Thursday, February 19, 2009

UGA Press has fun at AWP

VQR Poetry Series authors took part an in-booth signing event at this year’s Associated Writers and Writing Programs conference to celebrate both the series and the two newest books: QUIVER, by Susan B.A. Somers-Willett, and FREE UNION, by John Casteen.

Pictured above are Casteen, Patrick Phillips (BOY), and Victoria Chang (SALVINIA MOLESTA), and at right is Somers-Willett.

In addition, the conference served as a sneak preview of our about-to-release craft title, NOVEL IDEAS: CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS SHARE THE CREATIVE PROCESS. Both editors attended the university press evening reception on behalf of Georgia and we sold through the copies we brought to the conference. Conference-goers also expressed much interest in FEARLESS CONFESSIONS, a guide to memoir-writing due out this summer from Sue William Silverman, who was on several AWP panels.

Creative nonfiction writers were excited to meet last year’s AWP nonfiction winner, Sharon White, and many took home VANISHED GARDENS after seeing her read on the prize-winners panel.

Many other UGAP authors were in attendance and on panels, including National Poetry Society winner Anna Journey (IF BIRDS GATHER YOUR HAIR FOR NESTING); Flannery winners Andrew Porter, Peter Selgin, Margot Singer and Gary Fincke; AWP creative nonfiction winners Jill Christman and Karen Sayers McElmurray; poets Sean Hill and Ed Pavlic; and writers Judith Ortiz Cofer and Judson Mitcham.