It was fantastic to connect with friends and acquaintances, old and new. It was great meeting and chatting with the folks from Permafrost Magazine, Daryl Farmer, Sarah Small and Kori Hensell, plus our fellow University of Alaska Press writers, Anand Prahlad and Julie LeMay.
I reconnected, if briefly, with some old Kenyon Review Writers Workshop chums: KK Fox, Melissa Porter Fast, Anna Duke Reach, David Lynn and Hananah Zaheer Bajwa, and met a bunch of new writers, too numerous to name. Okay, here's a few: JoNelle Toriseva, Therése Halscheid, Holly Luhning. Panelists that really made an impression: Lori Ostland, Amina Gautier, Raphael Kadushin, Michael Martone, Erin Stalcup, Robin Black, Melissa Yancy, Sian Griffiths, Benjamin Hale, Julia Elliott, Lucy Bledsoe, Sara Majka, and J. Robert Lennon. There were others, but it’s all a swirl of recollections now.
AWP is all about books, of course, and I came back with with quite a haul!
Although I didn't get to connect with them all, there was quite a contingent of Alaskans, including Nancy Lord, Sherry Simpson, Carol Richards, Erin Hollowell, Elizabeth Bradfield, Matthew Komatsu, among others.
Martha participated in a great panel on gender vis-à-vis what we read and write. We'll be panelists next month at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. This is one of the premier queer literary festivals in the country. Plus, it's in New Orleans. Needless to say, we're excited.
Onward and sideways!!