February 2017: AWP in Washington, D.C.

AWP this year was different. It was in D.C. three weeks after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and the result was that activist events happened every day, from marches to the White House to candelight vigils to the #NoWallsAWP human wall demonstration in the bookfair itself. AWP is always exhausting, but this year it was rejuvenating, too, in a new way for me. I was so lucky to be surrounded by so many writers who are also activists. And lucky to bring home with me so much of their writing, in my ears from readings, and in books.