Sowell Collection Conference

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texac Tech U
contact email: 

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University is hosting a conference in Lubbock, TX, April 19-21, 2018.  Barry Lopez will be our featured speaker. 

We accept both creative and scholarly papers/panels.  We prefer creative work grounded in the natural world and critical/scholarly papers dealing in some way with writers whose work is included in the Sowell Collection.  However, we always take a very broad (and we hope welcoming) approach to thoughtful and thought provoking proposals.

For individual submissions, please include a 250-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, contact information, and A/V requests.  Proposals for panels (three presenters) must include an abstract and all the above information for all presenters.  There is no registration fee for presenters or attendees.  However, we would greatly appreciate any donations to our new Sowell Collection Endowment:   Funds in this endowment will be used to support our student essay contest, among other projects associated with the conference and the collection. 

The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World is an archive of manuscripts, photographs, audio and video recordings of a fantastic group of writers.  The collection includes Rick Bass, Max Crawford, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, Paul Hawken, Clyde Jones, William Kittredge, John Lane, Barry Lopez, Walter McDonald, Bill McKibben, Susan Brind Morrow, Gary Paul Nabhan, Doug Peacock, Andrea Peacock, Robert Michael Pyle, David Quammen, Marc Reisner, Pattiann Rogers, Sandra Scofield, Annick Smith, and Ro Wauer.  Supporting collections include correspondence and manuscripts from Ed Abbey, Edward Hoagland, and Howard Norman and the papers of the Orion Society.


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