Sunday, January 30, 2011


Picture: two hotels and myriad watering holes located in the heart of the seat of the free world. Inside and outside sweet 'Arrow contributors shoot gleaming and orbit glowing in a super-cosmos of word/art dee-lite. Here, soon, there will be a chance to scope these heavenly glories for MANY DAYS: almost as much as anybody could possibly desire.

The Omni Shoreham! The Marriot Wardman! Various Places to Listen While Drinking or Not Drinking! Yah! Yah! On, ye merry winged horsemen:

Wednesday February 2, 2011

Poetry Reading: Lowbrow Press, H_NGM_N Books and Birds LLC
Location: Duffy's Irish Pub (see for directions)
Cost: Free
Description: A reading by Matt Hart, Dan Boehl, Sommer Browning, Adam Fell, MC Hyland, Brad Liening, Matt Mauch, Alexis Orgera and Emily Pettit. Go to for directions to Duffy's Irish Pub from Marriott Wardman Park.

Thursday February 3, 2011

9:00 a.m.-10:15 p.m.
R107. Presses with a Mission. (Hanna Andrews, Becca Klaver, Johannes Göransson, Lisa C. Moore, Anna Moschovakis) This panel gathers editors of literary presses varied in aesthetic, geography, and genre that share one thing in common: they are presses created to fulfill a mission. Through manifestos, statements of philosophy, or politically-charged jacket copy, these editors have defined an editorial goal and built a catalog to match. Editors discuss the implications of missions rooted in identity or aesthetics, how missions both clarify and complicate, and how publishing itself alters their original aspirations.
Nathan Hale Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level

Noon.-1:15 p.m
R160. The Future of the Book Review: How to Break In. (Salvatore Pane, Roxane Gay, Irina Reyn, Emily Testa, Paul Morris) The rise of the book blogger has forever altered the traditional book review. But what is the state of the book review moving forward in a digital culture, and how do interested parties actually go about becoming reviewers? Panelists including the editor of PANK, the book review editors of BOMB and Hot Metal Bridge, and published writers currently working in the field will answer these questions and more.
Diplomat Ballroom
Omni Shoreham Hotel, West Lobby

R154. To Wave or Not to Wave: Writing the Female Body Across Generations. (Kathleen Rooney, Janice Eidus, Patricia Foster, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Kate Zambreno) First, second, or third wave? Post or no wave? The six feminist writers in this roundtable don’t get hung up on labels, but they do suggest there’s insight to be gained by looking at how the work of women writing about sex and the body has evolved over the past 40 years. Join them for a multi-genre, multi-generational conversation on how feminism has influenced literary explorations of gender, useful for anyone interested in how writing the body can situate individuals of any age in the world.
Thurgood Marshall West Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level  

1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
R177. A Different Kind of Hybrid: Race, Lyric, and Innovation. (Ruth Ellen Kocher, Sarah Gambito, Dawn Lundy Martin, Wendy S. Walters, Soham Patel) Norton’s Hybrid Anthology reveals the intersection of lyric and innovative poetry, but only slimly represents many writers of color. Are writers of color less often “claimed” as innovative writers, or traditionally lyric writers, regardless of form because they often utilize a privileged “I” or an emerging “freedom narrative” in the midst of experiment? This reading by innovative writers of color means to begin a dialogue about different approaches to lyric, hybridity, and innovation.
Virginia B Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level

Annalemma, PANK, & Mud Luscious Present Divination in DC
Location: Ireland's Four Provinces
Cost: FREE
Description: Kristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Gregory Sherl, Molly Gaudry, Steve Himmer, Jesse Bradley, Ben Brooks, Mel Bosworth, Sal Pane, Sasha Fletcher, Mary Miller, Ethel Rohan, Michael Stewart, Rob Roensch, Brian Oliu, Mathias Svalina, Matt Salesses, Amber Sparks

3 Dollar Bill (AWP Queer Reading)
Location: Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free
Description: Join us for a night of rapid-fire readings by some of the LGBT community's most talented and dynamic writers. Thirty readers of poetry and prose will each read two minutes of their work: Francisco Aragón, Ilse Bendorf, Tamiko Beyer, Regie Cabico, Cynn Chadwick, Julie Enszer, Danielle Evennou, Gina Evers, Reginald Harris, Natalie E. Illum Charles Jensen, Saeed Jones, Eloise Klein Healy, Rickey Laurentiis, Paul Lisicky, Michael Montlack, Eileen Myles, Kristin Naca, Achy Obejas, Christa Orth, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Radclyffe, Douglas Ray, Jason Schneiderman, Joseph Shapiro, Ely Shipley, Justin Torres, Dan Vera, and V Wetlaufer. Sponsored by Arktoi Books, BLOOM Literary Journal, Human Rights Campaign, Knockout Literary Magazine, The Lambda Literary Foundation, A Midsummer Night’s Press, The Publishing Triangle, Sibling Rivalry Press/Assarcus Journal, Sinister Wisdom Literary Journal, White Crane Institute, and The Writer’s Center.

Friday February 4, 2011

Noon – 1:15
F155. Get Shorty: Readings from the Kenyon Review’s Short Fiction Contest. (Cara Blue Adams, Megan Anderegg Malone, Christopher Feliciano Arnold, Mika Taylor, Nick Ripatrazone, Megan Mayhew Bergman) The KR Short Fiction Contest for Writers Under Thirty is entering its fourth year. This reading is an opportunity to hear work from younger writers recognized as winners or runners-up by judges Alice Hoffman, Richard Ford, and Louise Erdrich from the first three years of the contest. Submission to this contest must be 1,200 words or fewer.
Virginia C Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level

F157. Kundiman from Community to Communities: Reaching out from the Writers’ Retreat. (Jennifer Chang, Sarah Gambito, Margaret Rhee, Andre Yang, Neil Aitken, Tamiko Beyer) While Kundiman is known for its annual retreat and its dedication to the promotion and cultivation of Asian American poetry, what often goes unmentioned is the civic, social, and community work that extends beyond the space of the retreat. Faculty members, fellows, and Kundiman founders will discuss the tenets of community building as it relates to Kundiman, but will also discuss how they channeled and even extended the premise of community building beyond the Kundiman retreat space.
Ambassador Ballroom
Omni Shoreham Hotel, West Lobby

3 – 4:15
F199. Hint Fiction: Stories that Prove Less is More. (Robert Swartwood, Randall Brown, Michael Martone, Daniel Olivas, Roxane Gay) The editor of the recent Norton anthology and its contributors examine stories of extreme brevity. They will discuss whether these stories are considered actual stories, and whether they hold substance, focusing on these questions: Do works of this length help or hinder writers? Can these tiny stories have just as much impact as stories of traditional length? The panelists will share their own hint fiction and discuss its role in the ongoing evolution of literature.
Virginia B Room
Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level

Lame House & Binge Press AWP Reading
Location: Madam's Organ/ 2461 18th Street, NW
Cost: Free
Description: Come check out poets from Lame House and Binge Press from 6 to 7, and stick around for the Coconut Books, Horse Less Press, and Switchback Books reading that begins immediately after. Featured readers include Lauren Levin, Nathan Hauke, Ben Somers, Becca Klaver and more TBA. For more information on Lame House Press, check out For more information on Binge Press, check out

Table-X Party
Location: Steve's Bar Room/1337 Connecticut Avenue NW # 2
Description: PRESSES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: Ugly Duckling Presse, Barrelhouse, Futurepoem, Greying Ghost, SUPERMACHINE, Jaded Ibis Press, Poor Claudia, Sidebrow, Les Figues Press, Small Fires Press, Lunar Chandelier, Counterpath Press, Projective Industries, DoubleCross Press READERS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE +Maureen Thorson +Julian T. Brolaski +Elisa Gabbert +Joe Hall +Adam Robinson +Farid Matuk +Mina Pam Dick +Mike Young +Heather Christle +Ben Mirov +Kate Durbin +Christie Ann Reynolds +Sasha Fletcher +Lily Ladewig +Andrew Gorin +Joseph Calavenna +Ben Pease +Levi Rubeck +Mathias Svalina +Lily Hoang +Anna Joy Springer +Davis Schneiderman +Matthew Timmons +John Dermot Woods +Dan Beachy-Quick +Paige Taggart +Justin Marks +Brandon Downing +Harold Abramowitz +Amina Cain +Teresa Carmody +Lily Hoang +Jen Hofer +Paul Hoover +Alta Ifland +Vanessa Place +Christine Wertheim +Zachary Schomburg +Emily Kendal Frey +Joshua Ware +John Chavez +Vyt Bakaitis +Joe Elliot +Jeffrey Jullich +Matthew Cooperman +Garth Graeper +Mary Hickman +Nathan Hauke +Kirsten Jorgenson

Switchback Books, Horse Less Press, and Coconut Books Reading
Location: Madam Organ's
Cost: Free!
Description: On the heated rooftop! Readers include the below and more! - Becca Klaver - Brian Foley - Christopher Salerno - Daniela Olszewska - Jennifer Tamayo - Marisa Crawford Madam's Organ ( 2461 18th Street, NW Washington, DC


We're not legit this year in a table-and-chair kind of way, but if you see something [us], say something [nice or just hello]. We may have a surprise for you!

Congrats and luck to the panelists and readers. May your index feathers remain hearty and true.

We wish safe travels to all AWP attendees, and toasty feet to those who are staying home. 

Almost Actually in the Air,
Super Arrow

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Proud to Make Your Acquaintance

My name is Joe. You may remember me from the Folio section of Issue 1. Hi! I’m the new assistant editor/social media guy.

As a sort of introduction, I’d like to share some of my more complex thoughts with you. I hope that’s okay. Most of the time I have simple thoughts. Thoughts that don’t take up very much space.

First is to tell you that, yes, Super Arrow is as kinetically-charged on the inside as you’d think. I love it in here. It’s like being inside a piñata—in a good way. This place literally shakes, or like hums. And no, that’s not because it’s situated inside a 1901 Lombard Steam Log Hauler (although it might be). 

Beneath Super Arrow’s bright html-y hood is a kind of magic energy that, if not pistonic, is almost certainly perpetual and redshifting. I’ve been to some meetings, and I’m super jazzed about Super Arrow ver. 2.011. SA4 will be my first issue reading, and SA5 will be here before long. We’re knocked and aimed at AWP this year as free agents (maybe next year a table?), and the old Lombard dash (we totally are inside a tractor, I knew it) was just outfitted with TweetDeck—we’re on facebook and Twitter! Like us!

I’m looking forward to being able to interact with all of you outstanding otters out there. What makes this cramped tractor special is its ability to inject all of its elements (editors, contributors, readers) into a kind of creative carburetor of lit-and-art awesomeness. And the unopened bottle of WWII-era Dr. Pepper I found in the cup holder. 

Happy New Year, Twiglings.