About two weeks ago, I wrote part one of a two-part recap about Ploughshares‘ adventures at AWP in Washington, D.C. For those of you waiting in breathless anticipation for part two, I do apologize, and I will now present you with the conclusion of the series.
Sarah Stetson, former intern and current Ploughshares reader, bravely manning our table.
Picking up where we left off: Friday morning dawned a little earlier than some AWP-goers would have liked, what with the multitude of readings, literary magazine parties, and “networking” sessions that took place on Thursday night. But we gathered our strength and returned to our stations. For the staff of Ploughshares, that meant returning to our table in the book fair area.
We love the book fair. It’s our chance to meet past, present, and future Ploughshares authors. Since a lot of the communication we do these days is through digital means, it’s great to actually/finally meet authors face-to-face. Just a few of the people who stopped by: Joyce Peseroff (Ploughshares‘ first managing editor and a guest editor twice), Aaron Smith (poet and contributor to Terrance Hayes‘ issue), Peter Kline (poet and contributor to the forthcoming Colm Toibin issue), Chelsea Rathburn (poet and contributor to the Elizabeth Strout issue), and Lloyd Schwartz (twice a guest editor, and a contributor too many times to count). We also look forward to meeting emerging poets and writers who stop by to browse our past issues, grab a copy of our submission guidelines, and chat about what we do.
DeWitt Henry signing at the Emerson College table.
This year, I had a chance to meet Don Lee, Ploughshares’ editor from 1989-2007. Although he was delayed by the snow, we were glad he made it to the conference and stopped by! Besides Ladette Randolph, our current editor-in-chief, there has only been one other editor: DeWitt Henry, Ploughshares’ founding editor, hung out at the Emerson table (right next to us) signing his new memoir, Sweet Dreams.
Kate Flaherty (Associate Editor) and Sarah Banse (Assistant Editor) greet guests and hand out coveted drink tickets.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about Friday, though, was our reception sponsored by Emerson College to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We had a lot of fun partying with friends and meeting new friends. There are lots of photos on our Facebook Fan Page. I encourage you to “become a fan” so you can get updates about what’s going on at Ploughshares and join the conversation.
Doug Paul Case, former web/marketing intern, and Diana Filar, current web/marketing intern.
[Tangent: Since they were at the party, and I have this great picture of the two of them, I'd like to thank two really hard-working people who make this blog possible. Doug Paul Case was our web/marketing intern for about 8 months before he passed the baton to Diana Filar, our current intern. Most of the posts you see on this blog are the result of their efforts, and they just do a wonderful job. Thank you!]
Saturday: Ploughshares‘ last day at the conference was jam-packed with more bookfair-ing, panels, and meet-ups with new and old friends. Sadly, the time eventually came to box up our stuff, and head back to our homes.
I won’t deny that the hour-and-a-half flight back to Boston was wonderfully short compared to the eight-and-a-half hour train ride down, or that my own familiar bed was quite welcomed, even compared to the feathery goodness I slept on in the Marriott Wardman. And, while we returned exhausted, with a pile of business cards that required follow-up e-mails, orders to be placed, and a week’s worth of work on our desk and in our in-boxes, we are already looking forward to AWP 2012. (Chicago, here we come!)