During the next couple of days I’ll be attending the annual conference of AWP – Associated Writing Programs – in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels.
There will be a gazillion panel discussions, workshops, and readings – all quite worthy, I’m sure. I’m scheduled to participate in a discussion at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. If you’re in the vicinity, I hope you’ll stop by.
It’s panel number F140, convened by the Academy of American Poets, to consider the significance of the Walt Whitman Award, which the Academy presents each year to a poet’s first collection of poems. I got invited because my first book, Work, for the Night Is Coming, received the award back in 1980.
So there will be readings and discussion by past and present recipients of the award. The program will be chaired by Eric Pankey, and the participants are J. Michael Martinez, Nicole Cooley, Judy Jordan, Stephen Yenser, and Jared Carter. It will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Palladian Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, West Lobby.
I’ll be staying at the Omni Shoreham on Thursday and Friday nights, and I’ll be hanging around the conference Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. I don’t have a base, but you could leave a note for me at the hotel desk.
Saturday I’m having lunch with my good friend E. F. Beall, the classicist and authority on Hesiod, after which we’re going to visit the National Museum of the American Indian.