There's so, so much to talk about regarding AWP - how it handles its (our) affairs, how to navigate the fluid, oversaturated, economically-adrift state of literary publishing, how to address and redress systemic and institutional inequity. We wish we could be at AWP in Los Angeles this year to engage in these dialogues - to fight and laugh and work and hope. Unfortunately, though, we're not going to have a table at AWP this year. Why? Because it's too expensive to purchase a table and to ship 5-10 of us from The Netherlands, especially when we don't have a new issue to sell. It was always too expensive, actually, but we’re deep in focus right now, readying ourselves to come back to the page. Streamlined processes, updated business and reading models, an instantiated dream of more developed relationships with the writers and artists and readers who play with us.
To be sure, some of us will still be lurking about AWP, and we hope to see you in the City of Angels' many reading rooms, bars, and swimming pools. Soon, we'll announce that our “hiatus” is over, with a corresponding reading period for our out-of-hibernation issue. In the meantime, we hope to keep our lines of communication open in the realms of the virtual.
Robert, on behalf of the Versal team