Haskell Writer Named To National AWP Board

Aug 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-1: Native Voices, Modern Media, Tribal College News

Denise Low-Weso, chair of the English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, at Haskell Indian Nations University was elected to the national board of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP).This group provides services for creative writing students and faculty, as well as professional writers. AWP serves more than 28,000 students, writers, teachers, and administrators at more than 400 colleges. Membership benefits include classroom use of the publication, The Chronicle; job placement services, and the website.

The annual conference, which will be in Chicago Feb. 11-14, 2009, will feature many Native writers in panels and as speakers. The 2008 conference included presentations by LeAnne Howe, Eric Gansworth, Janet McAdams, Alison Hedge Coke, Diane Glancy, and others. Simon Ortiz was in the audience and also presented an independent reading nearby. Many presses that feature Native writers have booths at the conference book fair.

Haskell has made institutional AWP membership a priority because they receive copies of the Chronicle for classroom use; access to archived Chronicle articles; membership rates at the conference; eligibility for conference panels (Haskell students and faculty presented at the Kansas City conference); the AWP job list; listing in the AWP national writing programs guide; and insider access to the website. The AWP website (www.awpwriter.org) has benchmark and assessment guidelines and curriculum for creative writing classes online.

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