AWP 2017 Event: The Backwaters Press Celebrates 20 Years

AWP 2017 Event in D.C.:
Thursday, Feb. 9th at 10:30am
Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two

The Backwaters Press, a nonprofit press out of Omaha, Nebraska, will celebrate 20 years in 2017. This event will feature five of our authors who are included in our 20th Anniversary Anthology, which will be released at AWP. This event will also feature our editor, Michael Catherwood, who will discuss the history of the press.

Lola Haskins’s poetry has appeared in the Atlantic, the Christian Science Monitor, the London Review of Books, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Georgia Review, and Southern Review, and been broadcast on NPR and BBC. Her most recent book is How Small, Confronting Morning.

Susan Elbe is the author of The Map of What Happened, winner of both The Backwaters Prize and the Jacar Press Julie Suk prizes, Eden in the Rearview Mirror, Where Good Swimmers Drown, and Light Made from Nothing.

John J. Ronan is a poet, playwright, movie/TV producer, and journalist. He has received national honors for his poetry and is a former NEA Fellow, Ucross Fellow, Bread Loaf Scholar, and Poet Laureate in Gloucester, MA, where his cable program The Writer’s Block with John Ronan is in its 27th year. Poems have appeared in Three Penny Review, New England Review, Southern Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Folio, and many other publications. Media productions have won a Telly, an Aurora Gold, a First for Education Programming from NECTA, as well as other awards, and have been aired on PBS outlets. A previous book of poetry Marrowbone Lane (The Backwaters Press), was a Highly Recommended selection by the Boston Authors Club. His newest poetry collection is Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown (The Backwaters Press) and it will be released at AWP. (

Howard W. Robertson is a poet and fiction writer who has published nine books of poems, including most recently, Odes to the Ki of the Universe, and the short novel Peculiar Pioneer. His awards include the Sinclair Poetry Prize, the Robinson Jeffers Prize, the Bumbershoot Award, and others.

Susan Firer is the author of five full-length poetry collections,
including Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New and Selected Poems 1979-2007 (Backwaters Press, 2007). Her books have been awarded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Posner Award, and the Backwaters Prize. She has also been the recipient of a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and the Lorine Niedecker Award. Her poem “Call Me Pier” is included in the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere series. From 2008-2010, she was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee. In 2015, Firer was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her sixth poetry collection, The Transit of Venus, was published by The Backwaters Press in 2016.

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