Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars and Creative Writers May 13-15, 2010

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The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature invites participation in its 40th Annual Symposium:

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars and Creative Writers

May 13-15, 2010 at Michigan State University Union, East Lansing, Michigan

SSML is devoted to the study and production of Midwestern literature in whatever directions the insight, imagination, and curiosity of the members may lead. The annual symposium brings together writers, scholars, and filmmakers to present criticism, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, and roundtables on Midwestern literature, and reading of creative work with a Midwestern emphasis. All proposals must include the following:

Name; title of proposed paper or reading; university or other affiliation, or home town; mailing and e-mail address; telephone number. New participants, please provide an abstract; if proposing to read creative work, submit a short sample of recent work.

If a graduate or undergraduate student, please let us know if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

The Society offers monetary prizes for the best creative work and literary criticism read at the conference. Writing presented at the conference may be submitted for inclusion in one of the Society's publications. There is also a prize for student work.

Regarding audiovisual equipment, we can supply a data projector and screen, but no other hardware or software. Flash drives, travel drives, and CD/DVD disks cannot be used directly. To use the data projector, you must bring a laptop with a USB connector. If you have questions, please contact Marc Van Wormer at vanworme@msu.edu by January 1, 2010. This is crucial information for scheduling.

Please submit proposals (and queries) to the program chair, Mary Obuchowski, at obuch1mc@cmich.edu or at 1119 Kent Dr., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. The deadline for proposals is January 1, 2010.

All presenters must be members (or must become members) of SSML. For membership and registration forms, and information about lodging, go to www.ssml.org .