07 Apr TIME for AWP
I’m going to meet my publisher from Autumn House Press and some of the staff this week! For the first time ever. They are coming down to Minneapolis to attend and participate in the largest literary conference in North America, AWP: The Association of Writers & Writers Programs. Autumn House Press will set up a booth and feature the three books which won their prizes this year. My book will not only be at AWP, but I’ve been invited to do a signing event also.
This year the conference will feature over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts over 700 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. Last year the conference was in Seattle. 2016: Los Angeles. 2017: Washington D.C. And this year? 20: Minneapolis, April 9 – 11!
Want to know what it’s like? The Minneapolis Star Tribune says, “Imagine a writing conference so huge that the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis offered a class in how to navigate it. So huge that more than 11,000 writers, editors, agents, publishers, professors, students and literary hopefuls will take part in more than 500 sessions and slams over 3½ days. So huge that every night it will spill out into museums, bars, libraries, bookstores and restaurants, raking an estimated $28 million into the local economy.”
I’m chewing over the panels and discussions, trying to decide which ones I want to attend. Everything from New Trends in Publishing, New Directions in Nonfiction, Helping Special Populations Heal Through Writing, Creating Literary Community, Why I Choose to Teach in Prison, North Dakota’s Bio-regional Imagination, The Minnesota Writers’ Publishing House.
Events are not only topically important, they also feature panelists that I have to choose between. Should I go listen to Dinty Moore, Robin Hemley, Debra Marquat, Michael Marton, or Brenda Miller? And then there are the literary press events: attend celebrations by River Teeth, The Normal School, or The Loft? Graywolf Press, New Ohio Review, The Pinch?
I wish I could make time go backwards. I’d push a button, and go back an hour, so that I could attend two events that are scheduled at the same time.
My book signing event is Thursday morning. 9:00 – 10:00 at the Autumn House Press booth, #815.
If you happen to be at AWP, stop by, and I’ll sign you a copy.