[UPDATE] Deadline FEB 26, 2010

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Wiregrass Conference in English Studies
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Sponsored by VSU's English Graduate Student Association


Valdosta State University

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bailey Science Center

Opening Speaker: Dr. Niles Reddick (Ph.D FSU), VP of Academic Affairs at ABAC and author of the short story collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities and the novel Lead Me Home.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Brigitte Byrd, (Ph.D FSU) professor at Clayton State University, poet and author of 3 collections of poetry: Song of a Living Room (Ahsahta, 2009), The Dazzling Land (Black Zinnias, 2008), and Fence Above the Sea (Ahsahta, 2005).

The complexities of literature and language studies can fragment graduate students to the degree that they lose sight of the commonalities among the components of their discipline. This conference seeks to reconnect us to the common allure of language, literature, and the contingent sub-disciplines that likely drew us to this multi-faceted field. We encourage submissions, especially from graduate
students, on topics related to the conference theme. Some selected categories include

Media Studies
Popular Culture
World Literature
Genre Literature
Pedagogy in Creative Writing, Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition
British Literature
American Literature
Creative Writing

Send your 300-word abstracts to Kristy Singletary at kmurphy@valdosta.edu by Friday, February 26, 2010. Selections will be announced via e-mail by Tuesday, March 2, 2010 (if not before). Direct other inquiries to Darcy Fallon, Conference Coordinator, dmfallon@valdosta.edu .

Access the conference website at http://www.valdosta.edu/english