While you’re staying in this Friday, Driftwood Press offers entertainment. Join the publication for a free AWP Zoom reading at 7PM EST on March 5. Fiction and poetry fans will both find something to enjoy.
Get your comfiest Friday night pajamas ready to join the 3/5 reading via this link.
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (aka AWP) will have their annual conference and book fair this year and it will be completely virtual. Hippocampus Magazine an Books will be participating. Besides being available during regular Book Fair hours, they are hosting two author meet and greets. The first is with Rebecca Fish Ewan on Friday, March 5 from 4-5:30 PM EST. The second is with Sam Chiarelli on Saturday, March 6 from 2-3:30 PM EST. You can even pick up some virtual AWP-exclusive downloads and enter to win swag at their virtual booth.
If you aren’t a subscriber to their newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? They hope to announce an official update soon about their annual creative nonfiction conference HippoCamp. Plus, you can keep on top of the latest issues of the journal as well as cool events they host, like their recent Doodles & Discussion with Rebecca Fish Ewan.
Discovering, bringing new poets from obscurity, is why Prospectus exists. We seek the work of emerging poets. Our magazine is published twice a year, in June and December. If you are unpublished or little-published, we invite you to submit your best poems for consideration. We also publish short prose pieces as well as fine-art images and reviews. Deadline: February 28, 2021.
They will be exhibiting during the virtual 2021 AWP Bookfair & Conference.
Is it possible to attend AWP if you’re poor? If you’re not going to be reimbursed by a university, should you even bother? The short answer is: I did it, and many others do too—but it can be a lonely and difficult experience.
…Though AWP was funded to serve writers teaching at the college level, more and more writers just can’t get those jobs, especially not writers of color, women writers, or writers who are disabled. There just aren’t that many jobs anymore to get. More and more, it’s writers outside of academia who participate in AWP—not just to attend, but to present and give readings—and who shoulder expenses themselves.
…It’s not illegal to discriminate against the poor. But when 60 percent of college students face food insecurity every month; when academia runs on the exploitation of adjuncts’ labor; when tenure track professors give lectures to hordes of students, only a fraction of whom will ever obtain jobs in the profession in which they trained (and often paid dearly for), it seems glaringly insensitive not to directly address the deep and systematic income inequalities of the field.
Pace Yourself. Put together a schedule of things you want to attend, but don’t try to go to a panel in every time slot. Shoot for no more than two panels a day, and try to hit the keynote readings. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I got to see people like W.S. Merwin, Seamus Heaney, Grace Paley, and Dereck Walcott read now that they are gone. Seeing these luminaries was more memorable than those times I went to a 26-person marathon reading in a crowded bar with bad free beer…