Thanks to everyone who came to our AWP Conference offsite event, the Best of the West Reading!

From left to right: Catherine Pond, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Corinne Manning, and Siel Ju at the Best of the West reading, Los Angeles, March 31, 2016

From left to right: Catherine Pond, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Corinne Manning, and Siel Ju at the Best of the West reading, Los Angeles, March 31, 2016

We had a full house at Villains Tavern — even though that meant leaving the official AWP events early to get over to the arts district. I got to read with Corinne Manning (founding editor of The James Franco Review), Catherine Pond, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Madgalawit Makonnen, Jeff Walt, William Camponovo,  and Caleb Tankersley. Some of the readers left before we could take the group photo!

The event was presented by The Los Angeles Review (Thanks to Alisa Trager and Rebecca Baumann!), Pacifica Literary Review, and Cutbank!