AWP Minneapolis: the bookfair haul

So, I’m back home in my beloved Portland, and despite having only carry-on bags for my trip, I’ve still managed to bring home quite a haul. Drew Andrews, The Shepherd’s Journals (Blue Skirt Press) Allie Marini Batts, Pictures from the Center of the Universe (Paper Nautilus) David Breeden, They’ve Played for Timelessness (with Chips ofContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: the bookfair haul”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 2)

There’s good news and there’s better news: Last night’s “reading” wasn’t actually a reading — it was just a final excuse for all us writers to gather and enjoy each other’s company over a few drinks before we all dispersed to our various corners of the country. And that was wonderful. Despite how noisy andContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 2)”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 1)

Gang, I’m beat. But it’s the best kind of beat. You know that sort of exhaustion you feel after a really intense workout where you can’t move but you still want to because the workout felt so good, so immediately beneficial, that you want to do it all over again? I don’t know that feelingContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 4 (part 1)”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 3 — goddesses and gurus

Today. Has. Been. EPIC. My day began with writing exercises and the bookfair and a pretty solid panel on research for creative writing (and a strong shout-out for the indispensable service librarians provide everyone, not just writers and teachers)! And all of that was wonderful. And then Debra Monroe hugged me. I was headed toContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 3 — goddesses and gurus”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 2 — panels and panels and panels

Today was the best kind of whirlwind. I was tired enough from last night that I wasn’t sure I would make it to my first panel at 9 am(!) but registration went fast and I’m damn glad I got to that first panel on writing personal essays in the Internet age. I was already lookingContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 2 — panels and panels and panels”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 1.2 — downtown, dinner, and friends

Just a quick note about my first evening in Minneapolis. There was a bit of a saga getting here, with a nearly 2-hour flight delay in Seattle (you might have enjoyed my comments on Facebook or Twitter), but I won’t rehash all that except to say that even with the timing screw-up, Alaska Airlines didContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 1.2 — downtown, dinner, and friends”

AWP Minneapolis: Day 1

This year, I debatedĀ for quite a while about making the tripĀ to Minneapolis for this year’s AWP (a trip I’m on as you read this), because as much as I love AWP and as much as I have always wanted to visit Minneapolis (I hear fabulous things about that city), AWP always takes a tremendous amountContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: Day 1”

AWP Minneapolis: the preview

As I pack my bags and prepare to head out to Minneapolis for AWP 2015, I thought I’d offer y’all a few of the articles I’ve been reading about the conference this year: From theMinneapolis Star Tribune: “Huge Writing Conference Will Have Minneapolis Fully Booked,” by Laurie Hertzel. From “Readers and Writers column: AllContinue reading “AWP Minneapolis: the preview”