A Northwest Based Literary Journal

TLR @ AWP: A Booth, a Reception, Panels, and Our Social Conscience

Each year, it seems, TLR’s involvement in the annual AWP Conference grows. This year is no exception.           

The Booth

We are in booth 731, sharing space with our British friends from Eyewear Publishing. Stop on by and say hello (or ’allo), and have a chat with one of TLR editors. We’re always happy to talk about writing and publishing with you.

The Reception

This year, we’re also sponsoring a reception called “Meet Editors Who Pay” on Thursday evening, from 6:30 to 8 pm, in the Howard Room of the Marriott Marquis conference hotel, on Meeting Level 1. Joining Poetry Editor Kelly Davio, Fiction Editor Joe Ponepinto, and Nonfiction Editor Yi Shun Lai will be editors from A Public Space, The Common, Carve and Slice. Just look for the people in the Clark Kent hats. We’ll be available to talk about what kind of writing we’re looking for, as well as details about our commitment to fair compensation for writers. Drinks are free for the first 25 attendees. Please join us!

The Panels

Our editors will be involved individually in the conference as well. On Thursday, from 9 to 10:15 am, Yi Shun will participate in a panel titled “What Journalists Can Teach Literary Writers, which will discuss how creative nonfiction writers can balance craft and facts, maintaining journalistic ethics while incorporating literary technique. It’s in Room 101, Washington Convention Center, Level One.

On Friday, from 6 to 7:15 pm, Kelly will be among the featured guests at the Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus. The Disability Caucus allows for those who are disabled or living with chronic illness, and their allies, to network and discuss common challenges related to identity, writing, and teaching while professionally leading a literary life. This one is also in Room 101, Washington Convention Center, Level One.

Our Social Conscience

Although we historically have not taken political stands with our journal, actions by the new administration have urged us to take a closer look at what we stand for. We’ve concluded that recent actions and executive orders have placed free speech in jeopardy. In response we will devote ten cents from every submission and journal or merchandise purchase during our May-August reading period to the American Civil Liberties Union. Why the ACLU? Their stated purpose is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” They pursue the protection of free speech and the rights of all, whatever their philosophy.


As we did last year, TLR will again be among the literary journals participating in AWP’s Intro Journals Contest. We’ll publish some of the winners in our August 2017 issue.

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