Auburn Writers Conference 2013

As most of you know, the Auburn Writers Conference has become a much anticipated event for writers and readers each fall here in Auburn. We are currently planning our fourth conference, led by a steering committee that represents many faculty members across CLA's diverse departments. Our theme  for 2013 is Artful Crossroads: Where the Arts Intersect, and we have already confirmed many talented authors of prose, poetry and drama. The conference is set for October 18th and 19th, 2013.

We thought we would share that preliminary list of authors with you now as the spring semester comes to a close and plans for fall courses pick up steam in the hopes that there will be useful connections between the authors listed below and your own research and teaching.

Keynote Speakers (keynote addresses will be free and open to the public):

Cristina Garcia (novelist, Dreaming in Cuban, The Aguero Sisters, Monkeyhunter, King of Cuba forthcoming)

Taylor Mali (American slam poet, humorist, teacher, and voiceover artist)

Guest authors:

Susan Somers-Willett (author of two books of poetry: Quiver and Roam. She is also the author of a book of scholarly criticism, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America)

Michael Farris Smith (debut novel RIVERS is scheduled for release in September 2013)

Kristin Tubb (Young Adult author of The 13th SignSelling Hope and Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different)

Jim Grimsley (award winning American novelist and playwright)

Kevin Moffett (short story writer, new collection, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events is forthcoming in March from Harper Perennial)

David and Jeanne Heidler (historians, Henry Clay: The Essential American, The War of 1812, and many more books)

Emma Bolden (poet, Malificae)

Robin Miura (editor, Carolina Wren Press, formerly at Oxford Books and Algonquin)

Bruce Kuerten and John DiJulio (filmmakers, The Cracker Man)

Auburn University faculty authors will also be offering workshops. AU students get a dramatically reduced rate to attend the conference. 

For now, consider this a save-the-date email for the Auburn Writers Conference 2013, and an invitation to think about this event as you plan your fall courses. The authors will be giving readings and workshops and are eager to meet our students.

Last Updated: July 19, 2013