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What’s in your AWP bookbag?

The luxury of driving to this year’s AWP conference in Chicago meant that it was no holds barred on the journal and new titles accumulation front.  I’ve got the next six month’s reading already taken care of with:

New poetry titles from my compadres at Red Hen PressCalamity Joe, Brendan Constantine; Miracle Day, Sebastian Matthews; and The Scarlet Libretto, David Mason – an intriguing publication of the libretto for composer’s Lori Laitman’s opera The Scarlet Letter.  And from across town at Sarabande: Jean Valentine’s chapbook Lucy, No.8 from the press’ Quarternote Series and Small Fires, essays by Julie Marie Wade. Finally, from Graywolf (all softbacks $10!!) two from the “Art Of” series: Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness and The Art of Time in Fiction, Joan Silber; and, Vanishing Point (Not A Memoir) from Ander Monson.

Too many journals to list but some old and new favorites: Whiskey Island with reversible halves (this was not the only publishing instance of this at the bookfair);two issues of Burnside Review including the “whiskey” issue; Poems & Plays one of the few litmags publishing short plays; Exit 7 (inaugural issue and snazzy looking, too!) from West Kentucky Community and Technical College; a back issue from Hobart themed “gaming”; the literary annual from Hamline, Water – Stone Review; and from Ugly Duckling Presse, 6×6 –  very beautifully produced collection of 6 poems by  6 poets.

What’s in your AWP bookbag? 

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