#AWP2018 Tip: Al’s Bar-B-Que

Dear Writer Friends–I’m not going to #AWP2018, but if you are, and if you’re going to Ybor City for an event, make sure to walk a couple blocks toward the train tracks and visit Al’s Bar-B-Que. It’s messy & great, and they serve big-ass beers! I went there with my dad a year or two before he passed away, and it’s such a nice memory. I try to get there when I visit my brother in Tampa. The Ybor neighborhood is worth a stroll, and has an interesting history as a hub of Cuban cigar manufacturing.



Be Worried: Dangerous Poetics

What do Oscar Wilde, Horace, CA Conrad, Kenneth Goldsmith, Vanessa Place, Ted Hash-Berryman and Alfred E. Newman all have in common? Cleaver Magazine is featuring my visual essay on MOMA poet Kenneth Goldsmith and the strange state of American poetics as a back-to-school essay in their new issue. Read The Empathy Machine here and get the low-down.

A direct link to the art and text is here. Find out what makes me MAD.

Winner of Redivider Journal’s AWP Poetry Contest


While I was in China, I got an email from the editors at Redivider, Emerson College’s lit magazine, that a piece I submitted to their contest got picked up for publication–winning their AWP Quickie Contest at the Association of Writing Programs’ Conference in Boston back in February. Funny, but the news came just a day or so after I found the poem on my iPad, having totally forgotten about submitting it, and began tinkering with it to pass the time as we drove through the low fields of the Chinese countryside. I am very much looking forward to seeing this work in print this winter. Even better, the poem was selected by R. Dwayne Betts, an amazing poet and essayist and a national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, not to mention a recipient of an NAACP Image Award. Wow! Extremely grateful!

From Redivider:
“Congratulations to our AWP Quickie Contest winner Kelly McQuain whose poem “Camping As Boys in the Cow Field” will be published in issue 11.1!”