AWP Happenings

By Sasha Steensen February 18, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  no responses

Yes, it is that time of year again.  AWP, which stands for Altogether Way-too-many Possibilities. So let me make some suggestions:

You don’t want to miss Matthew Cooperman, reading on Thursday night, at midnight. Yes, that’s right: MIDNIGHT! https://www.facebook.com/events/255171441316849/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Or, if midnight is too late, try Friday night from 6-8pm, when the Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West and Sugar House Review host an off-site event at Liberty Bar, 517 15th Ave E, Seattle. Sugar House Review will be represented by Yolanda Franklin, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and Matthew Cooperman.

Come on out for Aby Kaupang’s SpringGun Press reading on Friday from 6:30-8:30: https://www.facebook.com/events/643945879000515/?source=1

Our very own Kristen George Bagdanov will be reading at WordFarm & Friends 10-Year Anniversary Confabulation at the Hi-Spot Cafe  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hi-Spot-Cafe/111534508886185 1410 34th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122, Friday 2/28 9pm

Neil Fitzpatrick recommends this panel about “the need for scope in the contemporary novel.” Rachel Kushner and Neil’s former professor, Colm Tobin will be presenting https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/event_detail/2072

Leslee Becker’s panel,  Small Town Girls. (Caroline Patterson,  Leslee Becker,  Beverly Lowry,  Tami Haaland), is on Saturday from 3:00-4:15, Rm. 612, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6.

EJ Levy will be reading on Saturday morning, March 1, 10:15-11:45am, as part of the panel, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story: A Reading from Prize-Winning Story Collections. It is Room 304, Western New England MFA Annex, Third Floor, Saturday, March 1, 10:30-11:45AM.

Come hear Steven Schwartz talk about comedy and characters and errors, and so much more: Comedy, and Errors. (Peter Turchi,  Antonya Nelson,  Steven Schwartz,  CJ Hribal) Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm.

Camille Dungy will be reading at an offsite event sponsored by Denver Quarterly and New American Writing on Wednesday, February 26,  2014 from 7-9 p.m.  The reading is at the Sole Repair Shop / Quinn’s, 1001 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98112.  She also will be signing books on Thursday, February 27, 2014, 1-2PM at the Red Hen at booths 1802, 1804,  1806.
Camille will moderate a panel,  Roads (Not) Taken: Joy Harjo, Harryette Mullen, and Carl Phillips on Craft, Sponsored by Cave Canem. (Camille T. Dungy,  Harryette Mullen,  Joy Harjo,  Carl Phillips) on Friday, February 28,  2014, 4:30 -5:45 PM in Ballroom E, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

Dan Beachy-Quick will be reading (with me, and some others–Lily Hoang, Ronaldo Wilson, Rodrigo Toscano, and more) on Thursday at 7pm at Café Racer (U-District) 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. https://www.facebook.com/events/460099967449125/. Dan will also be participating (again, with me…this panel was deliberate, but the reading above was a surprise to both of us, the result of some mysterious AWP algorithm) in the following panel: The Poetic Sentence. (Sasha Steensen,  Dan Beachy-Quick,  Elizabeth Robinson, Laynie Browne,  Srikanth Reddy).  Our panel is at 9 am on Friday.

Besides the reading and the panel above, I will also be moderating a panel on Saturday at 10:30 entitled, What Are We Projecting?: American Poetry and Poetics in the Era of the Project. (Sasha Steensen,  Catherine Wagner,  Rodrigo Toscano,  Ronaldo Wilson,  Bhanu Kapil).”

Here’s some additional panels that sound interesting…will I be in attendance?  I cannot say for sure.  I may be floating in the great AWP belly by the time these roll around:

Ergo Sum Game: Poetry as Philosophical Foray. (Michael Morse, Catherine Barnett,  Mary Szybist,  Kevin Prufer,  Joy Katz)

Handling Words: Books Arts and the Creative Process. (Meryl DePasquale,  Kyle Schlesinger,  Matvei Yankelevich,  Aaron Cohick,  Amelia Bird)

Research in the Workshop: Teaching Documentary Literature. (Joseph Harrington,  Cole Swensen,  Jena Osman,  Eleni Sikelianos,  Susan M. Schultz)

Poetry as Sound’s Potential. (Karla Kelsey,  Sueyeun Juliette Lee,  Zach Savich,  Michelle Taransky,  G.C. Waldrep)

The Myth of the Inaccessible: Teaching Experimental Poetry in the Community. (Laura Walker,  Dana Teen Lomax,  Douglas Kearney,  Hoa Nguyen)

Uncreative & Unoriginal: Notes on Conceptual Writing. (Devon Wootten,  Catherine Wagner,  Marie Buck,  Noah Eli Gordon,  K. Silem Mohammad)

& Don’t forget to stop by the Colorado Review/ Center for Literary Publishing table.  You can find Stephanie G’Schwind and the interns at Table O3!

Sasha Steensen

sasha.steensen@colostate.edu

Sasha Steensen is the author of several books, most recently House of Deer (Fence Books).  Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jubilat, Omniverse, and Black Warrior Review.   She is the Director of Creative Writing at Colorado State University, where she also serves as one of the poetry editors for Colorado Review.

 

 

 

 

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