Sunday, January 6, 2013

AWP 2013 Boston

Wed, March 6, 2013

Arrive in Boston at 1ish pm.

Go to hotel. Check in.

12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall C, Level 2. W100. Conference Registration. Attendees who have registered in advance may pick up their registration materials in the preregistered check-in area, located in Exhibit Hall C on Level 2 of the Hynes Convention Center. If you have not yet registered for the conference, visit the unpaid registration area, also in Exhibit Hall C. Please consult the bookfair map in the conference planner for location details. Students must present a valid student ID to check in or register at our student rate. Seniors must present a valid ID to register at our senior rate, and should do so only at unpaid registration. A $50 fee will be charged for all replacement badges

From hotel, go one block up Hereford, turn a left at Newbury St--in between Hereford and Mass.

338 Newbury Street

6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Gold Wake Press Reading
Location: Trident Booksellers Cafe
Cost: $0
This year Gold Wake is hosting an off-site reading at AWP Boston in 2013! Come over to Trident Books (3-5 min walking from the event center), and hear a slew of terrific authors from Gold Wake Press including Erin Elizabeth Smith, Andrea Witzke Slot, Nick Courtright, Kathleen Rooney, Donora Hillard, Kristina Marie Darling, Joshua Young, T.A. Noonan, Sarah E. Colona, Anne Champion, Brian Mihok, Jeannie Hoag, Kyle McCord.


Walk over to Boston Mariott Copley Place hotel to meet Becca.

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116


Thu, March 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Room 206, Level 2 R117. Writing Masculinities. (Samuel Ace, Thomas McBee, Brandon Shimoda, Farid Matuk, Rickey Laurentiis) This panel will offer a cross-genre/cross-sexuality/cross-gendered reading, with discussion to follow, about the interweave of the (other than) masculine in one’s work by writers who use “he” but put the “he” in question. Panelists will read from work that reimagines the landscape of the masculine, directly or obliquely, through a dense exploration of subject matter and language, while raising important questions about how masculinity is defined and what it represents.

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Room 310, Level 3 R154. Poetry Reading for Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. (Tim Trace Peterson, TC Tolbert, Max Wolf Valerio, Dawn Lundy Martin, Trish Salah) This reading will feature poets reading their work from Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (published by Nightboat Books/Eoagh, Spring 2013). The reading will be followed by a discussion about how issues of trans and genderqueer embodiment and identification influence writing, as well as each author’s personal understanding of the relationship between identity and the body of the poem.

12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

Room 312, Level 3 R184. Prose and Verse Consubstantial: The New Mixed Form. (Peter Streckfus, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, C.D. Wright, Carole Maso, Julie Carr) Prose is our culture’s default for narrative. Writing organized by the poetic line is our default for lyric expression. This panel presents writers who, in lieu of erasing the boundaries between the paragraph and the line, alternate both forms in the same work. Authors will read from their own mixed-form work and discuss precedents from the rich history of the mixed form, ranging from Zukofsky’s “A” to Basho’s Narrow Road. How can mixed form serve the poet? The novelist?


1:15 on

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Meet with mentee Katie, Cal, and other Washburn folks.
Room 200, Level 3  R255. Thoreau’s Granddaughters: Women Writing the Wild. (Suzanne Roberts, Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston, Gretchen Legler, Li Miao Lovett) Do women approach writing both the wildness of the land and the wilderness of their own bodies differently from men? Do women have a uniquely feminine vision of what it means to be wild? Are they judged by a different set of aesthetics? These five women panelists, including memoirists, novelists, and poets, will discuss their literary influences, the joys and challenges, and the internal doubts and external criticism they face in writing the wild.

8:00 p.m.
East / West Reading
Location: Bell In Hand Tavern, 45-55 Union Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Cost: Free
East Coast writers match off against West Coast: Pam Houston, Deb Olin Unferth, Joseph Salvatore, Matthew Vollmer, Scott Cheshire, Christopher Kennedy, David Hollander, Kim Chinquee, Sam Ligon, Lily Hoang, Carmen Gimenez-Smith, Robert Lopez, Aurelie Sheehan.




Fri, March 8, 2013

Pack a lunch! or not

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Room 111
Please join 1913 for our 10 year anniversary & celebration of 100 years of 1913.

Ring in the morn with mimosas (yes!) & radical readings/performances/awakenings by:
-Jane Lewty
-Charles Bernstein
-The Black Took Collective: Duriel Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ronaldo Wilson

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Room 200, Level 2 F142. Essaying the Essay. (David Lazar, Phillip Lopate, David Shields, Lia Purpura, Reda Bensmaïa) This panel will speak to the essentially self-reflective nature of the essay: the ways essays have, historically, insistently talked about themselves. All the panelists have work in the newly released anthology Essaying the Essay, from Welcome Table Press, which presents essays on the essay from Montaigne to the present; they will read portions of their work and reflect/revise ways their views of the essay have modified over time.

12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

Lunch or

Room 210, Level 2 F180. The Urge Toward Memoir. (Elisabeth Schmitz, Jill Kneerim, Michael Thomas, Jeanette Winterson, Lily King) Novelists Jeanette Winterson, Emily Raboteau, Michael Thomas, agent Jill Kneerim, and editor Elisabeth Schmitz discuss the writer’s urge toward memoir. What defines memoir and is it any more “true” or less creative a process than fiction? Panelists will talk about a favorite memoir and the forms they invented for their own.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Room 101, Plaza Level F190. Options of the I: The Post-Memoir Memoir. (Alex Lemon, Lia Purpura, Brian Christian, Nin Andrews) AGNI marks its 40th birthday with an exploration of personal writing in the age of the complexified I. Panelists will consider issues of obliquity, fragmentation, collage, and counterpoint, truth-telling, personae, tonal ventriloquism, and other approaches that conduce to projecting new configurations of the contemplative and narrative self. Moderated by Sven Birkerts.

Zachary SchomburgFriday, 2:00 p.m., Black Ocean signing

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m
Room 109, Plaza Level F228. The Arcadia Project: Writing the Postmodern Pastoral. (Joshua Corey, Brenda Iijima, Dan Beachy-Quick, Jennifer Moxley, Jonathan Skinner) The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral is a groundbreaking new anthology from Ahsahta Press of contemporary poems that interrogate, refurbish, and upend the American pastoral tradition of Emerson and Thoreau. Four poets represented in the book discuss their work and explore the relevance of the ancient genre of idealized nature poetry to a world increasingly dominated by the discourse of disaster and environmental crisis

Meet Ben at Beecher's table.

Pick up everyone.


1032 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA


Sat, March 9, 2013

Find a way to print boarding passes.

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Meet with mentee Katie.

Room 202, Level 2 S115. Teaching Mutt Lit: Genre-Benders, Hybrids, and Other Weirdness in the Creative Writing Classroom. (Ruth Ellen Kocher, Jeanine Deibel, blake nemec, Vanessa Villarreal, Kelsie Hahn) This panel will explore nontraditional and hybrid literary forms as a means of developing craft, generating voice, and discovering a broader palette of reading and writing interests. Members will present approaches to teaching a variety of forms, including flash fiction, prose poetry, mixed-media, online and interactive text, and lyric essay, in addition to multi-genre work. We will also address resistance to unconventional structures and how to overcome these challenges in the classroom.


10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Room 201, Level 2 S139. Feminism Meets Neo-Benshi: Movietelling Talks Back. (Sarah Rosenthal, Tracie Morris, Jennifer Firestone, Paolo Javier, Anne Waldman) Neo-benshi, also called movietelling, meets contemporary feminism in this panel where poets co-opt popular film and subvert its plots and purposes for their own. The panelists have rewritten film scripts to critique and respond to current social issues. Panelists will perform these short pieces, which explore Neo-benshi’s potential for feminist dialogue and collaboration as well as its capacity to talk back, as it were, to society at large.
12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

Room 210, Level 2 S173. Wesleyan Poetry Series Reading. (Stephanie Elliott, Rae Armantrout, Kazim Ali, Annie Finch, Jena Osman) Readings from the newest titles in the Wesleyan Poetry series. Rae Armantrout’s Just Saying continues her standard of inventive, tightly written verse. Spells: New and Collected Poems represents Annie Finch’s technical mastery and her illuminating response to the world. Kazim Ali’s carefully crafted Icarus is an ethereal meditation on the human spirit. Jena Osman’s Public Figures employs a hybrid form of poetry, prose, and found text to explore memory and remembrance in American culture.

1:30 p.m.

Meet Susan M. at Bookfair table
Go to B&B

2:45 and on--everything open

Go to Grolier
open until 6pm

Go from Grolier to The Event II


6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
The Event II
Location: The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA (Davis Square) - Accessible by subway on the Red Line (2 stops after Harvard)

Cost: Donation
Poets from the following presses will be reading: Highway 101, Furniture Press Books, Parlor, La Alameda, Apogee, Lunar Chandelier, Flim Forum, Fact-Simile, Stockport Flats, Instance/EtherDome, Propolis Press and Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe. Readers: Elizabeth Savage, Melanie Noel, Kimberly Lyons, Andrew Schelling, Pattie McCarthy, Melanie Noel, Belinda Kremer, Matthew Klane, Adam Golaski, Jennifer Atkinson, Christopher Kondrich, Ethel Rackin. Elizabeth Robinson, Brian Teare, Travis Cebula, Deborah Poe, Lynn Behrendt, and Joe Elliot.

March 10, 2013Clock forward one hour.

Leave hotel at 1:30pm
Subway/shuttle to arrive at airport 2:10pm
Leave 3:45pm
Arrive 8:05pm

Sun Mar 10
Depart BOSTON MA (BOS) at 3:45 PM
Arrive in NASHVILLE TN (BNA) at 5:30 PM

Change planes in NASHVILLE TN (BNA) at 6:30 PM
Arrive in KANSAS CITY INTL (MCI) at 8:05 PM
Travel Time 5 hrs 20 mins