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2022 live event schedule 

Explore our scheduled 2022 conference programming taking place live in Denver, CO 

Program information is subject to change, and is being updated daily.

Friday, August 5th, 2022

3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. 

Registration

Location: McNichols Building, Level 1

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. 

Opening Reception

 

Meet & Greet with keynote speakers and [margins.] attendees

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 3

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. 

Keynote Conversation 

K-Ming Chang & Nate Marshall in conversation with Nicole Counts    

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 3

Keynote: K. Ming Chang & Nate Marshall in Conversation with Nicole Counts followed by a book signing. With special performances from poets Bobby LeFebre & Slam Nuba.

8:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. 

Book Signing 

K-Ming Chang, Nate Marshall 

Hosted by Townie Books  

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 3

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. 

Outdoor Film Screening of Moonlight

Hosted in partnership with Denver Film 

Location: McNichols Building Lawn

 

Saturday, August 6th, 2022

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 

Registration

Location: McNichols Building, Level 1

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Book Fair

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 2

Book Signing       

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 3

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Quiet Space       

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 2.5

9:00 a.m.–10:05 a.m.

Community Track

Panel: Journalism & How to Fight for Your Stories   -   Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Moderated by: Viniyanka Prasad

Panelists: Elaine Tassy and Lisa Kennedy

Hosted in partnership with PEN America

Brought to you in partnership with PEN America, this panel features local journalists sharing their stories and tips on fighting for the stories they want to tell in the newsroom.

Business/Industry Track

Workshop: The Business of Writing    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

Hosted by: Sam Hiyate

Today’s literary marketplace can be a mysterious minefield to writers. What’s hot? What’s over saturated? What’s literary? Does genre fiction have rules that can be broken? What are editors really looking for? Sam Hiyate, literary agent and founder of The Rights Factory in Toronto will examine the publishing world in Canada, the U.S. and international markets in this workshop.

     

9:00 a.m.–10:05 a.m.

9:00 a.m.–10:05 a.m.

Writing Craft Track

Workshop: Speculative Poetics: Imagining out of Dystopia    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Hosted by: M McDonough

This workshop will outline the tenets of speculative writing and how these tools can be threaded into a poetic practice. Speculative writing can offer a window into an unimaginable future. Poetry as a mode of truth telling must offer a way to imagine out of structures and systems built to oppress. The first step in building a new world is to name it, to call it forth, to imagine it into reality.

10:15 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Community Track

Workshop: It is Better to Speak: Authentic Voice in Workshops and Sensitivity Reading

Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Hosted by: Sydney Fowler & Joe Ponce

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” ― Audre Lorde Marginalized writers often struggle to find their voice in the workshop and their place in the publishing industry. We will use antiracist workshop theory, Critical Race Theory, and personal narratives to explore how lived experience provides a unique perspective in writing workshops. Participants will also leave with insights into how to use your voice to create more authentic and respectful portrayals of marginalized people in media as a sensitivity reader.

Business/Industry Track

Workshop: Mind Your Business - Taxes & Bookkeeping Tips for Writers    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

Hosted by: Jonathan Rogers

This workshop covers the basics of the business of writing: keeping records for taxes, tracking income and expenses, understanding profit/loss, and figuring out when to invest to grow your business, and when to keep your money.

10:15 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Writing Craft Track

Workshop: Elemental Poetry    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Hosted by: Angelique Palmer

This workshop will help you to use your voice to translate your writing to performance and to use the elements (Earth, Fire, Air and Water) to search your drafts for vulnerability and performance viability.

10:15 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Lunch sessions - cohort meetups, readings on the plaza, food trucks       

 

Location: McNichols Building 

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Cohort Writing Group: Disabled Writers

Hosted by Twanna LaTrice Hill

Location: McNichols Building, Level 1

Join to connect with fellow Disabled writers, to chat about your writing, commiserate, celebrate, inspire one another.

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Cohort Writing Group: Black Writers

Hosted by Hakeem Furious & Aerik Francis of Slam Nuba

Location: McNichols Building, Level 1

Join to connect with fellow Black writers, to chat about your writing, commiserate, celebrate, inspire one another.

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

1:00 p.m.–2:05 p.m.

Community Track

Panel: Movement Building & New Publishing Spaces    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Moderated by: Viniyanka Prasad

Panelists: Lisa Willis and Deborah Taffa

 

On building the spaces and communities we need, this panel will feature a discussion from leaders in literary movement building and creating, maintaining new publishing and writing spaces.

1:00 p.m.–2:05 p.m.

Business/Industry Track

Planning Your Publicity: Book Tours    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

Panelists: Lara Phan & Michelle Malonzo 

Join us for a conversation with these industry experts on what you need to know about planning your publicity for a book tour.

Writing Craft Track 

Workshop: Linguistics & Form in Fiction    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Hosted by: Steven Dunn

From rappers and world-building to diction and dialect, author Steven Dunn will identify linguistic approaches in a variety of texts and lyrics and discuss possibilities to use those strategies in our own work, whether it’s fiction, poetry, hybrid, and anything else.

1:00 p.m.–2:05 p.m.

Community Track

Workshop: Building Community to Connect with Audiences    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Hosted by: Alyssa-Reynoso Morris

"Nobody but nobody can make it out here alone." - Maya Angelou. Join Author Alyssa Reynoso-Morris in this workshop on finding and creating community as a writer to help navigate these isolating times. 

2:15 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

2:15 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

Business/Industry Track 

Panel: What You Need to Know About Working with Agents    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

Panelists: Sonali Chanchali, Sam Hiyate, Kat Kerr, Maria Heater, and Amanda Orozco

A panel featuring agents who will discuss their thoughts on what to expect in your agent relationship, including query basics, as well as in-depth advice on how to decode common responses from agents, how to tell if an agent is the right match for you and your work, and how to advocate for yourself throughout the process.

Writing Craft Track

Workshop: 14-word Manifestos    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Hosted by: Rick Griffith

Join graphic designer and master letterpress printer, Rick Griffith, as he guides us through creating our own manifestos in 14 words or less. His work is an erudite exploration of language, history, politics, science, music, and ethics—typographically-focused and relevant. 

(LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS)

2:15 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

3:30 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

Community Track

Panel: Truth and Consequences    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Panelists: Donna Bryson, Tina Griego, and Lisa Kennedy 

Moderated by: William Johnson.

Hosted in partnership with PEN America

Co-presented with PEN America, join us for this panel conversation featuring journalists who will share their experiences with and recommendations for managing the consequences of writing true stories.

3:30 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

Business/Industry Track

Discussion: Paths to Publication in Fiction    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

In-conversation: Nicole Counts & Kat Kerr

 

A conversation and Q&A session where authors will discuss their unique paths to publishing and offer their advice for writers to navigate moving forward.

3:30 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

Writing Craft Track

Workshop: Writing Empowering Sex Scenes without Blushing    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Hosted by: Lydia Rogue

Erotica can be empowering, both for the reader and the writer, but sometimes it can be a struggle to put words to paper. A frank talk about language, translating reality to paper, and discussions of consent - both writing them and how to navigate the author/reader relationship. 

4:45 p.m.–6:15p.m.

Dinner break - cohort meetups, readings on the plaza     

 

Location: McNichols Building

Cohort Writing Group: Mi Gente

Hosted by: Franklin Cruz & Bobby LeFebre

Location: McNichols Building, Level 1

Join to connect with fellow Latine and Indigenous writers to chat about your writing, commiserate, celebrate, inspire one another.

5:00 p.m.–6:00p.m.

Awards Ceremony     

Hosted by: The Word

Location: McNichols Building, Level 3 

 

Let's gather to celebrate the 2022 recipients of the Alchemy Award, the Rasquache Award, and the Rishi Award!

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Outdoor Film Screening of Persepolis 

Hosted by: Denver Film

Location: McNichols Building Lawn

9:30 p.m.–midnight

Dance Party    

Location: McNichols, Level 3

Featuring DJ Mami Miami + Cash bar

 

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Registration

Location: McNichols Building, Level 1

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Book Fair

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 2

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Book Signing       

Hosted by: Townie Books

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 3

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Quiet Space       

 

Location: McNichols Building, Level 2.5

9:00 a.m.–10:05 a.m.

Community Track

Panel: The Value of Mentorship    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Panelist: Alyssa Reynoso-Morris, Viniyanka Prasad, & Manuel Aragon

 

The book business is notoriously difficult to break into without the right relationships to help you navigate it, and having those relationships when you are a member of a historically excluded group can make it that much more challenging. Join us we share our approaches to finding and pairing mentors and mentees and how mentorship can help build careers. 

9:00 a.m.–10:05 a.m.

Business/Industry Track  

Panel: What You Need to Know about Residencies, Fellowships, and Retreats    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

Moderated by: Meca'Ayo Cole

Panelists: S. Juliette Lee, Andre Hoilette

 Join us for a lively discussion with poets and writers Andre Hoilette, Shamar Hill, and S. Juliette Lee as they share their insights and experiences with residencies, fellowships and retreats for writers. 

Writing Craft Track

 Workshop: Identify Your Voice    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Hosted by: Kat Kerr 

 This intensive class covers the age-old question “What do agents mean when they talk about voice?” and all the different ways voice is interpreted and how our cultural background influence our unique perspective.

 

9:00 a.m.–10:05 a.m.

10:15 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Community Track

Panel: Indigenous Writers & representation in literature, publishing business   -     Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Panelists: Deborah Taffa, Manny Loley, Franklin Cruz, Crisosto Apache

The publishing world has been particularly challenging for Indigenous writers have had stories stolen, mistold, and misrepresented, for centuries. Join this panel featuring writers, storytellers, professors, and waymakers as they discuss their approaches to creating pathways for Indigenous stories to be heard. 

10:15 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Business/Industry Track 

Panel: Working with Bookstores    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

Panelists: Angela Maria Spring, Jeannine Cook, Arvin Ram, Rick Griffith

Moderated by: Michelle Malonzo

 

  How can you work with bookstores to get your book in front of readers?Experienced booksellers are here to get you ready. 

10:15 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Writing Craft Track

Panel: Lessons Learned from the Best and Worst Experiments    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Panelists: Olivia Chadha, Mathu Subramanian, Dylan Edwards

Moderated by Liza Bevams

Join this vibrant group of writers for a discussion on the ways they have gotten experimental in their writing and creative projects, the lessons they've learned, and the process of discovery along the way.  

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Cohort Writing Group: Queer Writers

Hosted by Queer Asterisk & Queer Creatives

Location: McNichols Building, Level 1 

Join to connect with fellow Queer writers to chat about your writing, commiserate, celebrate, inspire one another.

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Lunch sessions - cohort meetups, readings on the plaza, food trucks       

 

Location: McNichols Building 

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

Cohort Writing Group: Asian-American & Pacific Islander Writers

Hosted by Viniyanka Prasad & Jenna Nishimura

Location: McNichols Building 

 

Join to connect with fellow Asian American & Pacific Islander writers to chat about your writing, commiserate, celebrate, inspire one another.

1:00 p.m.–2:05 p.m.

Community Track 

Panel: Finding Your People    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3A

Panelists: Emilly Prado, Vogue M. Robinson, Steven Dunn  

Moderated by: Alyssa Reynoso-Morris

We've all heard the adage, "know your audience", but how do we find our people? In this panel, writers will discuss the ways they work in and with community, collectives, and collaborate to create and share their work with the world.

1:00 p.m.–2:05 p.m.

Business/Industry Track

Workshop: Let’s Look Again and Again and Again: Revision That Transforms    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B

Hosted by: Valerie Bolling

Revision is an integral part of the writing process. Whether you love it or despise it, as a writer, you need to revise to make your story the best it can be. In this workshop, participants will learn numerous effective revision strategies. These strategies will transform writing into stories that beg to be read again and again.

1:00 p.m.–2:05 p.m.

Writing Craft Track

Workshop: Mining the Heart - How to Emotionally Connect With Readers    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Hosted by: Kaitlyn Wells

Every bestseller emotionally resonates with readers. But how can you transform your manuscript into a book everyone is talking about? Use Heart. That once unteachable writing skill is broken into digestible parts in this interactive session. During this session, you’ll examine works by picture book authors like Derrick Barnes, Beth Ferry, Meg Medina, and more. Why picture books? You can’t succeed at writing about emotions until you understand how to speak to the inner child in us all. Only then, can you transform your work into a visceral experience for all writing forms. You’ll learn how to identify the emotional core of a story and how to ensure it beats alive on every page using the tried-and-true heart mapping method. Come prepared to use the entire emotional toolkit. And learn how to write so your work stays with readers long after that last page is turned. Tissues are encouraged.

2:15 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

Community Track

Panel: Limbo and Movement: Community as Spark, Craft as Finding    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3A 

Panelists:  Jason Masino, Andre Hoilette, and Meca’Ayo Cole

How do we use language to move us through spaces of hibernation, shadow and grief? How does the experiential process of writing lend itself toward alchemical transformation both on the page and within the body? Is it possible to achieve reconciliation, surrender, or acceptance through writing? What role does community play in these processes, and how have we made ways to find it and create it? Join three Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing alum Jason Masino, Andre Hoilette, and Meca’Ayo Cole, as they discuss their current poetic projects and share their work, as well as discuss their pandemic practices with the Anthology Poetry Collective, Covid Chronicles Coffee Chat, and 10 Questions with J | M.

2:15 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

Business/Industry Track 

Panel: Paths to Publication in Poetry    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3B   

Panelists: Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Crisosto Apache, Angelique Palmer. Moderated by Bobby LeFebre

A conversation and Q&A session where authors will discuss their unique paths to publishing and offer their advice for writers to navigate moving forward. Join these panelists for a conversation on how poems make their way into the world. From creating a collection, submitting poems, building community, booking readings, and all of the paths our poems take.

2:15 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

Writing Craft Track

Panel: Literary Journalism & Creative Nonfiction    -    Location: McNichols Building, 3C

Panelists: Adrian Miller, Elaine Tassy, and Josiah Hesse  

 

Let's explore the different ways we narrate to tell nonfiction, from the personality of voice to blending truth and imagination.

3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony     

Location: McNichols Building, Level 3

Closing ceremony for conference registrants where we talk about next steps, staying in touch, and say our farewells.