USD Department of English Newsletter 2021

The 12th biennial John R. Milton Writers’ Conference at the University of South Dakota takes place this September. The 2021 conference theme, “Prospecting: Uncovering New Veins and Voices in Identity, Genre, and Place,” will explore important issues of place, form and representation. The theme (“Prospecting”) refers to the search for new avenues of expression for authors. The conference panel sessions and public readings will address these and other overlapping concerns. The organizers invite proposals for critical and creative panels, roundtables and individual submissions engaging with the exploration of our conference theme. Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2021. The conference’s keynote speaker is Mary Gaitskill, the author of four novels including The Mare and Veronica, which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award and LA Times Book Award. Gaitskill’s stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction and a Cullman Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library. The conference also includes Brandon Hobson, Steven Dunn, Karen Salyer McElmurray and Christine Stewart- Nuñez as featured authors; in addition, USD’s Department of English faculty duncan b. barlow, Leah McCormack and Lee Ann Roripaugh, and USD Writer-in-Residence Pete Dexter will read from their works. Information: usd.edu/arts-and- sciences/english/milton-conference. Department Holds 12 th Biennial Milton Writers’ Conference Thursday, Sept. 16 – Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 Mary Gaitskill, keynote author Brandon Hobson, featured author Steven Dunn, featured author Karen Salyer McElmurray, featured author Christine Stewart–Nuñez, featured author D epartment of E nglish Newsletter Spring 2021

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