Thoreau and Frost - ALA Panels

deadline for submissions: 
January 23, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
John J. Kucich / Thoreau Society
contact email: 

Deadline Extended to January 23!


Thoreau  and Frost Societies: ALA Proposals 2022


The Robert Frost Society the Thoreau Society are pleased to sponsor these two joint sessions at the upcoming ALA Conference in Chicago, May 26-29, 2022. (


Panel Session:


Rethinking the Wild: In “The Figure a Poem Makes,” Robert Frost argues, “If it is a wild tune, it is a poem.” In “Walking,” Henry Thoreau proclaims, “in wildness is the preservation of the world.” How is the wild manifested in the works of these two writers, and others, in their time and ours? What are the politics and poetics of the wild? How has the meaning and shape of the wild shifted as our own relationship to Nature has been transformed? Please submit 200 word proposals for 20-minute presentations by January 23rd  to Mark Richardson ( and John J. Kucich (


Roundtable Session:


Thoreau and Frost and Others: This roundtable sessions invites unexpected pairings between these two canonical writers and other poets, writers and activists – or new insights into more familiar connections. Both scholarly and pedagogical approaches are welcome. Please submit 100 word proposals for 8 minute presentations by January 15th to Mark Richardson ( and John J. Kucich (