In a 2014 essay for National Geographic, Garrison Keillor described his Minnesota:
“The geography of Minneapolis-St. Paul is simple: Two interlocking cities—the Great River with its rhythmic spelling M-i-ss-i-ss-i-pp-i flowing in from the north, through Anoka and over St. Anthony Falls, past the glass towers of downtown Minneapolis crowded around the Foshay Tower, the brave little skyscraper of my childhood, and the university campus with its long leafy mall and stone columns with the inscription about men being ennobled by understanding.”
It’s no secret that great writers have trolled the streets of Minneapolis seeking inspiration, but perhaps they never will in greater number than right now, during this year’s AWP conference. And our poetry editor is right there in the throng. This from Matthew:
“This morning I entered the fray of writers, thousands of them, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing again or meeting for the first time several Structo writers. We share a great cozy booth with some stand-up lit mags from across Europe. I’ll be at the table on and off for the next few days. Looking forward to meeting more past and future Structo authors.”
You can find Matthew at the Versal booth, number 536. Slap his back. Shake his hand. Let him show you the books and magazines. Make sure to grab a postcard and sit in a conference room’s back corner during a mid-day panel, and let something flow. Write us a poem; a story. Maybe you’ll win a subscription, or even appear in our forthcoming issue 14.
Structo is at AWP as part of Amsterdam-based journal Versal‘s #EuroTourAWP. Our thanks to Megan and all at Versal for letting us join in on the fun. Also for letting us nick the photo above off their Twitter feed.