Amelia Gray (current Innovative Short Fiction Contest Judge and future galactic overlord) will be reading on Friday and Saturday at the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
On Friday, April 10th, find Amelia at Lee’s Liquor Lounge (101 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Other readers include Tarfia Faizullah, Janaka Stucky, Adrian Matejka, Monica McClure, Brian Foley, Lisa Ciccarello, Sampson Starkweather, and Sheila Squillante. Co-sponsored by Ninth Letter, Birds, LLC, Black Ocean, Hobart, Barrelhouse, and [PANK]. Find this event on Facebook.
On Saturday, April 11th, she’ll be reading again at Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN). The reading celebrates Amelia’s new book, Gutshot (published by FSG Originals). The event is also co-sponsored by Paper Darts. Other readers are Brandi Wells, Dessa, John Brandon, John Jodzio, Lindsay Hunter, Laura van den Berg, Safy-Hallan Farah, and Simon Jacobs. $5 at the door. Find this event on Facebook and RSVP here.
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke will be reading at a Beecher’s Magazine and Blue Earth Review off-site event. Other readers include Ryder Collins, Athena Kildegaard, Rachel Mennies, Dan Rosenberg, and Pete Stevens.
Time: Thursday, April 9th at 9:00pm
Place: Uptown Republic, 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Find the Facebook event here.
With over 700 presses and organizations represented at AWP, it’s difficult to see them all. Naturally, I need to start with a self-serving plug: your first stop should be Table #2025: The Conium Review. After that, explore as many new presses and publishers as possible (that’s my gameplan). But it’s good to have a few specific tables in mind—beacons amid the storm. Here are my top ten exhibitors (in order by table number):
- Table #226: Gold Line Press / Ricochet Editions
- Table #324: Small Beer Press
- Table #343: Fiction Collective 2
- Booth #415: NewPages.com
- Table #422: NANO Fiction
- Table #439: The Review Review
- Table #925: Juked
- Booth #1007: VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
- Table #1122: [PANK] / Tiny Hardcore Press
- Table #1837: Two Dollar Radio
So if you’re a bit lost, maybe use these tent-poles as your guide too. But don’t get stuck on lists and favorites; the most interesting conversations often come from presses you’ve never heard of.
About the Author
James R. Gapinski is The Conium Review‘s managing editor. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College. His work has appeared in theEEEL, NANO Fiction, Heavy Feather Review, Juked, Atticus Review, Word Riot, and elsewhere.
Join The Conium Review, Pacifica Literary Review, and Small Po[r]tions for an off-site AWP reading.
Location: Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Reading for The Conium Review are Christine Texeira (published in Vol. 3), Zach Powers (published in Vol. 3), and John Englehardt (winner of our 2014 Flash Fiction Contest and published in The Conium Review Online Compendium).
For Pacifica and Small Po[r]tions, readers including Caitlin Scarano, Kyle Ellingson, Terri Witek, Valerie Wernet, and Genevieve Kaplan.
A flyer for “Purple Haze Purple Rain,” an 2015 AWP Conference off-site reading.