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Writers Conference: The Written World

Writers Conference 2016

13th Annual Writers Conference
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Columbus State Community College
Workforce Development Center
315 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, Ohio

The 2016 Writers Conference is free of charge and registration is not required. Lunch will not be provided, but there will be suggestions for group lunches to local establishments.

In addition to our 2016 Keynote Speaker, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, the Writers Conference will offer a diverse selection of workshops with other accomplished writers. See "2016 Presenters" and "2016 Schedule" for the full list of presenters and workshop descriptions. 

We'll also hold a book fair with university and independent presses, writers, and writing groups.

For more information , contact Mike Wright: or Heather Thompson-Gillis:

2016 Keynote Speaker: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Writers Conference Keynote

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology of poems relating to music, released by Freezeray Press in 2015. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem "Hestia" won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle  Magazine. 

Additionally, he is a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about music, and fights to get Room Raiders back on the air. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.