On today’s show, we’re talking all things AWP. Each year, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs holds its annual literary conference--the largest in North America--to celebrate authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers. This year’s conference took place in Seattle and had more than 600 events and over 750 different bookfair exhibitors.
We weren't able to attend this year, but we dispatched two trusty field correspondents to sit in on panels, drink from a keg at the nerdiest frat party you can imagine, and roam the bookfair aisles talking to editors and publishers. We hear from Roxane Gay, co-editor of PANK, Maribeth Batcha, co-founder and publisher of One Story, and Elianna Kan, Senior Editor at The American Reader about why making the annual trip to AWP is crucial to both their publications and the writing community.
In Elianna Kan's words:
"It's often easy in New York to become inundated and go deaf with the moaning of the death of th