AWP2015: Revising the Personal Essay

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 5.17.02 PMPanelists: Penny Guisinger, Sven Birkerts, Alexis Paige, Sarah Einstein

“Wowee,” is what Penny Guisinger began with, happy to see such a packed room. She said that there are many metaphors for revision – layers of lasagna, a spider web, 5000 arrows pointing in 100 different directions – but the metaphor she wanted to use was that of a rock band. Sven Birkerts, lead guitar, would give us the view from the plane as the band flew into town. Alexis Paige, player of a shiny white piano, would give us the view from the hotel penthouse. Penny Guisinger, manager, would give us the street view and Sarah Einstein, bass, would get closer still with venues, transportation, strategies, etc.

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