On My Way: AWP National Conference 2014

I’ve mentioned AWP before on this site, as I attended the national conference in both 2012 and 2013. This year, 2014, will mark my third time attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs National Conference, which takes place in Seattle this year. (The two conferences I previously attended were in Chicago [2012] and Boston [2013].)

This year, I’m attending as a staff member of Rathalla Review. You can come visit me at the Rathalla Review table on the book fair floor – if you do, I’ll give you a free magazine!  Our booth is #400, and you can also learn more about Rosemont College.

There are tons of panels I’m looking forward to checking out this year, too, though being busy with the table may prevent me from actually making it to all of them – and some of them may be packed, anyway!  Here are my top picks for panels at AWP 2014:

  1. Science Fiction and Fantasy by Women of the Pacific Northwest: A Hydra House Reading. (Friday, Feb. 28 9-10:15, Rm 303) According to the panel description, the number of sci-fi and fantasy writers in the Pacific Northwest has generated a number of small presses.  While I do love reading science fiction and fantasy, I’m not familiar with many small presses – I mainly read from Orbit Books and Tor if I’m reading adult fiction – so I’m thrilled to check out this reading and also check out the titles from Hydra House.  (If I’m reading the description correctly, the readers will be Louise Marley, KC Ball, Danika Dinsmore, Rachel Swirsky, and Abbey Mei Otis.)
  2. Hip Lit: How Innovative Reading Series are Revamping the Literary Scene (Saturday, Mar. 1 9-10:15, Rm. 618/619/620) I admit I really like interesting readings. This panel will talk about PR strategies, curating “creatively,” and making readings fresh and exciting. As I’m really interested in pursuing public relations and publicity as a publishing industry career choice, it really sounds right up my alley, and I love implementing creative ideas.
  3. We’re Having a party: Building a Literary Community Through Event Series (Thursday, Feb. 27 9-10:15, Rm. 305) Another fun event-based panel, this one will address event space, curating, funding, and hosting along with publicity, so it seems like it may be complementary to the other one. This panel also seems like it will focus on promoting independent authors and artists along with local creative communities, which is also something I’m really excited about trying out.

These are my top three on-site events for this year’s conference, and I really hope I can make it to all of them – they’re all so early in the morning, and I have a table to help with! I’d also like to check out two off-site events: the Filipino Writers Reading (Wednesday, Feb. 26 6:30 at University of Washington) and Monster Mags of the Midwest (Thursday, Feb. 27 6:30 at Unicorn on E. Pike).

There are a ton of other events and panels on my list, but these are the top – who knows how much time I’ll have to visit the things I want to visit?  I hope to see some of you there.  What are you most excited to see at AWP this year?

31 January: Review

A new year means a fresh start, and I’m starting fresh in a few different ways.  This month, I launched a new website called Girls in Capes – an online magazine focusing on girls and women in geek culture such as comics, video games, and science fiction.  You can check it out over here.  We’re currently growing our staff of writers and feature three at the moment, including myself!

You can find my work at the following locations:

I’m also entering my second semester at Rosemont College – and on the staff of Rathalla Review.  You can submit to Rathalla Review here.  Keep checking back for updates on what’s going on over at the Review!

This month, I started a total of 10 books in the 100 Books challenge.  I will still be working on two during February — Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors and Andrew Pyper’s The Demonologist — so my real “completed” total is 8 books for the month of January.

What have you read this month?

Call for Submissions: Rathalla Review


Rathalla Review is posting a call for submissions.

This publication is the literary magazine of Rosemont College, where I attend graduate school, and I work as the production manager.  While this won’t give you any sort of in (I’m not on the editorial board and submissions are blind), it means I still want you to know about the magazine — and I want you to submit.

We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.  You can check out our submission guidelines here.  Feel free to leave any questions in the comment section.

You can find Rathalla Review on Facebook, Twitter, our home page, and our blog.

Site Updates

I am currently working on changing and updating this website to better suit my needs as a graduate student. There are a few changes you may wish to be aware of as I do so.

As of today, the blog/website for my project The TECH Project will no longer be online. I will transition information about the book and the project here to this site over time, but it won’t be immediately available.

Meanwhile, the blog for Rathalla Review will launch next week. The blog, written primarily by the managing editor and associate managing editor of the magazine, will feature our weekly featured podcast along with the monthly podcast produced by the Review. I will occasionally write updates; however, my role will primarily be that of a moderator.

Finally – and most exciting, at least for me – you can now reach my blog at FelizaCasano.com. Wow –  a fast and easy way to get to my website!

If you have any further questions or remarks, feel free to leave a comment below. I love to hear your thoughts.

Website Launch

Today, RathallaReview.org – the website for Rosemont College’s literary magazine – launched, hosting a number of interesting resources for writers and those interested in submitting their work.  According to our website,

Rathalla Review is a non-profit literary magazine that publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art. Our mission is to develop a community of writers, artists and readers through our online and print publications, monthly podcasts of original craft talks with established writers and weekly featured podcasts collected from a variety of external sources.

As the Production Manager, my job is to maintain the website and keep it updated.  I designed the site, as well, and selected the graphic for the header.

Rathalla Review

I first learned web design (HTML and CSS) when I was in junior high, though I went several years without using it until I took Visual Communication at the University of Toledo last semester.  I was thankful that I’d brushed up on my HTML and CSS in that class when I learned designing the site would be part of my assistantship.

Rathalla Review will start accepting submissions soon – our form is already live – and you can find us both on Facebook and Twitter.  The Review accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.