AWP 2016

Brianna Martinez representing Upsilon Sigma at AWP 2016
Brianna Martinez representing Upsilon Sigma at AWP 2016.

The month of April is always an exciting and busy month for Upsilon Sigma. From March 30th to April 2nd, two members attended the nationally renowned writer’s conference, AWP 2016.

AWP stands for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Their missions is “to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.” They serve nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers.

Over 12,000 attendees bustled in and out of the Convention Center for over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels and craft lectures. The Bookfair hosts over 800 presses, journals and literary organizations from around the world. There were also hundreds of publishers, journals, and graduate programs at tables in the large hall. 

Co-President Rebecca Baker and Upsilon Sigma member Brianna Martinez had the opportunity to not only attend the Conference but work at an exhibitor table. Chair of the English Department and Professor of English Anthony Barnstone reached out to an east coast publication called Sheep Meadow Press. Founded in 1971 by art dealer and poet Stanley Moss, his press has been publishing poetry and interviews of consistent quality for decades. Rebecca and Brianna shared a table with Sheep Meadow Press, advertising Upsilon Sigma’s literary presence and their Literary Review. They also had the opportunity to check out other presses and journals, big and small, sparking ideas for the 2016 Literary Review. 

Brianna Martinez writes:

The AWP Conference is a fantastic opportunity for English majors (and all students interested in writing, really) to have a glimpse of what awaits them after graduating. AWP is representative of the professional world of publishing and editing that burgeoning writers will soon step into. I am so grateful that Sigma Tau Delta allowed me the opportunity to meet so many great individuals — I leave this convention with a reinvigorated love for the writing community, and I am beyond excited to attend future literature conferences and events! Where else can you expect to find a room full of people who will appreciate a joke that concerns Finnegan’s Wake?

The cost of the table and entrance fees were fully funded thanks to the generosity of Whittier College’s Media Council. Upsilon Sigma thanks them for their help in promoting literacy and post-graduate opportunities for Upsilon Sigma members.

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