Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bits on AWP Conference in NYC

1. AWP Panel Proposal Results

I was 1 for 2 in my panel proposals for the NYC AWP Conference in Jan/Feb 08. "The Future of Environmental Essay," which I'll moderate and features Alison Hawthorne Deming, David Gessner, David Rothenberg, and Lauret Savoy, was accepted. But "The Virtual Context: Online Journals of Mission and Place," which would have featured the editors of Words Without Borders, NOO Journal, Lost Magazine, storySouth, and, was not. Bummer on the latter, because it would have been a cool, multimedia panel in an area that has been pretty underrepresented at AWP, in my opinion.

But I'm happy to land one, which I think will be both very good, and very imporant. Here's the description: "Global warming, urbanization, deforestation—these are only a few of the global dilemmas that environmental writing attempts to tackle. Historically, environmental essay—beginning with writers like Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson—has taken a place-based, often spiritual approach to environmental issues. But what does the future of the environmental essay hold? Four prominent creative nonfiction writers and editors will provide insight, exploring environmental essay as both craft and motive."

2. AWP Bookfair Table

This year, for the first time, will have a table at the AWP Bookfair.

3. 10th Anniversary Reading

We'll also hold the 10th Anniversary Reading at the Cornelia Street Cafe in the Village from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 31.

4. AWP All Tied Up, For Now

And my plane and hotel reservations (New York Hilton) are already made, to boot. Good to get that stuff out of the way. Here's hoping that if you're there, you'll join me for one or both of the events, or stop by the table to say howdy.


shann said...

oh yeah, I'll be there!

Simmons B. Buntin said...

You'd better be, seeing as how your reading and---I hope!---helping to staff the table!

shann said...

of course staffing!!! I LOVE that kind of thing- I'm always at the front at the art gallery on First Fridays- I'll talk to anyone- (and sell, too)

Suzanne said...

Congrats! Your panel sounds fascinating.