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Thursday, February 10, 2011

More stuff that was "In" at this year's AWP:

Joshua Marie Wilkinson's awesome beard
Janaka Stuckey kinda looking like Morrissey
Joseph Lease and Bruce Covey beign really cool
those USB drives Poetry was handing out
Reb Livingston being a party animal
Jennifer Tamayo's reading the Coconut/Switchback reading
the people over at Agriculture Review and Coldfront
editors who've taken my work recognizing me
Kay Ryan being funny
reading with a megaphone on the Lincoln Memorial steps
Lily Brown's Rust or Go Missing
Octopus and Black Ocean
$5 paperbacks from Coffee House Press, including Julie Carr's latest as well as Elaine Equi's brilliant Click and Clone

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Hello all - here is my report on what is In and what is Out at this years AWP Conference in Washington D.C.

In: Beards and/or tattoos
Out: That guy wearing gold lame hotpants and 4-inch heels

In: Looking confused
Out: Actually being confused

In: Table X
Out: Being afraid of Table X

In: The Bloof Books and No Tell Books table
Out: The table with that strange man who just stared at everyone

In: The Coconut/Switchback reading at Madam Organs
Out: The scary falafel place next to Madam Organs

In: Free stuff
Out: Charging retail

In: Rae Armantrout's reading at the Shoreham
Out: finding Rae Armantrout's reading at the Shoreham

In: "I really like you're work"
Out: "Who the hell are you?"

In: Hot N Juicy Crawfish
Out: The huge Egyptian protest outside that distracted me from said crawfish

In: Meeting new and interesting people
Out: Squeezing 15 of them into an elevator that hold six

More to come...