Next week, the Rose O’Neill Literary House will be traveling to Washington, DC for the 50th annual AWP Conference from February 8-11. We will be bringing along six Washington College students to represent us in the Bookfair and to attend as many panels and readings as they can. Here’s where you can find us at the Conference.
Our students will be staffing Booth 626 in the Bookfair, where we’ll have copies of our Literary House Press books and broadsides, including our newest trade paperback Still Life with Poem. We’ll also be debuting a few brand-new publications just in time for the Conference.
Our fourth AWP Commemorative Broadside features a poem first published by DC-based Split This Rock. “A Small Needful Fact,” by Ross Gay is now a piece of letterpress-printed art. The author will sign the entire limited edition and then they will be available for purchase for $20 each.
The third issue of Cherry Tree will also be fresh from the printers, featuring new poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade from Eloisa Amezcua, Kate Anger, Sarah Blake, CL Bledsoe, Paul Bone, Kim Bridgford, Nan Byrne, Lauren Camp, Doritt Carroll, Michael Chin, Charlotte Covey, Heidi Czerwiec, Stephanie Dickinson, R.M. Fradkin, Avital Gad-Cykman, Melanie Graham, Dave Housley, Anna Kelley, Shara Lessley, Matthew Lippman, Raye Hendrix May, Damon McLaughlin, Erika Meitner, Lynn Melnick, Tyler Mills, Michael Mingo, Rajiv Mohabir, Julie L. Moore, John A. Nieves, Ashley Robertson, Martha Silano, Matthew Thorburn, Robert Vivian, Stacey Waite, Cody Walker, Michael Walsh, and Phillip B. Williams. At a whopping 218 pages, this is our biggest issue yet. Grab your copy in the Bookfair for a special Conference price!
We’ll also be offering special Conference bundles at Booth 626. These offers will not be available after the Conference, so be sure to take advantage of them while they last:
Buy a 2-year Cherry Tree subscription, get a free tote bag!
Buy a copy of Still Life with Poem or The Book of Scented Things, get the commemorative broadside for just $10 more!
Buy any 2 Literary House Press books, get a free tote bag!
Buy any 2 Literary House Press broadsides, get a 3rd free!
For any purchase of $50 or more, get a free tote bag, hat, or water bottle!
To celebrate the launch of Issue 3, we are co-hosting an offsite reading with Baltimore-based Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review on Thursday, February 9 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. at Busboys & Poets @ 5th & K.
We’ll have readings from Cherry Tree contributors Michael Chin (fiction), Rajiv Mohabir (creative nonfiction), Lynn Melnick (poetry), and Julie Marie Wade (creative nonfiction), as well as readings by Eckleburg contributors and editors.
So please mark your calendars and be sure to join us! The first 50 attendees will get free drink tickets.
On Saturday, February 11, we are joining our fellow co-sponsors for a Candlelight Vigil for Freedom of Expression from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at Lafayette Park, across from the White House. We invite writers assembled in DC for AWP to a Candlelight Vigil for Freedom of Expression. This basic freedom is threatened in new ways and with more intensity than in recent memory. As the nation’s poets and writers, editors and critics, we have a unique and vital obligation to stand watch over free speech and expression. May our candlelight vigil February 11 provide encouragement and focus to our watch in the coming years. Speakers include Kazim Ali, Gabrielle Bellot, Melissa Febos, Carolyn Forché, Ross Gay, Luis J. Rodriguez, Eric Sasson.
See you at AWP!