upstreet will host an off-site reading and celebration during the 2012 AWP Conference, which will take place at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, from February 29-March 3.
Our party will be from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at Jak’s Tap, 901 West Jackson Boulevard, which is about a mile from the Hilton, on the Blue Line. This event is free and open to the public. The readers, all poets and prose writers from upstreet number seven, will be Theresa Burns, Hannah Fries, Ellen Lesser, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Robert Vivian, and Bill Zavatsky. upstreet Editor/Publisher Vivian Dorsel will emcee the festivities.
Following the reading, there will be an opportunity for authors to sign copies of upstreet number seven, or their own books, which will also be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be provided. Come help us celebrate AWP 2011 in Chicago—and don’t forget to visit upstreet’s table (#L7) in the Bookfair. On Saturday, the final day of the Conference, admission to the Bookfair will be open to the public at no charge.
On the evening after our party, Friday, March 2, upstreet author Douglas Glover will hold a pre-launch party for his new essay collection, Attack of the Copula Spiders (Biblioasis, 2012), from 7:15-8 p.m. in Dining Room 4 at the Hilton. Two of the essays in the book previously appeared in upstreet numbers 4 and 6.