Orion at AWP

Orion editors Chip Blake, Jennifer Sahn, and Hannah Fries are headed to Washington, DC for the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs—the largest literary conference in North America. The conference takes place February 2-5.

Orion will be involved with four events at AWP:

• On Thursday at 10:30 am, Chip moderates a panel, “Beyond Print,” which will consider digital opportunities for literary publishing. Editors from Guernica, Wilson Quarterly, From the Fishouse, and Rattapallax will participate.

• On Thursday night from 6-8 pm, Orion co-hosts a reception with Poets & Writers, at Bourbon, 2321 18th St. NW, Washington DC.

• On Saturday at 10 am, Orion celebrates the launch of its March/April 2011 issue at its table (C28) in the Bookfair. Come by for coffee and donuts and to meet Orion authors whose work is included in the issue.

• And on Saturday at 1:30 pm Jennifer appears on a panel, “What We Love,” in which editors will speak candidly about what makes it to the top of their stack of manuscripts. The panel also includes editors from Tin House, Milkweed Editions, Graywolf Press, The Believer, and Soft Skull Press.

Writers whose work has appeared in Orion who will be present at the conference include: Sandra Alcosser, James Armstrong, Ellen Bass, David Biespiel, Ralph Black, Elizabeth Bradfield, Kurt Brown, Simmons Buntin, John Calderazzo, SueEllen Campbell, Alison Deming, Camille Dungy, David Gessner, Jeffrey Harrison, Leslie Harrison, Linda Hogan, Jacqueline Kolosov, Doranne Laux, Sydney Lea, Gretchen Legler, Nancy Lord, BK Loren, Maurice Manning, Peter Matthiessen, Maria Melendez, Debra Marquart, Kathryn Miles, Thorpe Moeckel, Tom Montgomery-Fate, Kathleen Dean Moore, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Judith Nies, Debra Nystrom, Ann Pancake, Benjamin Percy, John Price, Lia Purpura, Alberto Alvaro Rios, Pattiann Rogers, Lauret Savoy, Lloyd Schwartz, Sherry Simpson, Kim Stafford, Luis Alberto Urrea, Katrina Vandenberg, Josh Weil, Joe Wilkins, Baron Wormser, Charles Wright, Kevin Young, and Alexi Zentner.

Please join us. The panels are restricted to conference registrants, but the Bookfair is free and open to the public on Saturday. Please contact {encode=”hfries@orionmagazine.org” title=”Hannah”} with any questions.