I'm starting Day Three at AWP with a little me time in the hotel room, enjoying the view of the mountains and the quietude.
Day Two (yesterday) at AWP was awesome. I made it to about 2/3 of the events I wanted to make. Every year I say that I'm going to be more realistic about what I can do, and every year, I overplan. I started out the day by attending a panel on grant writing and got some good advice. After that it was off to the book fair.
|Rachel Contreni Flynn|
|Suzi Garcia and Robert Bruno|
|Mary Biddinger & Me|
|Susan Rich & Dennis Maloney|
|Jon Tribble & Allison Joseph|
|Suzi G., Robert B., & David Jauss|
I grabbed a bite and sat in on the first two readers of the Poetry Society of America's 100th Anniversary reading. I had time to hear Cyrus Cassells and B.H. Fairchild. Both read super poems, but the comment that stands out to me came from Fairchild. He talked about being thankful for Alice James Books, who published The Art of the Lathe. Fairchild had been submitting the manuscript for quite awhile without success and, in fact, was ready to give up poetry all together. The submission to Alice James was his last and had they not published the book, he would not have written again. Wow.
Copper Nickel's off-site 8 Debut Poets reading. I am now a huge fan of Pedi-cabs and plan to travel this way as often as possible. A great way to zip through the streets and enjoy the views.
|The ceiling of the reading venue|
Those reading at this particular CN event: Dan Albergotti, Jericho Brown, Stacey Lynn Brown, Michael Dumanis, Farrah Field, J. Michael Martinez, and Allison Benis White. I was bummed that Alison Stine had to cancel as Ohio Violence is on my to-buy list.
|J. Michael Martinez|
|Allison Benis White|
Another book signed. This time Allison Benis White signing my copy of Self-Portrait with Crayon, another book I'd waited to buy until now, hoping to meet the author. The best thing about AWP!
|Allison Benis White & Mary Biddinger|