Books
  • Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
    A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

  • Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)
    Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)

Anthologies

Oliver's work can also be found in the following anthologies.

  • Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
    Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
  • Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
    Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
    Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
  • From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
    From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
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Entries in AWP (8)

The Weather in Boston, AWP, and Lunch with Friends

 

Right now, we're looking at partly cloudy, high of 41 degrees. Expect temperatures to cool and wind gusts to increase overnight. Wednesday's looking cool and cloudy with a high in the high 30's. Expect snow on Thursday and Friday with a return to sunny weather on Saturday.

Saturn will be to the south, so if you can make it past the Midwest weather front, you'll be okay!

 

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Just got back from a splendid lunch and gab fest with Prageeta Sharma. There are a number of fun and cute restaurants near the hotels and conference space!

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Nothing really to report. I'm here in Boston early because of the travel schedule from the Pacific Northwest. More stuff will happen later!

 

My AWP Schedule

If you're looking for me, here's where you can find me:

 

March 5-9, 2013. AWP Conference in Boston. Boston, MA.

Tuesday, March 5th: 

  • 5-6PM, Board & Staff Dinner

Wednesday, March 6th:

  • 8AM-3PM, Board Meeting
  • 6PM-8PM, Board Dinner
  • 8PM-10PM, AWP Opening Night. Sheraton Republic Foyer.

Thursday, March 7th:

  • 11AM-12PM, Book Signing. Southern Illinois University Press Booth.
  • 8:30-10PM, Keynote. Veterans Memorial Audtorium.
  • 10PM-12AM. Reception.

Friday, March 8th:

Saturday, March 9th:

  • 10:30AM-11:45AM, Panel Proposal Best Practices. Room 101, Plaza Level.
  • 12PM-1:15PM, 2014 Seattle Forum. Room 101, Plaza Level. 12-1:15PM. 
  • 3PM-4:15PM, Kundiman: 10-Year Celebration of Lovesongs, Verses, and Books. Alice Hoffman Bookstage.
  • 7PM-8:15PM, VQR Reception. Room 205, Level 2. 7-8:15PM.
  • 7:PM-8:15PM, Alice James Reception. Room 305, Level 3. 7-8:15PM.
  • 10PM-12AM. Reception.

Where I'll be at AWP

Greetings friends. I arrived here in Chicago yesterday at around 3PM. It's chilly, but sunny, so if you're in the process of packing, you'll want to pack some warm clothes. Also, the forecast is for some rain later in the week.

I've got a full slate of things to do this conference, so here's my schedule in case you need me:

TUESDAY

3:30PM--Visit to the Poetry Foundation

6:00PM--AWP Board and Staff Dinner

 

WEDNESDAY

9:00AM-4:00PM--Board Meeting

6:00PM--AWP Board and Staff Dinner

 

THURSDAY

7:30AM--Pacific West Plenary Session

12:00--A Face to Meet the Faces Panel (Waldorf Room, 3rd floor of Hilton)

5:30PM--Atwood Keynote

6:00PM--A Face to Meet the Faces Book Launch

7:00PM-9:00PM--Board and Sponsors Reception

 

FRIDAY

10:30AM--Experiments in Individual Space and Collective Safety: Five Days of Crafting Poetry at the Kundiman Writers' Retreat. Lake Ontario Room. 8th Floor, Hilton.

1:30-2:45--AWP Award Series Reading--Introducing Quan Barry. Private Dining Room #2. Hilton

7:00PM--Board and Sponsors Reception

 

SATURDAY

12:00-1:00PM--Book Signing--Southern Illinois University Press

1:00-2:00PM--Book Signing--University of Akron Press

Blogging from Reston, VA

Hi.

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Sitting in the Hyatt Regency Hotel's Audobon room with my fellow AWP Board members. We're currently on lunch break.

Things are happening.

That's all I can say.

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Rock harp.

AWP Schedule, April 7th - April 11th

Wed., April 7th.

8:00PM--Kundiman/Cave Canem Reading, Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. Denver, CO

Thurs. April 8th.

12:00PM--Kundiman: Love Songs and Leaps of Faith, CCC Rm 103, 105. (Pinch-hit panelist?)

Fri. April 9th.

11:00AM--Book Signing, University of Akron Table

3:00PM--From the Fishouse: A Reading of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Syncopate, and Just Plain Sound Great, CCC Rm 103, 105

6:30PM--Akron Off-Site Reading--Paris on the Platte Cafe & Bar, 1553 Platte St., Denver, CO

Sat. April 10th

12:00PM--The Western Landscape in Contemporary American Poetry, CCC Rm 207

Unconsolable

The outcome of this week's show has left me in a state. What in THE hell?

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I'm sitting in my office amidst the spoils of AWP. I definitely need to clean up. Books everywhere!

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I'm looking forward to having an actual break from travel for awhile. I've travelled somewhere for two weeks straight. I think it's wreaked havoc on my immune system. I wonder if Airborne really works. I know it's just preventative, just wondering.

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Oh by the way, last Tuesday was my birthday.

AWP Aftermath

Whew. The folks who left Friday had the right idea. While I love attending AWP and seeing old friends, making new friends, and being surrounded by lovers of words, I get burned out rather quickly.

Overall, I had a great time. I saw lots of bloggers (Paul Guest, you are everywhere. Mary Biddinger, you're as cute as bunny slippers. C. Dale Young, I want a Green Lantern T-shirt now).

I spent most of the time semi-trapped by the book fair, mostly because they structured the damn thing like a medieval city. I kept having to circle to find the things I wanted. The bookfair was also extremely hot. I think the AC wasn't working. At one point, the air smelled like something was burning.

I didn't attend a lot of panels this year. I either had a table time conflict with a panel or I had to meet someone for coffee/breakfast/lunch/dinner.

I'll write more soon, but for now, if I didn't say goodbye to you last night, sorry. I went to bed very very early.

I have some news

. . . which I wish I could share. I'll say this much: the news is good.

I suck. Believe me, you'll be happy when you hear about it.

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We have completely gutted the master bathroom. I've learned a few new things 'bout plumbing, too. I've learned lots of things about wax toilet rings, toilet flanges, couplings, and L joints.

Meredith took great pleasure in tearing down the box for the flourescent light. She also rejoiced as she peeled back the nasty orange carpet. Like I said, we had carpet in our master bathroom. That issue has been remedied.

Now we've got to figure out why the shower's still leaking before we sand blast the shell. Sorry to be boring you with homeowner crap. It's been on my mind lately.

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There's something about getting a manuscript picked up that stimulates new creativity. It's almost like you try to fill the void vacated by that previous obsession. This past year after hearing about my 2nd manuscript, I got fired up about a new project and wrote lots of newer pieces. I'm only talking 'bout this now 'cause I just did some paper work for a grant I'm applying for. Anyway, all told, this new project has 'bout twelve poems so far. More will come. I can feel them churning in the back of my brain.

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I can't wait for AWP!