AWP: everything that's fit to print

AWP is the one stretch of time during the year that our staff and many of our authors are together in one place, and we had a great time working the table, meeting our wonderful readers, and being surrounded by so many presses we admire. This year, we debuted our two newest titles Butcher's Tree by Feng Sun Chen and Fjords Vol. 1 by Zachary Schomburg, along with our newest issue of Handsome. By the end of the conference, we sold out of all the copies we brought of Butcher's Tree and Handsome. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table and supported us!

The Hideout was completely packed for our off-site event Friday night, featuring a reprise of the collaborative live performance of Fjords with Zachary Schomburg, Manual Cinema, and the Chicago Q Ensemble, readings by Feng Sun Chen, and authors from Letter Machine Editions and Octopus Books. Then we danced, drank, and partied past the point of sanity. Of course, enjoying ourselves as much as we did means that most of us were too caught up in the festivites to take too many photos that would prove just how awesome it was.

For those of you who pre-ordered one of our new titles, or bought a 2012 subscription, we begin shipping orders this week. If you haven't picked up a copy of Fjords or Butcher's Tree, you can read exerpts from the books just posted on Everday Genius. Click here for Butcher's Tree and here for Fjords Vol. 1.

Many people at the conference also asked about a 2012 subscription. As a staff of poets, a few of us aren't so good at remembering numbers, so if we gave you confusing answers forgive us! You can order a subscription here for $50; it includes our two newest titles along with our forthcoming Fall releases (see the link for a full list). This is the first year we will be releasing five titles, so we're pretty excited and hope you will be too!

I hope everyone who made it to the conference is happily recovering at home. We'll see you next year!

Black Ocean at AWP

If you make it to DC through the great blizzard of 2011, dust off your snowpants and find Black Ocean editors and authors at our book-fair booth D15 which can be found in Hall B North. We'll have all your favorite Black Ocean titles and some swag too!

Black Ocean is also hosting, along with Action Books, Apostrophe Books, Slope Editions, and Tarpaulin Sky Press, POSSESS NOTHING AWP on Saturday, February 5  from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at The Wonderland Ballroom (1101 Kenyon Street, NW). The reading features Jessica Baran, Julie Doxsee, Lara Glenum, Johannes Göransson, Matt Hart, Matthew Henriksen, Lucy Ives, Paul Foster Johnson, Joyelle McSweeney, Peter Richards, Brandon Shimoda, Abraham Smith and Daniel Tiffany. When the reading stops at 9:30, the dance party begins. See you there!