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Special Call for Submissions for Our 50th Anniversary Year
Starting February 1, the Writer's Chronicle will be accepting material for our special 50th Anniversary year in 2017. Submit your critical appreciations of writers who have been extremely important in the last five decades, your photos and memories from past conferences, and historical material about AWP's early days.
Featured This Month
Every month, we feature new members, articles, and podcasts on the main page of our website. This month we're featuring “An Introduction: Lamb's Essays of Elia” by Phillip Lopate from the December 2002 Writer's Chronicle. Our featured blog post is “Sometimes It’s the Stuff You Love that Hurts You the Most”: An Interview with Poet and Visual Artist Rachel Slotnick by Kathleen Rooney, and our featured podcast is Episode 102: The Art of the Art of Writing from #AWP15, featuring Charles Baxter, Stacey D'Erasmo, and Carl Phillips.
Celebrate January's Member In the Spotlight
“I hate locking people into one book that everyone should read for all time—new, amazing literature is being written all the time.” AWP is happy to announce Lise Quintana as January’s Member In the Spotlight! Writer, publisher, and software developer, Lise is the Editor-in-Chief of Zoetic Press and the CEO of Narrative Technologies. Hear more from Lise and check out previous In the Spotlight members today.
Tweets from the Chat
On January 7, we hosted a tweet chat with AWP Director of Exhibits, Cynthia Sherman, to answer questions and help #AWP16 Bookfair exhibitors make the most of their exhibiting experience. If you missed any of the chat, including some great photos from years past, you can view the archived transcript. Here are some thoughts shared during the chat:

Question from @bravenewlady: Any good advice on booth/display designs? How to make best use of space, plan areas to foster engagement w attendees?
Answer from @cshermava: First look at traffic flow, your message and branding, and ease of access
Answer from @awpwriter: Good booths are eye-catching! Give-aways, sales, games, contests, & friendly staff go a long way.

Advice from @awpwriter: Promote your sales/signings via social media during #AWP16 and you might show up on our Twitter Wall at the conference.

Advice from @cshermava: Post-show Follow up on your leads ASAP. Have a plan in place before you go to the show on how you will follow-up.
Listen to AWP's Podcast Series
Over 100 recordings of events from past years of the AWP Conference & Bookfair are available for your listening pleasure! You can listen to the podcasts episode by episode, or subscribe to our feed (using a program such as iTunes), which is updated every time we add a new episode. The AWP Podcast Series offers a broad range of literature discussions, from readings to conversations on craft, pedagogy, or artistic stewardship. It features some of the most celebrated and influential contemporary writers, including Charles Baxter, Eula Biss, T.C. Boyle, Anne Carson, Rita Dove, Roxane Gay, Marie Howe, Lily King, Erik Larson, Pablo Medina, Dinaw Mengestu, Maggie Nelson, Aimee Nezhukamatathil, Eileen Myles, Claudia Rankine, Tracy K. Smith, Arthur Sze, Amy Tan, Colm Tóibín, Dean Young, and many others.

Check out this week's episode, "Disappearance and Forgetting: Geeshie Wiley and Last Kind Words Blues, A Lecture by Greil Marcus, Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation," a nonfiction, craft, and criticism panel discussion on the literary importance of cultural criticism.
New on the Writer's Notebook!
In part three of this blog series, Christopher Coake concludes his discussion on the creation of the new MFA program at the University of Nevada, Reno. "In previous posts in this series, I’ve discussed how the creative writing faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno, conceived and built our new MFA program, now in its first year. What I’d like to address in this, the last post, are some of the practical difficulties—and outright surprises—we faced in implementing the program, and how we faced them."
Writer's News
The Swedish Academy released its list of nonwinning nominees for the 1965 Nobel Prize in literature (they academy keeps them under wraps for 50 years), and they include WH Auden, Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, and Pablo Neruda, among others. Becket would go on to win in 1969 and Neruda in 1971, but the other three were never laureled.

Juan Felipe Herrera, US Poet Laureate and AWP16 Conference featured presenter, calls for contributions to La Famila, "an epic poem that will run the span of Herrera’s Laureateship." The theme for the current month is "Let me tell you what peace can bring." Sign up and contribute at the Library of Congress's Poetry & Literature site.

The new year is here, and now that lists featuring the best of 2015 have been exhausted, get ready for such lists forthcoming in 2016. Try The Millions for a fairly extensive list.

Two writing centers are relocating. Hugo House, a longtime Seattle institution, is moving—well, the center is moving; the house is being demolished, and a new venue will be built in its place. The Stranger reports Hugo House will partner with the Frye Art Museum in Seattle until the new building is ready. Across the country, LitHub interviewed Noreen Tomassi, Executive Director of The Center for Fiction, a 200-year-old New York institution, about its history, its meaning to the literary community, and its move from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Join the Discussion
AWP asked our social media followers: What are your writing-related resolutions for the new year? Here are some of the answers we received:

Valerie Griffin @griffin399: #write every day no matter where I am and what I'm doing

EDML @exclamate: To always have one submission that's waiting to be read.

Jessica S. Frank @Jsfrank79: To fill the pretty notebooks I've received over the years. I always think I have to save them for something "special."

riprip @KamdenHilliard: more formal poems / that sound nothing like formal poems

Sarah Katz: Write at least one good sentence a day.

Elizabeth Zokaites @E_A_Zokaites: Graduate with my Master's and a full novel draft! #newyearsresolution #amwriting

Ruthie Jones @RuthieJonesTX: Write every day, but don't give up or cry if a day gets skipped.

Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter and look for a different question every Tuesday.
AWP Conference & Bookfair Updates
Make #AWP16 Accessibility Requests
In order for us to provide enough assistance at the conference, please address all requests for accessibility services, equipment, or accommodations to Hannah Landsberger at by January 29, 2016. If you clicked the accessibility services checkbox when you purchased a conference registration, you should have heard from us already. If you have any further requests or questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Download the #AWP16 Mobile App!
The #AWP16 Los Angeles App is available! Download the app for conference information, maps, listings of exhibitors and sponsors, and a complete schedule of conference events. The app will be updated monthly as new conference information becomes available. If you previously downloaded the app for the 2015 conference, you will need to redownload the app from your app store to receive the fully updated version. The app will enable you to create your own schedule and send messages to other attendees. (Please note that schedules created on the app will not transfer to our website).

Purchase Bookfair Exhibit Space
Join over 700 exhibitors that have already secured space at the #AWP16 Los Angeles Bookfair and reach the largest single audience of writers, students, and teachers of creative writing in North America. Our online exhibit purchase and management system allows exhibitors to select an exhibit location and manage the exhibit. The system is open to all exhibitors, and sales are ongoing until the bookfair sells out. Don't wait to purchase your booth or table at the most popular independent bookfair in the country!
January 22: Deadline to reserve an ad in the March/April Writer's Chronicle

January 29: Make a #AWP16 accessibility request

February 1: Writer's Chronicle reading period begins

February 12: Deadline for #AWP16 conference preregistration