Association of Writing Programs Conference


  • Los Angeles, CA

Wordcraft Circle will be in full attendance at this years' Association of Writing Programs Annual Conference and Bookfair!  We are honored to be in attendance and look forward to a wonderful event.  You can find us at the following presentations (listed below) and at our table (TBD) in the Bookfair hall.  For more information on the conference, click HERE!

We will also be hosting a pre-event for Native writers and storytellers and will have more details on that event soon!


Friday, April 1, 2016

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm - Room 511, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

F225.  A 40-Year Indigenous Literary Legacy: Tribute for Acoma Pueblo Writer Simon J. Ortiz.  (Sara Marie Ortiz ,  Sherwin Bitsui,  Allison Hedge Coke,  Lee Francis,  Bojan Louis) Simon J. Ortiz is widely regarded as one of the literary giants of the 20th and 21st centuries with more than two dozen volumes of poetry, prose fiction, children's literature, and nonfiction work to his credit, and with the anthologizing of his work around the world. In this interactive discussion, panelists discuss Ortiz's legacy and contributions to the landscape of American literature and the ways in which he's shaped a generation of Indigenous writers' aesthetics across genres. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm - Room 506, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

S287.  Keeping the Circles Strong: Twenty Years of Supporting the Work and Words of Native Writers and Storytellers.  (Lee Francis IV,  Kimberly Wieser,  Rain Cranford-Gomez) For more than twenty years, Wordcraft Circle and Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas have been dedicated to supporting the work and words of emerging and professional Indigenous and Native American writers and storytellers. Join us as we discuss how these organizations have supported their missions through ideals of generosity, reciprocity, and story with a focus on decolonization through literature, youth literacy, language revitalization, and community revitalization.