A Bang and a Smoke — AWP Seattle 2014

It was one of those nights. I hadn’t slept in 72 hours, and I had to read at an event miles away from the convention center. AWP Seattle 2014. I wasn’t sure how this night would end up. Would anyone come? So far removed from the action? Would I fall asleep on stage? Would I […]

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Sleepless in the Saddle

I took this picture of the Space Needle on my walk at dawn…thanks to insomnia. Today I’m continuing my reflection on AWP (Association of Writers and Writers’ Programs) conference in Seattle, where a reported 15,000 writers, publishers, editors and teachers of writing gathered to drink massive amounts of alcohol. (Un)Fortunately, I didn’t have the chance […]

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Sleepless in Seattle

Yes, a total cliché: like a picture of Mount Rainier when you come out of the elevator in the Roosevelt Hotel. But true. I’ve just returned from Seattle and now think I know why no one can sleep there. Coffee. Everyone has a cup of coffee in their hand. In Seattle you’re either on your […]

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