Tuesday, March 12, 2013

AWP Memories

From what I recall, the writers' conference went something like this....

We drove and luckily avoided all the storms. We stayed in a creepy hotel outside of Cleveland and we listened to audio books and the dog slept the whole time like 13 hours was nothing.

When we arrived, it was time for dinner and Lily Bean & Sophie were reunited. They cuddled. They didn't want to go to the writers' conference.

There was so much snow. It was hard to get out of bed and go. I went and then there was so many faces and names and blurs and beauties. I was overwhelmed and overjoyed...

The conference was insane and wonderful. So many panels. So much talent. So much love. Here's Nick Flynn reading an Alan Dugan poem (an amazing event). 

Milkweed Editions threw a special party with Manhattans. And we brought bourbon from Kentucky. Adam Clay was a king. 

I found some stolen time with Nicole Callihan and Dawn Lundy Martin and Kristin Dombek. We drank pink champagne and we were surprised that the whole thing was legal. 

This was my first AWP with Lucas and now he'll have to go every single year from now on. I just decided. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

AWP Keeping the Sanity

Later today, once we are all packed and our work projects are complete, we'll start our long drive to Boston. It's my first AWP (Association of Writers & Writers Programs) Conference since Denver in 2010.  It's also my first AWP where I'll have the great pleasure of being accompanied by my man. I keep trying to warn him, but he has no idea what he's in for. I'm posting my schedule here for 3 reasons. 1. For my mother so she can see all the things that I'm doing--this way when I call her exhausted later at the beginning of next week, she'll understand. 2. For those of you who are coming to Boston and would like to meet up with me, here's where I'll be, please come. 3. So that I can view my blog on my phone and see my  schedule in case I forget where I have to be while lounging too long with bloody mary's in some Boston bar with the people I love.  Okay, here it goes!

Ada’s AWP Events

Wednesday: Bob’s house to drop off dog.


check in to conference

Milkweed Editions Party 5:30-7:30pm (convention center, they serve manhattans) 
Sheraton, unconfirmed room as of now.

Offsite Event: New America Anthology
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 8PM
Locaiton: Outpost 186
186 1/2 Hampshire St., Inman Square

With: Connie Clegg Hales
John Hodgen
Burt Kimmelman
Ada Limón
Sheryl St. Germain
Evie Shockley
Hal Sirowitz
Patricia Smith
James Tolan
Sandy Tseng
Estha Weiner


Event: FAWC keeping it real
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Room 201


Mark Wunderlich
Daisy Fried
A.J. Verdelle
Jill McDonough

Event: Book Fair Signing, Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine 
Date: Friday, March 8
Time:  12-1pm
Location: at the University of Iowa Press tables (E1 and E2) at the AWP Bookfair

Event: Teaching (and Learning!) with First Books of Poetry 

Date: Friday, March 8

Time:  4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

Location: Room 201, Hynes Convention Center

Event: Reading Gulf Coast/Bat City Review
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 8:30pm
Location: David Friend Recital Hall


Jeffrey McDaniel
Ada Limón
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Jamaal May
Matt Hart
Darcie Dennigan
Timothy Donnelly


Event Title: Against Veils -- A Tribute to Alan Dugan

Date: Saturday, March 9

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Location: Room 202, Hynes Convention Center
(Reading Love Song I & Thou)


“Love Song: I and Thou”
Ada Limón
John Skoyles
“On a Seven-Day Diary”
Gail Mazur
“Last Statement For a Last Oracle”
David Wojahn
“Note: The Sea Grinds Things Up”
Michael Morse
“Takeoff on Armageddon
—For Ronald Reagan”
Nick Flynn
“On a Desolation of the Animals at Night”
Adrienne Su

Ada Limón
“On Flowers. On Negative Evolution”
Matthew Lippman
“On a Desolation of the Animals at Night”
Adrienne Su
“Suburban Exorcism”
David Rivard
“Spring Song for Symplocarpus
Foetida and Me”
Jill McDonough
“On a Myth. On a Conventional Wisdom”
Victoria Redel
“In Favor of a Free Public Library System”
Michael Collier
“Closing Time at the Second Avenue Deli”
Alan Dugan

Event: PBQ at 40, An Anniversary Reading
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Location: Room 309, Hynes Convention Center

Jason Schneiderman
Gregory Pardlo
Keetje Kuipers

Leave Boston.