A reading, An Indie Press Preview, and An AWP Conference

Hi friends,

The day has arrived. Tonight I’m launching Addicts & Basements, my new full length collection from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I’ll be opening for Gina Frangello who is touring with her new novel, A Life in Men. We’ll be at Boswell Books at 7 p.m., Monday, February 24th! Here is a link for more information: Upcoming Events | Boswell Book Company

My latest publisher, Michael Seidlinger,  worked endless hours on this massive and incredible Indie Press Preview for 2014: The Great 2014 Indie Press Preview | The Outlet: the Blog of Electric Literature. Published at Electric Literature, it has many wonderful choices from leading writers in the indie community. Thanks to Brian Allen Ellis for mentioning Addicts & Basements.

And so, AWP, the largest annual writer’s conference descends: February 26- March 2. I will be available at the Civil Coping Mechanisms booth, L15 most mornings. Please come by, chat and shop:

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“Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.”   Stealers Wheel from “Reservoir Dogs”

I am also reading in these four events:

Feb 26, 5- 10 p.m. A Festival of Language, Rock Bottom in Seattle

Feb 28, 1-5 p.m. HEAT: Burning Down the House (Proceeds to benefit VIDA), Daily Grill; also Hot Pillow Reading (TBD)

Mar 1, 7-9 p.m. Left Bank Books: Civil Coping Mechanisms/ Lazy Fascist Press/ Broken River/ Two Dollar Radio reading

There are some great sites with suggestions about what to expect if this is your first AWP, including this from Roxane Gay: Association of Writers & Writing Programs

And these tips from writer Mitch Parker, nail the entire experience:

“My AWP survival tips: show up, talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you do know. Attend a couple of events. Go to a couple of readings. Have a few drinks. Go to the book fair. Don’t worry much about much.”

See you in Seattle! Hopefully not sleepless, but you never know!

 

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