Calls for Papers

CFP: Winesburg, Ohio, at 100

“Celebrating the Centenary of Sherwood Anderson’s Notable Work and Its Literary Influences.” Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature @ the American Literature Association Annual Conference in Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2019. Find the full call here. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019.

CFP: Ted Kooser: 50 Years of Poetry that Matters

This panel for the 2019 SSML annual conference will be a career retrospective on Ted Kooser’s significant and continuing contribution to American poetry for 50 years, from his debut Official Entry Blank (University of Nebraska Press, 1969) to his most recent publication, Kindest Regards (Copper Canyon, 2018). Kooser’s many accolades, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Delights & Shadows and his selection as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004–2006, speak to the quality and depth of his poetry, his wide influence on poets and readers alike, and his conviction that poems improve and enrich people’s lives. As Kooser recently put it in 2017 interview with Daniel Simon for World Literature Today, “For me, poetry is a way of clarifying and specifying feelings.” In his career, Kooser has espoused and lived the idea that poetry matters. As U.S. Poet Laureate, Kooser created the American Life in Poetry series, a free weekly column for newspapers featuring a contemporary American poet’s poem coupled with Kooser’s introduction. The American Life in Poetry series, in its 705th column at the time of this writing, is a testament to the richness of American poetry and Kooser’s unwavering belief in the value of poems to help people understand their experience.

Papers using any approach may focus singly on individual volumes of poetry or poems from multiple volumes. Email 250-word abstract and brief CV to Jeffrey HotzDeadline for submissions: December 15, 2018.

CFP: “Winesburg, Ohio: The First 100 Years”

is an informal roundtable discussion about the classic book’s first hundred years in print, for the 2019 SSML Symposium. Please send brief proposals to Robert Dunne, Central Connecticut State University, by Jan. 25, 2019.

CFP: “The Future of Winesburg, Ohio”

is a panel for the 2019 SSML Symposium that will showcase postmodern or other contemporary academic approaches to Sherwood Anderson’s classic, as we head into the book’s second hundredth year. Send brief proposals to Robert Dunne, Central Connecticut State University, by Jan. 25, 2019.

CFP: On Bonnie Jo Campbell

We invite paper proposals for a special panel sequence on Bonnie Jo Campbell, who will receive the 2019 Mark Twain Award for Outstanding Contributions to Midwestern Literature at the 49th annual SSML Symposium.

A native of Kalamazoo, MI, Campbell is the acclaimed author of three short-story collections—Women & Other Animals (1999), American Salvage (2008), and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (2015)—and two novels—Q Road (2002) and Once Upon a River (2011). She was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 2009 for American Salvage, and she has been called a master of rural American fiction and Midwest noir. The panel organizers are seeking proposals on any aspect of Campbell’s fiction, especially as her work pertains to our understanding of the American Midwest as a region, place, space, or idea. Proposals may also focus on Campbell’s attention to gender, class, and rurality, among other ideas. The panel organizers plan to edit a special issue of SSML’s peer-reviewed journal Midwestern Miscellany on Campbell and her work.

Please submit a 250-word proposal, along with a brief CV, to both Dr. Andy Oler and Dr. Ross K. Tangedal by January 1, 2019 for full consideration. Note: Submit your proposal directly to the panel organizers, rather than to the SSML conference portal. The organizers will then select panelists and submit the panel on behalf of all participants.

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