John Vanderslice Describes The Hands On Festival

Delightful words about our Hands on Literary Festival from one of the festival’s new friends, and a fabulous author, Mr. John Vanderslice. By way of The Incompetent Writer 😉

The Incompetent Writer

I met John Vanderslice, author of Island Fog and professor at UCA, at the Hands On Literary Festival (which just took place in New Orleans).

It was his first time at the festival, and he has since written up his impressions, both of the festival itself and the panel on research that Lania Knight, GM Palmer, and myself presented.

His take on the festival made me very happy, as it described exactly the kind of atmosphere we try to create, one where writers and readers feel encouraged and supported. Where it’s easy to make new friends and share ideas; where, after the four days are over, you feel like you’ve known your fellow attendees for ages.

10848939_10152507305830965_2860243382529301072_o Me, introducing the poet/novelist, Tawni Waters.

John writes:

I’ve discovered a new conference!  And it’s in a great city: New Orleans.  I traveled down there shortly after Christmas for what, I found out…

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