dtla2This year’s AWP conference in Los Angeles was the museum’s first, and we kicked it off with an offsite reading co-presented with our friends at Midwestern Gothic. Hosted by the generous folks at Wolf & Crane Bar in downtown L.A.’s Little Tokyo, the event brought out a great crowd of writers, friends, and family for readers Ben Tanzer, Shaindel Beers, Curtis Criser, John McCarthy and Toni Nealie.

Ben reading at W_C




Ben Tanzer (pictured right) read from his new story collection, Sex and Death.





Shaindel Beers (pictured left) read from her 2013 collection of poetry, The Children’s War and Other Poems.
Curtis Crisler and LA




Curtis Criser (pictured right with museum prose editor, Lauren Alwan) read new poems from his forthcoming Don’t Moan So Much (Stevie): A Poetry Musiquarium.





John McCarthy (pictured left) read from his just-released collection, Ghost County, from MG Press.



Toni Via AT



And Toni Nealie (pictured right) read from her new essay collection, The Miles Between Me.



Also there, Midwestern Gothic founding editors Jeff Pfaller and Robert James Russell, along with poetry editor Christina Olsen, museum interviews editor Ann Beman, prose editor Lauren Alwan, and assistant editor John McCarthy (on the bill as a Midwestern Gothic reader too). Also in the audience, museum Issue 9 contributor Caitlin Palmer. Thanks to all who made our intro to AWP a memorable one!

Thanks also to Jeff Pfaller, Lee L. Krecklow, Angela Torres, and Ann Beman for sharing photos.