From their website:
AWP is pleased to announce that the number of registered attendees for the 2012 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair in Chicago has already reached over 9,300 participants! We are stunned and jubilant for this all-time record high for attendance.
At this time, we are announcing that AWP will not hold on-site registration in Chicago. Because of the enormous amount of interest in attending this year’s conference in Chicago, we have decided to close all further attendee registration to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for those who have already registered.
Last-Chance Registration Sale Online!
AWP will hold a “Last-Chance Registration Sale” starting on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at noon EST. Registrations will be sold first-come, first-serve for the first 200 registrants. No registrations will be accepted thereafter.
To take advantage of this offer, you must register through our AWP StoreFront system online at: http://store.awpwriter.org/c-15-conference-bookfair-registration.aspx
No registrations will be accepted by fax or by postal mail. No telephone orders please.
AWP is one of the biggest writing events, with panels and lectures on reading and writing, giving any MFAer (the target of the conference) who has the money or time to brush elbows with famous writers. Alexander Chee says you don't even really need to register, just hang out at the bars:
If you are going (and have paid for the most part), check out these queerful events:
"Indigenous Editing/Publishing: Journals, Anthologies, and Presses" Panel
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Janet McAdams, & Brandy Nālani McDougall
Indigenous publishing plays a vital role in sovereignty and decolonization movements. Queer and womanist editors of Indigenous Pacific, Native North American, and Indigenous Latin American descent will discuss the production and maintenance of Native journals, anthologies, and presses. Collaboratively producing Native texts, the panel will discuss how they negotiate economic, logistical, and institutional challenges, while keeping center issues of culture, politics, aesthetics, and diversity.
Representing over a decade of international Indigenous editorial experience, the panelists are founding leaders of presses and publications in the Pacific, Europe, and the Américas. Independent and university-affiliated editors and publishers working under various deadlines and economic constraints and across multiple languages and time zones, they have produced over thirty Native books and journal issues and published hundreds of Indigenous authors from around the world.
"Ancestors: A Queer Writers of Color Reading"
sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation
Thursday, March 1, 2012
OluSeyi OluToyin Adebanjo, Nancy Agabian, Ryka Aoki, Tamiko Beyer, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Ching-In Chen, Matthew R. K. Haynes-Kekahuna, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, David Keali'i, Emil Keliane, Janet McAdams, Deborah A. Miranda, Claudia Narváez-Meza, vaimoana litia makakaufaki niumeitolu, Emma Pérez, Jai Arun Ravine, Charles Rice-González, Trish Salah, James Thomas Stevens, D. Antwan Stewart, Max Wolf Valerio, & Jennifer Lisa Vest.
"Ancestors: A Queer Writers of Color Reading" is a literary reading featuring same-gender-loving, multiple-gender-loving, and transgender poets, non/fiction writers, filmmakers, and performance artists of Indigenous Pacific, Native North American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, Latina/o, and African descent.
"Queer Poets of Color on Craft: The Art of Decolonization" Panel
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Samiya Bashir, Deborah A. Miranda, Ching-In Chen, & Tamiko Beyer
There is power in craft. Poets use craft to create possibility, ways of seeing, hearing, and moving the world, re-envisioning it. Queer poets of color use multiple techniques to shape language on the page and stage, the way words flicker across glowing screens and beat against the drums of our ears. From the generation and arrangement of text, to shifts in narrativity and delivery, and the use of multiple registers and media, this panel explores the decolonial power of skillful wor(l)d-weaving.
Too often writers of color are reduced to narrative. There needs to be greater focus on our artistry and poetic craft's ability to imagine a past, reconceptualize a present, and shape a future. Bringing together poets of African, Arab, Asian, Latina/o, and Native North American descent, this panel delves into intrapoetics and interpoetics, the transfiguring of individual poems and traditions, and interplay between them--queerly decolonizing both texts and communities, and the world they inhabit.
If I were going, these would be what I would go to.