AWP18: Meet the Readers

Join Under the Gum Tree, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, and Hippocampus for an AWP happy hour of telling true stories. Four magazines, all publishing exclusively nonfiction, are partnering on this event to bring you a line up of previous contributors—many of whom will be descending on Tampa for Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference (AWP).

Grab your happy hour drink of choice from the cash bar and toast some true stories in a short & sweet storytelling lineup of readers from past issues before heading out to make material for new true stories of your own.

If nonfiction is your thing, we hope to see you. You'll meet the staff, hear some of what we've published and get a peek at our current issue. Oh, and maybe even win a magazine (we'll be doing a raffle)!

For more information, visit our event listing on Facebook, and invite your friends! 

Event Details

Location: Ferg's Live

Address: 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa (just 2 blocks from the convention center)

Time: 6 p.m.


Meet the Readers


Under the Gum Tree Contributor

D. Gilson is the author of I Will Say This Exactly One Time: EssaysCrush, with Will Stockton; Brit Lit; and Catch & Release, winner of the Robin Becker Prize. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University, and his work has appeared in Threepenny Review, POETRY, and The Rumpus.


Under the Gum Tree Contributor

Elaine Gale is a former Los Angeles Times reporter and has tenure at California State University as a communication and journalism professor. She has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and a PhD in communication from University of Denver. She is the Writing Center Director for the Graduate School in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. She has performed her one-woman show called ONE GOOD EGG at Beyond Baroque and in a sold-out run at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara.


Fourth Genre Contributor

Alysia Sawchyn currently lives in Tampa, FL, where she is a nonfiction editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana ReviewDIAGRAMAssay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and elsewhere.

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Fourth Genre Contributor

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Sheree L. Greer is a writer and educator living in Tampa, Florida. She founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women of color writers and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover be and A Return to Arms, a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and a student writing guide, Stop Writing Wack Essays. Sheree is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, and Ragdale Foundation Rubin Fellow. Sheree teaches composition, creative writing, and African American literature at St. Petersburg College in Florida.


Hippocampus Contributor

Rebecca Fish Ewan is the founder of Plankton Press (where small is big enough) and creates Tiny Joys & GRAPH(feeties) zines. She is a poet/cartoonist/professor/mom/writer and teaches in The Design School at Arizona State University. Her publications include work in Brevity, Femme Fotale, Survivor Zine and Hip Mama. She has two creative nonfiction books, A Land Between and the forthcoming memoir of cartoons and verse about a Berkeley childhood friendship cut short by tragedy. 


Hippocampus Contributor

Michael Fischer is currently earning an MFA in creative writing from Sierra Nevada College. He is co-editor of Sierra Nevada Review, a Moth Chicago StorySlam winner, and a Luminarts Foundation Creative Writing Fellow. His essays appear or are forthcoming in The SunBrevityHotel AmerikaThe Rumpus, and elsewhere.

River Teeth Contributor

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Anne Barngrover is the author of two books of poetry—Brazen Creature (2016 Editor’s Choice Selection, University of Akron Press), Yell Hound Blues (Shipwreckt Books, 2013)—and co-author, with poet Avni Vyas, of the poetry chapbook Candy in Our Brains (CutBank, 2014). Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Ecotone, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, Indiana Review, and others. Barngrover earned her MFA from Florida State University and her PhD in English and Creative Writing from University of Missouri. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University and lives in Tampa, Florida.


River Teeth Contributor

Jill Christman is the author of Darkroom: A Family Exposure (AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction winner), Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood (Shebooks 2014), and essays in magazines and journals such as Brevity, Fourth Genre, Iron Horse Literary Review, Literary Mama, Oprah Magazine, River Teeth, & Brain, Child. She serves on the board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and teaches creative nonfiction writing at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she lives with her husband, writer Mark Neely, and their two children. Read more about Jill at