Call for Papers

2015 Conference

Deadline for proposal submission was September 15, 2014.

We welcome writers, poets, performers, and scholars to propose papers, panels, performances, and readings on issues of race in contemporary prose and poetry. We invite all work that engages race, creative writing, and scholarship in contemporary literature, but we are particularly interested in proposals that address the following:

  • The idea of “adequately imagining” [race and culture]
  • The topic of race within MFA programs and institutions like AWP
  • Race and pedagogy
  • The relationship among aesthetics, politics, and representation in minority literatures
  • Whiteness and literary authority
  • Intersections between creative, autobiographical, and theoretical work in minority literary traditions
  • Writing, performing, teaching
  • Intersections between gender, sexuality, and race

Accepted panels and readings will be incorporated and celebrated with receptions and Q&A events. While funding is limited, small honorariums for additional readings will be considered.

Please send proposals for papers, panels, performances, and readings to

Please submit:

  1. Valid email address and biography for all event participants.
  2. Complete event description (500 word count) including a title. Type of event must be clearly stated. All events can have up to five participants. Please include a moderator, and up to four participants for panels and talks.
  3. Complete event statement of merit (500 word count).
  4. Confirmation that each proposed presenter is willing to participate in the event. (Registration is $30 for students; UM-Missoula students, faculty, and alumni  may attend for free; $60 for general registration.)
  5. Readings can showcase poets and writers, presses, organizations, plays, text-oriented performers, and other innovative presentations adhering to conference themes (3-5 readers per event)         
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