CFP: [American] Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

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Laura Julier
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The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
invites you to participate in its
38th Annual Symposium

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars, Creative Writers, and Filmmakers

May 8-10, 2008
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature is devoted to the study
and production of Midwestern literature in whatever directions the insight,
imagination, and curiosity of the members may lead. The SSML annual
symposium brings together writers, scholars, and filmmakers to present
criticism, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and films.

We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables on
Midwestern literature, and reading of creative work with a Midwestern
emphasis. Filmmakers are encouraged to propose the screening of films with
Midwestern subject matter. Please plan on fifteen minutes for creative and
scholarly presentations. All proposals must include the following
information in the proposal:

        The title of your proposed paper or reading; your name; university or
other affiliation if you have one, or your home town; mailing address,
e-mail address, telephone number; audiovisual needs; and times during the
conference that it would be impossible for you to present. If a student,
please let us know if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

        If you are a new participant, please provide an abstract, or if you are
proposing to read creative work, please submit a short sample of recent work.

        The deadline for proposals is January 1, 2008.

All presenters must be members (or must become members) of the Society and
must register for the conference. Dues are $45 ($25 for students and $35
for emeriti) and registration is $85. Guests register at a reduced rate.
Scholarship recipients are exempt from these fees. Forms for membership and
registration may be found at

The Society offers prizes of $250 for the best creative work and literary
criticism read at the conference. Scholarships to fund conference
attendance are available to graduate and undergraduate students. The David
Diamond prize for student work is $100.

The Film Festival is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, from 2â€"5:00 PM.
Interested members of the public are invited to listen, watch, and join in
all discussions.

Please submit proposals (and queries) to the program chair, Mary
Obuchowski, at or at 1119 Kent Dr., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.

Membership information may be obtained on the website or via from Marc Van
Wormer at or SSML, c/o Marc Van Wormer, P.O. Box 23236,
Lansing, MI 48909.

Information on location and lodgings will be provided with registration
materials and online at

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