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AWP Panel: There and Back Again: Writing from the Road

  • Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA, 90015 United States (map)

R150. There and Back Again: Writing from the Road. (Erika Krouse,  Kai Carlson-Wee,  Kim Barnes,  Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum,  Maggie Shipstead) Five established and emerging writers who work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction discuss each of their unique journeys in the world. These travels include train-hopping across the US, marches in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Amtrak Writing Residency, and the Arctic Circle Residency. Panelists address how these endeavors changed their writing in ways they did not expect, including personal research, craft development, and discoveries of larger environmental, social, and racial truths.

Room 410, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level


Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is a poet, professional editor, and educator. He is author of a book of poetry, Ghost Gear; editor of Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days; series editor of Floodgate Poetry Series; and founder and editor of Read his work at

Erika Krouse's fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic,, Ploughshares, and One Story. Her short story collection, Come Up and See Me Sometime, won the Paterson Fiction Award, and was translated into six languages. Her novel, Contenders, was recently published.

Kai Carlson-Wee has rollerbladed professionally and traveled across the country by freight train. His work has appeared in Linebreak, Best New Poets, and the Missouri Review. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

Kim Barnes is the author of two memoirs and three novels, most recently, In the Kingdom of Men. Her work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, has won the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, and has been awarded the PEN USA Award for Literary Fiction. Barnes teaches writing at the University of Idaho.

Maggie Shipstead is the author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in a bunch of places including The Best American Short Stories.