Elizabeth Hazen at AWP
Come see Elizabeth Hazen at the world's largest writing conference.
ALTHOUGH Elizabeth Hazen will not be reading from Girls Like Us at the AWP conference in an official capacity, she will be there for conversation, books on hand.
The 2020 Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in San Antonio has undergone some adveristy recently as the San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg declared a public health emergency in the Texas city on Monday. Though, according to the San Antonio Express-News, the maneuver is more about "[wresting] control of the coronavirus quarantine from the Centers for Disease Control," and placing those powers in the hands of "Local health professionals."
The good news is: AWP will not be canceled. This is especially good news for small presses who rely on AWP sales and have budgeted the year accordingly. More good news comes in from Elizabeth Hazen whose new book, Girls Like Us, released on Sunday March 1st. She and her partner will be in attendeance in San Antonio at the Santa Fe Writer's Project table (booth 1437) for conversation and book sales.
We urge any of our followers in attendance to stop by and give her a warm welcome to AWP, as this will be her first time at the convention.
Girls Like Us, Elizabeth's newest collection of poems, is packed with fierce, eloquent, and deeply intelligent poetry focused on female identity and the contradictory personas women are expected to embody.
In GIRLS LIKE US, Elizabeth Hazen fearlessly explores self and psyche, her own and those of other women, focusing on “this inward-turning darkness” as she grapples with addiction and recovery, psychological and sexual assault, and a culture of misogyny. Wrenching in its declarations and revelations, this is a book for this particular moment, and Hazen a poet of admirable courage, unflinching honesty, and deep accomplishment.
— Elizabeth Spires, author of A Memory of the Future and The Wave-Maker