Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Off to AWP, But Don't Forget My Reading with The Sun Magazine!

***AWP-goers: Do be sure to check out poet/memoirist Sandra Beasley's great guide to the neighborhoods around the AWP hotels: She'll tell you about restaurants, bars, and the closest liquor stores!

Well, I’m headed off to the AWP Conference with 7,000 writers—or however many have found a way to get here despite the massive snowstorm wreaking havoc everywhere but here. As a reminder, I’ll be reading an essay with other writers and editors from The Sun magazine: Krista Bremer, Lee Martin, and Heather Sellers, along with founder and editor Sy Safransky.

Here's a tiny preview of what I'll be reading, from an essay about Robb, my first husband who died:

“Recently, while working on her memoir about Robb, my husband’s mother e-mailed to ask if I knew when he had first read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the famous novel about European colonialism in Africa. Robb had taken a life-changing trip to Kenya in college, a year before I met him, and she thought that Heart of Darkness might have been on the reading list for the class. She remembered it as Robb’s “favorite book.”

“I remember differently.”

Logistical details:

Saturday, February 5, 2011
7:30 -8:30 PM

Go Mama Go!
(You'll find the theatre space through the store)
1809 14th St NW
(between S St & Swann St)
Washington, DC 20009
(U Street metro station)

This reading is open to all, whether you’re registered for AWP or not, though I hear that seating is limited, so don’t be late!

Blogging will resume sometime next week, after I recover.


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