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AWP Conference, Tampa
March 7 - March 11
Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10: YesYes Books, Book Fair
Saturday, March 10
S117. Literary Public Citizen: The Poet in the Community, Panel, 9:00 am
In a round-table discussion based on audience questions and comments, we’ll talk about how poets and writers can build community and meet local needs.
ASIDE: As a child I attended a Cat Fanciers Association show, my first conference in Tampa. My job was to help my mother clean and brush her tortoiseshell and chinchilla-silver Persians before ring time and clean their cages, especially the miniature rugs I had crocheted (to match the cats’ blue, gold, and green eyes). There were few other children around. I spent most of the day wandering among men and women who p(r)imped their strangely compliant felines while conversing with them. I hope this conference will be equally weird & exciting. It’s my 6th AWP conference and my anxiety level feels the same, but it’s good to know I’ll be near my old home stomping grounds of central Florida.
AWP Conference, Tampa, FL
Other Panelists for Literary Public Citizen:
Amy Dryansky‘s second book, Grass Whistle, won the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, was published by Alice James Books, and her poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals. She works at Hampshire College, and she is poet laureate of Northampton, MA.
Chad Frame‘s work has appeared in decomP, Rust+Moth, Menacing Hedge and elsewhere. He earned his MFA at Arcadia University where he currently teaches, and he works full-time as an account executive in the luxury retail market. He lives in Lansdale, PA with Jabberwocky, a bobtailed Maine Coon. He was 2017 Montgomery County Poet Laureate.