After the recent unpleasantness, we’d like to reflect on the good memories we shared with our community at AWP. We met some truly amazing writers, attended some stellar readings, and discovered new presses and publications like Zoetic, No Tokens, and University of Hell, as well as catching up with old favorites like FENCE, Hyacinth Girl, and Dancing Girl Press.

Mostly, though, we valued the time spent with our contributors and supporters at the Quaint Issue 4 launch party, which took place at the kickass Madame of the Arts in downtown Minneapolis. The folks at Madame were so generous and accommodating, providing us with an awesome space to host our reading and, afterwards, a dance party with guest DJ Fat Tyra.


Partying, partying–yeah!


DJ Fat Tyra AKA Amalia Nicholson on the decks









But it’s the reading itself that really humbled and amazed us–we knew the work of our contributors was good, but I think we were all a little floored by just how incredible our readers were. Below is a sampling of what was on offer–Issue 1 contributor Kat Finch reading “I Give Myself Pep Talks as Katie Oh”:


We also heard readings from Portia Elan, Sarah Xerta, Kelly Harwood, Julie Brooks Barbour, Jean Ho, Jill Khoury, Jade Hurter, Jen Hanks, Hannah Baggott, and Clare Harmon–all of whom totally blew us away with the ferocity and power of their words. All these authors have been published in Quaint, so if you’re looking for a taste, please check out our archives and give them a read!


Sarah Xerta reads from her new book, “Nothing To Do With Me”


The Madame crew wo/man the merch table











Jade Hurter reads to standing room only


Jean Ho reads CNF










Once again, we’d really like to thank everyone who made this event possible: our Kickstarter backers, the folks at Madame, our awesome readers and contributors, our CNF editor & co-founder Soleil Ho (who single-handled worked logistics for this reading, and did a stellar job), DJ Fat Tyra/Amalia for spinning the tunes, and Elliot Basil for being our resident photographer!

Most especially, though, we’d like to thank the folks who came out to celebrate with us–who made time in their crazy busy AWP schedules to come and listen to the words of women and nonbinary writers, to the voices of those who are so often shut out of mainstream publishing. We had a total blast partying with you, and we hope to do it again next year!

For more photographs, check the Quaint Facebook page.

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