CFP: [American] May 2008 Writing the Midwest: Symposium of Scholars, Creative Writers, Filmmakers

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Nancy McKinney
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The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature invites participation in
its 38th Annual Symposium May 8-10, 2008 at Michigan State University, East
Lansing, Michigan.

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: title of proposed paper or reading; your name;
university or other affiliation if you have one, or your home town; mailing
address, e-mail, 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. Deadline for proposals is January 1, 2008.

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 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. Writing presented at the conference is
eligible for inclusion in one of the Society's publications. Scholarships
to fund conference attendance are available to graduate and undergraduate
students. There is also a prize for student work.

The Film Festival is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, from 2-5:00 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 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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