JOHN BERRYMAN: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION (24-25 October 2014)
Born in Oklahoma in 1914, John Berryman is one of the most significant American poets of the twentieth century. Recognised from the beginning of his publishing career as a poet and critic of distinction, his books of poetry and prose are among the most important works by any writer in English in the period up to the early 1970s. Since his death in 1972, further posthumously published works have added to his oeuvre, marking him out as one of the most brilliant poetic and critical minds of his generation.
This two-day conference, to be held between the University of Minnesota and Trinity College Dublin, will celebrate Berryman's mind and its lasting influence by considering his legacy in a number of respects. It will involve reflections on Berryman as teacher and scholar by some of those who knew him, as well as an opportunity for those doing new research to discuss his work. The field of Berryman Studies is as wide open in 2013-14 as it was when the journal John Berryman Studies was published in the 1970s. One of the aims of this conference, therefore, will be to look back at the work that has been done on Berryman in the decades since his death, but the event will also provide a forum to discuss areas that remain uncharted, including projects currently being undertaken in University of Minnesota Libraries and Special Collections and Berryman's lasting influence on poets and other creative artists who came after him.
Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of John Berryman's writing, published or unpublished, in verse or prose. Individuals interested in participating in the conference should send proposals of no more than 300 words, with a short biographical note indicating institutional affiliation (if available), to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th of October 2013. A provisional conference programme with additional details will be made available in January 2014.