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March Third Thursday: “Dedicated: Who We Write For and Why”

March 21 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT

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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

For our March Third Thursday, we’ll be back in-person at BookPeople. If you’re in the Austin area, we hope you’ll join us on March 21. 

For this special event, we’ll be in conversation with three authors we admire – Roger Reeves, Liz Garton Scanlon, and Sasha West – all about who we write for and why. From the dedication page in a published book, to the ideal reader in our heads as we begin a new project, to the future market for a story or essay or poem, this discussion will examine the relationship between writer and audience. Our panelists bring their own unique perspectives – as poets, writers of personal essay, kid lit authors – and we can’t wait to hear their thoughts on this topic.

This conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sarah Renee Beach. Come out and say hello to your friendly WLT staff, meet other writers, and soak up the awesomeness that is our literary community.

TAKE NOTE! A portion of ALL sales on March 21, 2024 (in-person or online!) will go to the WLT, part of BookPeople’s Day of Sales program. Whether or not you can make it out to BookPeople, we hope you’ll buy some books to support the Writers’ League of Texas!

No need to RSVP for this in-person event (you can just show up), but if you’d like us to send you a reminder in the days leading up, register above and we’ll be sure to!

And if you’re not in the area, don’t worry! We’ll be livestreaming on our WLT YouTube Channel.

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Buy our panelists books and support indie bookstores! You can find our March Third Thursday booklist here.

Featured Presenter(s)

Roger Reeves is the author of Dark Days: Fugitive Essays (Graywolf, 2023) and Best Barbarian (W.W. Norton & Co., 2022), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Tracy K. Smith called it “a revelation and a form of reparation.” His debut collection is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), a Library Journal Best Poetry Book of the year, and winner of the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, and a John C. Zacharis First Book Award. His essays have appeared in Granta, the Yale Review, and elsewhere. His poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, two Cave Canem Fellowships and a Whiting Award. He earned a B.A. in English from Morehouse College, an M.A. in English from Texas A & M University, an MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute and an associate professor of English and creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.
Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including picture books Frances in the Country; Kate, Who Tamed the Wind; One Dark Bird; the Caldecott honored All the World, and many others, illustrated by some of the very best artists in the business. She's also co-authored several books with her pal Audrey Vernick, including the hilarious Bob, Not Bob, and the brand new World’s Best Class Plant. Scanlon’s middle grade novels are The Great Good Summer and Lolo's Light, and her chapter book series  debuts in 2024. Liz has taught at Austin Community College, the Writing Barn, the Writers’ League of Texas, and at countless schools and conferences. She currently serves on the faculty of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in Austin, Texas. Find more at www.LizGartonScanlon.com
Sasha West is the author of two books of poetry, most recently How to Abandon Ship (Four Way Books). Her first book, Failure and I Bury the Body (HarperPerennial), was awarded the National Poetry Series, a Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship. Her multi-media eco-arts exhibits with visual artist Hollis Hammonds have been exhibited at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Texas A&M, ArtPrize 2023 Michigan, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at St. Edward’s University, where she founded and runs the Environmental Humanities program.  


March 21 2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT
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603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703 United States