AWP announced its line-up of panels today, and our little attempt was not on the list. I certainly appreciate the lovely Collin Kelley, Kathleen Kirk, Nina Corwin, and Megan Volpert for agreeing to at least give it a try. Without being a presenter, I won’t be able to get the time away from school to go to Boston, so I will have to see if I can make it in 2014. (I’ve never been to Seattle, so that would be a bonus.)
It was a good experience to prepare and submit the proposal, just as every submission to a journal or anthology makes me look at my poems more carefully and spend time reading the work of others. So the waiting is over for AWP, but I am still on the hook in many other aspects of my writing life: eagerly awaiting word about my full-length manuscript from a publisher I admire and sitting on over 30 active journal submissions as well makes for an adventure every time I check my email. (I am also considering a residency application for next summer, which would add one more thing to the list.)
Tomorrow, my new batch of students arrives for the year – at least that piece of waiting will be over.