It occurred to me today, after so many years of it not occurring to me, that it is terribly disappointing to not be able to refer to Orlando as O-Town. That could have been a legitimate, borderline-cool nickname, were it not for the eponymous boyband.
AWP is (mistakenly?) coming to (Tampa) Florida, and I longed to title this post “O-Town Takes Over AWP.” But while the city works on a better sobriquet, at least literary Orlando has its own: Litlando… And Litlando is taking over AWP motherf•••ers!
Burrow is part of a 3-booth ziggurat (Booth 648 + 2 more) featuring the following rad Orlando orgs: The Florida Review / UCF MFA / Aquifer, The Kerouac Project, Beating Windward Press, Black Fox Literary Magazine / Writer’s Atelier, The Drunken Odyssey with John King, Animal: a beast of literary magazine, Ghost Parachute, sinkhole, Room 1331 Publishing & Media.
If you thought AWP was already nuts, I predict this will be the year the conference jumps the shark. Though it’s tempting, you should probably do more than hang around our booth all day… but what else is there to do? Thanks for asking! We’ve put together a Burrow/Florida-focused itinerary to ease the choice paralysis that will undoubtedly set in the moment you set foot in Tampa. And because you’re definitely going to want to keep a Florida native nearby at all times–for safety! Okay, here goes:
Sarah Viren & Rita Ciresi
7pm @ the Lector Pop-Up Location, 715 Franklin St. (2nd Floor) // Free
A reading featuring: former Kerouac House resident Sarah Viren, whose debut essay collection Mine just came out; and the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning writer, Rita Ciresi, whose linked story collection Second Wife is fresh out from Burrow.
Hosted by (our lovely literary neighbors in Jax) Bridge Eight and Flock Literary Journal, featuring quickie readings by Brandon Amico , Cynthia Atkins, Ben Gwin, Grace Lanoue, Trevor Mackesey, Riley Manning, Jared Silvia, Alina Stefanescu Coryell, Andrew H. Sullivan and William Trowbridge.
6:30pm @ Oxford Exchange // Free
Sweet and Saw Palm are Tampa-made, and Diagram is just a kickass magazine. Readings featuring: Maggie Smith, Dinty W. Moore, Claire Wahmanholm, Chantel Acevedo, and Tim Seibles.
7pm @ Cavu // Free
A reading + party by The Rumpus + Burrow + Catapult + Electric Literature, featuring Marie-Helene Bertino, Ben Gwin, Lisa Ko, Alicia Mountain, Safiya Sinclair, and Javier Zamora! Emceed by Tabitha Blankenbiller!
7pm doors, reading 7:30 sharp @ Vaughn Center on UT Campus // $10
Featuring Alissa Nutting, Glory Edim, Beth Ann Fennelly, Adrian Matejka, Sandra Beasley, Abraham Smith and 1 TBA.