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The National Poetry Foundation takes pleasure in announcing the next in our sequence of
"decades" conferences, to be devoted to the poetry of the 1970s, American and international,
and to be held from Wednesday to Sunday, June 11-15, 2008, on the flagship campus of the
University of Maine System in Orono, Maine.
The NPF welcomes paper and panel proposals on any and all aspects of poetic practice in the
tumultuous decade of the 1970s. What emerged? What suffered eclipse? What happened just out
of frame? What connections brought poetry into dialog with other fields? What social and political
contexts mattered most? What of the present can be traced back to that moment? What poets,
poetic formations, tendencies in poetics warrant our continued attention? What accidents of
reception might we now revisit and perhaps repair?
As with previous NPF conferences, the scholarly presentations and panels will be amply
supplemented by a variety of poetry readings, including plenary readings by notable figures
associated with the decade being explored. An exhibition of visual works is also planned.
Paper proposals consisting of a title and a brief (250-500 word) abstract should be directed to
Steve Evans by e-mail (Steven dot Evans at Maine dot Edu). Panel proposals should include, in
addition, a brief rationale for the envisioned grouping.
The deadline for submission of proposals is March 15, 2008.
More information about the Conference, including a list of keynote speakers, registration costs,
and suggestions for travel and accommodations, will be available at
We hope to see you in Orono!
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