RADICAL WRITES: COMPOSITION, CREATIVE AND CRITICAL WRITING, AND NEW MEDIA

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing
contact email: 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOSE ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ

APRIL 13-15, 2017

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, JONESBORO, AR

Contact E-mail: kcostello@astate.edu or abeauchamp@astate.edu _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Radical Writes Conference is a graduate student conference that highlights writers who produce innovative and distinctive creative and critical work in its multitude of forms. Students are welcome to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction or works pertaining to composition and rhetoric, critical theory, literature, and related fields of study. In addition to conference participants’ presentations, conference attendees can expect panels on topics related to professionalization and opportunities for networking with publishers. We are proud to announce that Jose A. Rodriguez will be the keynote speaker. His poetry collections include The Shallow End of Sleep (2011,Tia Chucha Press/Northwestern UP) and Backlit Hour (2013, SFASU Press/Texas A&M UP). His work has appeared in various journals and magazines, including Poetry, The New Republic, Paterson Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, Lake Effect, Cream City Review, Water-Stone Review, Tusculum Review, Upstreet, Big Muddy, Paddlefish, and others. He's the recipient of the 2014 RHINO Founders' Prize, the 2009 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and four nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Students who attend or present at the conference can expect the following:

 presentation Sessions: Friday and Saturday, April 14-15 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 keynote Presentation: Thursday Night, April 13 at 7 p.m.

 creative Writing Open Mic and Mixer: Friday night after panels

 another great line for your CV to help you compete in today’s hiring market!

 

Panels are 50 minutes each. Students can propose a 10-15 minute individual presentation or a two-three person panel. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2017. To Submit an Individual Proposal, send an email to RadicalWritesatAState@gmail.com on or prior to February 1, 2017. In the email, include the title of your proposed presentation, your main area of study (it’s fine if your paper is unrelated), school affiliation, student classification (for example, 1st year M.A. or fourth-year Ph.D.), mailing address, and phone number. Also, indicate whether or not you plan to attend the Open Mic and Mixer on Friday, April14. Attach your abstract, without any identifying information, as a Word Document. Title your email with the appropriate category and your last name (i.e., Critical Submission: Smith).

To Submit an 2 or 3-Person Panel, send an email to RadicalWritesatAState@gmail.com send an email to RadicalWritesatAState@gmail.com on or prior to February 1, 2017 that includes the following:  the title of your proposed panel, and then, each presenter’s main area of study (it’s fine if your paper is unrelated), school affiliation, student classification (for example, 1st year M.A. or fourth-year Ph.D.), mailing address, and phone number.

 whether or not any of the panelists plan to attend the Open Mic and Mixer on Friday, April 14.

 an attached document, which includes the title of each presenter’s presentation above each presenter’s abstract (and samples, if Creative Writing) without any identifying information, as a Word Document. See below for more information.

 lastly, title your email with the appropriate category and your last name (i.e., Critical Submission: Jones, Mendez, and Smith).

Critical Proposals: Critical Proposal abstracts should include a unique title and be a maximum of 300 words. Works may cover any topic as long as they challenge the status quo or challenge, inform, and expand our existing knowledge or practices, such as, but not limited to:

 Critical Pedagogies

 Intersectional and cross-genre writing

 Visual rhetorics  Queer rhetorics

 Feminist rhetorics  Multimodal composition

 Affective rhetorics

 Blurred boundaries in writing

Creative Proposals: Creative Proposals should include a unique title, a brief 200-300 word abstract that describes the work.

A Note to Faculty Mentors: We appreciate the efforts that mentors make in aiding their graduate students in their path to professionalization. As we understand the demands of mentorship, promotion, and tenure, we are more than happy to work with mentors who decide to attend with their students to ensure that they can, if they choose, participate in the conference in a way which can be reflected on their C.V.s and Annual Reviews.