Category Archives: AWP


We are thrilled to present the Ocean State Review and Barrow Street at AWP this year.  A small correction on this week’s announcements: You can find us at booth #709 in the book fair.

Stop by and browse our current and past OSR issues.  Look over the many poetry titles published by Barrow Street.  Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Plan your AWP Week–Panels with Mary Cappello

One of our OSR advising faculty, Mary Cappello, will be speaking on two panels at AWP this year:

1. “Courting the Peculiar: the Ever-Changing Queerness of Creative Nonfiction”               

Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3                Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am to 11:45 am

        What do we mean when we claim that creative nonfiction is a queer genre? Four queer-identified panelists collectively position creative nonfiction as a genre welcoming of writers and writing that embraces the peculiar, courts the unconventional, and opens to forms yet to be imagined. At the turn of the 20th century, Gertrude Stein in Tender Buttons proposed: “Act so that there is no use in a center”; how can practitioners of creative nonfiction today use language to express truths still to come?
Find more info about the panel contributors here.

2. “Modernism and the Lyric Essay”             

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
        What can Joyce, Woolf, Pound, Eliot, and other modernists teach us about the poetics of the lyric essay? And can answering such a question help the lyric essay find its aesthetic roots? Join us as we discuss how modernist preoccupations with impressionism, self-consciousness, fragmentation, and free association (among other things) can not only inform the way we read, write, and teach lyric essays, but can also help us place this popular genre in the larger tradition of western poetics.
Find out more about this panel of contributors here.
Learn more about Mary Cappello’s recent readings in New Queer Writing series; her workshops on “archaeologies of the actual”; and her numerous presentations at various medical schools, including U/Penn, Brown, and Yale, please visit her website:
Also, see her work as Professor of English and Creative writing at the University of Rhode Island.


OSR author Signings–AWP

While you are checking out our latest issue of OSR and books by Barrow Street, plan to have your OSR copy signed by some of our dazzling past contributors:

Meg Day–Thursday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Meg Day was recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013 and is a 2013 recipient for the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry.  Find out more about her work here.

Page Hill Strarzinger–Friday from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Page Hill Starzinger is a Barrow Street 2012 Prize Winner and author of Vestigial and unshelter.

Claudia Keelan–Friday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Claudia Keelan is the author of six books of poetry, including Refinery (Cleveland State Poetry Prize), Utopic (Alice James Books, 2001) and Missing Her (2009) from New Issues Press.  A book of translations, Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Press in 2015.



AWP: the Ocean State Review Goes to Seattle

The staff of the Ocean State Review will be in Seattle, WA this year!  We will be representing our fine literary journal from the University of Rhode Island, now soon to be publishing our fourth annual issue.  We will be at the 2014 annual conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs from Wednesday, February 26th to Saturday, March 1st.  Join us to talk about our last issue and our upcoming one for 2014.  Also, you can purchase a 2013 issue at our booth.  You might consider the Ocean State Review for teaching or personal use.

While you’re visiting us at AWP, check out the many other events and presentations available:

More details to come…