Asymptote at AWP

If you're going to AWP, drop by and say hi. Pssst...if you are a past contributor, we've got a surprise for you!

Attention literature lovers: the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) is holding its Annual Conference and Bookfair this year in Seattle, Washington, and your favorite literature journal Asymptote will make its first AWP appearance!

For those out walking the Seattle streets in search of Frasier’s famous Café Nervosa or the “weeping” Kurt Cobain statue, tough luck: the statue is in Aberdeen, and tragically, Nervosa was just a television set. On the upside, you will find Asymptote! Rest assured: that is much, much better.

The AWP conference will be held at the Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel from February 26 to March 1. The keynote speaker is Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award recipient. Other speakers include Brad Gooch (Flannery: A Biography of Flannery O’Connor), Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers), and Ghassan Zaqtan (Like a Straw Bird It Follows me).


Our Managing Editor Tara FitzGerald and Editor-at-Large for Central Asia Alex Cigale (pictured) will be at booth H5 in the North Hall on February 27, 28, and the morning and early afternoon (until 1:30 pm) of March 1. The booth is the blue dot on the far left of the above map.

They will be there to meet and greet our readers and past contributors, so please come and say hi. Bring your friends along to see a live demonstration of our website, or ask questions about world literature in translation. To sweeten the deal, everyone gets a free Asymptote bookmark and everyone who signs up for our 3rd anniversary raffle will stand to win books.

Past contributors: if you bring your friends to the table to sign up for our mailing list, we’ll double your chance of winning the raffle! We’ve set aside small souvenirs for you too, so be sure to come and pick them up!

What books are we proudly giving away? Why, only the latest titles from select contributors to our 3rd anniversary issue!


They are:

Kapow by Adam Thirlwell

Oh! My God! I Miss You: 30 Postcards by Yoshitomo Nara (cards)

Driven to Abstraction by Rosmarie Waldrop

Impromptus: Selected Poems and Some Prose by Gottfried Benn (author), Michael Hofmann (translator)

Selected Essays by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (author), Isabel Fargo Cole (translator)

The Childhood of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee

Your days of aimlessly roaming the flannel-clad streets of Seattle end now. We look forward to seeing you!