Lionel Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” is playing through the speakers at O’Hare, and I simply trying to coalesce all I have learned, seen, and heard at AWP. But such mental effort requires more sleep and coffee than I have available to me this morning.

Gayle Pemberton

I can, however, manage a list this morning, so I give you the list of writers and journals whose work I just learned of. I plan on checking out all of these folks, and I hope you may want to do so, too.

New-To-Me Writers
Paul Harding, whose first novel Tinkers won the Pulitzer. Talk about going strong out of the gate.

Gayle Pemberton. I really enjoyed Dr. Pemberton’s analysis of Ellison’s “The Little Man at Chehaw Station” made me want to read not only that story of Ellison’s but also her work.

Sara Levine. She strikes me as witty and just the kind of professor from whom I would take every class.

Joy Williams, from the way Sara Levine describes her, sounds like the kind of writer I should read on a particularly snarky day . . . which for me is most days.

Eula Biss impressed me so much with her intelligence, her willingness to engage with other writers, plus her book Notes from No Man’s Land just sounds amazing. I think her book her will be the first one I pick up.

Matt Bell gave a great presentation on social media for writers. I was taken by his wisdom and honesty about the subject. I can only imagine the same comes into his work.

New-to-Me Literary Journals
Sleet Magazine is an online journal that is actively seeking submission. The editor Susan Solomon sat next to me yesterday at a panel and then gave me her card . . . that was nice. Very nice.

A Public Space is a print journal with a very high reputation, even in its short life. Brigid Hughes, the founding editor, struck me as quite intelligent and invested in new, singular work.

There you have it – my list of “new” folks. . . I hope you enjoy them as much as I’m enjoying Michael Jackson and “Billie Jean” here in the airport.

Have you read any of these writers or journals? If so, what are your thoughts on them? Were you at AWP? If so, who was new-to-you?