Special LIVE edition — AWP2019, Day 1

James Charlesworth 3:56

James Charlesworth is the recipient of a Martin Dibner Fellowship from the Maine Community Foundation. He attended Penn State University and Emerson College in Boston and his debut novel, The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill (published by Arcade) was released January 15th, 2019. He joins us at AWP to talk about his publishing journey from 2007 to 2019, wherein he learned the art of failure...er, patience.

Hannah Meredith 8:59

Hannah Meredith teaches Composition and Sophomore Literature at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. From oral performance project, Beer and Bards, Hannah gives an amazing short fiction reading called "Ms. Shuffles" and shares a few of her most embarrassing moments.

Shena McAuliffe 22:23

Shena McAuliffe is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Her essay, Endnotes to a Seizure was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 2012 Black Warrior Review Nonfiction Prize and her stories have been twice named as notable in the Best American Short Stories anthologies (2008, 2010), and once in the Best American Nonrequired Reading series (2007). She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah.

Shena discusses her first novel, The Good Echo from Black Orange Press, which is a historical piece about a dentist and his wife whose son dies after they perform a root canal on him.

Daniel Peña 27:13

Daniel Peña is a Mexican-American novelist, essayist, and critic frequently published in The Guardian and Ploughshares blogs. He received the Pushcart Prize in 2016 for his short story Safe Home which appeared in the 2017 Pushcart anthology. His debut novel, Bang, was originally published on January 30, 2018 through Arte Público Press, a publisher of contemporary literature by Hispanic authors.

Listen to us talk AWP fashion, bodegas, “club” poets, and Fuck la Migra — a printing press in Mexico City that created the F***ing Shakespeare t-shirts for Bloomsday.

Daniela Petrova — 42:17

Daniela Petrova’s stories, poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Marie Claire, among others. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University, an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University, and is a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Her first novel titled, Her Daughter’s Mother, is a domestic suspense thriller about a woman who encounters and befriends her egg donor on a subway. The woman disappears a week later. Her Daughter’s Mother is forthcoming from Putnam in June 2019.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @danielagpetrova.

Tori Cardenas — 49:07

Tori Cardenas is an MFA Candidate in Fiction at the University of New Mexico. She received her dual Bachelor's of Arts in History and English-Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Her poetry has appeared in Conceptions Southwest, Cloudthroat Journal, Lavender Review, and the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art. Listen as we discuss classroom politics versus the real world. You can find her on Twitter @monsoonpoet and online at www.cardenaspoetry.com.

Ben Ristow — 57:14

Ben Ristow is a fiction writer and academic scholar who teaches at Hobart and William Smith College. He joins us to talk about Craft Consciousness and Artistic Practice in Creative Writing, which will be published as part of the series, Participating in the Research in Creative Writing by Bloomsbury (forthcoming in 2020). In this book, Ben will examine how to conceptualize craft which includes international perspectives. We have the pleasure of discussing how he connected with Bloomsbury, what he does on the side, and what is exciting at AWP.

M.S. Coe — 1:08:12

M.S. Coe is an animal lover and travel agent. She joins us with guest host, Daniel Peña, aka Rodney Danielfield, to discuss her book New Vernonia, which comes out in November 2019 from Clash Books. Set in Delaware and Florida, Coe follows a group of teenage boys who are “losers,” and whose anger and frustration bleeds into their friendships.