Literary Caucuses

AWP is proud to support the vibrant literary caucuses working to meet the needs of the world’s diverse population of writers. Every year, AWP makes space available for caucuses to meet at our annual conference, where all conference attendees, regardless of affiliation, are welcome to attend. Please find below a list of literary caucuses that have attended our conference, along with contact information and links to caucus websites and upcoming conference events.

These caucuses are freestanding groups, each made up of a specific demographic that shares academic, literary, and professional development concerns. The views and opinions expressed by the caucuses do not necessarily reflect the views of the AWP Board of Directors or Staff.


African Diaspora Caucus

Contact information and mission statement soon to be updated.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:


Arab American Writers Caucus

Contact: Randa Jarrar, Executive Director of RAWI, randajarrar@gmail.com
Website: http://arabamericanwriters.org

Mission Statement: Established in 1993, RAWI is a national organization that provides mentoring, community, and support for Arab American writers and those with roots in the Arabic speaking world and the diaspora. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) literary organization dedicated to supporting and disseminating creative writing and scholarly writing by Arab Americans and those from the Arabic speaking world—which often means creating space and highlighting voices and people threatened by erasure.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:

  • Arab American Writers Caucus
    Room 214C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    Agenda: At the Arab American Caucus we will reconvene to meet each other. We'll do introductions, then share a presentation about past RAWI ventures, current works in progress, and goals for the future. We'll also share the updated RAWI mission statement and discuss how Arab American writers can work with other minority writing communities. We will open up the floor to questions, comments, and conversations. This will be space for collaboration and community.

  • Two Decades of Arab Lit: Making Space for Complexity
    Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 9:00 am to 10:15 am 


Art School Writing Faculty

Contact: Ryan G. Van Cleave, Caucus President, rvcleave@c.ringling.edu
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/457049204368753/

Mission Statement: The Art School Writing Faculty caucus consists of writing faculty who teach in art and design environments, and desire the opportunity to discuss pedagogy, programming, administration, and general best practices particular to their writing classes and programs.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:

  • Art School Writing Faculty Caucus Meeting
    Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    Agenda: Annual meeting of writing faculty who teach in art and design environments to discuss pedagogy, programming, administration, and general best practices particular to their writing classes and programs .


Asian American

Contact information and mission statement soon to be updated.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:

  • Asian American Caucus
    Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    Agenda: What does it mean to steward Asian American literature, organizationally, collectively, and individually? The fifth annual Asian American Caucus is a town hall–style hang out and community space. Come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and resources available to support you. Organized by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Kaya, Kundiman, the Asian American Literary Review, Kearny Street Workshop, Hyphen, and Smithsonian’s APAC. 

  • Frontiers in Asian American Fiction
    Room 217C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 3:20 pm to 4:35 pm

  • Building Banyan: Asian Americans Writing for Visibility and Social Change
    Room 214C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 3:20 pm to 4:35 pm

  • Asian, American, and In-Between: Storytelling beyond the White Gaze
    Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 9:00 am to 10:15 am

  • A Reading & Conversation with Mira Jacob & Monique Truong, Sponsored by Kundiman
    Lila Cockrell Theatre, Henry B. González Convention Center, Street Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Paper Tigers
    Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
    Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10:35 am to 11:50 am


Disabled and D/deaf

Contact: AWPdisabilitycaucus@gmail.com
Website: https://awpdisabilitycaucus.wordpress.com/

Mission Statement: The Disabled & D/deaf Writers Caucus is a yearly meeting at the annual AWP Conference and aims to allow for disabled individuals to network and discuss common challenges related to identity, writing, and teaching while professionally leading a literary life. We aim to archive our interests, challenges, and concerns in order to increase our visibility and emphasize our importance to this organization, along with our social and creative significance to the academic and literary communities where we live, teach, and work.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:


FUSE Caucus

Contacts: Catherine Zobal Dent, Susquehanna University, Executive Director dent@susqu.edu  
Amy Persichetti, Cabrini University, Associate Director amyp1234@gmail.com
Rachel Hall, SUNY Geneseo, Regional Director, hall@geneseo.edu
Reed Wilson, UCLA, Regional Director, rwilson@english.ucla.edu
Michael Cocchiarale, Regional Director, mfcocchiarale@widener.edu
Website: http://www.fuse-national.com

Mission Statement: FUSE’s mission is to foster visionary magazine work and to support undergraduates who are eager to pursue careers in writing, publishing, and editing. FUSE provides a wide range of tools necessary for students to further their editing and writing endeavors and is designed also to be accessible to professors of editing and publishing courses, faculty advisors of literary magazines, and directors of undergraduate programs.
The main goal of FUSE is to operate through the formation of college chapters that work to encourage magazine staffs and writers within their own communities as well as at other schools.  The members of FUSE run workshops, write reviews of literary magazines, and provide assistance as well as a social outlet for undergraduate editors and writers. This supportive environment opens doors for professional training and teamwork within writing departments.  In addition to the main goals, a FUSE chapter might publicize literary journals and blogs, hold fundraising events, organize extramural trips, host readings, and much more.  A FUSE chapter is a small group meant to draw people with a common interest into a much bigger family of editors and writers across the nation.
The FUSE website aims to encourage communication among and between students at schools with FUSE chapters, and it helps new schools discover the FUSE resources. The FUSE website hosts a continuously evolving archive of undergraduate writing across North America. By providing links to individual journals in the Directory, FUSE shares and promotes innovations in editing and publishing. FUSE also reviews undergraduate magazines, celebrating aspiring writers and editors and helping to enlarge the readership of these magazines.
To supplement its web presence, FUSE holds an annual conference where students can display their magazines, attend workshops in magazine design, and participate in readings and contests.

Upcoming Events

2020 FUSE Conference SUNY Geneseo Thursday, November 5-7, 2020 Call for papers will be distributed at AWP and available on the FUSE National website  

At #AWP20:

  • 2020 FUSE Caucus
    Room 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    Agenda: FUSE, which is the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors, hosts an annual caucus event where undergraduate student writers and editors, accompanied by faculty advisors and mentors, meet to network and discuss issues related to the world of undergraduate literary publishing, editing, and writing. Organizational updates are followed by an open discussion, elections, and event planning for the upcoming year. This year’s focus will be "Collaboration, Telling Stories, and the Unconference." 

  • Please visit FUSE at the Membership Table just outside the #AWP20 Bookfair!


Indigenous Aboriginal American Writers Caucus

Contact: Shauna Osborn, nativeawp@gmail.com
Website: https://nativewriterscaucus.wordpress.com/
Social Media: Twitter @IAAWC_Writers

Mission Statement: Indigenous writers and scholars participate fluidly in AWP, teaching and directing affiliated programs or working as independent writers/scholars and/or in language revitalization and community programming. This group serves the purpose of supporting the annual AWP Indigenous Aboriginal American Writers Caucus and imparting field-related craft, pedagogy, celebrations, and concerns as understood by Indigenous-Native writers from the Americas and surrounding island nations.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:


K-12 Caucus

Contact: Kenyatta Rogers, kenyatta.rogers02@gmail.com
Website https://chiarts.org/chiarts-moves-toward-a-trauma-informed-arts-education-practice/

Mission Statement: The caucus creates a space where teachers in K-12 schools, as well as those who work part time with young writers, can share their classroom experiences with the hope of helping one another understand the complex and diverse needs of young writers in the 21st century. The meeting will feature presentations by caucus members to help generate discussion around issues of pedagogy and how to build a creative writing curriculum that is accessible to students no matter their identity or background.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:

  • Caucus for K-12 Teachers of Creative Writing
    Room 213, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    Agenda: The caucus creates a space where teachers in K–12 schools, as well as those who work part time with young writers, can share their classroom experiences with the hopes of helping one another understand the complex and diverse needs of young writers in the 21st century. The meeting will feature presentations by caucus members to help generate discussion around issues of pedagogy and how to build a creative writing curriculum that is accessible to students no matter their identity or background.

  • MFA to ELA: Teaching K-12 Students
    Room 206B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 3:20 pm to 4:35 pm 


Latinx Caucus

Contact: Ruben Quesada, Founding Member, latinxcaucus@gmail.com
               Suzi F. Garcia, Representative, suzifgarcia@gmail.com
Website: https://latinxwriterscaucus.org
Social Media: Twitter @LatinxCaucus

Mission Statement: Established in 2015, the Latino Caucus serves to create a network for Latinx and Latin American-identified writers. Through active education, marketing, and promotion of literary publications and live events, we support the needs of Latinx and Latin American writers for broader visibility and inclusion in the literary community.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:


LGBTQ Caucus

Contact: A. Poythress, President, arpoythress@gmail.com
Website: http://www.lgbtqwriterscaucus.wordpress.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQWritersCaucus/, @LGBTQWriters  

Mission Statement: The LGBTQ Writers Caucus is a space for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer to network and discuss common issues/challenges in the literary community and world. These concerns are related to gender fluidity and identity while teaching and writing professionally, along with leading a literary and socially responsible life. We share interests, publications, and projects in order to strengthen visibility and importance to AWP, along with addressing our social/creative significance to academic/literary communities. We are now celebrating our 6th year representing LGBTQ writers at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference.

Upcoming Events

Lamba Literary has complied this useful list of LGBTQ+ events at #AWP20.

Offsite #AWP20 events:


Low-Residency Directors

Contact information and mission statement soon to be updated.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:

  • Low-Residency Directors' Caucus
    Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    This caucus is the annual meeting of directors of low-residency graduate programs.


Two-Year College Caucus

Contact: Maria Brandt, President, mbrandt@monroecc.edu
Website: https://twoyearcollegecaucus.wordpress.com/
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21511530957/

Mission Statement The mission of the Two-year College Creative Writing Caucus is to connect creative writing instructors at two-year institutions across the country and promote two-year college initiatives while providing a voice for two-year college concerns within the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:

  • Two-Year College Caucus
    Room 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    Agenda: Do you teach at a two-year college? Interested in job opportunities at two-year colleges? Join us for our annual networking meeting. With almost half of all students beginning college careers at two-year colleges, and increasing numbers of MFAs landing two-year college teaching jobs, the future of creative writing courses and programs at our campuses looks bright. We'll discuss teaching at the two-year college, hold a short business meeting, and provide tangible resources for faculty. 

  • Developing and Funding Your Creative Writing Conference at the Two-Year College
    Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 10:35 am to 11:50 am

  • Launching the Two-Year Creative Writing Program
    Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
    Friday, March 6, 2020, 3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Women’s Caucus

Contact:Jennifer Givhan, President, jennabee_84@yahoo.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AWPWomen/, https://twitter.com/CaucusCWWomen

Mission Statement: The Women's Caucus offers an inclusive space for the diverse perspectives of women writers and seeks to recognize the contributions of women writers nationally and internationally, enhance understanding of the relationship between gender and creative writing, expand literary and cultural dialogue to encompass all genres of creative writing specific to women writers, encourage an open forum for dialogues about feminist literary perspectives, support education about the contributions of women writers, and support women writers on local, national, and global levels. Meetings offer a forum in which to network, plan events, and discuss issues concerning women writers (e.g., ways to support each other, lack of access to literary power structures, conference childcare, obstacles to publication, keeping literary events safe, etc.).

Upcoming Events

At #AWP20:

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March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center