AWP Day One

Forgive me for the typos to come. I’m traveling with no keyboard.  But day one of AWP has come and gone, and I must tell you a few bits now. As in NOW, before said bits — random though they may be — escape into the void.  Check out/read/buy the following books. Trust me.

THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, by Heidi Durrow

 

 

 

PICKING BONES FROM ASH, by Marie Matsuki Mockett

 

 

 

YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE, by Siobhan Fallon

 

 

 

There’s also a new anthology — LIT FROM WITHIN — an anthology of writers on writing, by Kevin Haworth and Dinty Moore

 

 

 

Last week the New York Times said the memoir is dead, stop writing ME books! To which I say Bullshit. These memoirists blew my mind today, and I will follow them into the jungle: Dustin Beale Smith, Allison Hedge Coke, and the always incredible Valerie Miner.

As for rock star sightings, I spotted Richard Ford and Tayari Jones in the lobby, passed Elizabeth Strout on the sidewalk, and brushed behind the surreally talented and dreamy poet Terrance Hayes in the hall. Sigh. (oh contented sigh)

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5 thoughts on “AWP Day One

  1. lisahgolden

    I’m going to have to write I am not jealous about five hundred times.

    Plus more books to add to the list! I’m glad you got there and it’s going well. Thank you for sharing because I am living vicariously through you at the moment.

    1. Teri Post author

      I should have added that I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing old friends — Tara and Nikolina, etc… — so that’s even better. And that this place is a literal Zoo of all manner of humanity. Crazy.

  2. amyg

    thank you.

    thank you for going.

    thank you for sharing.

    a writer’s conference with literary rock stars and speakers who’ve written killer memoirs. i’m going to think about this tonight and try to lucid dream myself into my very own writer’s conference where i get to stargaze and speak. i dream of mary karr and joan didion and sitting on panels with newbies like claire dedrer and teri carter. (one day, as whoever wrote the bible is my witness, one day).

    seriously, thanks for keeping us posted. have a great conference.

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