DEADLINE EXTENDED: MMLA 2020: Creative Writing (Poetry) CFP

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
MMLA Creative Writing (Poetry) Permanent Section
contact email: 

2020 MMLA Annual Convention: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 5-8, 2020

Creative Writing II: Poetry Permanent Section CFP

“Cultures of Collectivity: Community, Collaboration, and Poetic Practice”

The Creative Writing II: Poetry permanent section of the Midwest Modern Language Association seeks creative, critical, and hybrid proposals that connect to this year’s convention theme of “Cultures of Collectivity.” We are particularly interested in presentations from poets and poet-scholars who engage with others within the context of creative communities, collaborative writing praxis, and/or publishing and pedagogical experiences. Questions to consider may include: How is (your) poetry and poetic practice shaped by/within particular communities or collaborations? How does the contemporary literary publishing community influence definitions of poetry, its creation, and/or its reception? How is poetry and poetic practice complicated by present-day social, political, ideological, or pedagogical concerns? How has COVID-19 changed the poetry-writing community?

We welcome papers, poetry, and digital poetics projects, and are especially interested in critical-creative works that are socially conscious and politically engaged. Presentations should be approximately 15 minutes in length.

For more information on the convention, see:

Early Bird convention registration fees (before July 1) are as follows: $95 for full-time faculty, administrators, schoolteachers and librarians; $45 for students, independent scholars, part-time, unemployed or retired members. MMLA membership fees can be found here:

To submit your work for consideration, please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief bio to the section chair, Hannah Kroonblawd (, by May 31st, 2020. Proposals of creative projects should include a brief sample of creative work (3-5 pages of poetry) along with the abstract. Please include your name, professional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title.