By Sara Doolen, SR Spring 2016 Editorial Assistant
As we well know, each year the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, or AWP, holds its annual conference in a city of its choosing. This year that conference took place in the warm, sunny and star-studded city of Los Angeles, California. There couldn’t be a better place to hold a conference for writers and writing programs especially since some of the biggest and most well-known film studios, such as Paramount, Universal and 20th Century Fox, also call Los Angeles home. A writer never knows, their newly minted story just might hold the plot to the next big Academy-Award winning movie or hit television show. Five professors from the SUNY Plattsburgh English Dept. attended the Conference; Dr. Jose Torres, Dr. Alexis Levitin, Dr. Michael Devine, Prof. Elizabeth Cohen and Prof. Aimee Baker. They were accompanied by four students from our English Department. These students experienced AWP for the first time, taking their fill of the myriad of panels, readings, and off-site events that make this conference the biggest literary event in the country. Our Saranac Review booth was there as well, nestled amongst tables of literary journals, MFA programs, and publishing houses at the bustling book fair. We saw many of you there at our table and at our panels, and we truly appreciate the support.
We’ll see you again soon at AWP ‘17 in Washington D.C. where another round of our students will be in attendance experiencing AWP for the first time.
Aimee Baker at Saranac Review table
Interns and Elizabeth Cohen at the airport
Michael Devine with Measure Magazine
Featured author Karen Bender at our table
Editors with panels (from left to right): Aimee Baker, Elizabeth Cohen, and J.L. Torres