Closet Poets

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Many scholars who research and write papers for conferences also write poetry. Perhaps those poems are jotted on note pads, in the margins of your papers or in dedicated personal journals.  This session is seeking those scholars whose poetry often remains unpublished due to the heavier responsibility of publishing scholarly journal articles, monographs and genre-specific books which demand much time in between teaching, and perhaps, administrating at the university. Even though those scholarly efforts may yield more rewards, such as job retention and hopefully, job promotions; personal poetry, intermittently created, yields a satisfying venue for emotional issues and satisfying creativity.

Closet Poets Creative session is an opportunity to share your poetry with others, perhaps other poet/scholars. Remember the words of Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, who shared his joy of telling poems during a previous NeMLA conference, “Poetry is the breath of humankind, and must be heard.”


Submit proposals to:     

Please keep in mind that in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Director and the NeMLA Board are considering options for remote online sessions and/or hybrid sessions [possibly both in the Marriott and through some form of remote online participation].


Also: According to NeMLA directives, a person may present a paper on a panel, participate in a creative session, as well as participate on a roundtable.


Professor Annette M. Magid, Ph.D.

State University of New York: Erie Community College     

Buffalo, NY