CFP: [American] 8th Biennial Southern Women Writers Conference

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Call for Papers and Creative Submissions
Eighth Biennial Southern Women Writers Conference
Berry College
Mount Berry, GA
September 24-26, 2009

Conference speakers to include: Judith Ortiz Cofer, Allison Hedge Coke,
Natalie Daise (pending confirmation), Thulani Davis, Connie May Fowler,
Melissa Fay Greene, Sarah Gordon, Sharyn McCrumb, Marsha Norman (pending
confirmation), Mab Segrest, and Natasha Tretheway
Since its inception in 1994, the Southern Women Writers Conference has
been devoted to showcasing the works of well known and emerging southern
women writers, expanding the literary canon, and developing critical and
theoretical understandings of traditions and innovations in southern
women’s writing.

The theme for the 2009 conference is “Many Souths: Remembering,
Sustaining, Creating.” In recent decades, monolithic conceptions of the
U.S. South have given way to more nuanced and particularized ways of
understanding and representing the region. Yet even a cursory glance at
the literary history of “the South” reveals writing marked from the very
beginning by an awareness and appreciation of localized, subregional
difference. Women writers have given us indelible images of regions
within the region, from the mountain South to the Mississippi Delta, the
Low Country to Cajun Country, and the continental-flavored coastal cities
to the suburban Sunbelt. Coinciding with these geographical subregions,
differences in gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexuality,
and spirituality reveal additional “Souths” within “the South.” This
year’s conference theme invites attendees to explore the ways in which
southern women have used the written word to evoke these and other
Souths, whether through remembering, sustaining, or creating. We invite
critical and creative submissions that explore the full range of
approaches to the theme, including but not limited to:

---canonical and non-canonical works of fiction, poetry, autobiography,
and drama
---non-discursive works (film, photography, performance art, etc.)
---works by and about women involved in remembering or preserving
vanished or vanishing regions or concepts of the South
---works by and about women involved in creating visions of New Souths
---institutions (penal, mental health, educational, religious, political)
---ecological zones
---tribal homelands and indigenous southerners
---transnational and diasporic Souths
---domestic spaces and/or workplaces
---Georgia writers

Critical Submissions: Please send 300-word abstracts or completed papers
that can be read aloud in twenty minutes. If submitting a proposal for a
panel, please include the names of participants and abstracts for
individual papers. Male scholars are encouraged to participate.

Creative submissions: Please submit creative work (poetry, fiction,
creative nonfiction, or drama), appropriate to the conference’s thematic
focus, for a twenty-minute reading. Authors should be women who meet at
least one of the following criteria: were born in or grew up in the U.S.
South; currently live in the U.S. South; write about the U.S. South.

All submissions should be postmarked no later than Monday, April 6, 2009
and may be sent via e-mail as attachments in MS Word format to or by regular mail to: Southern Women Writers Conference;
Berry College; Box 490350; Mt. Berry, GA 30149. Requests for multi-media
equipment should accompany submissions. For more information, visit the
conference website at

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