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jeffrey-ricker's picture
Mar.04.2014
This past weekend I attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle. So did about thirteen thousand other writers, publishers, and educators. To say it was overwhelming would be a tiny understatement. Given the plethora of things to do and books to buy, it's a...
christopher-meeks's picture
Mar.01.2014
“Why are you here?” a poet at a booth in AWP’s Book Fair asked me. That could be answered a number of ways, from how and why I was conceived, to how a chance mixture of chemicals and lightning created life on Earth, to “To be.” My pause made him ask it another way. “Are you a writer, professor, or...
jess-wells's picture
Feb.28.2014
The first day of #AWP2014 ended brilliantly with Annie Proulx’s keynote, a witty, acerbic and delightful look at the history of publishing since the 1940s, the advances and retreats, the blindness of many to the changes until they were ‘cattle in the feedlot.’ With her hair sticking out in odd...
christopher-meeks's picture
Apr.17.2010
  As I mentioned previously about attending the AWP writers conference in Denver, the mile-high city is dry. Chapstick is as important as water. While at times I felt like a potato slice on the Lay's potato chip production belt, my companions and I kept plenty busy during the conference--as much...
christopher-meeks's picture
Apr.15.2010
Just over two years ago when I was teaching creative writing at USC in the Master of Professional Writing Program, I'd volunteered to head up a search for fellow faculty to write proposals for the next AWP Conference. We were between program directors then, and the associate dean who was...
christopher-meeks's picture
Apr.13.2010
Denver is like a giant bag of silica gel. Moisture is sucked right out of you the moment you land at the white teepee-covered Denver International.  The first thing to do in Denver is drink a lot of water and kiss Chapstick like your new lover. Coat yourself in Aveeno. That's all in hopes your...
christopher-meeks's picture
Aug.12.2009
My panel proposal for this topic has been accepted at the country's largest gathering of creative writers, the AWP Convention, which will be held in Denver in April. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) includes individual writers and most graduate and undergraduate creative...