Wednesday, February 04, 2009

SIUC at AWP Chicago 2009

SIUC will be in full effect as a sponsor at this year's annual AWP Conference at the Hilton Chicago, the nation's annual conference for creative writing students and programs. Here are some schedule highlights (SIUC folks in CAPS):

Saturday, February 14:
Joliet, 3rd Floor, 1:30 pm-2:45 pm
More Than a Collection: Imagining and Realizing Thematic Poetry Projects. (JON TRIBBLE, Oliver de la Paz, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Sean Nevin, Alison Townsend, Jake Adam York) A panel discussion featuring five Crab Orchard Series in Poetry authors who have published collections with Southern Illinois University Press that explore extended thematic concerns or ongoing poetic projects on topics including the imaginative interior life of a young boy, silent film, Alzheimer's, the Persephone myth and twenty-first-century America, and the martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement.

Lake Huron, 8th Floor, 1:30 pm-2:45 pm
In the World and of the World: The Post-Evangelical Writer. (Scott Kaukonen, PINCKNEY BENEDICT, David McGlynn, Kyle Minor, Angela Pneuman) Writing honestly about the devout of any religion, including Evangelicals, can be a delicate business, especially for those with more than an academic interest. If you appear too critical, the devout will paint you a heretic and circulate your name through the church prayer chain. If you appear too sympathetic, skeptics will view you with suspicion and recommend a good therapist. Yet in a cultural landscape where stereotypes abound on all sides, what possibilities—and challenges—exist for these writers?

Continental B, Lobby Level, 4:30 pm-5:45 pm
Twenty Years in Utopia: The RopeWalk Writers Retreat Aniversary Reading. (Ron Mitchell, RODNEY JONES, ALLISON JOSEPH, Michael Martone, Andrew Hudgins) RopeWalk Writers Retreat, a weeklong summer conference set in New Harmony, Indiana, the site of two 19th-century experiments in utopian living, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a poetry and prose reading by retreat faculty.

In addition:
Allison Joseph, booksigning for her new chapbook "Voice": Saturday, February 14, 10-11:30am at the Mayapple Press book table (table 653).

SIUC's Private Reception for Alums, Faculty, Current Students and Friends (not listed on the official schedule):
Friday, February 13
7:00-8:15 pm
Hilton Chicago, Private Dining Room 3

Look for Crab Orchard Review and SIU Press at the AWP Bookfair, tables 107 and 108.