Post-Election, The Atlantic Offers Solace Through Poetry
The Atlantic spoke with poetry editor Don Share on what made poems a go-to for those unhappy with the result. "It’s always been speaking to people—and it’s always been speaking to people about the kinds of things they’re [talking] about now, because one of the things poetry is really good at is anticipating things that need discussion."
Buying books on Small Business Saturday? (It's the Saturday following Thanksgiving, an occasion that encourages everyone to get some of their holiday shopping done at small businesses to support them.) The American Booksellers Association and Lena Dunham remind you to try Indies First.
|Writers in the Community
AWP is beginning a new initiative to lift up the work writers do outside the classroom, leading workshops in settings such as prisons, hospitals, elder care facilities, with veterans, and as part of "Writers in the Schools" programs. If you are involved in such a program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story.
|Donate on #GivingTuesday
If you've never heard of it, #GivingTuesday is a global event on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving that celebrates donating and giving back. Consider donating to support AWP!
AWP's services and programs reach 50,000 writers, students, teachers, editors, publishers, and arts administrators, and the organization is among the most wide-reaching sources of advocacy and support for the literary community. Your gift to AWP will help us continue to build support for writers and their work, and to increase the number of artists who benefit from our resources and community. AWP is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What does your most ideal reading/writing location look like?
Some of the answers we received:
EDML: A cozy chair in a warm cafe near an outlet.
MacKenzie Paxton: My ideal reading location would be the hammock between two trees in the backyard...unless it's raining. LOL
Charles J Eskew: Home, in the mayhem I call a room :-)
Uranus De la Cruz: In front of the window that is facing a garden that is currently harvesting the sun's morning rays or enjoying the tears from gloomy clouds, with a lampshade on the table. :)
Lisa Robinson: Under an umbrella on the Beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico
patricia rodríguez: I was just thinking about this today... Definitively a bed, or any object serving the function of a bed.
Jasmine Marquez: It's a bench made of logs at the edge of the woods, where it opens up into marshland. You have a view of the mountains on every side, the trees at your back. The sun shines just enough to keep you comfortable. There's an area where the tall grass has been flattened so you can lay out a blanket if you want. It's my happy place.
jeanninepanda: a rocket powered helicopter blasting through a double rainbow toward a glen of prancing white stallions
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|Download the #AWP17 Mobile App
The app features up-to-date events schedules, bookfair exhibitors, and other conference information. Search for "AWP" in your iTunes or Android app store or download directly from this website. Keep in mind that the personalized schedule you create online won't transfer to the app. The app will be updated monthly as we receive new conference information, so it is a great way to stay current on all of the exciting #AWP17 developments!
|Meet November's Member in the Spotlight, Peg Alford Pursell!
“I’ve learned the hard way that if I’m not writing, I’m not really inhabiting myself.” Peg Alford Pursell, Executive Director and Founder of WTAW Press, is November’s #AWPSPOTLIGHT member! Read more about Peg and her work with Why There Are Words, or nominate a writer in your life for In the Spotlight today!
|A Thank You to Our Patron Sponsors
We would like to thank all of the organizations and programs who are sponsoring #AWP17 at the patron level:
Adelphi University MFA Creative Writing Program, American University MFA in Creative Writing, ASU Creative Writing Program & The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Black Mountain Institute, Chatham University MFA Creative Writing Program, Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, Creighton University MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College Creative Writing Programs, Institute of American Indian Arts MFA in Creative Writing, MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Miami University Low-Residency MFA * Residential MA * Miami University Press, The Mile-High MFA at Regis University, NYU Creative Writing Program, Prairie Schooner/African Poetry Book Fund/Creative Writing PhD at UNL, Rosemont College Graduate Creative Writing & Publishing Programs, Rutgers-Newark MFA in Creative Writing, Salmon Poetry, Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College, Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature, University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, Wilmington MFA Program, University of San Francisco MFA in Writing, University of Utah Creative Writing Program, Virginia Tech MFA in Creating Writing Program, and The Writer's Center.
You can view all of our sponsors on this year's sponsorship page.
|Get Your Ticket to AWP's 50th Anniversary Gala
Please join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 for AWP's 50thAnniversary Gala at #AWP17 to celebrate AWP’s history and accomplishments over drinks and dinner. We are thrilled to have author presentations by Rita Dove and Jacqueline Woodson, and a very special performance by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Proceeds will go to our Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. Tickets are on sale now!
|Reserve Interview Space at #AWP17
AWP is pleased to offer board rooms at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, for employment interviews or other administrative meetings. There are a limited number of slots, so please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com if you are interested! We offer a morning session from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and an afternoon session from 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Each session is $225 and consecutive time slots may be reserved.
|What's that Image?
The illustration featured in this newsletter is by Hannah Agosta, and it appears in the December 2016 issue of the Writer’s Chronicle, alongside Natasha Sajé’s article, “Consider Before Your Comma.” Agosta also illustrated the cover for the issue.
|November 29: #GivingTuesday
December 1: WC&C Scholarship Competition begins
December 2: Intro Journals Project nominations due