Call for Submissions: Midwestern Miscellany--A Collection of Essays on the Work of Jim Tully, October 30, 2011

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Midwestern Miscellany
Call for Submissions: The life and work of Jim Tully
Proposal Deadline: October 30, 2011

While he is relatively unknown today, in the thirties Jim Tully (1886-1947) could count himself a as a minor celebrity in Hollywood—he worked as a celebrity reporter and was a would-be biographer of Charlie Chaplin—and certainly as a success in the world of writers. He was an epic figure long before he hit Hollywood. A son of Irish immigrants, Tully was born in St. Mary's, Ohio. After his mother died in 1892 when he was six, Tully was sent to an orphanage in Cincinnati because his father couldn't afford to take care of him. By the time he was eleven, he had left the orphanage and had begun to live life on the road and rail as a hobo and as a circus laborer, stories of which time he would later record in Beggars of Life (1924) and Circus Parade (1927). For a time in his early twenties Tully settled in Kent, Ohio and took work as a tree surgeon and sometime boxer, but by 1912 he moved to Hollywood and began his writing career in earnest. He would publish ten novels, all considering the gritty underside of life, some of the best of which were Shanty Irish (1928) and The Bruiser (1936).

Midwestern Miscellany seeks essays for a special issue on the life and work of Jim Tully. Send paper proposals of no more than 250 words to guest editor Jeffrey Swenson at by October 30, 2011. Successful proposals will be invited to provide completed essays by the end of January 2012.

Midwestern Miscellany is a print, peer-reviewed journal indexed by the MLA and published twice a year (spring and fall) by the Midwestern Press and the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML). All authors who publish in Midwestern Miscellany must be members of be willing to join the SSML. You can find more about the SSML here: