Posts Tagged ‘ASA’

ASA Recovery

Like most people, when I get home from a conference, I feel both exhausted and rejuvenated. Exhausted because I’ve spent three days running from session to session, meeting new people, greeting old friends, but rejuvenated from the celebration of both knowledge and art.  But rejuvenated because I got to read with my poet heroine, Paula Bohince (she’s great! and her new book is coming out very soon!). I also saw poets Peter Oresick, Jesse Graves, Richard Hague, Lori Jakiela, and Sandee Gertz Umbach read.  Plus, I met plenty of new poets and writers.  (And I sold six chapbooks!!!!)

So much to think about….but now, it’s on to the rest of the semester…In another week, I’m on spring break!



Blog Silence

Tomorrow I will be traveling to the ASA Conference in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  As I have mentioned before, I am super excited about this trip — I have never been to an ASA Conference before and I love multidisciplinary conferences.  I’m also super excited to go to the conference for another reason — I am going technology free.  Yep, no laptops, no access to computers.  (Okay, I’m bringing my cell phone — but trust me, it’s a very old model.  I can barely send text messages on it!)  Lately, because of work, I have felt tethered to my computer, so I’ve decided I need a break from technology — thus, my blog will be silent until I get back, and I won’t be responding to emails.  However, I will be back on Sunday!

Have a great week, and for those of you in the East, enjoy this great weather!

Springing Ahead: The Poetry Edition

My students have a bit of Spring Fever and to be honest, I think they caught it from me.  Since the weather has warmed, I’ve been in a tizzy, and falling behind on my poetry related goals.  But I’m slowly getting back on track.

As I mentioned before, March has been my month of revision.  I have yet to draft a totally new poem.  Instead, I have been cleaning out my files, getting rid of duplicate poems and duplicate ideas. Surprisingly, I have found some really good drafts that never made it to any sort of “final poem.” 

In other news, I have been catching up on my reading.  I have to admit that I’ve read a lot of poetry collections that have not really impressed me — I mean they were solid collections, but nothing stood out.  But recently, I read three collections that really were fantastic.  I want to write reviews on all three, but time constraints will probably prevent me from doing so.  And speaking of reviews, Rattle has a copy of Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt — if you want a free copy in exchange for a review, please contact the editors!

Finally, in a few days I will be leaving town to attend the annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association.  This is the first time that I have ever attended this conference, so I’m really looking forward to the trip.  Plus, I will be reading with Paula Bohince, a poet I really admire.  While JCC does not have Spring Break until the start of April, I’m going to consider this trip a precursor to the real thing!