The Conference will be held in the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University, with an Open Mike on Friday night.
Beth Lordan received her BA and MFA from Cornell University, and has been at SIUC since 1991. She teaches fiction workshops and forms courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and currently directs Irish and Irish Immigration Studies. She is the author of three books: August Heat, a novel (Harper & Row 1987); And Both Shall Row, stories (Picador, 1998); and But Come Ye Back, a novel in stories (William Morrow, 2004). Her literary heroes are Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, James Agee, Alistair MacLeod, and William Trevor; she admires the work of contemporary fiction writers like J. M. Coetzee, Joanna Scott, Alice McDermott, David Long, Toni Morrison, and Alice Munro. Her short fiction has appeared in Farmers Market, Gettysburg Review, The Atlantic Monthly, O.Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories, and has earned awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s currently working on more stories, and writing a book on form.
Any student currently enrolled in a graduate writing program may propose a presentation. Proposal abstracts should be 300 words maximum and may cover any topic on creative, technical, new media, or composition writing, such as
Proposals are submitted electronically. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2015. Please indicate on the registration form if you will be participating in the open mike with 5-15 minutes of reading. Send to Dr. Missy Phegley, firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will be sent by January 15, 2016.
Registration for the conference is $60. Registration forms are due before February 15, 2016.
Address: Mail proposals and registration to
Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701