Tom Williams

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AWP–Chicago, Feb 29-March 3

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I’m going to be there.

And for once, I’m not going to be working a table, which is one of the most difficult tasks ever assigned to a writer: trying to get other writers not to ignore you.

What I will be doing, aside from fawning over writers I admire–Tim Seibles, M. Evelina Galang, Matt Bell, Steve Yarbrough, John Dufresne, Michael Griffith, Dave Housley, Steve Kistulentz, Amber Sparks, Molly Gaudry, Amelia Gray, Micah Ling . . . the list goes on (Ben Tanzer, James Greer, Jesus Angel Garcia, Lindsay Hunter)–is signing books at the Main Street Rag table (F12 on your scorecard) on Thursday and Friday afternoon (roughly). And reading, for certain, at eight pm, Friday, March 2, ¬†at The Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL), and reading, perhaps, on Thursday, March 1, at Brando’s Speakeasy, late, late, late.

I will also be griping about AWP, I’m sure: how it’s gotten too big, how it’s too self congratulatory, how it’s not the same without Jim Ruland and Roy Kesey present, and how it’s scheduled in a great city at a lousy time of the year.

But perhaps the most exciting thing of all about AWP is that I know, if my past record proves anything, I will meet somebody there whom I have only known through their work, somebody who will be, at this time next year, a trusted confidant on matters most meaningful. To wit, last year at this time, I didn’t know much about Alan Heathcock, other than he and I would be reading at the aforementioned Mr. Ruland’s Vermin on the Mount East. Since, not only has Al demonstrated to me he is a writer of incomparable gifts, he also renewed my faith in the the value of hats, and I showed him the merits of the bowtie. We two he will be crowding our Palmer House room with steamer trunks filled with more changes of clothes than James Brown had on a six month tour.

Watch out, Chicago.

And apologies to any gifted writer or editor I didn’t mention. If you need fawning over, I’ll be around.


Ben Tanzer Issue of Dogzplot

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2012 at 2:50 am

I’m so happy to have a small fiction in this issue of Mr. Barry Graham’s online concern. I get to virtually hang with some of my peeps–the aforementioned Mr. Graham, editor/writer nonpareil Dave Housley, the indefatigable Ryan Bradley–and “meet” some new ones: David Tomaloff and BL Pawelek. And I get to honor/gently send up the eponymous Mr. Tanzer and his prolificacy.

I swear, the more I do this internet thing, the less isolated I feel as a writer and a human being. Yes, I could do without my high school friends posting about Obama’s socialism and all the spam about my credit rating and certain body parts but in the short time I have been given over to blog, update my status, and occasionally publish fiction and reviews online, I have generated bonds with excellent writers and friends. Witness Messrs. Graham and Tanzer, whom I will never be able to thank enough for joining me on the stage of Coffee Tree Books in Morehead, Kentucky.

So hustle on over to dogzplot and check out some of the ruckus.