AWP 2013 Boston Bests

Best Offsite Event: I’m So Tired (Makeout Creek, OH NO & Smoking Glue Gun)
Best Panel: Embracing the Verb of It: Black Poets Innovating (or Innovative?) (Ruth Ellen Kocher, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Douglas Kearney, Duriel E. Harris)
Best Restaurant: YoMa Burmese Restaurant
Best Food Item: Tea Salad at YoMa
Best Architecture: Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA)

ICA (New York Times photo)

Best Art: Cornelia Parker “Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson)” at ICA

Cornelia Parker, "Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson)" at ICA

Cornelia Parker, “Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson)” at ICA

Best Coffee: Espresso @ Barrington Coffee Roasting Company
Best Bartender: Christina at Back Bay Social Club
Best Cocktail: Sazerac @ Back Bay Social Club, made by Christina, see above
Best “Only at AWP” Happening: Seeing Adonis and Raul Zurita read on the same day

Adonis and Khaled Mattawa (why the empty seats? I'll never know…)

Adonis and Khaled Mattawa (why the empty seats? I’ll never know…)

Raul Zurita and Daniel Borzutzky at No Thousands

Raul Zurita and Daniel Borzutzky at No Thousands

Best Book I Didn’t Plan to Buy at AWP (tie): Eyelid Lick by Donald Dunbar (Fence Books) and TweRK by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Belladonna)
Best Books Gifted to Me at AWP: The Poet Resigns by Robert Archambeau (U of Akron Press), Lake Antiquity by Brandon Downing (Fence Books) and House of Forgetting by Geoffrey Gatza (BlazeVOX)
Best Moment in the Hallway: Black Took Collective Harlem Shaking in Justin Bieber Whiteface

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Bieber, Bieber, and Bieber (aka Duriel Harris, Ronaldo Wilson, and Dawn Lundy Martin)

Best Bookfair Table (Tie): Spork Press and Black Ocean
Best Hair: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Best Brat: Carina Finn
Brattiest Line of Poetry: “If you’re not staring at my tits, you’re retarded.” —Carina Finn
Best Wig: Lara Glenum

Lara Glenum reads from Pop Corpse (Action Books) at No Thousands

Lara Glenum reads from Pop Corpse (Action Books) at No Thousands

Best Place for Brunch: Trident Booksellers and Cafe
Best Accent that is Probably Fake: Richard Nash
Best Beer (tie): Mystic Saison An Dreoilin and Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D’or Saison Americain

Pretty Things Jack D'or Saison

Pretty Things Jack D’or Saison

Best Room for Late-Night People Watching: Bar at the Fairmont
Best Dirty Reading: Holms Troelstrup at the Jaded Ibis Press Dirty:Dirty Launch, Daisy Buchanan’s

Holms Troelstrup and Theresa O'Donnell read from Dirty:Dirty

Holms Troelstrup and Theresa O’Donnell read from Dirty:Dirty

Best Tavern I’m Glad I Attended Before Things Got Crazy: Bukowski’s

"to all my friends…a drink"

“to all my friends…a drink”

Best Poet/Jewelry Maker: Paige Taggart (Mactaggart)
Best (Worst) Seriously Near-Death Adventure Story: Ji Yoon Lee’s Friday night
Best Reunion: The Cunning Linguists Writers’ Group aka Theresa O’Donnell, Holms Troelstrup, and me
Best End of an Era: Tara Reeser’s last AWP as Publications Unit Director

Tara Reeser on setup day

Tara Reeser on setup day

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2 Responses to AWP 2013 Boston Bests

  1. Latasha says:

    thanks for the plug!!!!

    • stevehalle77 says:

      My pleasure. I love the book & Belladonna! I enjoyed meeting you and hearing you read when you visited ISU/the Publications Unit last year.

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