2023 AWP Annual Meeting

UNC Press is excited to be exhibiting in-person at AWP 2023 – we hope you’ll stop by our table (T522) to say hello to editors Lucas Church & Cate Hodorowicz and to browse our literary nonfiction titles on display. And if you can’t join us in-person, you can always visit our virtual booth!

Stephanie Elizondo Griest (author of All the Agents and Saints) Book Signing on Thursday March 9 at 2:00 pm at the UNC Press Table (T522) at AWP 2023
Steven Moore (author of The Distance from Slaughter County) Book Signing on Friday March 10 at 11:30 am at the UNC Press Table (T522) at AWP 2023
Brian Michael Murphy (author of We the Dead) Book Signing on Friday March 10 at 2:00 pm at the UNC Press Table (T522) at AWP 2023

Earlier this week, we had the chance to share more on our blog about our new series – Great Circle Books. Great Circle publishes literary nonfiction by emerging writers about place—emphasizing those who have not yet published a book-length work of literary nonfiction. The series welcomes the full range of the genre, including memoir, literary journalism, personal and lyric essays, and work that defies easy classification.

Series Editors: Kiese Laymon & Marie Mutsuki Mockett 

UNC Press Sponsoring Editors: Lucas Church & Cate Hodorowicz

You can learn more about the series here. Contact: greatcircle@uncpress.org

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  • Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the NAACP Image Award winning novel, Long Division and the essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. Laymon is the Libby Shearn Moody Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rice University and founder of the Catherine Coleman Arts and Justice Initiative.
  • Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born to an American father and Japanese mother. American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland (Graywolf) won the 2021 Northern California Book Award for General Nonfiction and is a tribute to the complicated and nuanced history of the United States and its people. Her memoir, “Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye,” was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award. She lives in San Francisco, and teaches at the Bennington Writing Seminars.
  • Editorial Board: Rosalind Bentley Barrie Jean Borich Stephanie Elizondo Griest Randon Billings Noble Hasanthika Sirisena John Jeremiah Sullivan
  • Advisory Members: Sayantani Dasgupta Megha Majumdar

Use promo code 01DAH40 to receive our 40% conference discount. Titles on display include:

The Other Side of Silence
A Memoir of Exile, Iran, and the Global Women's Movement
Mahnaz Afkhami

Chronicling Stankonia
The Rise of the Hip-Hop South
Regina Bradley

This We'll Defend
A Noncombat Veteran on War and Its Aftermath
Paul Crenshaw

All the Agents and Saints, Paperback Edition
Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands
Stephanie Elizondo Griest

The Essential Clarence Major
Prose and Poetry
Clarence Major, Kia Corthron

The Distance from Slaughter County
Lessons from Flyover Country
Steven Moore

We the Dead
Preserving Data at the End of the World
Brian Michael Murphy

Body Drop
Notes on Fandom and Pain in Professional Wrestling
Brian Oliu

Accidental Kindness
A Doctor's Notes on Empathy
Michael Stein

Patients Talk about Money with Their Doctor
Michael Stein

Springer Mountain
Meditations on Killing and Eating
Wyatt Williams

Stop by our virtual booth to browse our literary nonfiction titles on display. Be sure to use promo code 01DAH40 at checkout to receive our 40% conference discount. And if your order totals over $75, domestic US shipping is FREE.