Former AWP Keynote Speaker Annie Proulx and others were shortlisted for Kirkus Prizes. From the eighteen finalists, winners will be chosen on November 3 in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People's Literature, and the winners will receive $50,000.
Want to exercise while you read? Pick up the thirteen-pound Bottom's Dream, the first English translation of the 1970 German novel by Arno Schmidt, published by Dalkey Archive Press. The 1,496-page novel is "the novel tells the story of two translators and their teenage daughter who visit a scholar as they try to interpret the writings of Edgar Allan Poe."
|Meet Writer to Writer's Fall 2016 Mentors & Mentees
Thank you to everyone who submitted applications for the Fall 2016 session of our Writer to Writer Mentorship Program! After reviewing hundreds of applications, we were able to bring together twenty-two mentor-mentee pairs who found connections with shared themes, goals, obstacles, or experiences. Mentors volunteer their time, and it is free for mentees to participate. If you would like to serve as a mentor, applications are being accepted now for our Spring session. New mentee applications will be accepted January 1–12. It is free to apply.
|Mani Iyer & Teresa Cader In the AWP Spotlight!
We are excited to announce Mani Iyer and Teresa Cader as October’s #AWPSPOTLIGHT members! Mani, a deaf-blind poet, and Teresa, his mentor in the Lesley University MFA program, worked closely together to make Mani’s learning experience a success. Read more about Mani and Teresa’s experience today!
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: #BannedBooksWeek is upon us! What's the most recent banned or challenged book you've read?
Some of the answers we received:
Essy S Dean: Moby-Dick, but it was a while ago. Also read Satanic Verses around that point
Kate McDevitt: I (finally) read Beloved by Toni Morrison over the summer; it's been challenged multiple times.
Kristuhfer Wulferd: Slaughterhouse-Five. Cause I read it every year. I also drew on this banana to commemorate the occasion.
Janet: Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
Michael Dean Clark: I read The Color Purple each year bc it's amazing and to recall when a principal tried to kick me out of school for reading it.
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|Still a Maker: A Profile of Melissa Green
In our most recent Writer's Notebook blog article, Leslie McGrath writes about how nothing could stop poet Melissa Green's instinct to create. "Green’s intimate connection to language is not a Nabokovian synesthesia but rather the sense that words have a felth, a term for the way a tailor assesses a piece of fabric, determining how it might best be put to use. Felth describes the way she understood language: 'It’s almost as if I can run my hand over the page and feel the shape and texture of the words,' says Green."
|What Did You #AskAnEditor?
Editors at dozens of presses, journals, and magazines joined us for our September tweet chat. You can read the full transcript in the archive, but here are a few of the questions our followers asked.
Rebecca Longenecker: Do you consider an author's previous publications when considering their submission?
poetrymagazine: Nope! We're looking at the poems in the submission. If a poem gets us excited, we take it!
Beech St. Review: couldn't care less. We don't even look @ bios until after we accept a poem, & specifically ask for no cover letter.
Carl Jeffrey Boon: in your reading, what usually makes a narrative poem fall flat?
Memorious: lack of musicality & of a sense of tension in the overall arc and the line.
Poet Lore Magazine: we look for poems that give an interior human experience to the exterior world so when a poem loses its rhythm or is 2 didactic
The Cupboard: Poetry that isn't aware of narrative cliches & expected arcs. We don't want straight fiction... but we want poems that know what they're remixing from narrative trads & use it to good effect.
SaberWaves Coaching: What are the benefits of going the traditional route of publishing?
Noemi Press: support, promotion, and mentorship from a team who are as invested as you!
Adam Clay: something my students often want to know: what advice would you give to someone wanting to start a journal?
Prairie Schooner: Read lots of journals first, figure out what you can do that others aren't, define your purpose ASAP
Baltimore Review: Volunteer as a reader/editor for a journal. Best way to see the other side. Conferences, like AWP.
UHell Press: Q: What makes a good 1rst impression? A: Smart, sharp, edited intro email w/clear intent. Solid, complete manuscript.
Cimarron Review: One for y'all—what's a typical day look like at your respective journals? @ CR, we're all about Spotify, reading subs, & snacks
poetrymagazine: Seconding snacks! Also lots of proofreading, emailing, reading poems, and InDesign.
Glassworks Magazine: at GW it's reading subs, pizza, discussing subs, pizza, proofing galleys, more pizza...
Poet Lore Magazine: Typical day: research grants, work on donor program, process subs, tweet, FB, promote event, repeat. I need staff...
|Reserve Your #AWP17 Exhibit Space Before Your Pick is Gone!
Join over 600 exhibitors that have secured space at #AWP17 in Washington, DC. The earlier the space is purchased, the more likely it is to be an ideal exhibit location receiving the highest number of marketing impressions. Reserve now to maximize planning time and capitalize on the opportunity to reach over 12,000 literary enthusiasts at the most popular independent bookfair in the country. For information please visit the Bookfair Overview page. For the most current bookfair updates delivered to your news feed, 'LIKE' the AWP Bookfair Facebook page.
|#AWP17 Bookfair Exhibitor Spotlights Begin October 10!
Email a picture of your staff and a 250-character description of your organization for a spotlight on both the AWP Bookfair Facebook page and the AWP Events Facebook page! All spotlights will be posted in the order received (there are total of 75 spotlight spots available).
|Don't Miss the Opportunity; Sponsor #AWP17—Pledges due by October 15
Sponsors enjoy great benefits, marketing exposure, and registration waivers for faculty, staff, and students. Over 12,000 writers, students, teachers, and literary professionals attend, making it a great opportunity to promote your program, center, or press. We hope you will join us us in Washington, DC—details can be found on our new sponsorship page or by contacting Pamela Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Attention Program Directors
Be on the lookout for the best from your students to send to the Intro Awards. The deadline for uploading via our Submittable portal is December 2.
|What's that Image?
In honor of Banned Book Week, we asked our staff members and board trustees what their favorite banned book is. Here are three members of AWP's Board of Trustees posing with their favorites. Mike Astrue is holding up his copy of Suppressed Poems of Byron. Rigoberto Gonzalez chose Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. And one of Lesley Wheeler's favorite often-banned poets is Langston Hughes.
|October 7: Ad reservation deadline for the December Writer's Chronicle
October 10: Bookfair exhibitor spotlights begin on social media
October 14: Tweet Chat at 3:00 p.m. ET about #AWP17
October 14: #AWP17 early bird registration ends
October 15: #AWP17 sponsorship deadline
October 15: #AWP17 preregistration opens