Conversing and connecting happened on Saturday, April 5, at Johns Hopkins University’s DC campus. Starting with the opening remarks by David Housley and Susan Muaddi Darraj, of Barrelhouse, and Julie Wakeman-Linn of the Potomac Review, the day featured workshops and discussions around everything from chapbooks to experimental forms in nonfiction to flash novellas. And when the writers weren’t in workshops lead by editors of magazines like The Gettysburg Review, Gargoyle or The Intentional Quarterly, they were in the main area, sitting on sofas or standing in small groups, striking up new conversations and rekindling old connections (and, vice versa, of course).
Speed Dating with the Editors, always a raucously fun event and book signings (less raucous, as much fun) took up the middle of the day, followed by keynote speaker Marisa de los Santos, author of Falling Together and Belong to Me as well as other novels and poems. No one went home empty handed: all who attended were given the choice of one subscription to one of the sponsoring literary magazines (did you fill out the orange form?). A happy hour (or two) rounded out the day of conversations had and connections made.
Yes, our PR interns were there and managed the coffee table, keeping the writers supplied with coffee and banana bread, and managing the time for the speed daters.