AWP Conference 2023

March 8-11, 2023

AWP: Association of Writers & Writing Programs Seattle Convention Center Panel: Ambition of the Short Story: Bringing the Short Form Front and Center: Leslie Kirk Campbell, Sidik Fofana, Erica Plouffe Lazure, and Daniel Olivas Panel: Journey to the Prize: Five Women, Five Prizewinning Debut Story Collections: Kerry Dolan, Kate McIntyre, AJ Bermudez, Leslie Kirk Campbell, and Erica Plouffe Lazure…

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Welcoming The Storm

Yes! It was 24 degrees Fahrenheit in Madison when I arrived last Friday. And it snowed two inches on the first day of April!! Mamma mia! In Chicago, the cold rain chilled all exposed parts. In Wisconsin, the wind felt Arctic! But the storm is also a metaphor: I have been performing THE MAN WITH EIGHT PAIRS…

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Leslie Kirk Campbell Recommends… in Poets & Writers

“I remember the dramatic moments that nearly stopped me as I wrote my first story collection. After a tough manuscript review with a top-notch editor, I dove, seemingly irretrievably, into deep despair. I lost belief in myself. I mean, it was bad. Days dragged into weeks, my desk uninhabited. Then one day, I went and…

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Calm Before the Storm

THE BOOK TOUR:  Well, the rubber really did hit the road. I did six book events in February. I have seven book events in March. Five in April. And I just found out I will be presenting on a featured fiction panel during the Bay Area Book Festival the first week of May! My book…

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Exhaustion & Gratitude

On this day, the day before the public launch of my book, this is how I feel. Exhausted after juggling dozens of balls in the air for months – details, people, dates, queries, correspondences, posts, promotions – and grateful for the many incredible people I have met along the way, which includes, most recently, reviewers and event…

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