Hi, everyone. Here is my AWP schedule. These are all the events I plan on going to. This does not necessarily mean that I will go to every event on this list, as my mood is dictated by my level of exhaustion and I live more than a half an hour away from any of these locations. But if you want to attend any of these with me, let me know and I'll let you know if I am for sure going. There are blocks of free time scattered through the schedule, during which I will go to the book fair, eat foodstuffs, hang out with people, etc. So if you want to go to something in one of these free blocks, I will most likely go with you.
6-7:30pm [The Other Side Arts Gallery]
Drink To Support Contemporary Literature! Beer will start flowing at 6 pm by a still-to-be-announced brewery. All beer sales from the evening will be donated to several literary journals who call Colorado home. Even if you have other AWP-related events to attend to tonight, be sure to start your evening here.
7:30-9:30pm [The Other Side Arts Gallery]
Stars are Symbols AWP Off-site Reading! See and hear the writers perform! Some readings will involve props, like graphing calculators or cellos. Check back here on March 15th for a complete list of readers and further details.
9-10:15am [CCC Rms 102, 104]
R102. Writing the West: The Transplanted Writer as Literary Outsider. (Summer Wood, Pam Houston, Robert Wilder, Uma Krishnaswami) Writing the American West means coming to terms with a mythic landscape and a checkered history. If it's true that land plus history equals story, as N. Scott Momaday wrote, how does not being from here affect the way writers encounter that land and history to write their way into the present? Four literary transplants who set their work along the spine of the continent talk about the creative, technical, and ethical issues that arise when claiming a place that didn't raise them.
10:30-11:45am [CCC Rms 103, 105]
R125. The 25th Poem: Putting Together Your First Book. (Nicky Beer, Dan Albergotti, Robin Ekiss, James Allen Hall, Anna Journey) Robert Frost said that if a book of poems has twenty-four poems in it, the book itself should be the twenty-fifth poem. We will discuss how ordering, structuring, sectioning, titling, and using elements of narrative, character development, and epiphany can turn a group of poems into a manuscript with a clear identity. We hope to demystify the process of putting together the first book, and to share the choices (and mistakes!) we've made with our manuscripts on the road to publication.
1:30-2:45pm [CCC Rm 207]
R181. A Tribute to Craig Arnold. (Jake Adam York) Invited poets and writers from around the nation will be reading poetry by Craig Arnold in tribute to his life and work. Moderated by Jake Adam York.
3-4:15pm [CCC Rms 401, 402]
R209. Goodbye Blue Monday: Remembering the Life and Work of Kurt Vonnegut. (Todd Davis, Michael Martone, Dan Wakefield, Susan Neville) With Kurt Vonnegut's death on April 11, 2007, the world of arts and letters lost a literary raconteur who stressed the moral nature of fiction, as well as a man who mentored and inspired many aspiring writers. Author of more than twenty volumes of fiction and nonfiction, Vonnegut pushed and often subverted the boundaries within the literary establishment, as well as within the broader culture. The panel will consider the ongoing importance of Vonnegut's writing and celebrate his life and legacy.
6-7:30pm [Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus]
Copper Nickel Presents 8 Debut Poets. Copper Nickel presents eight poets with stellar first books---Dan Albergotti, Jericho Brown, Stacey Lynn Brown, Michael Dumanis, Farrah Field, J. Michael Martinez, Alison Stine, and Allison Benis White---on April 8th as part of our AWParty. Reading begin at 6pm in the Tivoli Turnhalle on the University of Colorado Denver/Auraria campus, only six blocks from the convention center. The event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be on sale. A reception (with drinks) will follow at 7:30pm.
10:30-11:45am [CCC Rm 207]
F135. Remembering David Foster Wallace, Essayist. (Katie Livingston, Caroline Chapman, Natalie Graham, JIll Kolongowski, Daisy Levy, Suzanne Webb) David Foster Wallace's recent passing has inspired conversation about his legacy as a writer and editor. While Wallace continues to be labeled as a fiction writer, his substantial contributions to creative nonfiction are surfacing as writers begin to reinvent the genre using Wallace's unconventional techniques, rhetorical moves, and genre crossing. This panel aims to reclaim Wallace as a nonfiction writer by exploring his work, his influence on other writers, and on the evolving genre.
Noon-1:15pm [CCC Rm 203]
F157. Graywolf Press Reading. (Tony Hoagland, Alyson Hagy, Ander Monson, Catie Rosemurgy, Tiphanie Yanique) For over thirty-five years, Graywolf Press has supported the works and careers of some of the most important writers in the field. This reading features five writers recently published by Graywolf.
3-4:15pm [HRD Granite Rm, 3rd floor]
F211. Mock-Docs, Fakes, and Hoaxes. (David Lazar, Jeff Porter, Catherine Taylor, Mary Cappello, Patrick Madden) Although a spate of false memoirs has recently rocked the mainstream press, we shouldn't be too startled given the long history of aesthetic forgeries. Fakes and hoaxes, especially involving works of art, have a curiously abiding appeal which often supersedes any debates about their authenticity or truth value. This panel will explore our culture's romance with fakery across media, from Orson Welles's notorious radio hoax and Christopher Guest's sham documentaries to Nabokov's literary spoofs.
4:30-5:45pm [CCC Rms 301, 302]
F226. Colorado's Innovative Writers Past and Present. (Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, Eleni Sikelianos, Bhanu Kapil, Dan Beachy-Quick, Matthew Cooperman) This panel includes five writers currently living and teaching in the Front Range, whose writing reflects the vibrant history of innovative writing in the area. Each participant will speak about a particular writer or group of writers who lived in Colorado and who has influenced his or her own work. The participants will then speak toward and briefly read from their own work in order to demonstrate this lineage.
9pm-Midnight [The Denver Press Club]
WILLA Goes Live. A Benefit Evening of Burlesque, Literature and Roller Derby. Cover/Admission: $10. Burlesque Performers: Vivienne VaVoom & Cora Vette, both of Black Box Burlesque. http://bit.ly/WILLAawppr
10:30-11:45am [CCC Rms 103, 105]
S123. Criticism for Its Own Sake: The Rewards of Writing (and Reading) Reviews. (Dinah Lenney, William Giraldi, Sven Birkerts, Amy Gerstler, Dana Goodyear) Panelists will discuss the role of the critic as it informs the culture, as well as the art of critical writing, and when it's most rewarding for readers and writers. Do we need critics? What are their obligations? Do they deepen or enhance our understanding even when we disagree with them? Does criticism stand up as literary nonfiction, entertaining, enlightening, or offensive in its own right, regardless of its subject.
Noon-1:15pm [CCC Rm 203]
S153. The Collage Novel. (Heid Erdrich, Eric Gansworth, James Cihlar, Jonis Agee, Brent Spencer) The 20th century witnessed the formulation of the collage novel, which utilized interwoven plot lines, interrelated characters, and sweeping timelines—with novels such as Love Medicine, The Way to Rainy Mountain, and Beloved replacing the austerity of Hemingway, harkening back to the richness of Faulkner, in new and inventive ways. This panel of established writers, critics, and editors will examine how 21st-century novelists are interpreting, translating, and reinventing the genre.
3-4:15pm [CCC Rms 301, 302]
S198. A Chorus of Hauntings: Giving Breath to Ghosts. (Deborah Poe, Cole Swensen, Jake Adam York, Brandon Shimoda, Selah Saterstrom, Claudia Smith) This panel consists of fiction, poetry, and hybrid-genre writers whose literary work is deeply invested in meditations on ghosts and hauntings. The panel considers how writers negotiate history and human experience, illuminating what traces of violence, fragmented identity, collective guilt, memory, grief, and memorial mean for writing. This chorus of hauntings embodies the persistent presence of history as it asks difficult questions about lessons the "spirit world" might attempt to pass on.
7-9pm [Plus Gallery]
A Reading Hosted by Apostrophe Books with Action Books, Black Ocean Press, Slope Editions and Tarpaulin Sky Press. A small press reading featuring Johannes Göransson, Zachary Schomburg, Catherine Meng, Joe Hall, Paul Foster Johnson, Julie Doxsee, and many others….
7:30-9:30pm [The Denver Press Club]
Copper Nickel: An Audible Event. An edited reading, arranged into a live edition of Copper Nickel, including Hadara Bar-Nadav, Alyson Hagy, James Hoch, Aurelie Sheehan and other contributors.