WMU's Creative Writing Program, New Issues Press, the Prague Summer Program, and Third Coast made the trip to Chicago this February to exhibit in the bookfair of the annual conference for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). The 2009 conference was attended by roughly 8,500 writers, poets, publishers, and creative writing professors.
Western Michigan University was represented by four tables staffed by faculty, staff, and students. New Issues displayed their books and held signings by recently published authors at their table. Third Coast displayed their new issue, sold subscriptions, and encouraged writers to submit. Margaret von Steinen nearly went hoarse from speaking to all the former and prospective students who stopped by the PSP table in the book fair.
At the tribute to Herb Scott, WMU alumni Beth Martinelli, James D'Agostino, Matta Sama, and Gladys Cardiff joined Shirley Clay Scott and New Issues poet Malena Morling in honoring the late poet and creative writing professor.