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2016 Conference Keynote Luncheon

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Hyatt Regency Austin on Lady Bird Lake
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

6/25/2016 From 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

Registration is now closed for this event. Please call 512-499-8914 with any questions.

Featuring PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize-Winning Author
Benjamin Alire Saenz

"The Crooked Road Less Traveled: Me, My Writing, and the Publishing World" with Benjamin Alire Saenz


Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 12:15 to 1:45 pm
Hyatt Regency Austin Ballroom

$40 per ticket - Open to conference registrants only*

This is a ticketed event and seating is limited.

All luncheon attendees receive a complimentary copy of the speaker's acclaimed collection, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, with a signing to follow the luncheon.


Benjamin Alire Saenz is a poet, artist, and fiction writer. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, won the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize in 2013. His first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, won an American Book Award and has also been awarded a Lannan Poetry Fellowship. He has published five books of poetry including Dark and Perfect Angels, Elegies in Blue, Dreaming the End of War, and The Book of What Remains, and he has just completed a new book of poems, He.You.I.

He is an award winning young adult author and his most recent YA novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, has been recognize with several awards including the Prinz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award, The Stonewall Award, and The Pura Belpre Award and has been translated into fourteen languages. His next young adult novel, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, will be published next year and he is currently at work on the sequel to Aristotle and Dante. He is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.


*to purchase a ticket to the Keynote Luncheon, you must already be a ticket holder for the 2016 Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. Click HERE for conference registration information.

NOTE: All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. Tickets are not refundable.


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