Tuesday, February 8, 2011

You Told Me So

I went to AWP and loved it. I was very nervous about meeting Elizabeth and Robert from Ig--they're the ones who are going to put out the novel, now titled Death Wishing, in October. But christ they are great people and christ they love the book. Plus, they seem to know more about it than I do, like what the ending means. We're going to be genuine partners on this trip. We had two great conversations about the book, and one great conversation about hotel detectives, awp murder mysteries, and carl bernstein. Erin Fitzgerald was privy to that one because all parties were in transit, and it was a clog-the-aisle encounter. Afterward Erin said, "what a perfect fit." She's a genius.

I was not nervous about meeting Mike Meginnis, 1/2 of the Uncanny Valley editorial team, mainly because Curio is out the door, yeah. He's a great guy, very cool. Send them your stuff!

Everyone is exactly like they are online except Roxane Gay, Ben Loory, xTx . . . they're just a little different. (Ben said, "I almost knocked over Joyce Carol Oates. Luckily I had the presence of mind to say, 'AAAaaagh!'") Lauren Becker is more like herself than I could have imagined. Mel Bosworth smiles like he knows a secret all the time. Steve Himmer and John Minichillo smile like there are no secrets any more. I feel like I've met Donna D. V and Robert Swartwood before. I have met David Erlewine, but he has new eyeballs. I'm curious to know what everyone expected of Scott Garson. He came home with us Saturday night because he wanted to make an early night of it, but we stayed up late bullshitting. An unexpected delight--meeting award winning poet Marilyn Kallet at dinner with D & L. She gets it, she gets all of it, even though she doesn't have to.

Thanks again to Erin and Ryan Bradley, without whom I would still be hopelessly lost. Ryan stood in one spot for 72 hours, and Erin never lost patience: She sent one particularly helpful text, In goatee alley. Thanks to Art & Tara for carting my ass around. Thanks Beth for being so painfully funny. So far no signs of Brandon's cold. Thanks to Dean for missing me. We don't do stuff apart.
This is my fave AWP photo--it's from the wonderland reading, thurs night: dogzplot/sententia/jmww/wigleaf. That's Danny Collier, Scott Garson, and Beth Cox-Thomas. They are all demonstrating hip hop & urban looks.

10 comments:

xTx said...

SO NEAT TO MEET YOU!

Roxane Gay said...

It was wonderful to meet you! Erin was a savior for me last year. She is very good to people new to AWP.

Laura Ellen Scott said...

right back at you both! it was all so strangely romantic . . .

Robert said...

Great meeting you too, LES. Though, in a way, it started some trouble ... :-D

wv: shnonu

Mel Bosworth said...

You're awesome, Laura. Was great to meet you, if only for a few grinning blinks.

Lauren Becker said...

I wasn't sure what you meant when you said I was like myself. Then I remembered you are so completely like yourself and I knew you would be. And I love that. And I love that you say nice things about Erin because she's one of my favorite people on earth and she doesn't get that i'm far from being her only fan. i'm so happy that all these great things are happening for you and hope you've forgiven me for stealing your exclamation point.

Laura Ellen Scott said...

Rob, it was probably unavoidable. Btw, looks like your file is complete.

Laura Ellen Scott said...

Mel is short for mel-low

Laura Ellen Scott said...

Lauren, you beauty--I've reinstalled my exclamation points, will bill you for the hours . . .

Tim Jones-Yelvington said...

Lauren, you are definitely far from being Erin's only fan.

Laura, it was good to meet you, wish there had been a bit more time!