This year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) was held in Boston on March 6th-9th. Sierra Nevada College students and faculty came from around the country to participate in the conference.
Wednesday, March 6th
Lee Herrick threw a fantastic party at an offisite reading to launch his new book, Gardening Secrets of the Dead. Ilyse Kusnetz and Optimisim One read at the event.
Thursday, March 7th
We met at 7:30 a.m. for coffee and to hear the game plan. It was too early!
English, BFA, and MFA students, along with creative writing faculty, set up shop in the bookfair to spread the word about our low-residency MFA, the BFA in creative writing, and the Sierra Nevada Review.
Brian Turner designed broadsides of the faculty’s work. Each broadside has a QR code that links to a reading. We’re innovating on every level.
Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott were the keynote speakers this year. Two Nobel Laureates in one room!
Friday, March 8th
Our MFA chapsticks were a huge hit with the passers-by. We developed a new slogan based on the chapstick flavor: “Sierra Nevada College: It tastes like cake!” Kenny and Bryce built a chapstick fort on the table.
Friday, March 9th
Even with the all day bookfair, panels, and readings going on, we found some time to get out into Boston to explore. Those MFA residencies train us to pack it all in!
Saturday, March 10th
Next year’s conference will be held in Seattle. Annie Proulx is the keynote speaker. Seattle, get ready for SNC.