Upcoming Events

2019 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Oregon Convention Center
March 27-39, 2019

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join the AWP community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

Join me in Portland, OR, in 2019 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.

Past Events

Tiger Room Salon

Saturday, February 16, 2019
1132 Oak. Avenue, Evanston

Doors open at 7pm, Reading begins at 7:30

Tiger Room Salon is a free and (fairly) frequent series in Chris' living room hosted by Chris Green and cin salach and featuring a multi-genre line-up of Chicago’s best writers reading new(ish) work. Plus fire, food, booze (BYOB) and a Tiger…


  • Tim Hillegonds (nonfiction)
  • Ken Krimstein (fiction/nonfiction)
  • Tara Betts (poetry)
  • Ariana Valavanis (poetry)

NonfictioNOW 2018

November 1-3, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona

The NonfictioNOW Conference is a regular gathering of over 400 nonfiction writers, teachers, readers and students from around the world in an effort to explore the past, present, and future of nonfiction. NonfictioNOW is unique in being neither a conventional academic conference nor a writers’ festival, but rather a conversation among peers, from well-established writers and artists to those just starting out.

AWP 2018

Event Title: The "So What?" Factor: Making Meaning in Personal Essays and Memoir

Scheduled Day: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Scheduled Time: 09:00:AM–10:15:AM
Scheduled Room: Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Participants: Michele Morano, Miles Harvey, Philip Graham, Kate McCahill, Tim Hillegonds

Often in creative nonfiction, writing telling, well-crafted stories from our lives isn’t enough. Readers crave perspective, insight, interpretation, and sometimes researched information. This panel will discuss ways of crafting essays and memoir that move beyond “What happened?” to answer, at least implicitly, “So what?”

Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies has adapted this talk into their Fall 2018 Spotlight. You can read pieces from each of the panelists by clicking the link below.

Fall 2018 Spotlight:
The "So What" Factor in Nonfiction