The biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference is a national literary conference established in 1998 and held at the University of South Dakota.
Please join us from Oct. 25-27 for the 11th biennial John R. Milton Writer's Conference at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. The 2018 conference theme, “This Lonely Frontier: Exploring Boundaries of Space, Identity, and Genre,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of Milton’s poetry collection This Lonely House (1968). We are excited to confirm Percival Everett, Ellen Forney and Erika Wurth as keynote and featured authors. In addition, Ellen Forney will deliver a workshop on creating comics, and the conference will feature readings by USD’s Department of English faculty Duncan B. Barlow, Leah McCormack and Lee Ann Roripaugh.
Deadline for Submissions: May 1, 2018
Send to: Milton.Conference@usd.edu
We invite proposals for critical and creative panels, roundtables and individual submissions engaging with the exploration of space, identity and genre - or with other topics Milton investigates in This Lonely House: “The Human Dream,” “Our Human Trust,” “Margin Dwellers” and “A Faulty Memory.” Possible areas of focus and approaches include, but are not limited to:
Critical Work: Submit a 250-word abstract, along with a brief biographical note, by May 1, 2018. Panel and roundtable proposals should include biographical notes for all presenters and a 250-word justification for the session. Panel proposals should also include individual presenters’ abstracts. We welcome panel proposals that incorporate both critical and creative presentations.
Creative Submissions: Provide either 8-10 pages of poetry or no more than 10 pages of creative prose writing, along with a short biographical note, by May 1, 2018. While creative work that explicitly or implicitly engages with the conference theme, or is related in some way to Milton’s This Lonely House collection, is especially welcome, we will gladly consider all types of creative work on any theme and in any style for readings at the conference’s creative writing panels.
Contact Milton.Conference@usd.edu with any questions or for additional information.