Even being constantly surrounded by people for the majority of the weekend, the whole experience felt rejuvenating rather than draining. Everyone at the conference was wonderfully friendly and absolutely thrilled to have yet another conversation about books or poetry or the super awesome panel they had just seen.
AWP is full of amazing treasures, interesting people, and SO. MANY. BOOKS. But traveling from one corner of the country to another can lead to a cultural shock, so I’m here to help the fellow PNWers cope with these possibly terrifying changes.
So, of course, AWP this year was slightly different. This year I not only knew what to expect, but could walk past the tables and mutter to myself, “Ah! It's that journal, so glad to see them here. Wonder if they are still...” or “I have to find this journal. I saw it while researching and it looks beautiful!” Whatever the utterances, I no longer felt like an uneducated impersonator in the sea of writers, editors, and publishers.
Jacquelyn Wheeler V.
Blaine Eldredge IV. AWP has vindicated my use of superlatives. And it has made the abstract world of language concrete. It was, in short, fantastic. Reflecting on the experience, I was impressed by the ways that AWP made the realm of English post-graduation seem tangible. Seem possible. Here are writers working for the niche of … Continue reading Seven Ways of Looking at AWP
Karina Basso II. AWP was a whirlwind of literature, pins, postcards, and coffee. I was so overwhelmed by the hundreds of tables of MFA programs, journals, and publishers at the book fair, that I had to get out of the conference area and onto the streets of Chicago. Wandering downtown on my own allowed me … Continue reading Seven Ways of Looking at AWP