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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Homeless in Seattle

Maybe the first thing you notice about Seattle when you’re walking the streets of downtown is that everyone is drinking coffee; the second thing you’ll notice is that Seattle, while exciting and hip, also has a problem with homelessness. According to the research immediately available on the internet, it looks as if Seattle and King […]

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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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