 Poetry

Lauren K. Carlson is the author of the chapbook Animals I Have Killed. She was awarded the 2022 Levis Stipend for her manuscript-in-progress. Carlson serves as editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Writer to Writer 2018 Poetry.

Lucas Jacob is the author of two collections of poems: The Seed Vault (2019) and Sympathetic Beasts (2023). He is the Director of Writing, Communication, and Media Literacy at La Jolla Country Day School, in San Diego. Writer to Writer 2017 Poetry.

P.D. Keenen is a writer, empathy activist, and Washington-based constellation facilitator. They write memoir and poetry. Their work focuses on our shared humanity, points of cognitive dissonance, and advocating for the less visible. Writer to Writer 2015 Poetry. Annual Writer to Writer Alumni reading event founder and the events emcee.

Mary Pan is a writer and physician with a background in global health and narrative medicine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s, Intima, and elsewhere. An alum of Tin House and Kenyon Review workshops, she was runner-up for AWP’s 2020 Kurt Brown Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Writer to Writer 2019 NonFiction.

Ken Post lives in Juneau, Alaska. During the long, dark winters, He writes short stories. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines and he was honored with a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2020. Ken’s short story collection, “Greyhound Cowboy and Other Stories,” is forthcoming from Cornerstone Press. Writer to Writer 2019 Fiction.

Vimla Sriram is a Seattle-based writer, shaped by Delhi. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in 100 Word Story, Wanderlust, Stonecrop Journal, Little Patuxent Review, River Teeth Journal and The Cincinnati Review. Writer to Writer 2021 Nonfiction

Shze-Hui Tjoa is a Singaporean memoirist who lives in London. She is a nonfiction editor at Sundog Lit and a fiction editor at Exposition Review. Currently she is working on her first book, an experimental memoir about using storytelling to overcome the memory lapses of c-PTSD, and recover identity. Writer to Writer 2022 NonFiction.

Naomi Ulsted writes young adult fiction, memoir and screenplays. Her work has been published in Mud Season Review, The Forge and The New Guard, among other venues. The Apology Box, published in December 2021 through Idle Time Press is her debut novel. She lives on the southern coast of Oregon with her husband and two boys. Writer to Writer 2016 Fiction.


Gail Folkins is the author of two creative nonfiction books, her most recent a nature-themed memoir titled Light in the Trees. She teaches at Hugo House in Seattle. Writer to Writer 2017 NonFiction.

Lara Lillibridge is the author of Mama, Mama, Only Mama; Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home; and co-editor of the anthology, Feminine Rising. She is the Interviews Editor for Hippocampus Magazine, a Nonfiction Editor for Heartwood Lit Mag, & holds an MFA from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Her essay collection, The Truth About Unringing Phones is scheduled for release in 2024 with Unsolicited Press. Writer to Writer 2022 NonFiction.

Lisa C. Taylor is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Interrogation of Morning (2022), and two short story collections. Her honors include the Hugo House New Works Fiction Award and Pushcart nominations in fiction and poetry. Lisa holds an MFA from Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine. Writer to Writer 2020 Poetry.

Evan Morgan Williams is the author of three collections of short stories, most recently Stories of the New West by Main Street Rag Press. He holds an MFA, tattered and faded, from the University of Montana in 1991. He recently retired after 29 years of teaching in Oregon’s scrappiest middle school. Writer to Writer 2019 Fiction.

Invitation to other W2W alumni:

Did you miss the AWP emails about this Writer to Writer alumni reading opportunity? Would you like to participate in future years? If any openings in this year’s lineup occur Peace will use this list to find replacements.

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