The Department of English will welcome scholars and writers from all over the country for the John R. Milton Writers’ Conference at USD. While the conference highlights the talents and achievements of renowned writers in the keynote addresses and readings, it also serves as a great opportunity to hear creative work and papers from writers and scholars at all stages of their careers. The conference sessions include panels of creative readings of a variety of genre and critical evaluations of literature ranging from “Native American Identities & Silenced Voices” to “Race, Identity, & Explorations in Postcolonial Theory” and considerations of texts from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to O.E. Rölvaag’s Giants in the Earth. Some of the participants are graduate students from the Department of English programs and the full conference program offers explorations of a wide range of topics. Not only do the genres of the creative readings extend from poetry to fiction to creative non-fiction, the conference includes an array of events including a photography exhibit, a table-reading of a one-act play, and a comics workshop with the renowned Ellen Forney. This event promises to be a rich exchange of ideas and creative energy. The full conference program is available on the conference website ( www.usd.edu/miltonconference ) and more information about attending these events appears on page 3 of this newsletter. Writers Gather for Milton Conference, October 25–27 Newsletter Fall 2018 D epartment of E nglish Pervical Everett, keynote author Ellen Forney, keynote author Erika T. Wurth, featured author Karen Salyer McElmurray, featured author