Friends, colleagues, and future PSP-ers alike, many of us are getting ready for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ annual conference, commonly referred to as AWP. This year we’ll be meeting in Boston and the Prague Summer Program is proud to announce we have to events for you to look forward to in addition to our presence in the Bookfair.
“Stalking the Golem: The Prague Summer Program’s 20th Anniversay” will be a celebration of the PSP’s 20th anniversary. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Prague Summer Program, faculty and former students discuss the relation of the study-abroad experience to the pedagogy of creative writing. Each panelist–Jaimy Gordon, T. Geronimo Johnson, Melinda Moustakis, and Robert Eversz–will speak anecdotally about what the PSP means to him or her, and broadly about the value of the study-abroad experience.The panel discusses the evolution of the structure of the PSP, as well as the institutional interface, over time, between American institutions and the foreign entities with whom they partner. We explore how such programs as the PSP serve as points of confluence for American and host literary cultures. This is set to take place at 10:30 on Friday in Room 308, Level 3.
“Yoga and the Life of the Writer” is about Yoga and the writer’s often sedentary life; Krista Katrovas will be joined by Melissa Pritchard, Pam Uschuk, Suzanne Roberts, and Andrea England who will give brief testimonials regarding Yoga practices and discuss how meditation as well as physical aspects of Yoga enhance writing/reading lives. Her panel will also touch on meditation and spirituality. The session concludes with demonstrations of chanting and chair Yoga, the latter offering practical, safe techniques, for counteracting the effects of sitting still for long periods. The audience is encouraged to participate. Career status is irrelevant to this panel, which will consist of writers/Yoginis at different stages of their careers. This is set to take place at 10:30 on Friday in Room 313, Level 3.
Finally, please find us at the bookfair! We look forward to seeing your faces in Boston!