Chicago Bound!

It’s ridiculously awesomely warm down south!

I am heading to Chicago tomorrow afternoon for 2009 AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference! Things I’m looking forward to (in no particular order): hearing/meeting Donald Hall, Nick Flynn, Dorothy Allison, Andrew Hudgins, Claudia Emerson, Heather McHugh, Paul Mauldoon, and many more that I don’t know about because I haven’t looked at the schedule read; getting very very drunk with thousands upon thousands of awesome writers; being in Chicago, one of my favorite cities, again; the nicer weather Chicago is having (40 degrees!); eating at Green Zebra for an early Valentine’s Day dinner tomorrow (Vegan Chocolate Cake, crispy peanut butter, banana sorbet, salted caramel!!!!); and probably tons of things that I can’t think of right now that will be beyond wonderful.

Look for a fun recap when I get back!

16 Responses to “Chicago Bound!”
  1. I used to work for AWP. The conferences are very fun, especially perusing the book fairs and drinking with other writers. 😉

    Donald Hall is a big name! Have a great time. Come back with poet recommendations.

  2. t says:

    I wanna gooooo!

  3. davimack says:

    Ahhhhh, warmththththth. Sigh.

  4. veggievixen says:

    awesome…have a great time!

    it is ridiculously warm 🙂

  5. shellyfish says:

    That is going to be such a fun conference! You always make me miss my former life as an academic! Get boozy with the writers for me!

  6. allularpunk says:

    sounds like such fun! have a great time 🙂

  7. Barbara says:

    wicked…have a good time…look forward to hearing about it,…

  8. jessy says:

    ooooooooh – have a glorious time, Jes! enjoy the conference, getting drinkyfaced, yummy eats, and everything else chicago has to offer! i’m looking forward to some rock’n pics & a sweet update when ya get back! yay!

  9. Have a fabulous time, you awesome lady!! Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  10. Steph says:

    I am so incredibly jealous you are in Chicago. I went there last December/January and was lamenting I couldn’t go again this year.

    The writer conference sounds AWESOME! I would like to think I am a writer or I guess more an aspiring writer, hehe. And don’t forget about the Chicago Diner! Oh man, I went there 3 times within a week when I visited!

  11. BitterSweet says:

    Have a great time in Chicago! 🙂

  12. Ricki says:

    Aw, I miss English conferences! Hope you have a gret time.

    Sure, I’d love some of your poetry suggestions–just make sure they’re easy 😉 !!

  13. lazysmurf says:

    I have always wanted to try the Green Zebra, please take pics! And try the Chicago diner, it is so awesome.

  14. gail says:

    Safe travels! Take lots of pictures …

  15. Amanda says:

    awwwww..tree blossoms? I feel ridiculously giddy thinking about them. Spring, where are you? Boston is warming up but you are way ahead of us..glad you had a good trip!

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