Thanks to an invitation from Karen Schubert and Liz Hill of Lit Youngstown, Lee Chilcote of Lit Cleveland had the opportunity to speak on a panel about Great Lakes literary arts organizations and how place informs purpose at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Washington D.C. last week.
The other panelists were David Hassler of the Wick Poetry Center; Kelly Fordon from Lit Detroit; and Janine Hairston from the Indiana Writers’ Consortium. We loved learning what other literary arts centers around the country do, and what lessons we might learn and borrow from them.
Highlights included interacting with leaders from other lit arts centers during the rest of the conference and seeing Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, give a keynote address to a packed house on Thursday night.
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