AWP Day 5: the conference never ends

So, in my haste to post between events the last couple of days, I’ve had to gloss over some amazing things that happened at AWP. So let me back up briefly before sharing the awesomeness that was the last day. First,¬†Friday night. This was the Hot Pillow reading hosted by JP Reese and Jen KnoxContinue reading “AWP Day 5: the conference never ends”

AWP Day 4: readings and writers abounded, but now we all go home

Good news: I found my notebook. Which was an auspicious start to a solid day, full of friends and readings and a side trip to the Seattle Public Library and book sales and one last panel and . . . and . . . and . . . . And I’m exhausted, gang. AWP hasContinue reading “AWP Day 4: readings and writers abounded, but now we all go home”

AWP Day 3: on readings and roundups

First things first: I’ve lost my notebook. This would ordinarily be a devastating event in my life, but as it happened, I’d finished an older notebook while I was here and picked up a free new notebook from the NEO MFA program, but the only things I’d managed to scribble in the new notebook wereContinue reading “AWP Day 3: on readings and roundups”

AWP Day 2 1/2: advice on the conference (plus some Annie Proulx)

I meant to post these links the day before I came to AWP, but I was teaching and prepping for the conference and being lazy, so here’s a late list of advice articles about the conference: “Guide to AWP for People Who Don’t Know What an AWP Is” (from The Strangler) “All About the AWPContinue reading “AWP Day 2 1/2: advice on the conference (plus some Annie Proulx)”

AWP Day 2: We shouldn’t be here because we should be writing

I’m writing this before the big event today — Annie Proulx’s keynote address — because I have no idea what kind of time I’ll have to write it after. And there’s plenty to write about already. So far today I’ve hit three panels. The first was at 9 am and, miraculously, I made it thereContinue reading “AWP Day 2: We shouldn’t be here because we should be writing”

AWP Day 1: trains, brains, and automobiles

I don’t really have much to report from day 1 of AWP, except that Seattle is STUFFED full of writers right now, and we’re not even all here yet. I do want to backtrack and write a bit about my journey up here from¬†Portland, though, because this was my first train ride in the USContinue reading “AWP Day 1: trains, brains, and automobiles”

Where I’ll (probably) be at AWP in Seattle

Whenever I’m lucky enough to go to an academic conference, I always have my students assign me homework. I go because I love the intellectual and social exchanges — hearing so many brilliant panels and literary readings, meeting so many fellow writers and finding so many new publications, and drinking with old friends and colleagues:Continue reading “Where I’ll (probably) be at AWP in Seattle”

Where everybody knows your name

It’s that time of year again: all the cool people are headed to the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs — my beloved AWP. This year it’s in Boston, another of my favorite conference cities, and once again I’m bummed I can’t make it. I just have to one year leftContinue reading “Where everybody knows your name”

To all my friends and readers attending AWP

People who know me are probably sick of me whining and moaning over AWP in Chicago this year, because I can’t go even though it’s one of my favorite conferences in one of my favorite cities. But alas, it was not meant to be — even if I had managed to scrape together the cashContinue reading “To all my friends and readers attending AWP”

A Writer’s Notebook: observations from an old notebook (Retro #2)

I’ve been busy this week. I just began my winter term teaching college writing, I’ve started finalizing the layout and the cover design for the February issue of Jersey Devil Press, and I’m working on a major redesign of this website. (Stay tuned for more news on that front!) So, I’m breaking out the oldContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: observations from an old notebook (Retro #2)”