Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference

Wednesday Mar 30 2016 - Saturday Apr 02 2016  9:00 AM
Los Angeles Convention Center  1201 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA  map

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees come together for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. Heyday will have a booth (#1209) with all of our newest books at this year’s conference in Los Angeles from March 30 – April 2.

On Thursday at 4:30 p.m.,  Malcolm Margolin (founder of Heyday) will be on a panel called “Writing at the Edge of the Continent” with Peggy Shumaker, Dominic Luxford, Elaine Katzenberger, and Kate Gale.

On Friday at 9am there will be a Heyday panel called “Creating Change Through Storytelling: Nonfiction at Work” with Steve and Susie Swatt (Game Changers), Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (Wherever There’s a Fight), and Jean Melesaine (De-bug).

Registration required; for more information visit awpwriter.org/awp_conference.

Jean Melesaine is a Samoan American documentary writer-photographer based out of Oakland, California. Working with Silicon Valley De-Bug for over ten years, she was taught conscious photography from community members as a teenager. Her parents are from the villages of Moamoa and Faleali’li in Western Samoa. Jean’s photography and writings have been featured in places such as the Oakland Museum of California, and have earned a number of awards including the Tautai Arts Trust, an international residency for artists and writers.
Susie Swatt is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. She spent nearly forty years as a key staff member in the California Legislature. As a special assistant for the Fair Political Practices Commission, she researched and authored a study that won a national award for “investigative work in the public interest.”
Steve Swatt is a veteran political analyst and public affairs executive. He is a former award-winning political reporter with twenty-five years of journalism experience with The San Francisco Examiner, United Press International in Los Angeles, and KCRA-TV (NBC) in Sacramento. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
Elaine ElinsonElaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades. She is a coauthor of Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Poets and Writers, and numerous other periodicals. She is married to journalist Rene CiriaCruz and they have one son.

Photo by Matthew Elinson

Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi is the coauthor, with Elaine Elinson, of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. He managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years and is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. He is married to nonprofit administrator David Carroll and lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Michael Woolsey