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An Interview with the Originator of
The Virtual Writing Conference,
A Barbaric yAWP,
Each year, AWP (Associated
Writing Program) holds its
Annual Conference in a different city in North America i to
celebrate the outstanding authors, teachers, writing programs, literary
centers, and small press publishers of that region. The Annual Conference
typically features 350 presentations: readings, lectures, panel discussions,
and Forums plus hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal
gatherings. The conference attracts more than 8,000 attendees and more than
What does a writer do when she can't make it to one of the
biggest and best conferences of the year? When
Meg Pokrass couldn't make it this years AWP she created an alternate event on
A Barbaric yAWP quickly gained over 500 fans. Amy Lou Jenkins asks her
about her creation.
Meg, can you explain why AWP is important to you and to other writers ? And why
you miss the experience?
AWP is important for writers because of the incredible networking opportunities
that present themselves in one place... over a 3-day period. Writers make real
human connections that may last forever. For writers, connection to others in
the field is everything.
How did you come to think of this alternate event? How did you come up with
I simply can't afford to go to AWP this year, and I found myself feeling very
irritated. The feeling of irritation seemed to build as the event neared and my
whole community of writers were talking about it... about how much fun it was
going to be to "hang out" and so forth. I edit two important publications, and I
was asked over and over if I would be attending. When I'd say "not this year,"
there would be awkward silence. It felt like having body odor.
The idea for the event came from my rebellious nature, and my desire not to feel
excluded... People loved the idea and began jumping in very early. We grew to
450 fans in just 3 days. I realized how many writers feel the need for
connecting but can't necessarily travel.
Why was it named "A Barbaric yAWP"? This name was suggested by a writing friend
from Facebook, Karen Lillis... in reference to the great Walt Whitman quote,
"I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world." - Walt Whitman.
What I love: the sound of the word "yawp"... is sort of a bellow... a way of
saying to the world, "hey, what about me????" Irresistible.
Serendipitously, my manuscript for a debut collection of my flash fiction was
accepted by Press 53. It will be out in the Fall, 2010. My great new publisher,
Press 53 founder Kevin Morgan Watson LOVED the idea of the "Barbaric yAWP".
Kevin Morgan Watson had actually thought about having an off-site location for
readings for Press 53 authors... and suggested that Press 53 become A Barbaric
yAWP's official sponsor. This was great affirmation, and allowed us to add
contests with prizes. Other magazines/publishers that got involved offering
"virtual booths", discounts, etc. include Caketrain, Aqueous Books, and
What is happening at your facebook convention?
How can others participate?
I started posting homemade videos to welcome people to the virtual convention,
and in the making of them... a story evolved! The story is about a "serious
writer" and a robotic interviewer.
I ended up creating 7 videos with the robotic interviewer becoming more and more
important... . These videos have been extremely popular, and became part of the
Barbaric yAWP "brand" (if you will). The link to these videos can be viewed on
my youtube channel:
They were incredibly fun to make. My husband, writer Doug Bond created the
dialogue for the part of "Bruce", the robot.
Any writer, editor, or publisher can join our A Barbaric yAWP fan page and be a
member. It is inclusive, in every way... open to people at AWP as well. I feel
strongly that writers should not be punished or made to feel like outsiders for
not having the flexibility/ wherewithal to attend such networking conferences.
And as my friend Howie Good says, "writers are NOT joiners by nature!"
I still can't get over how fun this was (and still is through Saturday). Amy,
somehow this really brought to many of us a sense of shared experience, and
therefore... community. We are holding creative contests and doing a lot of
writing at this thing! It is really working! Ironically, participation at the
yAWP, brought writers to their computers... instead of bars! And creative work
evolved out of it for many of us.
My friends all joined to help me put this together: Kevin Morgan Watson, Doug
Bond, Grant Bailie (artwork), David Woodruff (artwork), Karen Lillis, Jeanne
Holzman, Jason Henry McCormick, Gay Degani, David Lindsay, Tim Jones-Yelvington,
and Molly Bond, Caketrain journal, among others.
Will you do this again?
I will do this every year I hope:) I loved it, every minute. Thank you so much
for interviewing me about this very special event, Amy.Lou
Thank you Meg. I love your originality and spirit. / ALJ
Meg Pokrass is a flash fiction writer, and a poet.
Her story, "Leaving Hope Ranch" in Storyglossia made Wigleaf's Top 50 List,
and her story "Lost and Found" in http://www.fictionaut.com/ was selected
for Short Story Month by Storyglossia.
She has had over 100 stories and poems published. Meg serves as staff editor
for SmokeLong Quarterly, and a
mentor for Dzanc Creative
Writing Sessions. She currently runs the Fictionaut Five interview
series for Fictionaut. Her debut
collection of stories will be released by
Press 53 in Fall, 2010.