Back from the 2023 AWP Conference

I’m back from AWP’s annual conference, held this year in Seattle.  I got to meet some of my favorite living writers, including Naomi Shihab Nye, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Christopher Coake, and Brenda Peynado.  I met many other writers whose work I’m excited to check out. 

I also got to meet up with NaBeela Washington, editor of Lucky Jefferson and my collaborator on the Discover Beaverton anthology, and I got to catch up with one of my professors from my undergrad days and reminisce about my first rejection and acceptance letters (which I still keep to remind myself how far I’ve come). 

I enjoyed some downtime at Pike Place Market.  I didn’t make it to the Space Needle this time around, but if, fingers crossed, Worldcon 2025 ends up in Seattle, that’ll definitely be on my list.  As close as Seattle and Portland are, relatively speaking, I don’t get up to that area very often. 

Once I’ve settled back in, I’ll share a couple pieces of news, one fiction related and one poetry related.