AWPJoin SCAD professors, an MFA alum, a current student, and a Harper Perennial editor for their panel presentation at AWP this Thursday:

Laugh to Keep from Crying: Using Humor to Write Through Pain

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Searing emotional trauma! Emerging and established authors and editors will discuss using humor to explore painful subjects, including racism, mental health, abuse, death, and more, while also looking at what topics, if any, are off limits. A Harper Perennial editor will discuss working with authors going through this funny, yet difficult, and not always fun, process. So go ahead. Let the trauma in. It can’t hurt you—if it’s hilarious.

Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am

Moderator: L.P. Griffith is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. His articles, reviews, stories—even some ad copy—have appeared in Culture + Travel, Modern Painters,Publishers Weekly, the South Carolina Review, and Oxford American online. His work was shortlisted for The Best American Essays 2012.

Ariel Felton recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a master’s in writing. In addition to working as a freelance writer and editor, she also serves as a writer for the university’s communications department.

Harrison Scott Key is author of The World’s Largest Man and a contributing editor for the Oxford American. His humor and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, the New York Times, Outside, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He teaches writing at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia.

Calvert Morgan is executive editor at Harper and editorial director of Harper Perennial, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers, and the board chair of the Center for Fiction. His authors include Jess Walter, Roxane Gay, Porochista Khakpour, Christopher Bollen, Kate Zambreno, and Blake Butler.

Lauren Wolf is an MFA candidate and writing mentor at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is also a freelance editor and has worked on the board of two literary magazines. Her comical takes on romantic poetry are published in various journals.


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