AWP Conference and Bookfair

In honor of the annual AWP Conference and Bookfair, here are a few interviews and articles on speakers, panelists, and readers who will appear at the event.

“I feel like I should be more hardened at this point, but in a way I feel more vulnerable. With this book I decided not to look at anything at all. Perhaps in the future I’ll ask my editor or someone to show me a few [reviews] that she thinks could really benefit me somehow.”

– Jhumpa Lahiri on an online interviewer for The Atlantic Monthly.

Mary Gaitskill (born November 11, 1954) is an American author of essays, short stories and novels. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerHarper’s MagazineEsquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993 and 2006), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998).

– A great interview with the inimitable Mary Gaitskill on

Junot Díaz (born December 31, 1968) is a DominicanAmerican[1] writer and creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Central to Díaz’s work is the immigrant experience. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in 2008.

– Listen to an episode of This American Life on National Public Radio featuring Diaz.

Amy Hempel is a recipient of the Hobson Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006 she was awarded a USA Fellowship grant byUnited States Artists, an arts advocacy foundation dedicated to the support and promotion of America’s top living artists. She won theAmbassador Book Award in 2007 for her Collected Stories, which was also named as one of the The New York Times‘ Ten Best Books of the year. In 2008 she won the Rea Award for the Short Story. In 2009 she received the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction along with Alistair MacLeod.

– An Interview with Hempel – Forty-Eight Ways of Looking at Amy Hempel

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