If anyone will be at AWP and wants to connect, hit me up. Leave a comment here, poke me on Facebook, leave me a Tweet, shoot me an email (brookewonders777 at hotmail). I have no idea where I’ll be or what I’ll be up to — reconnecting with old mentors and friends, mostly. Some panel attendance, some offsite readings. I’m not giving a panel myself, but I’ll definitely be at Brianna Noll and Tyler Mills’ poetry panel. Beyond that, all is fluid.
I’m trying for Zen AWP. My first AWP I acted like it was a full-time job and ran myself into the ground paneling and meeting up with people and buzzing around the bookfair, to the point that my third day at the conference I wound up sleeping through two panels I’d very much wanted to see because I just. Couldn’t. Wake. Up. Last year AWP was in Chicago, but it was held the week before my preliminary exams (whhhyyyy?). This situation forced me to chill the eff out, and lo, I was actually able to enjoy the conference, plus I met some fantastic people: Anna Joy Springer, Alissa Nutting, Steve Tomasula, etc. I’m hoping to stick to that model, rather than reverting to the former psychosis.
I may mass blog AWP post the conference, like I did with Worldcon. Or not, I haven’t yet decided. Depends how much writing I get done while I’m gone, and how many amusing anecdotes pile up. At moment it feels like there are too many projects cluttering up my brainspace. I actually want to keep up my daily writing while I’m there. No idea if I can make that happen, but I plan to try.
This blogpost is brought to you by Amanda Palmer’s TED talk. And yes, I know we all hate TED talks with their feel-good lack of crit and promulgation of error-ridden and oversimplified talking points. But for those of you who are not hollowed-out shells of people, let this briefly make you reconsider your faith in random strangers:
But yeah. You. Yeah, you. If you want to grab a cup of coffee or a drink or something, lemme know. The whole point of conferencing is the people, not the panels.