Ecotone Wants to Know What You Overhear at AWP: #OHatAWP

To fête our Sound issue, Ecotone will be dedicating a Twitter/Instagram/FB hashtag to it at AWP: #OHatAWP (short for “overheard at AWP”).

It’s a tongue-in-cheek homage to Overheard in New York, the humor blog that documents snippets of conversation heard by passersby in NYC (as well as to spin-off endeavors including Overheard at The Office, Overheard in Philadelphia/Minneapolis/Berkeley, and Overhead Everywhere).

So, let’s all get ready to eavesdrop! We’ll be cataloging the most interesting sounds in and around the conference. Think: cool quotes from panels, people getting excited about seeing fave writers/books/journals, funny things passersby say, and non-human noises, such as, I don’t know, the Santa Ana winds blowing in from the east, the sound of relief when you realize your shift at the booth doesn’t start until 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the sound of ice tinkling at off-site events, the sounds of anticipation when Roxane Gay is about to read, the sounds of seventy degrees and manzanitas in bloom and real tacos sizzling at streetside carts.

To incentive you, Ecotone is hosting a social media contest (encompassing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the very best #OHatAWP post. You must use the hashtag and tag us to be considered. We’ll retweet/share all the particularly funny/profound ones, and we’ll decide on a winner once the conference ends. Said winner will receive a free yearlong subscription, or will get a year added to their current subscription.

Which brings us to the physical component: We’ll have a chalkboard at our booth, on which we’d love for you to write you “#OHatAWP @ecotonemagazine” thoughts. We’ll take pictures of the blackboard, and you if you’d like!, and post them all over our social media. We also hope you’ll post your own pictures and tag us. We’ve got free postcards with photos from our Sound issue to thank you for your participation–come by and check them out.

We can’t wait to hear what you hear. We’ll see you, and hear you, at AWP!