I'm back from AWP and it was a great conference. I spoke on two panels. The first was on censorship and self-censorship. The panel was chaired by Laura Otto from Mount Mary University. Panelists included Ricki Thompson who wrote City of Cannibals who spoke about sex in YA lit; Daniel Kraus, author of Rotters, who talked about violence; Ann Angel, author of Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing who talked about drugs and their effects; and myself -- I talked about editorial decisions and their effects on writing.
The audience was thoughtful and really added to the discussion. Special thanks to the woman who bought a copy of Serendipity Market. I'll misspell your name horribly but I hope you enjoy it! And thanks for coming to our reading!
Which leads to the next panel -- readings! Kiara Koenig read essays that came from Through the Wardrobe and A Friday Night Lights Companion; Tami Brown read her picture book Soar Elinor!; Zu Vincent, author of The Lucky Place read from a work in progress, J.L. Powers read from This Thing Called the Future; and I read The Cabeza River Run from Serendipity Market.
Again, a great audience at the last program on the last day of the conference. Thanks to all of you!