In past years, SMSU faculty and students have attended AWP Conferences in Austin, Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Denver. Although graduate students typically attend this conference along with Creative Writing faculty, it's unusual for undergraduates to get this opportunity. But the SMSU Creative Writing Program faculty believe first-hand exposure to internationally acclaimed writers is one of the best ways to connect our students with the tribe of writers and motivate them to do their best work. And our English majors work hard on fund-raisers to make the trip happen.
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, spent a lot of time in the city, and I love Chicago--the lakefront, the architecture, the Art Institute, the restaurants, and the parks. This trip I'm hoping to make time to tour the new home of the Poetry Foundation, which opened last June.