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CFP: Defining the Americas: Media Within/Across Borders (1/16/04; journal issue)

Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 7:47pm
Afsheen J. Nomai

Defining the Americas: Media Within/Across Borders

The history of the American continents has long been one of establishing and
crossing borders. From pre-colonial times to the present, people and
cultures define and redefine themselves and their borders, especially in
response to perceived conquest opportunities or threats. As cultural
discourse, media interrogates the construction of identity within and beyond
national or other boundaries.

CFP: American Children's and YA Literature (4/30/04; encyclopedia)

Friday, September 19, 2003 - 10:34pm
Connie Ann Kirk

Call for Contributors:


The 3-volume, illustrated _Encyclopedia of American Children's & Young Adult
Literature_ is scheduled to be published by Greenwood Press. The editor and
advisory board seek writers for remaining unassigned entries.

CFP: New Jersey Writers (1/5/04; NJCEA, no dates noted)

Friday, September 19, 2003 - 5:28pm

New Jersey Writers Panel 2004

NJ has been an important site of American literary activity for the last two

In the past New Jersey has been home to many distinguished American writers
such as Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane and William Carlos Williams. Current NJ
writers include important voices such as those of Joyce Carol Oates, John
McPhee, Amiri Baraka, and many others, as well as being home to major
cultural institutions such as the Dodge Poetry Festival.

Papers on this panel may address any aspect of the poetry, fiction, drama,
and nonfiction writing of NJ authors, New Jersey literary groups, or the
politics of cultural production in NJ.

CFP: 20th C. American Nature Poets (no deadline noted; collection)

Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 9:58pm
Thompson, Roger

We are seeking contributors for a new volume of the Dictionary of Literary
Biography on Twentieth-century American Nature Poets. It is the second part
of a series of three (possibly four) volumes on American Nature Writers, the
first of which is now out. Many of our entries have already been assigned,
but the ones listed below still require writers. Most of the remaining
selections are short entries, and all contributors are paid for each entry,
the amount depending on the size of the piece. If you would be interested
in contributing one or more entries to the DLB, please email either J. Scott
Bryson at <> or Roger Thompson

CFP: Eroticism in American Culture (11/2/03; collection)

Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 9:39pm
Jopi Nyman

Due to last-minute cancellations, we seek 2-3 essays for a collection of
essays on the representation of the erotic/eroticism in American cultural
texts (literature, film, media, music video etc). While we remain open to
all suggestions, we particularly encourage prospective authors to submit
provocative readings of canonical texts and contemporary US popular culture.

Since we will only consider completed work, essays (ca. 5,000 words; MLA
style) should be accompanied with a short bio and sent to both editors as
soon as possible, but no later than 2 November 2003.

CFP: Essays for Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry (no deadline noted; collection)

Friday, August 29, 2003 - 3:17pm
Kimmelman, Burt

Contributors are needed to write short essays on these topics:

"John Cage" (500 words)
"Martin Espada" (500 words)
"Barbara Guest" (500 words)
"Langston Hughes" (1000-1500 words)
"James Weldon Johnson" (500 words)
"Yusef Komunyakaa" (500 words)
"Al Purdy" (500 words)
"Anne Waldman" (500 words)
"John Wheelwright" (500 words)
"Gunslinger" by Ed Dorn (1000 words).

The essays are for a volume entitled A Companion to Twentieth-Century
American Poetry (to be published by Facts on File, Inc., a publisher that
enjoys very wide distribution in libraries, colleges and high schools, as
well as bookstores).

UPDATE: Assessing James Purdy (11/1/03 &amp; 3/1/04; collection)

Friday, August 29, 2003 - 3:10pm

    The ASSESSING JAMES PURDY Conference will take place October 25, 2003 in
Bartlett Hall of the university of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. All Purdy
enthusiasts are cordially invited, as are all fans of the best late twentieth
century fiction. There will be no registration fee.
    Essays are also solicited for the volume of essays that will follow up
the conference. The editor seeks essays on all aspects of Purdy's work, but is
especially interested in essays on the later stories, the plays and the poetry.
Send proposals for essays to Prof. Joseph T. Skerrett, Jr., Department of
English, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003 or by email to: <>.