All good things come to an end.

I ended up spending most of my time at the Tupelo tables, which was an excellent anchor and fun fun fun, but I’m happy that the panels I attended were comprised of poetry readings. My favorites among the poets I saw: Claudia Emerson, Kate Daniels, Sidney Wade, Keetje Kuipers, Ross Gay, Paisley Rekdal, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and all the other Tupelo poets. I’m too tired to link.

Friends I saw/spent time with, and new friends I made: Sandy Longhorn, Rhett & Jeff Trull, the fabulous duo behind NewPages, Denise & Casey Hill, Nicelle Davis, Lori May, Martha Silano, Kelli Russell Agodon, Bernadette Geyer, the dynamic Adam Deutsch of Cooper Dillon, Mary Biddinger, Jennifer Jean, January Gill O’Neil… there’s more, I know there’s more, but the thing is that now I’m sick as all get-out, and my mind’s not right. I’m going to eat breakfast, check out, catch a taxi to the train station, and attempt to read & relax for the next 7 hours.

To my everlasting regret, I didn’t take many pictures, but I have this one, of Sandy & me. It was a big delight to meet face to face and talk, but we didn’t get to spend nearly enough time together. The same could be said of all the names above.

It was a terrific time. While I’ve been gone, Lance has been dealing with water pouring from our ceiling due to all the snow & ice dams on the roof of our building. He actually had to move everything out of my office. Poor dear. Going home…

The Lovely Marriott Wardman Park

I had a movie moment at 7:07 this morning, running to catch my train that was due to depart at 7:10 am. We New Englanders are accustomed to driving in the snow, but even so, it took a loooong time to drive a not-that-far distance… I’ll leave it at that, we’ve all got our traveling scars this year! I did catch my train, and I made it to DC, and my lovely lovely hotel room. With any luck, I’ll post more pictures tomorrow. Let the wild rumpus begin!