Our Trip to Boston for AWP

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.

AWP airport 2013 2

Photo by Ben Currier

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.

Gardening Secrets of the Dead Launch

Lee's Book Launch

Photo by Sandra Edwards

Thursday, March 7th

We met at 7:30 a.m. for coffee and to hear the game plan. It was too early!

Bryce 730 am

Bryce Bullins. Photo by Ben Currier

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.

AWP Table 1

L to R: Courtney Berti, Optimism One, and Brooke King. Photo by Sandra Edwards

Table Spread

Photo by Ben Currier

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.

June & Brian with Broadsides 2013

June Saraceno and Brian Turner. Photo by Ben Currier



Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott were the keynote speakers this year. Two Nobel Laureates in one room!

Derek Walcott in Conversation with Seamus Heaney

Photo by Sandra Edwards

At AWP Keynote 2013 2

L to R: Kenny Stoneman, Shannon Beets, and Bryce Bullins. Photo by Ben Currier

At AWP Keynote 2013

L to R: Marcela De Lira Astorga, Courtney Berti, Brooke King, Savannah Hoover, and Sandra Edwards. Photo by Ben Currier


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.

AWP Table 2

L to R: Bryce Bullins, Kenny Stoneman, Shannon Beets, June Saraceno, and Laura Wetherington. Photo by Sandra Edwards

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!



Brooke King, Sandra Edwards, and Brian Turner at Cheers. Photo by Sandra Edwards.

Saturday, March 10th

Brooke at the Museum

Brooke King at the Museum of Fine Arts. Photo by Sandra Edwards

Savannah & June Seafood!

Ben Currier led a group of folks across town to a great seafood restaurant. Savannah Hoover and June Saraceno dig in. Photo by Sandra Edwards.

Next year’s conference will be held in Seattle. Annie Proulx is the keynote speaker. Seattle, get ready for SNC.

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