It’s never too early to start thinking about—and planning for—AWP (the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference). At least, from our perspective. We had such a fantastic time last year teaming up with Mid-American Review and Ninth Letter that we’re repeating the pleasure, this time in Chicago. YES, there will be another three-for-one subscription deal at the book fair. YES, there will be another tag-team Monsters of the Midwest reading (for an account of last year’s reading, click here).

Mike Czyzniejewski, Mid-Am‘s esteemed ed., has booked an amazing venue for the event: Murphy’s Bleachers, directly across the street from Wrigley Field. So hear ye, hear ye—and write ye, write ye on your 2012 calendars—the Monsters of the Midwest reading (killer lineup to be announced) will occur on 29 February (that’s a Wednesday, folks, so plan to arrive at the conference early) in the year two thousand and twelve. We’re working on some goofy competitions that will pit readers, editors, and members of audience against one another in a kind of literary cage match. Trophies (of the homemade variety) will be awarded—and they will be both very stupid and very cool; this we promise you.

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