This is exciting: Jeni Stewart, the director of Burlesque Press, is about to announce the second Hands On Festival and Masquerade Ball.
Like last year, the festival will take place over New Year's Eve, culminating in a masked ball. Like last year, the festival will give you the chance to present your work, meet many established and emerging writers and scholars in a relaxed, convivial, hierarchy-free setting–and get to know the unique city of New Orleans.
Jeni is still arranging key details, so the official conference page won't be up just yet, but I'm posting this teaser trailer early. Now, I want to be clear: I am closely connected with Burlesque Press, but still, I recommend the festival very highly. Last year's was a great time (you can see my write-up here).
A conference likes this offers you a really nice middle ground, between the small scale of a reading or University event and the supremely enormous scale of the AWP conference. While the festival brings in some remarkable authors and critics, it's also a good place, if you're still establishing yourself as an author or scholar, to read your work to an enthusiastic and supportive audience.
The book fair, too, is a good way to sell your books.
More information to follow in the weeks to come!
From last year: