Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The Pleasure of Those Met at AWP

 More than half the pleasure of going to AWP is who you meet and who you see again. Here are photos of such meetups: 

It was a pleasant surprise to find myself talking to Monica Youn, who I had just heard on the Podcast Between the Covers.

Another little frisson was I realized I was talking to Leslie Pietrzyk, a fiction writer I met years ago at a party in Washington, DC but do not see except once in a blue moon.


Why Kazim Ali knows me is beyond my imagination but we always greet each other at AWP.

This masked duo turned out to be Allison Hedge Coke and her granddaughter. I "know" Allison from an online listserv.

  This is Nate Brown who stopped by The Word Works table where we gave him a protea flower and a book of poetry so he asked to buy a book by me!
  Always congenial is Jericho Brown who once read at Word Works Cafe Muse Literary Salon.


I run into Sandra Beasley at all sorts of venues and we conduct business on the fly. Sometimes we even meet dancing!

Thursday, March 2, 2023

OH! The Company She Keeps


Karren Alenier, a.k.a. the Steiny Road Poet, says don’t go into the Steinian woods alone and so the literary community is paying notice to her new creation From the Belly: Poets Respond to Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.


From ModPo Professor Al Filreis:


Al Filreis’ blurb on the back cover means that this online endorsement has been announced to thousands of people who have been reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons thanks to this professor’s MOOC Modern and Contemporary American Poetry course that has been running every fall for 12 years.




Distribution of From the Belly:


Find the book for sale at Small Press Distribution (SPD)



The Word Works is the publisher of From the Belly:


Learn about the collection of brand new titles that  From the Belly is being launched with at AWP Seattle.