Revised CFP: E. E. Cummings Sessions at the American Literature Association’s 32nd Annual Conference, July 7-11, 2021, Boston, MA

deadline for submissions: 
March 20, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Webster / E. E. Cummings Society
contact email: 

The E. E. Cummings Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2021 American Literature Association conference in Boston ( We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Cummings’ life or work. Proposals that touch upon the following topics will be especially welcome:

• Cummings in 1918-1921 (Camp Devens, the flu pandemic, and afterwards)
• Cummings, the child, and the actual and real worlds
• Cummings’ early experiments in modernism
• Readings of little-studied Cummings poems
• Re-readings of much-studied Cummings poems
• Cummings among the modernists and post-modernists

Submit 250-400 word abstracts to Michael Webster ( by March 20, 2021.

For further information, consult the web page of the American Literature Association conference.

Note: The ALA has proposed two alternative methods of presenting at the conference:

1. “Member Societies may pre-record their sessions, and the ALA will post a link to these sessions as part of our program. Participants in these official sessions will pay a reduced conference fee of $125.”
2. “Society panels and accepted panels may include a digital presentation (via Skype or Facetime or Zoom) by one of the panelists. The organizer of the panel will need to request a/v support in advance. The chair of the panel must provide a laptop and will oversee the digital portion of the panel. While the ALA will arrange for the conference hotel to provide a hard-wired internet connection, we cannot provide a technician to run the session. Please note that the a/v costs will be considerable; therefore, all participants in these sessions will need to pay the regular conference fee. Also, while we recognize the need for flexibility, our hope is that panels will have no more than one virtual presenter.”
“We regret that neither option is available to those submitting individual proposals.”

When submitting your proposal, let me know whether either of these alternate methods of presenting a paper appeals to you.

Michael Webster
Professor of English
207 Lake Huron Hall
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401