We’re Minnesota Bound: Hippocampus at AWP

awpI’m excited for my second AWP. My first experience was in 2011, in Chicago, almost a year after I finished my MFA in creative writing at Wilkes University; I attended the annual conference as part of the Wilkes/Etruscan Press crew and helped man its booth.

Now, this year, Hippocampus Magazine will have a table at AWP 2015, and we’re doing all sorts of fun things. Find us at the Table 1846 at the Bookfair.

Meet Us: We’re Excited to Share Our Mission With You!

I’ll be joined by my husband Kevin Beerman—also a fellow staff member. We are both so excited to meet our contributors (and future contributors!) in person, as well as a few staff members and friends who we’ll be meeting in real life for the first time. Please stop by to tell us about your work, and feel free to ask us questions about our publication. Here are some other upcoming things you might want to ask us about:

  • Our upcoming theme issue: Guilty Pleasures and Vices (deadline May 30)
  • Our 2015 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction (grand prize $1,000)
  • Becoming a volunteer reading panel member or copy editor

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Meet Them: We’re Hosting Four Author Signings!

We’re an online magazine, which means that, well, we don’t have a tangible product to share this time around. So I decided to open up our table to others for author signings. Please stop by our booth (1846) to meet these lovely folks:

Friday, 10:30 to 11:30

Lori A. May – The Write Crowd

Friday, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Jason Carney – Starve the Vulture

Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Melissa Hart – Wild Within

Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m.

Wendy C. Ortiz – Excavation

Stop by to meet Jason, Melissa, Lori and Wendy; they’ll have books available for you to sign.

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Win a HippoCamp Registration/Take Advantage of AWP Discount

join-me-hippocampWe’re hosting HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers Aug. 7-9, 2015, in Lancaster, Pa. Over these three days, we’ll have engaging sessions in three tracks (create, share, live); interactive panels with authors, agents and editors, and active literary citizens; readings and social events; keynotes by Lee Gutkind and Jane Friedman; downtime to explore our city; and optional pre- and post-conference workshops. Pick up a flier at our table and/or view conference schedule online.

We’re also giving away one free registration to HippoCamp; enter to win at our table; we’ll announce the winner Saturday at 4:45 p.m. There will also be a few extra fun prizes.

We’re also offering a $20 discount during AWP—to attendees as well as those tweeting along at home—just use code AWP15, valid April 8-11 only.

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Aside from attending as an exhibitor for Hippocampus Magazine, I’m also looking forward to seeing some friends from my MFA program, some current colleagues from Elizabethtown College (where I work in the Office of Marketing and Communications) who will be representing our Bowers Writers House, and, finally, sneaking away from the table to attend a few sessions to take back some nuggets for my own creative pursuits.

We’ll see you in Minneapolis. In the meantime, we’re making a road trip out of our travels. From Pennsylvania, we’re taking a detour through the upper peninsula of Michigan to explore a part of the country we’ve never seen before. And then we’re going a little out of the way to hit Fargo, N.D. to see the woodchipper.

Until then, write on!


Donna Talarico



P.S. 1846 — in case you have a hard time remembering that number, here are some fun facts that might also serve as a mnemonic device:

  • The Associated Press was formed in 1846.
  • Iowa became a state in 1846.
  • Buffalo Bill was born in 1846.
  • The saxophone was patented in 1846.
  • Neptune was discovered in 1846. (We actually have a story about looking for Neptune in this month’s issue.)
  • Hippocampus Magazine will be at Table 1846 at AWP 2015.




You might see in the AWP program/website that we have a TBA offsite event; sadly, we were unable to secure the location we had in mind, so we’re just going to gallivant around MSP (that’s what the locals call it!) and support other presses, mags and authors. We will see you around!

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