So You Didn’t Get to Go to AWP

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April 13, 2015 by carolinetanski

I haven’t been to AWP since 2013, and this brought back a lot of memories in all of their over-stimulating, blurry-eyed glory. I’ll try this approach next year with the added step of frantically texting writer friends I don’t get to see very often so we can emphatically promise to meet up for drinks that never happen.

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Another year of AWP has drawn to a close, and countless editors, writers and journal staffers are heading back to their home institutions with swag bags, connections and newly autographed books.

Not everyone got to go to AWP, and I just want to say that’s OK. We’re all in this together. In case, like me, you were at home watching the literary world scroll by on social media, here’s what you can do to recreate the AWP experience:

First, stock up on wine. You’re going to need a lot of it. Start with half a plastic cup of unfortunately-sharp white as you pull from your shelves every literary journal, small-press book, and poetry collection you own. Arrange the books on your dining or coffee table in a pleasing display. Rearrange three times. Settle on the original arrangement–it should be about the work.

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