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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My Year in Writing — 2012

Christopher Allen, good in hoodsTwenty Twelve has been an odd year for writing. Let me just say this right up front: Odd. Year. My physical worries got in the way, the applecart of my daily routine was upset by changes in my day job, and at least 10 other lame excuses prevented me from writing. […]

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Good Things Come in Threes

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage’s pictures, try reloading the page. This usually works.) My recent health problems notwithstanding, I am a very fortunate person. Life isn’t always good, but it’s instructive. Before I moved to Germany, my outlook on life wasn’t so rosy. Actually, maybe I’m giving […]

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