I’m gearing up for AWP. This might take some doing, as my history with this conference has been problematic. Or rather, with getting there. In the past few years, I have been variously stranded in five states after encounters with (a) freak snowstorms and (b) giant raccoons who crawl up into our car’s radiator to die, and yet I look forward to it every year because, of course, AWP has the trifecta: amazing bookfair + amazing readings + all my writer friends ever. Having said that, if my flight this year gets redirected to Khartoum, I won’t be particularly surprised.
If, however, the syzygy necessary to get me to Boston actually occurs, I’ll be reading for Ink Node on the night of Thursday, March 7th. I have a major crush on Ink Node; it’s one of the ways I’ve discovered a lot of my poet crushes (and then bought their books and then crushed harder). They’re put together an amazing lineup, and I’m honored to be invited. If you’re interested, you can read my poem “Liebestod” from the most recent Tin House at Ink Node here.
I’ll also be participating in a panel on Women Poets on Mentoring, talking about my experiences working with the incomparable Rebecca Dunham with Allison Joseph, Shara McCallum, and my dear friend Tyler Mills. You can find us on that same Thursday, at 4:30, in room 108 on the plaza level of the hotel. Here’s a description:
R251. Women Poets on Mentoring. (Allison Joseph, Rebecca Dunham, Brittany Cavallaro, Shara McCallum, Tyler Mills) Women poets today have a wealth of literary models to turn to in their reading. Cultivating relationships with other female poets during key stages in their development is, however, equally important. Female mentors can fill a crucial role in helping other women reflect on writing, pedagogy, professional development, and even lifestyle choices. Panel members will reflect on their own mentor-mentee relationships as well as discuss how individuals and writing programs might foster such connections.
Hope to see you there!