Well, AWP New York marked the burst onto the scene of The Normal School and our world famous Vend-O-Prose Machine . . . it was a crazy few days filled with little sleep and much handshaking. To all of you who stopped by the table . . . THANKS!! It was great meeting you. Hopefully you bought a T-Shirt or one of our supercool comic books (thanks, Eric Parker!) and you've already gone online and subscribed . . . No? You haven't? . . . Do it now. All the cool kids are doing it.
TNS #1 will feature new work by Tom Bissell and Steve Almond . . . Yes, seriously. Not to mention a collection of other great stuff by our contributors.
We're still actively looking for submissions . . . especially some really great nonfiction. Go to www.thenormalschool.com for our guidelines . . .
And if you have a second, leave a comment and tell us your favorite TNS related memory of AWP NYC . . . .
At about 3:30 on Saturday a large longhaired man with fantastic facial hair, wearing a rain slicker and a cowboy hat that dangled from a string down his back bought a piece from the Vend-O-Prose Machine and proceeded to regale Matt and I with an impromptu performance of the piece . . . good stuff.