DEADLINE EXTENDED Going Public: When Poetry Addresses Democracy (MMLA 2023)

deadline for submissions: 
May 14, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Hannah Kroonblawd / MMLA Creative Writing: Poetry Permanent Section
contact email: 

MMLA Annual Convention: Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2-5, 2023

Creative Writing II: Poetry Permanent Section CFP 

“Going Public: When Poetry Addresses Democracy” 

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 “Going Public.” We are particularly interested in presentations from poets and poet-scholars who engage with public-oriented poetics and praxis. Questions to consider include: How does (your) poetry and poetic practice engage with the public sphere? How does poetry address democratic ideals while also interrogating privilege and bias? What possibilities and interventions does poetry have to offer when it comes to discourse, consensus and compromise, and/or equity and diversity? 

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. 

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 10, 2023. 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 in your submission.

MMLA's 2023 convention will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 2-5. More information about the convention can be found at: