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SSAWW Conference 2015 Keynote Speaker Reminder

ANA CASTILLO, poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar, is the Keynote Speaker – SSAWW Conference 2015.

Castillo’s distinguished titles include: The Mixquiahuala Letters; So Far From God; The Guardians; Peel My Love like an OnionI Ask the Impossible, among others.

She is editor of La Tolteca, an arts and literary ‘zine dedicated to the advancement of a world without borders and censorship and she is on the advisory board of the new American Writers Museum in D.C.

Amongst many other awards, she is the 2013 Recipient of the American Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa Prize to an independent scholar. In June 2015, Ana Castillo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in literature for her “literary contributions to the Latino/a community, and commitment to the betterment of our younger generations” by Latina 50 Plus, a motivational organization based in the Bronx, NY.

Her novel, GIVE IT TO ME was released in May, 2014 by The Feminist Press, NY, and her classic, award winning collection of essays Massacre of the Dreamers, was re-released in November, 2014, in a 20th anniversary updated edition (UNMP). She has forthcoming works in 2016.

Adapted from http://www.anacastillo.com

Please be registered for the conference and become a member of SSAWW / renew your membership by October 2, 2015.

CFP: Library Outreach to Writers and Poets Deadline: 11.08.15

CFP: Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Case Studies of Cooperation

Book Publisher: McFarland

Carol Smallwood:  Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences (Lamar University Press, 2014);  Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching is on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers.

Vera Gubnitskaia: How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014); Continuing Education for Librarians (McFarland, 2013)

One or two chapters sought from U.S. writers, poets, academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS and Creative Writing faculty, sharing practical know-how about outreach, workshops, literary festivals, readings, librarian/author/poet visits to schools and other groups, spotlights-on-authors, book talks/clubs. Interview format chapters by librarians/writers/poets welcomed.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter/interview; each by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter/interview accepted no matter how many co-authors, or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters, each described in a few sentences by November 18, 2015, brief bio on each author; place WRI, Last Name on subject line: smallwood@tm.net

CFP: Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English Deadline: 12.01.15

CFP: Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English Deadline: December 1, 2015.

Contact: Janine Utell (janine.utell@gmail.com)


Essay proposals are invited for a volume entitled Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English, to appear in the Options for Teaching series published by the Modern Language Association. The purpose of the volume is to meet the needs of instructors seeking pedagogical strategies for teaching modernist women’s writing in English and the ways in which women were vital creators and participants in the works and networks of modernism. The volume aims to capture the multiplicity of artistic, political, and social networks of which women writers were a part, crossing gender, class, and national boundaries, and to share ways to teach these connections and concepts from a wide range of contributors who work from different critical orientations and in different types of institutions and classroom settings. The volume will include material relevant for specialists and generalists who are teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in alternative classroom and institutional situations. The teaching resources to be shared will include current scholarship, readings, and digital tools.


CFP: SSAWW Panels at ALA 2016 (San Francisco, CA May 2016) 4 January 2016 Deadline

CFP: SSAWW Panels at ALA 2016 (San Francisco, CA May 2016) 4 January 2016 Deadline

Contact email: kallukian@gatech.edu

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will host two panels at the American Literature Association Conference (May 2016, San Francisco). The two ALA panels aim to present the varied ways in which women, as critics, dramatists, educators, essayists, journalists, oral storytellers, poets, novelists, short story writers, and practitioners of both older and emerging forms, invent and reinvent the American literary and cultural landscape. This year’s panels will both take up the theme of transnationalism.

Panel 1: Transnational Approaches to Early American to 19C American Women Writers

Panel 2: Transnational Approaches to 20C to 21C American Women Writers

Transnational literary studies allows for the exploration of the ways in which writers engage with globalization as a cultural, social, economic and political force. American women writers have long engaged with globalization, though this engagement can appear more or less visible in women’s writing depending on time periods, political contexts, and/or literary themes. These panels focus on transnational approaches and contexts to American women’s writing in an effort to complicate geographical, cultural, and temporal frameworks that define approaches to American women writers. Panel 1 will focus on early American to nineteenth-century American women writers and Panel 2 will focus on American women writers from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Possible topics involving the panel theme may include but are not limited to such keywords and ideas as:

  • Transnationalism through personal identity
  • Themes of transnationalism in writing
  • Transnational circulation and/or reception
  • Transculturality
  • Transnational networks of women writers
  • Perspectives of geography
  • Transnational feminism in literature
  • Virtual environments and electronic textualities as transgressing national borders
  • Travel writing
  • Crosscultural contact and interaction
  • Global economies
  • Transnationalism as more temporal than territorial
  • “Transnational” vs “comparative” approaches to women writers
  • Multiracial realities of border culture
  • Cultural exchange
  • Citizenship
  • Multinational literature
  • Multilinguistic literature

Please submit to Kristin Allukian (kallukian@gatech.edu) by Jan. 4, 2016, a 250-500 word abstract and a brief CV (no more than 2-pages) that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD or Associate Professor, etc.), institutional affiliation (independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals), publications, and conference presentations. Please note either “ALA Panel 1 Submission” or “ALA Panel 2 Submission” in the email subject line. Confirmation of receipt of your proposal will be sent to you within two business days.

All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (preferably as a single PDF document). While you do not need to be a SSAWW member to apply for the panel, presenters must be or become SSAWW members to participate in a SSAWW sponsored panel.

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CFP: Edith Wharton Society Panels at ALA; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Edith Wharton Society Panels at the 2016 American Literature Association Conference, May 26-29; Deadline: January 15, 2016

Wharton and Religion

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton’s writing, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, satire, and scientific discourse. How does religion figure within the Wharton imaginary? How is her fiction shaped by the legacy of Biblical poetics, religious fiction, or other religious genres? How does religion inflect her response to modernism? In addition to the Christianity most familiar to Wharton, we also welcome studies of Wharton in relation to Islam, Judaism, and other religions addressed in her work. Abstract and short bio to Sharon Kim, skim@judsonu.edu.

Wharton and the Culture of the Monthly Magazine

We seek papers that investigate Wharton’s engagement with the culture of the monthly magazine, including critiques of readers and reading in Wharton’s work as well as contextual studies of publications in periodicals. Papers might also offer new information about Wharton’s relations with individual magazines—she published in more than twenty—and/or consider the history of Wharton’s dealings with editors and publishers in the context of Laura Stevens’s call to attend to “questions of authority, canonicity, the means of textual production, and other questions central to feminist literary scholarship.” Please send proposal (250-500 words) and a short CV to Paul Ohler, paul.ohler@kpu.ca.

CFP: Cather Studies 12: Willa Cather and the Arts (12.18.15)

Call for Papers:  Cather Studies 12: Willa Cather and the Arts

We invite submissions for Cather Studies 12, a peer-reviewed volume to be published by the University of Nebraska Press. The theme for the volume will be “Willa Cather and the Arts.”

Here are some of the themes and issues we hope the volume’s essays will explore:

  • Cather’s engagement with, love of, investment in, and representation of art forms beyond the fiction to which she dedicated herself;
  • Cather’s fascinations with performance (music, and especially opera). Topics for consideration might include: voice and performance; European music/American setting; classical and folk forms of music; the female performer;
  • Cather and image-making;
  • Cather and French art; photography; collecting and exhibiting; craft object; and
  • The art object, “high” art and “low” art.
  • Papers with diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged.


CFP: 2017 Berkshire Conference for the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (deadline 1.15.2016)

CFP: 2017 Berkshire Conference for the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (deadline 1.15.2016)

The Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities invites proposals for its 2017 conference “Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking about Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy,” which will be at Hofstra University (Long Island, NY), June 1-4, 2017. See the complete call for papers for details: http://2017berkshireconference.hofstra.edu/call-for-papers/  


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