|Participate in a Service Project at #AWP17
At this year's conference, attendees are invited to provide feedback and encouragement on the short poems of incarcerated men and women through a project called "On the Same Page,” a program organized by Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. Poems will be available at the #AWP17 Service Project booth in the bookfair, located in the lounge area beside Booth #254 and the AWP Bookfair Stage. There, you will be able to write a word of encouragement on a poem to be delivered to the writer in prison. You'll also have a chance to talk with Free Minds Poet Ambassadors about what the program meant to them while incarcerated. If you are interested in participating, please contact Diane Zinna at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about this project, donate to this cause, or to host an event in your city, visit On the Same Page.
1984 Is Number One
Sales of George Orwell's political dystopia, 1984, jumped in the past week to make it the number one bestseller on Amazon on Wednesday, January 25. Its sales climbed 9,500% since the inauguration on January 20.
All the Things the NEA Funded in 2016
An artist and engineer, Tega Brain, has made a website that lists all of projects that the NEA funded in 2016. Take a look, and if you enjoyed or took part in any of them, why not stop at the NEA booth (#438) at the conference in DC next week and let them know?
|Read "Sound Out Poetry" in the Writer's Notebook
In the Writer's Notebook, read about poet and writing instructor Emily K. Michael's experiences as her students analyze poetry. "My students rarely react positively to poetry. Intimidated, irritated, or apathetic, they resist all kinds of poems... So I expect silence today. I pass out the poems, knowing that I’ll hear more groans than anything else. Despite their resistance, I insist on teaching poetry because poetry uses language beautifully on a budget. The poems I choose are brief, employing metaphors in memorable ways."
|Purchase a AWP 50th Anniversary T-shirt
We are pleased to bring you a special edition 50th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt available for pre-order and at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, DC. There will be a limited number of shirts available for purchase at the conference, but you can reserve yours today, even if you're unable to attend! Your purchase will help AWP support writers, writing programs, teachers, and students.
|Update on Writer to Writer Selections for Spring 2017
This season, we received almost 400 mentee applications for our mentorship program, Writer to Writer. Based on the needs prevalent in the mentee applications, we chose twenty-five new mentors to serve with us. Those mentors are reviewing applications and making their decisions now, and we expect everyone will be notified prior to the AWP conference. Thank you to our members for continuing to support this program with your time, service, and interest!
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What are you most looking forward to about #AWP17 next week?
Some of the answers we received:
Dinty W Moore: Wandering the bookfair, bleary-eyed and dehydrated.
Christopher R Alonso: meet new writers, learn to make better art, talk resistance
Michael Khandelwal: Hanging out in the lobby among friends, with a nice gin and tonic nearby!
Luanne Smith: Seeing friends and making some new contacts, hopefully. Lots of good panels and readings, too!
Diane Lockward: Lots of good conversation about poetry, poets, books, presses.
Györgyi Mihályi Jewell: I can't wait for Leah Poole Osowski's book signing on Saturday at noon at the Wick Poetry Center's booth #715!
Lori Desrosiers: Seeing old and new friends, having conversations about poetry, writing and publishing.
Michael H. Broder: Showing people beautiful books from Indolent Books by Lisa Andrews, Robert Carr, Joe Osmundson, Sarah Sarai, and oh, yeah, me. Table 218-T being shared with my dear friends at Headmistress Press.
Hannah Kroonblawd: Reconnecting with writerly friends!!
Donna Minkowitz: Protesting Trump Saturday night at the writers' candlelight vigil for free speech!
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|Get Your .ink Domain Name—Free For One Year
Through a partnership with Write.Ink, AWP members are eligible to receive a .ink domain name free for one year. You will also receive 40% off the annual renewal cost for domains, hosted email, and any additional names or services you purchase for as long as you remain an AWP member. Log in to your account or visit their exhibit, Booth 238, at the #AWP17 Bookfair to learn more.
|Meet February's In the Spotlight Member
“What Straw Dog Writers Guild brings to the mix are short craft programs that are free and open to all, and many opportunities for writers to network with other writers outside their usual paths.” February's #AWPSPOTLIGHT member is Ellen Meeropol, President of Straw Dog Writers Guild and the author of three novels. Visit In the Spotlight to learn more about the work Ellen and Straw Dog are doing in Easthampton, Massachusetts today!
|Submit Your Undergrad Lit Mag
Consider entering the National Program Director's Prize. Undergraduate literary magazines in both print and online formats published between March 15, 2016 and March 15, 2017 are eligible for consideration in the categories of content and design. Each winning magazine receives a $1,000 cash award, and there is no entry fee. Submissions must arrive at AWP by March 15, 2017.
|Thank You, #AWP17 Sponsors!
Our conference sponsors help make our annual Conference & Bookfair possible. Including sponsoring things such as the bookfair stages and lanyards, sponsors also make it possible for hundreds of students and adjuncts to attend the conference for free.
Premier Level: Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University
Major Level: Antioch University Los Angeles, Georgia College, Chapman University, CUNY, Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, NEOMFA, The University of Tampa, USC Dornsife, and Wilkes University.
Benefactor Level: George Mason University Creative Writing Program, Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program, St. Francis College Writing Program, and University of Maryland MFA in Creative Writing.
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.
|What's that Image?
A critiqued poem from the "On the Same Page" service project.
|February 8–11: #AWP17 Conference & Bookfair in Washington, DC
February 23: #TellAWP17 tweet chat at 3:00 p.m. ET
February 28: AWP Award Series deadline