One of the highlights of AWP in Tampa: seeing my lyric essay "Haunting Houses" for the first time in the brand new, hot-off-the-press issue of NOR: NEW OHIO and getting to talk to editor extraordinaire David Wanczyk (pictured above).
Here’s an abbreviated list from Poets and Writers of the representative authors at NEW OHIO REVIEW: Kim Addonizio, Frederick Barthelme, Charles Baxter, Lydia Davis, Denise Duhamel, Stuart Dybek, Tony Hoagland (also in this issue), Yusef Komunyakaa, Robert Pinsky, Francine Prose, Christopher Ricks, Mary Ruefle, Jim Shepard, Charles Simic, Christine Sneed. Tony Hoagland is in this issue. Kaj Tanaka. Billy Collins (my essay appears just before two of his poems).
I spent a lot of time at the book fair and also got to talk to Mark Drew, editor of THE GETTYSBURG REVIEW, where my essay “Family Pictures” appeared last summer, and he had very nice things to say about it. I got to chat to my editors Diane Goettel and Kit Frick at the BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS booth, where I did a well-attended chapbook signing on Thursday, and read to a packed house with seven other Press authors on Wednesday night. I didn’t take any pictures but maybe Black Lawrence Press will post some.
I met three friends face to face at AWP that I’ve only known online. I saw two old friends I rarely get to see. I hardly got to any panels, but was constantly busy anyway, and arrived home exhausted, rushing into the house to catch part of Mr. Bear’s podcast featuring my flash live from Boston Free Radio.
Yes! While I was away I discovered that Mr. Bear (aka writer Georgia Bellas) would be devoting an entire episode of her renowned weekly podcast on Boston Free Radio to my flash! It wouldn’t play on my smart phone, but it played on my computer. I got home in time to hear about two thirds of it. What a weird experience, hearing your work read. Mr. Bear chose some flash from way back, when I first started to publish, great music to accompany the flash. I can’t wait until the whole episode is archived online and I can listen to it.
p.s. We didn't take any pictures but Catherine Segurson of CATAMARAN LITERARY READER just posted one she took of Steve and me. CATAMARAN is a gorgeous literary and art journal out of Santa Cruz where Steve and I published essays last summer. I'll be participating in a Lit Chat in Santa Cruz in April with one of their editors. The picture was taken after Steve's AWP reading celebrating the anthology WACCAMAW: A Ten Year Retrospective.