CFP: ALA Symposium on God and the American Writer (Deadline 12.1.14)

Dear ALA Affiliated Societies:

Many of you have heard about this ALA-sponsored symposium through postings on other sites, but I wanted to make sure that all of the ALA affiliated groups new about the upcoming symposium on “God and the American Writer.”  The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, on February 26-28, 2015.  The deadline for paper proposals is December 1st.  All proposals should be sent to Jeanne Reesman at

Aside from great panels with great papers, the symposium will also feature two keynote addresses, one by Harold K. Bush on Mark Twain and one by Jonathan Cook on Herman Melville.  We’ll also have a poetry reading with the theme of women and spirituality featuring Bonnie Lyons, poet and critic, and Enedina Vasquez, poet, artist, and lay Episcopal minister.  In addition, we’ll have a screening of Terence Malik’s film The Tree of Life with an informance by Stacey Peebles.  There will be a mariachi reception and luncheons and a tour of local historic missions and the San Fernando Cathedral.

Full conference details, as well as registration forms and paper proposal forms, can be found at the ALA website and at Continue reading

The 2014 Howells Essay Prize Competition Call for Entrants (Deadline 1.16.15)

The 2014 Howells Essay Prize Competition Call for Entrants

The Howells Society Essay Prize is awarded each year for the best paper on Howells presented at the annual ALA conference. The winning essay may have been presented in any session on the program of the conference, including but not limited to panels sponsored by the Howells Society. Papers are judged by members of the Executive Committee, who have the option of appointing additional readers as neces- sary.

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash award of $250, and the winning essay will be published (with the author’s permission) in a future issue of The Howellsian. Copyright remains with the writer of the essay, so publication here does not preclude later publication elsewhere of a re- vised version of the essay.

2014 presenters who wish to enter their papers in this year’s competition must submit them by January 16, 2015 to the Society’s President, Dan Mrozowski. You are welcome to revise your paper before submitting it, but please keep in mind that the essay should be a “conference length” paper and should not exceed 12-15 pages, maximum. Please send the papers as e-mail attachments, in MS Word format, to daniel.mrozowski @

CFP: W. D. Howells Sessions at ALA (Deadline 1.31.15)

Call For Papers: William Dean Howells Society Panels for ALA May, 2015

The William Dean Howells Society wel- comes submissions for two panels at the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston in May 2015.

Panel 1: A Radical Howells

We are seeking papers on the political di- mensions of William Dean Howells’ work. We are especially interested in accounts of Howells as a writer engaged with the radical ideas of his day, and we welcome fresh discussions of his lesser- known works under this rubric. Topics may in- clude the democracy of Howellsian realism, his defense of the Haymarket anarchists, his encoun- ters with Tolstoy – including the Russian’s em- brace of nonviolence and economic equality—late 19th century socialism, his views on women’s suf- frage, his membership in the NAACP, his social novels of the 1890s, and his anti-imperialism.

Panel 2: Open Topic

We are looking for insightful, original papers that address any aspect of Howells’s work.
Please submit your 200-250 word abstract and a current CV (or any questions) to Dan Mrozowski at

daniel.mrozowski @

by January 31, 2015.

Howells Queries: Stagecoach metaphor for bureaucracy

I am frantically looking for the name of the article, story, book that WD Howells wrote on bureauracracy that WD Howells wrote. It was about a coach or stagecoach on which people kept climbing on and falling off and everyone was trying to get to the top of the coach. This influenced my conceptions strongly and I would like to pass it on to others but have forgotten the name.


CFP: The North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference

The North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference

Dates: June 11–13, 2015

Location: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Keynotes: Martín Espada, Patricia Hampl, Steven Schwartz

The North American Review, the longest-lived literary magazine in the United States, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions to its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference, to be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, June 11-13, 2015. The editors invite proposals for individual papers, pre-formed panels (3-4 panelists), or roundtable discussions (4-6 participants).

·      Critical papers, panels, and roundtables may be submitted on any literary or cultural topic, theme, author, art work, or text that has some connection to the North American Review. Group society proposals are welcome.

·      Creative Writing proposals may include readings of your own creative work, explorations of the craft and theory of writing, or discussions of creative writing pedagogy, the publishing world, the professionalization of creative writing, or creative writing as a discipline in the university.

Visit to upload your submission.

More details about the magazine and the conference can be found at

 The entire North American Review archives can be accessed digitally via the JSTOR database (; issues appearing from 1815 to 1899 can be searched or browsed at Cornell University’s Making of America Website (; and an index of authors and subjects in the North American Review from 1815 to 1877 is available through Google Books ( A list of notable contributors is available at

If you have a question or need assistance in locating a source, contact the conference director Jeremy Schraffenberger at

A note from Professor Schraffenberger:

The current NAR editors would be eager to include papers, panels, and/or roundtables focused on Howells in the context of the North American Review. As I’m sure you know, Howells was a frequent contributor to the magazine; in addition to many articles and reviews, his novel The Son of Royal Langbrith was serialized in its pages. We’re also amenable, of course, to papers that are not solely NAR-centric but still explore his work both critically and creatively.