Old school: Alums, students, faculty meet at AWP

IWU was well represented at the Associated Writing Programs conference in Chicago last week. Professors Alison Sainsbury, Mike Theune, Joanne Diaz, Lynn DeVore, and Brandi Reissenweber all attended, as did current students Jessica Block, Leila Whitley, and Andrew Dorkin.

A number of alums were present as well. At an off-site reading sponsored by a group of Chicago writers at Innertown Pub, Mike Theune reconnected with former students (from left) Cathy Gilbert, Megan Thoma, and Jac Jemc (who read earlier in the evening).

And what a surprise it was for them to see alum Diego Baez manning the table for the Rutgers-Newark MFA program, where he’s a first-year grad student.

Kudos to Mike are in order, because a short pedagogy paper of his (“Trust the Turn: Focusing the Revision Process in Poetry”) was named one of this year’s top 20 by AWP. 

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