September 15 Registration Deadline Approaching; Conference Schedule Drafted

Take advantage of the reduced early bird registration fee, and get your registration forms in the mail (or submitted to the English Department office) by September 15. The downloadable registration form link (see header links above) should be working now.

This year’s conference is shaping up very nicely! The submissions this year were outstanding, and we have a wide variety of both critical and creative panels, with approximately 65 presenters. You may take a peek at this cornucopia of forthcoming literary goodness, using the link to the draft conference schedule below. (This link is also posted as one of the header/menu links above):

2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference Schedule (Current Draft Version).

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Reminder: September 1 Deadline for Conference Submissions Approaching

Don’t forget to submit paper/panel proposals and/or creative work to the 2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference! The deadline is September 1, and the Call for Papers is below:

CFP: Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West (9/01/11; The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota,10/27/11-10/29/11)

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference, held October 27-29, 2011, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

We are seeking panel and roundtable proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but aren’t limited to:

• Law and (dis)order in Western American literature, history, and culture;
• Law and (dis)order in relationship to broken treaties, obligatory assimilation, as well as post-colonial and/or indigenous studies in American Indian literature, history, and culture;
• Law and (dis)order in the American West with respect to environmental issues and ecocriticism;
• Outlaw as myth and fantasy space in the American West;
• Outlaw as Other;
• Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West;
• Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions;
• Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space; and
• Representations of outlaws and/or law and (dis)order in 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 September 1, 2011. 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 September 1, 2011. While creative work that either explicitly or implicitly addresses the conference theme, or is related in some way to region or landscape are particularly 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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About the 2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference

The University of South Dakota Department of English will be hosting the biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference October 27-29, 2011. The three-day literary event will include readings and book signings by award-winning featured authors, scholarly panel sessions exploring the conference theme of “Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)order in the American West,” as well as creative writing panels and pop culture sessions. Other conference highlights include a showcase presentation of University of South Dakota graduate creative writing students, a conference book fair, as well as a poetry slam sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project at the Muenster University Center pit lounge featuring poet Kristin Naca. Conference lunches (with musical entertainment), and a conference banquet will provide opportunities to socialize and interact with other writers, scholars, and conferees.

This year’s visiting featured writers will include Mark Spragg (keynote), Sherwin Bitsui, Kristin Naca, Karen Gettert Shoemaker, William Trowbridge, and USD visiting writer David Marshall Chan, who will give readings and book signings along with permanent USD creative writing faculty Ed Allen and Lee Ann Roripaugh. Prior year’s conferences have brought in well over 100 attendees, including presenting writers and scholars from all across the region and nation—including even the occasional international conferee.

The biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference was established in 1998 to celebrate the life and work of University of South Dakota English Professor and South Dakota Review founder John R. Milton. The conference pays tribute to John R. Milton’s lifelong engagement with and commitment to Western writers and literature. With respect to this year’s theme of “Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West,” conferees are invited to submit paper and/or panel proposals that consider (but aren’t limited to) some of the following topics: law and (dis)order in Western American literature, history, and culture; law and (dis)order in relationship to broken treaties, obligatory assimilation, as well as post-colonial and/or indigenous studies in American Indian literature, history, and culture; law and (dis)order in the American West with respect to environmental issues and ecocriticism; outlaw as myth and fantasy space in the American West; outlaw as Other; gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West; borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions; virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space; and representations of outlaws and/or law and (dis)order in 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.

This year’s event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of English, Barnes & Noble, South Dakota Review, the John R. Milton Endowment and the Wayne S. and Esther M. Knutson Endowment of the USD Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Riley, Jr., as well as by grants from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Registration is open to the public and USD alumni/ae are especially welcome. For detailed conference information, please visit https://miltonconference.wordpress.com or contact the Department of English at (605) 677-5229.

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Call for Papers and Creative Presentations: 2011 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference

CFP: Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West (9/01/11; The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota,10/27/11-10/29/11)

Please join us for the biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference, held October 27-29, 2011, at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

We are seeking panel and roundtable proposals, scholarly papers, and creative writing related (either explicitly or implicitly) to the theme of Outlaw!: Law and (Dis)Order in the American West. Possible topics or approaches might include, but aren’t limited to:

• Law and (dis)order in Western American literature, history, and culture;
• Law and (dis)order in relationship to broken treaties, obligatory assimilation, as well as post-colonial and/or indigenous studies in American Indian literature, history, and culture;
• Law and (dis)order in the American West with respect to environmental issues and ecocriticism;
• Outlaw as myth and fantasy space in the American West;
• Outlaw as Other;
• Gender outlaws, and/or queering the American West;
• Borders, border crossings, and boundary transgressions;
• Virtual outlaws, and/or outlaws in the “new frontier” of cyber-space; and
• Representations of outlaws and/or law and (dis)order in 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 September 1, 2011. 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 September 1, 2011. While creative work that either explicitly or implicitly addresses the conference theme, or is related in some way to region or landscape are particularly 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

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