CFP: ALA Symposium on God and the American Writer (Deadline 12.1.14)

Dear ALA Affiliated Societies:

Many of you have heard about this ALA-sponsored symposium through postings on other sites, but I wanted to make sure that all of the ALA affiliated groups new about the upcoming symposium on “God and the American Writer.”  The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, on February 26-28, 2015.  The deadline for paper proposals is December 1st.  All proposals should be sent to Jeanne Reesman at

Aside from great panels with great papers, the symposium will also feature two keynote addresses, one by Harold K. Bush on Mark Twain and one by Jonathan Cook on Herman Melville.  We’ll also have a poetry reading with the theme of women and spirituality featuring Bonnie Lyons, poet and critic, and Enedina Vasquez, poet, artist, and lay Episcopal minister.  In addition, we’ll have a screening of Terence Malik’s film The Tree of Life with an informance by Stacey Peebles.  There will be a mariachi reception and luncheons and a tour of local historic missions and the San Fernando Cathedral.

Full conference details, as well as registration forms and paper proposal forms, can be found at the ALA website and at

If this coming winter is anything like the last one, spending a few days in February in San Antonio might be just what we all need.


The conference directors (Jeanne Reesman, Steve Frye, and Eric Carl Link) hope that you’ll attend the conference, and if you are able, please send this information out to the memberships of your respective societies and encourage them to submit proposals.  And, please consider sponsoring a panel at the symposium: we’d love to have lots of participation from the ALA affiliates.  Send all proposals/panels to Jeanne Reesman by December 1st.


All best,





Eric Carl Link

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of American Literature

University of Memphis