I had wanted to live-blog or at least delayed-blog about AWP but I was so busy having a good time–and working on my stories–at the conference (friends! new friends! panels & readings! Colson Whitehead!) that I didn’t have the time or energy.
Flash fiction version: It was amazing. Colson Whitehead is funny, woke, and wonderful. Erica Jong is still the bomb. Press 53 (my publisher) has the coolest, most talented authors.
Then I spent almost half the month on a work trip back in my home state, California: fun, exhausting, inspirational.
The, last week, wonderful news. I’ve received a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council to cover my expenses for next year’s AWP conference! San Antonio in March sounds great!
I know at least one other writer who received a grant from the Arts Council this grant period. It’s so heartening to live in a city that supports art and artists.
I admit, when I first moved to Columbus nearly 11 years ago, I wasn’t sure that a midwestern city really cared about art. It’s been a pleasure to be proven wrong!
Thank you Arts Council and the City of Columbus!