Southeast Missouri State University Press

Radical Writes: English Graduate Student Conference

Radical Writes: English Graduate Student Conference 

Composition, Creative Writing, and New Media

April 5-7, 2018

Southeast Missouri State University

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The 6th annual Radical Writes: Composition, Creative Writing, and New Media conference will be held in the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University. Conference events include the following:

  • Banquet and Keynote Presentation Thursday, April 5
  • Presentation Session: Friday and Saturday, April 6-7
  • Open Mic: Friday evening
  • Two Professional Sessions: Writing Outside Academia & Writing Beyond Teaching
  • Drawings for books and prizes
  • Another great line for your CV

Keynote speaker:

Constance Squires teaches Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. In addition to Live from Medicine Park, she is the author of the novel Along the Watchtower (Riverhead), which won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and Wounding Radius (forthcoming from University of Oklahoma Press), a short story collection forthcoming in 2019. Her short stories have appeared in Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Shenandoah, Identity Theory, Bayou, the Dublin Quarterly, This Land, and a number of other magazines.

Her nonfiction has appeared in Salon, the New York Times, the Village Voice, World Literature Today, the Philological Review, Largehearted Boy, and has been featured on the NPR program Snap Judgment. She is also a regular contributor to the RollingStone500: Telling Stories in Stereo ( She wrote the screenplay for Sundance fellow Jeffrey Palmer’s 2015 short film, Grave Misgivings, was a judge in the Tulsa, Oklahoma episode of Literary Death Match, and was the featured guest editor for This Land’s summer fiction issue.

Paper Proposals:

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate writing program may submit a proposal. Abstracts should be 300 words maximum and may cover any topic on writing including creative, technical, new media, rhetoric, or composition. Possible topics include the following:

  • Intersections of cross genre writing
  • Blurring boundaries in writing
  • Innovative pedagogies
  • Diversity in teaching and/or writing
  • Defining fact and fiction
  • Creativity and composition
  • Social media strategies
  • Collaborative writing and/or collaborative learning
  • Issues and trends in visual rhetoric and/or new media


Please send proposals to by February 20, 2018. Invitations to present will be emailed around the end of February.

Registration for the conference is $65. Registration forms are available at the conference website:



Contact: Dr. Missy Phegley,