Final Conference Announcements, Information, and Updates!

The conference will be here before we know it, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Vermillion at the end of the week!

The final version of the conference program is posted to the link above, and the hard copy version which will be in your conference registration packets, went to the printer on Friday.  If you are presenting, please make sure to double-check your presentation times and venues one last time.

VENUE UPDATES:

Please also note that there has been one significant/important change to the program: ALL SESSIONS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED IN LIBRARY 205 ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, WILL NOW ALL TAKE PLACE IN MUC 116 (MUENSTER UNIVERSITY CENTER) ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2. (This change is correctly reflected into the final version of the program)

Please note that there is a small typo in the program: The South Dakota Literary Renaissance session scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, will be held in Delzell 118, and not Delzell 218.

I’d also like to remind you again that the conference lunch on Friday, November 1, has been changed to a conference dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the Lee Medical Building Atrium.

REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN:

Your registration packets/conference nametags have all been prepared, and will include a final print copy of the conference program, campus and local maps, as well as other information about USD and Vermillion.  You can check into the conference and pick them up at the following times/locations:

Dakota Hall, 212: Thursday, October 31, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Old Main 118 (Conference Headquarters): Friday, November 1, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Old Main 118 (Conference Headquarters): Saturday, November 2, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

If you haven’t preregistered for the conference yet, it’s no problem for you to register at the table.  I’d be very appreciative, though, if you’d send me a quick e-mail just to confirm that your attendance/presentation.  Also, if you’re planning on purchasing/registering for any of the conference meals it would be very helpful to let me know that information as well so that I can keep an up-to-date head count for catering.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided in Old Main 118 beginning at 7:30 a.m. and throughout the morning.  The conference book table will be located immediately next door in the Oscar Howe Gallery.

BOOK TABLE:

If you are bringing books to display and sell at the conference book table, simply check them in at the registration table beginning Friday, November 1, where we will note the number of copies of each displayed/sale item that you are bringing.  Books can be safely locked overnight in the Oscar Howe Gallery.  Please make sure to pick up your books and your sales envelope from registration table staff no later than 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

FEATURED AUTHORS’ BOOKS:

Featured authors’ books will be available in the USD Barnes & Noble Bookstore throughout the conference in the Muenster University Center, and will also be available for sale and the featured authors’ readings in Farber Hall, Old Main.  Featured authors will be available to sign their books for you after their readings.

CONFERENCE MEALS:

Conference Dinner:  Friday, November 1, 2013, 5:00-6:30 p.m. , Lee Medical Building Atrium (Menu: Build-your-own taco bowl buffet (includes tortilla chips, tortilla bowls, seasoned ground beef, tomatoes and onions, refried beans, shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, nacho cheese, jalapenos, black olives, salsa, and sour cream), cookies, and beverages.)

Conference Lunch: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., National Music Museum (Menu: Build-your-own sandwiches from Mr. Smith’s Catering with artisanal breads, pasta and leafy green salads, mini cheesecakes, and beverages.)

Conference Banquet: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 5:00 -6:30 p.m., Neuharth Center Freedom Forum (Menu: Roasted pork loin with Dijon mustard sauce (stuffed Portobello mushroom vegan/vegetarian entrée available upon request), roasted baby red potatoes, asparagus, spinach salad, dinner rolls, choice of Italian lemon cake or chocolate torte for dessert, and beverages.)

CAMPUS PARKING:

Once again, for those of you who are driving, I have made arrangements with campus security to set aside lots 3, 4, and 36 on Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, as “no ticket zones” so that you may park on campus near your respective venues.  Additionally, “A” and “Any Permit” lots are not permit-enforced after 5:00 p.m. or on the weekends.  I’m attaching, the USD Campus Parking Map, where you can easily locate the parking lots, as well as the location of the different conference venues.

TECHNOLOGY REQUESTS:

Presenters who are presenting in Old Main 212, Delzell 215, Delzell 118, or Library 205 will have access to a Smart Classroom, and will be able to easily access the internet to project from PowerPoint and/or other files, or access files from a DVD, etc.  I recommend coming a little bit early to your session and consulting with a moderator if you need assistance signing in.

Presenters who are presenting in MUC 211 or MUC 216 can easily project through hooking up to the available cords.  PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE PRESENTING IN MUC 211 OR MUC 216 YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP, AND YOUR FILES OR DVD WILL NEED TO BE AVAILABLE ON Y OUR LAPTOP.  PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT IF YOU USE A MAC, YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN ADAPTER.

Looking forward to a great conference!

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Important 2013 Milton Conference Information, Announcements, and Updates

The conference is approaching quickly, and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon at the USD campus in Vermillion!  If you haven’t registered yet, please make sure to do so as soon as possible!

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

A complete and updated version of the conference program can now be located at the link above in PDF format.  If you are a conference participant, please double check the times and locations of your event(s).  Prior Milton Conference attendees, note that conference registration and check in will be located in Old Main 118 this year.

SCREENING OF WINTER IN THE BLOOD ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2:

As a special conference capstone event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of South Dakota Review, I’m delighted to let you know that we will be holding a special screening of Winter in the Blood, a film by Alex and Andrew Smith, based on the novel by James Welch, following the Pam Houston keynote reading, on Saturday, November 2, at 8:30 p.m. in Farber Hall.  South Dakota Review was one of the first literary journals to publish James Welch’s work, and in Summer 1971 (Volume 9, Number 10), we ran a piece titled “The Only Good Indian,” which eventually became Winter in the Blood.  Filmmaker Andrew Smith will be present at the screening and will hold a Q&A afterwards.  You can read more about the film here, and also view a trailer: http://winterinthebloodfilm.com/

CONFERENCE LUNCH ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, HAS BEEN SWITCHED OUT FOR A CONFERENCE DINNER ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1:

Due to an unprecedented number of conference participants, in tandem with other University events taking place on Friday, November 1, we’ve needed to conserve our conference venues for panel sessions throughout the day, and so the conference lunch scheduled for Friday, November 1, has been changed to a conference dinner on Friday, November 1.  The dinner will take place in the Lee Medical Building Atrium, and the price is the same, and so if you’ve registered for the conference lunch, you will simply come to the conference dinner on Friday night instead.  Lunch on Friday, November 1, will be on your own, and you can easily grab lunch at the Muenster University Center on campus, or a quick lunch in downtown Vermillion during the noon lunch break.  The Saturday, November 2 lunch will take place, once again, in the world-famous National Music Museum, and the Saturday, November 2 banquet will take place at the Al Neuharth Media Center.

CONFERENCE BOOK TABLE:

We will be running and staffing a conference book table once again this year, and you are welcome to bring your books, chapbooks, magazines, and small press items to display and sell at the conference during scheduled book table hours.  Registration staff will handle sales for you, and we have reserved the lovely Oscar Howe Gallery (adjacent to conference headquarters in Old Main 118) to house the conference book table.  To have your items displayed and sold, please make sure to contact the conference graduate assistant, David Levine, with a list of titles and prices, no later than October 20, 2013, at David.Levine@coyotes.usd.edu.  Books by featured authors will be available and on display at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore at the Muenster University Center, and will also be available for sale at the featured authors’ readings.

CAMPUS PARKING:

For those of you who are driving, I have made arrangements with campus security to set aside lots 3, 4, and 36 for conference attendees on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2, as “no ticket zones” so that you may park on campus near your respective venues.  Additionally, “A” and “Any Permit” lots are not permit-enforced after 5:00 p.m. or on the weekends.  Here is a link to the USD Campus Parking Map, where you can easily locate the parking lots, as well as the location of the different conference venues.

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2013 Conference Schedule

Panel sessions for the 2013 Milton Writers’ Conference have now been scheduled, and are available for viewing/review in the first draft of the downloadable conference schedule, which can be accessed via the Downloadable Conference Schedule link in the header above.

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Call for Papers and Creative Presentations, 2013 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference

CFP: Memory, Remembrance, Commemoration and the American West (8/15/13; The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, October 31-November 2, 2013)

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of South Dakota Review, held October 31-November 2, 2013, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of South Dakota Review, we are seeking panel proposals, roundtable proposals, and scholarly papers related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Memory, Remembrance, Commemoration and the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but aren’t limited to memory, (mis)remembering, remembrance, commemoration and:

• Western American literature, history, and culture;
• broken treaties, obligatory assimilation, as well as post-colonial and/or indigenous studies in American Indian literature, history, and culture;
• the 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee;
• environmental issues and ecocriticism;
• the American West as myth and fantasy space;
• discourses of difference/otherness, including multiculturalism, race, and ethnicity in the American West;
• shifting representations of gender and/or queerness in the American West;
• Manifest Destiny;
• the role of virtual culture, cyberspace as “new frontier,” and simulacra in the American West; and
• popular culture (including, but not limited to, HBO’s Deadwood and Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Westerns (both film and television), graphic novels, and science fiction).

For critical work, please submit a 250-word abstract, along with a brief biographical note, by August 15, 2013. Panel proposals should include individual paper abstracts and biographical notes for all of the participating panelists, in addition to a 250-word justification for the panel. Roundtable proposals should include a 250-word justification for the roundtable session, along with biographical notes for the participating round table session members.

For creative submissions, please submit either 8-10 pages of poetry, or no more than 25 pages of creative prose writing, along with a short biographical note, by August 15, 2013. While creative work that either explicitly or implicitly addresses the conference theme, or is related in some way to region or landscape are always welcome, all types of creative work on any theme and in any style will be gladly considered for readings at the conference’s creative writing panels.

All submissions should be sent to Lee Ann Roripaugh at Lee.Roripaugh@usd.edu

For additional questions or information, please e-mail: Lee.Roripaugh@usd.edu

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Final Conference News and Information

CONFERENCE CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION:

Thursday, October 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m., USD English Department, Dakota Hall #212

Friday, October 28, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Muenster University Center, East Lounge (Second Floor)

Saturday, October 29, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Muenster University Center, East Lounge (Second Floor)

At registration/check-in, you can pick up your conference badge, the conference program, as well as a registration packet that will include campus and local maps, local information, and a visitor parking pass for those of you who are out-of-town visitors to USD.

TECHNOLOGY NEEDS AND WI-FI:

The Muenster University Center is wi-fi ready. You may sign in by using “usdguest”.

If you require technological needs for your presentation, please make sure to bring your own laptops. MUC 216 will have a digital projector, cords, and other equipment ready for your presentations.

BOOKS:

A book table with books for purchase by conference panelists and featured authors will be set up in the Muenster University Center East Lounge. Additionally, USD Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located downstairs in the Muenster University Center, will have a display table for the conference with titles by featured authors and their store will be open throughout the conference. USD Barnes & Noble Bookstore will also staff a book table during all of the featured author readings in Farber Hall and the keynote reading in the MUC Ballroom.

CONFERENCE MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS:

Free refreshments (muffins, breads, scones, fruit, bagels, juice, coffee and water) will be made available throughout the morning for registered conferees in the Muenster University Center East Lounge, adjacent to the registration table.

It’s not too late to register for conference meals (or additional meals), if you wish. Local panelists can simply fill out an additional registration form and check off/pay for meals at the English Dept. office. Out-of-towners can e-mail me with meal requests which you can pay for at conference check-in, and I will add you to the catering headcount. (We will also be able to accommodate, up to a point, last-minute meal purchases at the time of the conference, but advance notice will really help to keep our catering orders on track.) Meal locations/venues and menus are posted at the conference blog.

LODGING INFORMATION:

I have added additional information regarding Vermillion lodging to the “Lodging in Vermillion, South Dakota” page on the header link at the top of the conference blog. Typically, we steer out-of-town visitors toward the Comfort Inn or the Holiday Inn Express. Excellent budget rates (at our more quirky, mom-and-pop-type lodging venues) might make some of the other lodging options more appealing. For a slightly more upscale lodging option, there are also a limited number of Bed & Breakfast rooms available at our lovely Buffalo Run Winery.

I-29 AND MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING:

If you are approaching Vermillion and/or Sioux City, Iowa from the South on I-29, please be aware that there may still be closures along the interstate due to the summer flooding. Please check for road closure information and plan alternate routes in advance, as necessary. The Iowa DOT website has been a particularly useful resource for me throughout the summer: Iowa DOT Road Closures Information — http://www.511ia.org/

The Nebraska DOR website might also be helpful for you as well, depending on where you’re traveling from: http://www.dor.state.ne.us/

MAPS:

Vermillion maps and USD camps maps are electronically available on the conference blog. Hard copies of maps will also be placed in your conference folders.

PARKING:

Temporary visitor passes will be made available to out of town conference guests. These will be placed in your conference folders.

VERMILLION PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Vermillion Public Transport (624-RIDE)

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday – 8:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday – 9:00am – 2:00pm

Safe Ride (affectionately referred to by Vermillionaires as the “Drunk Bus”):
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 10:00pm – 3:00am

Vermillion Public Transit provides local rides in and around the Vermillion area. While mostly providing door-to-door transportation within Vermillion, the transit service is willing to take people as far as Meckling, SD or Burbank, SD for an additional charge. Rides with Vermillion Public Transit may be scheduled by contacting the dispatcher at 624-RIDE during the hours of operation. Rides cost $2.50 each way.

Please let me know if there’s anything I can help you with in the meantime!

Looking forward to a great conference!

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Conference News and Information

The 2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference is rapidly approaching, and it’s shaping up into a full and lively weekend of literary awesomeness! With close to 70 participants, it has turned into our biggest conference ever!

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. Downloadable registration forms are available in the menu links at the top of this webpage.

The conference program was updated and revised over the weekend, and you can review the most current version here: 2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference Draft Schedule (Also available through header link above.)

Conference check-in and registration will take place at the following times/locations:

Thursday, October 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m., USD English Department, Dakota Hall #212

Friday, October 28, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Muenster University Center, East Lounge (Second Floor)

Saturday, October 29, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Muenster University Center, East Lounge (Second Floor)

At registration/check-in, you can pick up your conference badge, the conference program, as well as a registration packet that will include campus and local maps, local information, and a visitor parking pass for those of you who are out-of-town visitors to USD.

Free refreshments (muffins, breads, scones, fruit, bagels, juice, coffee and water) will be made available throughout the morning for registered conferees in the Muenster University Center East Lounge, adjacent to the registration table.

A book table with books for purchase by conference panelists and featured authors will be set up in the Muenster University Center East Lounge. Additionally, USD Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located downstairs in the Muenster University Center, will have a display table for the conference with titles by featured authors and their store will be open throughout the conference. USD Barnes & Noble Bookstore will also staff a book table during all of the featured author readings in Farber Hall and the Muenster University Ballroom (4:00-5:30 p.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m., Friday, 10/28, and Saturday, 10/29).

It’s not too late to register for conference meals (or additional meals), if you wish. Local panelists can simply fill out an additional registration form and check off/pay for meals at the English Dept. office. Out-of-towners can fill out an additional registration form, check off desired meal requests, and send it in to the address listed at the bottom of the form. If it’s too close to the conference dates for snail mail, out-of-town conferees can also e-mail me with meal requests which you can pay for at conference check-in, and I will add you to the catering headcount. (We will also be able to accommodate, up to a point, last-minute meal purchases at the time of the conference, but advance notice will really help to keep our catering orders on track.) Meal locations/venues and meal menus are posted in the header links above.

VERMILLION MAPS AND CAMPUS MAPS:

Vermillion and USD maps can be located in the header menu above. Hard copies of local and campus maps will also be included in your conference folders.

TRAVEL ON I-29:

If you are approaching Vermillion and/or Sioux City, Iowa from the South on I-29, please be aware that there may still be closures along the interstate due to the summer flooding. Please check for road closure information and plan alternate routes in advance, as necessary. The Iowa DOT website has been a particularly useful resource for me throughout the summer: Iowa DOT Road Closures Information

LODGING INFORMATION:

I have added additional information regarding Vermillion lodging to the “Lodging in Vermillion, South Dakota” page on header menu above. Typically, we steer out-of-town visitors toward the Comfort Inn or the Holiday Inn Express. Excellent budget rates (at our more quirky, mom-and-pop-type lodging venues) might make some of the other lodging options more appealing. For a slightly more upscale lodging option, there are also a limited number of Bed & Breakfast rooms available at our lovely Buffalo Run Winery.

VERMILLION PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Vermillion Public Transport (624-RIDE)

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday – 8:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday – 9:00am – 2:00pm

Safe Ride:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 10:00pm – 3:00am

Other Information:
Vermillion Public Transit provides local rides in and around the Vermillion area. While mostly providing door-to-door transportation within Vermillion, the transit service is willing to take people as far as Meckling, SD or Burbank, SD for an additional charge. Rides with Vermillion Public Transit may be scheduled by contacting the dispatcher at 624-RIDE during the hours of operation. Rides cost $2.50 each way.

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2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference Promotional Poster!

2011 John R. Milton Writers' Conference Poster

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