Contemporary Southern Poetry (Deadline 10/27)

full name / name of organization: 
J.P. Craig / Alabama State University
contact email: 

Call for papers to be delivered at the Southern Studies Conference (Feb. 7-8) at Auburn University at Montgomery on the topic of poetry and Southern identity.

Possible/example topics:

* how poets from the South do or do not see themselves as Southern
* how the work of a contemporary poet responds to the Southern regional identity
* how Southern poetry is (or isn't) represented in current anthologies, magazines, poetry movements, etc.
* how "The Southern" has been constructed in poetry

Other possible topics: Natasha Trethewey, Affrilachian poets, interrogating "Southern" as a useful construction for creating/understanding poetry.

By October 27, please submit a 300 word abstract as an e-mail attachment (MS Word or LibreOffice) to:

J.P. Craig