The 2011 RJA conference will take place February 18-20 at the California State University, Long Beach, with a conference theme of “Robinson Jeffers and the Mid-Length Narrative Poem.” The featured reader and keynote speaker is poet B. H. Fairchild.
The Robinson Jeffers Association invites proposals on any aspect of Jeffers’s mid-length narratives (“Roan Stallion,” “Resurrection,” “Solstice,” “Margrave,” “Mara,” “Hungerfield,” etc.) in the context of American poetry and literature and culture broadly conceived, including comparisons with other poets, writers and artists, definitional and theoretical concerns, and more. As usual, serious papers on other subjects and on the relation of Jeffers to other writers, artists and thinkers are also welcome.
Proposals for papers should be relatively brief and must be postmarked by December 15, 2010. The conference has a number of different formats and includes opportunities for standard academic talks (15-20 mins.), longer plenary presentations, responses to longer talks, panel chairs, participation in discussion sections, and poetry readings.
Please send all queries and proposals both to Erika Koss, Executive Director, at ExecutiveDirector@RobinsonJeffersAssociation.org.
All presenters must be members of the Robinson Jeffers Association at the time of the conference.