WTAW will be at AWP


WTAW will be at AWP

January has been flying by, and AWP is now only two short weeks away.

If you plan to be at AWP in Kansas City from February 7th–10th, you can connect with WTAW in two ways.

You can find us every day at the bookfair, at T1422, where copies of our latest titles will be on sale, seeking to fill your warm hands, hearts, and minds. We’ll have info on our publishing programs and other opportunities, including our new imprint Betty. We’re excited that publishing assistant Shirley Dees will be with us for her first-ever AWP conference. Shirley is a writer like the rest of the WTAW crew, so come by and greet her, even if only with a simple wave—a language any writer can understand and appreciate!

Book signings

Two of our authors will be with us at the bookfair on Friday, 2/9 to sign copies of their books:

11:00AM – 12:00pm: Stephanie Austin, Something I Might Say

1:30 – 2:30pm: Joanna Acevedo, Outtakes

Our off-site reading Wine and Words on Thursday, 2/8, 5:30–7:00 pm at The Pairing is another great way to connect with us—while reconnecting with words and why to write and read. WTAW will be pairing with Willow Springs magazine to present prose and poetry from eight featured writers who are not to be missed. A cash bar will be available and door prizes served alongside our writers’ words.

Readers include Alyse Knorr, Andrew Farkas, *Azaria Brown, *Joanna Acevedo, John Hodgen, *Liz Green, *Polly Buckingham, and Sara Burge. (*WTAW authors)

WTAW’s Hal King will be on hand to emcee and hand out prizes. Scroll down for short bios of each reader.

The AWP conference and bookfair is the largest gathering of publishers, authors, and academics in the nation, and we’d love to see you at WTAW’s small yet big warm space in the heart of America.

—The crew at WTAW Press

Words and Wine readers’ bios:

Alyse Knorr is an associate professor of English at Regis University, co-editor of Switchback Books, and co-producer of the Sweetbitter podcast. She is the author of four collections of poetry (most recently Ardor from Gasher Press), and two nonfiction books about video games (most recently GoldenEye from Boss Fight Books).

Andrew Farkas is the author of The Great Indoorsman: EssaysThe Big Red HerringSunsphereSelf-Titled Debut, and the forthcoming Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been? He is an editor for Always Crashing and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Washburn University.

Azaria Brown* is a writer from coastal Virginia. She writes about Black folk, for Black folk and currently attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also teaches freshman English. Azaria writes magical realism and speculative stories about family and relationship dynamics, spirituality, religion, death, oblivion, and dance battles [sometimes]. She is the author of her debut chapbook The Smiths of 115th Street, forthcoming from WTAW Alcove Chapbooks.

Joanna Acevedo* is a writer, editor, and educator from New York City. She is the author of two books and two chapbooks. She received her MFA in Fiction from New York University in 2021, and also holds degrees from Bard College and The New School. Joanna’s chapbook Outtakes, was published by WTAW Alcove Chapbooks September 2023.

Liz Green* was raised in New Jersey. In 2024, she’ll receive a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her recent nonfiction was featured in The Woolf and The Opiate, and her chapbook The Haunt won the WTAW Alcove Chapbook Competition for 2024 and is forthcoming from WTAW Press. A psychotherapist, she lives in New Orleans.

Author of The River People (Lost Horse Press), The Expense of a View (UNT Press), and The Stolen Child and Other Stories (forthcoming from Betty Books), Polly Buckingham* is editor of Willow Springs magazine, series editor for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, and teaches at Eastern Washington University.

Sara Burge is the author of Apocalypse Ranch (C & R Press, 2010), and her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Prairie Schoonerthe minnesota reviewCALYX JournalVirginia Quarterly ReviewAtticus ReviewLouisville ReviewRiver Styx, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of Moon City Review.

John Hodgen is the Writer-in-Residence at Assumption University in Worcester, MA, and Advisory Editor for New Letters at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Hodgen won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for Grace (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005).  His fifth book, The Lord of Everywhere, is out from Lynx House/University of Washington Press, and his new book, What We May Be, is forthcoming also from Lynx House. He has won the Grolier Prize for Poetry, an Arvon Foundation Award, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, the Bluestem Award, the Balcones Prize, the Foley Prize, the Chad Walsh Prize from Beloit Poetry Journal, the Collins Prize from Birmingham Poetry Review, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Poetry.

Meet Kerry James Evans, an Issue 91 Contributor

Featuring Kerry James Evans

Meet Kerry James Evans: Evans is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon), a Lannan Literary Selection. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University, an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a BA in English from Missouri State University. The recipient of a 2015 NEA Fellowship and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, his poems have appeared in Agni, Narrative, New England Review, Ploughshares, and many other journals. He lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where he teaches in the MFA program at Georgia College & State University and serves as the poetry editor for Arts & Letters.

Hear Evans read his poetry pieces "Casserole Island" and "Mississippi Snow" during the Issue 91 Release Party, Saturday, March 4th at 6pm PST!

Meet Jeffrey J. Higa, an Issue 91 Contributor


Meet Higa: Jeffrey J. Higa is the author of Calabash Stories, which won the Robert C. Jones Prize, and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His short story, “The Shadow Artist,” was a finalist for the Italo Calvino Prize and received an honorable mention in the Kurt Vonnegut Speculative Fiction Prize from the North American Review. He has published widely in literary and commercial magazines, including Zyzzyva, Sonora Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Willow Springs, Bamboo Ridge, Salt Hill, LitQuarterly, Honolulu Review of Books, Honolulu Magazine, Business Today, Poets & Writers and others. He was a fiction fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference and his full-length play, Futless, won the Hawai’i Prize from the Kumu Kahua Theatre. He lives in Honolulu with the biologist Marguerite Butler, the actor Raine Higa, and the good dog Tim Tam.

Hear Higa read his fiction piece "The Boy, the Carpenter, and the Risen" during the Issue 91 Release Party, Saturday, March 4th at 6pm PST!

Meet Emma Aylor, an Issue 91 Contributor

Issue 91
Meet Emma Aylor, the author of Close Red Water (forthcoming October 2023), selected by Tina Chang as winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, AGNI, Colorado Review, Poetry Daily, the Yale Review Online, North American Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere, and she received Shenandoah’s Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets.
Aylor holds an MFA from the University of Seattle, Washington, and is a PhD student at Texas Tech University. Originally from Bedford County, Virginia, next to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she lives in Lubbock, Texas, and is at work on a book of poems about art, place, ekphrasis, and the responsibilities of attention.
Hear Aylor read her poem "Self-Portrait as Miniature with Mica Overlays" during the Issue 91 Release Party, Saturday, March 4th at 6pm PST!

Meet Jenny Irish, an Issue 91 Contributor

jenny Irish

Meet Jenny Irish: Originally from Maine, Jenny Irish has graduate degrees in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at ASU. She is the author of three books including Tooth Box, I Am Faithful and Common Ancestor.

Hear Irish read her poem "Lupine in Jardin des Plantes" during the Issue 91 Release Party, Saturday, March 4th at 6pm PST!

Issue 91 Release Party!

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Willow Springs magazine will be having a virtual release party this Saturday, March 4th at 6pm PST!

Join us for exclusive readings from issue 91 authors, including: Heikki Huotari, Emma Aylor, Jenny Irish, Jeffrey J. Higa, Kerry James Evans, Henrietta Goodman, Madison Jozefiak, Marc Vincenz, Gary Fincke, Paul Farwell, David Keplinger, and Bruce Bond. The readings will be followed by a live Q & A session, during which our authors will talk about craft, publishing, life, and more. Please feel free to share the following links with family and friends!

Issue 90 Virtual Release Party


Willow Springs magazine virtual release party Friday, Oct 14th at 6:00 pm PST


Join us for readings from issue 90 authors Joan Murray, Denver Butson, Jason Graff, Greg Byrd, nicole v basta, Aran Donovan, Melissa Studdard, and Elizabeth Tannen. The readings will be followed by a live Q & A session, during which our authors will talk about craft, publishing, life, and more. Please feel free to share the following links with family and friends!


Shareable Zoom link: https://ewu.zoom.us/j/98398749146Shareable Youtube link: https://youtu.be/F7M8yVzmKyk

John Sibley Williams! TWO new books of poems?


Exciting news! Willow Springs contributor John Sibley Williams has two new books of poems coming very soon! Winner of the 2020 Cider Press Review Book Award Scale Model of a Country at Dawn, and winner of the 2020 Elixir Press Poetry Award The Drowning House. Go check them out!

You can also check out his poems "My Heart is in the Mouth of Another Heart" and "Suture" available in Willow Springs 84, and/or his profile, here on our website.

Congratulations John!