2024 Conference

WA Conference 2024

Update on WriteAngles 2024: the Challenge of Developing a New-Old Conference

Sixteen months ago, SDWG decided to take on the development of the long-running WriteAngles Conference, which ceased operating with the pandemic. We wanted to preserve the wonderful local feel of the annual event and to broaden and diversify the offerings and the participants. Understanding Regional Writers In line with Straw Dog’s mission, we wanted to …

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Patricia Smith, winner of the first Abel Meeropol Award

What’s the story with the Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award?

Like most stories, it’s not easy to know where to begin. Maybe in 1935, when a young Jewish high school teacher in the Bronx saw a photograph of a lynching. The image haunted him and he wrote a poem about it. That poem was published in a Teachers’ Union magazine. Then he set the poem …

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Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers to give WriteAngles 2024 Keynote

The WriteAngles conference planning committee is delighted to announce that Honorée Fanonne Jeffers will be the recipient of the second Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award. Ms. Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, will accept the award at the April 6, 2024 conference, where she will give the keynote address. The …

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