Posted on 04 February 2011

Unlike every other writer in the world (it feels like that, at least), I am not in DC right now for AWP. I would be lying if I said I didn’t regret this a little. I’d like to be able to meet some editors and writers face-to-face for the first time and catch up with a few old friends. Plus, I lived in DC for a year after college and enjoy making the occasional trip back.

(For my last visit, I joined Peter in DC about a year and a half ago when he was attending a conference of his own. While he spent most days in a hotel conference room, I stayed out and suffered the 90-degree heat, 100% humidity, and random and severe thunderstorms. I walked forever, rode the red line forever, and visited many of my favorite places and my old neighborhood. I got a sunburn, spent some time in the Hirshorn, and even found a great little cafe near the hotel to work on the first draft of Opal. I think I was only on like chapter 5 at the time and was in full terror mode, wondering where the book was going and whether I could get there.)

Unfortunately, the timing for AWP just wasn’t ideal. Now that February is here, I’m grateful I stayed home because I have some deadlines coming up and big plans for other weekends this month, so leaving town and sacrificing this time might have stressed me out to the point of doing something drastic, like posting more of my college-era poetry on this blog, and no one needs that.

To make up for my regret, I have already decided to attend next year’s AWP in Chicago. But if you’re in DC this year and would like to share your experiences, I’m all ears!

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8 responses to AWP-less

  • margosita says:

    I’m not there, either! But I hope to go next year, too. Is it too soon or too weird to say we should meet for a drink in Chicago?

  • Of course not! I’d love to meet you. Look at us, already making appointments for next year. We are on top of everything and will surely destroy AWP next year. (In a nice, quiet, writerly fashion, of course.)

  • lisahgolden says:


    Where is my change jar? It’s time to start putting money aside. Teri Carter is sending dispatches from AWP. Thank goodness.

  • margosita says:

    Awesome! It’s on my calendar!

  • Fantastic. I’m glad I decided to start recruiting early. :)

  • Deb says:

    Just maybe I’ll be calling myself writer by then and horn in on the drinks if you don’t mind….

  • glasseye says:

    I’m deathly afraid of this sort of thing. I’d rather live vicariously when it comes to big groups of people. But as Lisa said, Teri’s on the case and she’s going to give us the full report when she gets home.

  • amyg says:

    i could do chicago for sure (i’m on the chicago-louisville-birmingham line).

    g–we could all go together. we’ll get pink satin jackets and smoke in the hotel bathrooms and sit in back of seminars with our feet on the back of chairs wearing sunglasses.

    i’m with you L, with the winter storms reaking havoc across the country, being safe in my house right now isn’t so bad.

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