08 February 2009

How can it be?

In just a couple of days, I'll be back in Chicago for the first time since I moved away in July 05. This makes the usual overload and hyperstress of AWP even more acute. I'm also transitioning into program director mode, though thankful I'm no longer chairing the Pedagogy Forum. Not that there's anything wrong with it, of course, but this time around I'm so happy not to have any on-site obligations other than the book fair.

As usual, I'm bringing a bunch of MFA students along, and for some this will be their first AWP. I remember how terrified I was my first time. It actually took me a few years to be brave enough to walk through the book fair (instead of lurching through) and to say hi to the editors. I was so self-conscious. Would the folks from Pleiades laugh at me for submitting to them every year? Would it be obnoxious if I introduced myself to the people from Indiana Review? What if I dropped my tote bag on the floor and everything spilled out?

Thankfully it gets easier every year, though I do tend to spill my bag at least once.

Please don't forget to stop by the Akron Series in Poetry table (422). All of our books will be discounted to $10, and we'll have giveaways of selected titles at lunchtime every day. We take checks and plastic, too, and if you'd rather not haul the books back we can have them sent (and get you the discount price). We are friendly and nice--don't be shy. I hear that Alison Pelegrin is going to have some fantastic swag to go with her book, too.

So, I managed to find a rather exciting dress for the diode/Anti- reading. I realize that there are quite a few events to choose from, but only one will have this particular dress (I hope). I'm just saying. The poetry will be spectacular, too.

diode and Anti- Offsite Reading & Reception

Bob Hicok * Mary Biddinger * Jake Adam York * Paul Guest * Noah Falck * Joshua Ware * Steven Schroeder * G.C. Waldrep * Patrick Lawler * Lee Ann Roripaugh * Brent Goodman * Adam Clay * Matt Guenette * Ada Limon

Friday, February 13, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Curtiss Hall, 10th Floor, Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

Tomorrow I should have some exciting news about the birth of Barn Owl Review #2. Stay tuned.


John Gallaher said...

Why did I not know about this reading until now? I really want to be make it, as there are several of you I know and would like to hear read.

Grr. AWP has way too many things going on that I want to do.

Penultimatina said...

Yes. It will be spectacular. And it only conflicts with 99% of the other programming, including the NEOMFA reception.

Collin Kelley said...

Have fun, Mary.

Oliver de la Paz said...

:-( Friday at AWP is SUCH a bad day. Wish I could attend the reading!

John Gallaher said...

Of course Thursday and Saturday are also teribly crowded days.

WV: bitotte, which seems to sum it up nicely.

Steven D. Schroeder said...

Beckian Fritz Goldberg is in the reading now too.

cornshake said...

arghhhh that line up is incredible! will try my darndest to be there...

Serena said...

I'm not in Chicago, but it sounds scary and fun! I've never been to AWP, but maybe 2010

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