Busy week, man.
I spent 3 days in Atlanta for the AWP convention where i also:
Became friends with the editors at one story, one of my fave lit journals
Became friends with the non-fiction editor at 9th letter
Became friends with the crew at newpages.com where i might become their online journal critic
Hung out with Tony d'Souza who i admire for his Chicago connections, his impressive work ethic, even if he IS a complete and absolute hustler
Talked to the editors of at least 10 different journals that i have pending submissions at
Became friends with some of the mfa students at alabama
Went and heard Robert Olen Butler read
Met utahna faith in a flash fiction panel discussion, the editor that published my story, "City Lunch"
in the fantastic international online journal, 3:AM Magazine
Listened to Lily and the other Chiasmus Press writers (including Lance Olsen) give an awesome joint reading (+ free mimosas, a def bribe for such an early morning reading).
Went to michael martone and john barth's reading in the crystal ballroom of the Hilton Hotel--mm stole the show, man. I bought 2 of mm's novels and chatted with him at the book signing. he even sent me 2-3 emails in the past week. He's a good guy that way.
Talked to one of the poetry editors at Tin House--jc was his name, i think
Played air hockey and won
(Holla!) against Pei-Lin Lue, the Managing Editor at One Story
Met Atina, one of the fiction editors at red hen press, one of the better indie presses, this one, out of LA
Met fred ramney, one of the publisher's at unbridled press, who gave me his card after i told him about my novel and the interest that publishing luminaries like Lynn Nesbit has shown the manuscript so far.
--And we take agented and
unagented fiction, he explained.
Picked up something like 25 free lit journals from the AWP Book Fair
Smoked 3 cigarettes (bad Jackson!) and drank lots of Heineken--all of which tasted fantastic
I submitted stories to:
the greensboro review
cream city review
miranda literary review
Also, i went and heard Cornelius and Yusef Komunyakaa read tonight at the Cave Canem conference reading.