PCA/ACA: almost the end

San Antonio Riverwalk, Texas.
The San Antonio Riverwalk, along which the PCA/ACA conference took place this year. (Image via Wikipedia)

The conference is over. I’m exhausted, mentally and physically, in the best ways. But it’s going to take me a couple of days to get around to writing a fuller account of my conference — the panels I attended, the ideas I heard or offered, the fiction I read, the friends and colleagues and scholars and writers I found. I have a lot in my journal (which I nearly lost, about which more in a whole separate post!), but I need to process and distill it all so I don’t overwhelm everyone with my notes and¬†observations.

A couple of quick notes here: I was thrilled to hear some fantastic fiction and poetry this morning (William Woods, it was a pleasure to see you again! Jerry Bradley, I will always love your ability to make people laugh and contemplate at the same time with your poems. Millard Dunn, your raw, honest emotion and keen observation in poetry is always, always a delight).

I learned a LOT about comics at this conference, including in my final panel (Sean Connors, Amy Nyberg, and Anthony Warnke and Alison Cardinal, I thought I’d be burned out on comics by now, but you all rocked your panel!).

I also learned a LOT about pedagogy over the past few days, including a very cool panel today on Facebook in the classroom (Aimee Robison, way to hold your own as the sole panelist, and I look forward to bouncing ideas off you in the future!).

And San Antonio? You’re a strange, almost mystical city. I don’t always understand you, I don’t even always like you, but damn it if I don’t still love you. This town I grew up in or near is fast becoming one of my favorite places for conferences. Who would have guessed?

(I’ve been a bit remiss about posting during the conference, which I blame mostly on the hotel or the organizers or whoever decided to lock us all out of free wifi in the lobbies. But plenty of other conference attendees have been posting a lot, including the very cool Joe Historian. Go read it.)

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

3 thoughts on “PCA/ACA: almost the end

  1. Hi! I met you at PCA at Aimee’s presentation on Facebook and just happened to come across your blog today while looking to see what others have been blogging about the conference. Great blog! It was such a great conference. I’ve been blogging on it since I got back! So many ideas to process!!

    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been pretty remiss about updating my blog lately because I’ve been on a cross-country road trip, but I’m glad you found me and are enjoying what’s here. You seem to have been much more diligent — and thorough! — in blogging about your PCA experience! I’m looking forward to reading through the rest of your blog when I have time to stop and do some online reading.

      Looking forward to continuing the idea-exchange. Do stay in touch!

  2. I’m a writer from Fontenay-Sous-Bois, France just submitted this to a coworker who is conducting some research on this. And she in fact ordered me lunch just because I stumbled upon it for her… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal… But anyhow, thanx for investing all that time to talk about this matter here on your web site.

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