AWP…mind meld and time warp! What an amazing experience it was, being in Seattle for the recent AWP Conference, February 26- March 2. Transformative, and hypnotic, the conference was attended by over 15,000 writers (apparently) and the book fair was filled with authors and sellers young and old, writers seeking new roads for their writing, and presses or grad schools looking for new talent. Then there were the readings and panels and discussions in all areas of the city- from Seattle conference center, to The Westin where I stayed, to Pike’s Public Market.
The night before I travelled to Seattle, I had the great fortune of reading at local bookstore, Boswell Books, with Gina Frangello, on her book tour for A Life in Men:
We had a great turn-out, and thanks for all of my writing buddies from Red Oak Writers, as well as several local friends who made the event so meaningful to me. We sold every single copy of Addicts & Basements! And thanks Daniel, and Gina for making this possible:
I also read in four events at the Seattle AWP:
Festival of Language, hosted by Jane Carmen. This is my third year reading in this event, always takes place the first night, Wednesday, of the conference, so it’s also a “reunion” of sorts.
On Friday, I read in two separate events: HEAT, hosted by Anna March and Laura Bogart (who was off-site with a broken ankle) and proceeds raised all went toward VIDA, a wonderful organization. That afternoon, I was interviewed by Literary Orphans editor Mike Joyce back at the Westin for an upcoming interview series in his stellar magazine. Then, this photo (above) was taken at the Hot Pillow event, hosted by Joani Reese, Jen Knox and Meg Tuite, at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Saturday, I read at the venerable Left Bank Books, on Pike Street at the Public Market. This bookstore, with the legacy of hosting such luminaries as Bukowski, Kerouac, and Grace Paley, was both a tremendous highlight of the conference, and also made me proud to represent my newest publisher, Civil Coping Mechanisms: Left Bank Books
Overall, the AWP conference leaves one with a complex, mystical feeling; like yes, I belong in this sea of misfits, but also, everyone in the entire world is a writer! Get back to the notebook, head down, and plow through those empty pages.
There is a very nice mention today at Indie Authors Network of my new book. Thanks Alan Kealey for this: