Some of the people I talked to at the conference (other than Cheryl) were:
- Rosalind Miles--Author of I, Elizabeth, and The Guenevere Trilogy, among others. Rosalind has a fabulous sense of humor and is a lively conversationalist. Her feminist perspective was necessary and welcomed. She also wore red bejeweled high heels to the end-of conference party.
- Reb Livingston--We were on a panel together and because she lives near DC I like to claim her as a DC poet.
- Ron Hogan--Ron Hogan smokes cigars and drinks scotch. He also edits Beatrice.
Things I learned:
- That I should be more proactive about sending out work. Usually I just wait until someone solicits something from me. But if I'm going to, like, publish more fiction, I need to send out more fiction, and so on.
- In a poetry panel at a writing conference, someone will always ask "what is a poem?" or "how do you deffine a poem?" They will ask this question with some degree of hostility.
- Poets really are viewed with awe or suspicion.
- A possom is the size of a large cat, but they are not as cute and have bigger heads.
- That I am still quite young.
- That the word "craft" is frequently used at a writing conference.
- That people who write in different genres can have fun at parties together.