Conversations and Connections Conference: Washington DC
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Conversations and Connections Conference: Washington DC

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Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment.

For your $70 registration fee, you get the full day conference, including the keynote by featured authors keynote discussion, and 3 craft workshop/panel sessions, plus 1 ticket for Speed Dating with Editors, your choice of 1 of the 4 featured books, 1 subscription to a participating literary magazine, and (for those of you 21 or over) our world famous Boxed Wine Happy Hour. Boxed Wine Happy Hour!

The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and all proceeds go to Barrelhouse and participating small presses and literary magazines.

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 Barrelhouse Presents, featuring Lance Phillips, Matthew Rohrer, Rod Smith, and Susan Tichy
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Barrelhouse Presents, featuring Lance Phillips, Matthew Rohrer, Rod Smith, and Susan Tichy

Join Barrelhouse Presents, Upshur Street Books, Wave Books, and Ahsahta Press for a must-see reading! 

The reading will feature poets Lance Phillips, Matthew Rohrer, Rod Smith, and Susan Tichy. A reception will follow in the Reading Room of Petworth Citizen.

Performer Bios:

Lance Phillips has published four books of poetry (Mimer, Corpus Socius, Cur Aliquid Vidi, and These Indicium Tales) with Ahsahta Press and a book of experimental fiction/autobiography (Imposture Notebook) with Blaze Vox Books. His poetry has appeared in Typo, New American Writing, Fence, Verse, Colorado Review, and has recently been anthologized in the Black Mountain College anthology Far from the Centers of Ambition. His work has received an &Now award and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Huntersville, NC with my wife of 20 years and our two children.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of several books of poems, most recently Surrounded by Friends, published by Wave Books. He is co-translator, with Ana Pepelnik, of Tone Skrjanec's Skin, which was nominated for the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

Rod Smith's most recent book is Touché from Wave Books, He is also the author What's the Deal (Song Cave), Deed (U. Iowa), Protective Immediacy (Roof), and several others. Smith edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington DC. He edited the Selected Letters of Robert Creeley with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris.

Susan Tichy is the author of five books, most recently Trafficke (Ahsahta Press, 2015), a mixed-form meditation on family, race, history, and language. Her previous Ahsahta books are Gallowglass (2010) and Bone Pagoda (2007). She teaches in the BFA & MFA programs at George Mason University, & when not teaching lives in a ghost town in southern Colorado.

About Barrelhouse
Barrelhouse is a nonprofit literary magazine and small press based in Washington, DC. Through our monthly reading series Barrelhouse Presents we showcase the work of other literary magazines and small presses we believe in by bringing their writers to present their work to the DC literary scene. 

About Wave Books
Wave Books is an independent poetry press based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to publishing exceptional contemporary poetry, poetry in translation, and writing by poets. The press was founded in 2005, merging with established publisher Verse Press. By publishing strong innovative work in finely crafted trade editions and hand-made ephemera, we hope to continue to challenge the values and practices of readers and add to the collective sense of what’s possible in contemporary poetry. 

About Ahsahta Press
Ahsahta Press champions and promotes surprising, relevant, and accessible experimental poetry that more commercially minded small presses avoid; in making it widely available, we aim to increase its readership.

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