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Highlights of This Year’s Wordstock, by Wacky Mommy

October 11th, 2009

1) Finally going. Every year I’m going to go to Wordstock; every year I miss it.

2) Sexiest poets: Matthew Dickman and Derrick Brown. (No sign of Matthew’s brother, Michael, who is equally sexy.) (He is away at school I believe.) (Not that I’m stalking them.)

3) You should probably know that Matthew was wearing a Portland Review T-shirt and this thrilled me because that is my old magazine. I edited it in college.

4) Another highlight: talking with the current editor of the Portland Review, who was sweet and adorable.

5) Seeing Sherman Alexie TWICE. Once last night at Live Wire, and then again this afternoon. He is so good. So funny. So sharp. Also sexy.

6) Hearing Matthew Holm (of Babymouse! fame) speak. He writes the series with his sister, Jennifer. More sexy siblings! One of the vendors had a button on that said, “Reading is sexy.” She is so right. Writing books is sexy, too.

7) Learning how to make little books at the kids’ stage. Not sexy, but fun.

8) Buying little books at the Little Otsu table. I’m really into little books, it’s been an obsession for a few months now.

9) Drinking a lot of coffee.

10) Buying too many books. Nabbing many free books (graphic novels, a cookbook, copies of “Beloved” and “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” AND Sherman Alexie’s new book, “War Dances,” which was included in the price of admission to his talk. Also it was autographed, thank you.) (Autographed.) (Yes, I had fun this weekend, such a good little book geek.)

11) PRIZES! (to bring to my students and my own kids.) Bookmarks, candy, stickers, tattoos, pencils, more bookmarks, so. many. goodies.

12) Running into friends, old and new.

13) Blake Nelson, Blake Nelson, Blake Nelson and his lovely, charming mother. Both sexy!

14) It didn’t rain.

15) I had so much fun.

The End


  1. The Other Laura says

    Sounds wonderful! Sounds like planning a trip to Portland…

    October 11th, 2009 | #

  2. LIB says

    Sounds like a wonderful time!

    October 12th, 2009 | #

  3. Melissa Hart says

    I love this post! I also found it quite sexy when the fire alarms went off in the Benson Hotel at 12:30 AM Sunday morning, and all the pajama-clad writers came down to the lobby to mingle with the people from the Arabic wedding party and the firefighters and my three-year old who thought the whole thing was one big party. Hurrah!

    October 16th, 2009 | #

  4. Wacky Mommy says

    TOL, come visit next year and check it out — so fun.

    LIB, it was great. So much good energy.

    Melissa, thanks for stopping by! Great image :) everybody, go buy her books — http://www.melissahart.com/Writing.html

    October 17th, 2009 | #

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