Tuesday, March 14, 2006
AWP: Mucho To Tell
Okay. I think this pic says it all. Raul Salinas & I. So much to tell but here is an attempt at some highlights.
Touching Joy Harjo's awesome tattooed hand Hugging Lorna Dee Cervantes at the Wings Press Table (she is my all-time inspiration & the reason why I even started writing)
Watching a muskrat pose beneath a picnic table while my friend Amanda and I screamed (compliments of the Hi-Hostel in Austin) Drinking cabernet with Rigoberto Gonzalez Forgetting my credit card at Raul Salinas' bookstore: Resistencia Forgeting my ATM pin code (!) Wearing cowboy boots & a hat to Dagoberto Gilb's Party Meeting up with the poet David Welch for free drinks at the Embassy Suites Arguing with the journalist Russel Contreras about "brisket" (I ordered a brisket burrito and realized a Tejas brisket burrito has liquid smoke in it Reading for Con Tinta at Dona Emilia's and being urged by Raul Salinas to cuss out the crowd because they weren't paying attention to me Meeting other MFA students during my panel (along with Tony Diaz, Amanda Pennelly & Russell Contreras about getting more students of color into MFA Programs) Meeting Tony Diaz & his beautiful wife and chatting about how Nuestra Palabra's movement is now institutionalizated at Columbia University's MFA Program OUR WORD Talking with Sandra Cisneros & other Macondistas Meeting Liana Lopez & Brian Parra of Nuestra Palabra
Thanks Con Tinta for inviting me to read! I can't wait for next year's fiesta. See ya'll in Atlanta.