Write-A-Thon is almost here! If you’re a huge fan of Glass Mountain, you might already know what Write-a-thon is, but for any new people out there: Write-A-Thon is the fundraising event we hold every year to help raise money for our annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers. This event is a fun way to get writing! We’ll have food, prizes, music and contests all day as we celebrate writing, both poetry and prose. Join us on Saturday, November 5th from 9 AM to 5 PM as we raise money for Boldface 2017!
On June 7th through 12, Boldface 2010 went into full swing. To the casual passerby, a crowd of students in plaid shirts and jeans gathered in tightly knit groups. Some laughed hysterically, others read to themselves in a corner next to a plant, and still others, sipping coffee, wove in and out of conversations that discussed “caesura” and “metonymy” in that shared language so vital to understanding craft. Such is the character of Glass Mountain‘s Boldface Conference for Emerging Writer – a scattering of minds in that small sunlit space between the Honors College and Special Collections.
But the real treasure of Boldface is the emergence of the writing community: that rare communion that is found in a conversation about voice, aesthetic, line breaks, and narrative structure. Graduate-level, undergraduate level, published, unpublished, editor, struggling writer – all in conversation about how strange it is to be alive.
You can still hear it.
We asked the participants of the 2010 Boldface Conference to submit their revised work to the Robertson Prize Contest for Excellence in Creative Writing. It is our pleasure to announce the winners and runners up in each genre:
In Poetry, Laura Theobald, for “There Was a War”
Runners Up: Derrick Austin, “Sleeping Under an Oak”
Nicole Walker, “Full Volume”
In Fiction, Heather Pedoto, for her novel excerpt
Runners up: Stan Le, “Visions of Elijah”
Wesley Buhler, “Places Called Home”
Last night, the 2010 Boldface conferees brought it with their best stuff! The short stories were alternately hilarious and moving, and the poetry was earth-shatteringly beautiful (and hilarious, especially Brian’s “Bunny Poem”). Special thanks to Gerald Cedillo for setting us up in this awesome space and to Brian Mensik for doing an outstanding job emceeing the event. Thanks guys!
And most of all, thanks to the conferees for making this event as special as it was. We are so lucky to have such talented conferees this year – this is what makes Boldface special.
Some choice shots from last night:
And video of the readers:
All additional video of Open Mic night can be found on our YouTube channel, or under the username, “GlassMountainUH.”
Yesterday, bold|face 2010 kicked off without a hitch. (Shh. Ignore all those claims that the vegetarian sandwiches never showed up.)
Everyone was in a great mood and ready to get in the trenches and really work on their stuff and things. Here’s some proof: