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The 16th Annual Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference is a University of Mississippi Graduate Student event held in conjunction with the university's Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Participants are encouraged to remain in Oxford after the SWSW Conference to attend the Faulkner Conference. More information about the 2010 Faulkner Conference is available at:

The graduate students in the Department of English invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern literature and writers. Accepted submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 15-17, 2010. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. H.R. Stoneback (State University of New York at New Paltz), author and editor of more than forty books of criticism and poetry. Stoneback his written widely on Robert Penn Warren, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Jesse Stuart, and James Still, and his books include Elizabeth Madox Roberts: Essays of Reassessment and Reclamation, Homage: A Letter to Robert Penn Warren, and Reading Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.

Our conference regularly features panels on William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, and Zora Neale Hurston, and we would like to promote panels this year on the work of Larry Brown (The Rough South of Larry Brown will be screened), Barry Hannah, Cormac McCarthy, Breece D'J Pancake, Tom Franklin, Ernest J. Gaines, William Gay, Robert Penn Warren, Walker Percy, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Lewis Nordan, Lee Smith, Charles Portis, Harry Crews, Wendell Berry, James Still, Chris Offutt, James Dickey, James Lee Burke, Chester Himes, Ellen Douglas, Dorothy Allison, Jill McCorkle, Bobbie Ann Mason, Alice Walker, and other writers. (Updated note: We are especially interested in papers dealing with the life and work of Barry Hannah.)

Conference directors welcome papers on any aspect of Southern literature and writing. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to): the Southern Renascence; Southern literature viewed from regional and historical perspectives; Southern literature and film; Southern literature and Modernism; Southern crime fiction; Southern literature and the blues; stylistic studies; essays of discovery and celebration.

We also invite creative writers to submit poetry, short stories, or novel excerpts that deal with Southern themes or settings. These creative entries will be featured on several panels. There will also be a reading and reception at Off-Square Books in downtown Oxford.

The conference reading limit for each paper presentation is 15 minutes. Please send 150-250 word abstracts of critical work or entire creative works to: Panel proposals which include three or four participants are also accepted. Please send your submissions as Word attachments and include your university affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. The extended deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Monday, April 5th, 2010. For more information contact William Boyle at