Friday April 19
3:30 - 5:00
Welcome Event Unveiling the New NAR
7:30 - 9:00
An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams
(Reception and Book Signing to follow)
Lang Hall Auditorium
Saturday April 20
8:00 - 5:00
Conference Sign-in, Poster Exhibit, Bookfair
8:00 - 11:00
The Open Space of Democracy: The Challenge to Writers and Artists
Taylor Brorby, Martín Espada, Sophfronia Scott, Terry Tempest Williams
10:00 - 11:00
Nina Murray, Director of Arts Envoy Program
"Cultural Diplomacy: What can the State Department do for you?"
Kij Johnson, Workshop
Lauren Schmidt, Poetry Reading
Georgian Lounge Porch
11:15 - 12:15
Kij Johnson, Reading
"What Do You See Now?: Reflection in Creative Nonfiction."
12:00 - 3:00
12:30 - 1:30
Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence *
Brian Clements, Dean Rader, Debra Marquart, Martín Espada, Kkary Pennebaker, Katie Bewyer Albrecht, Joe Gorton
Workshop: Write A Novel in A Month As Part of National Novel Writing Months
1:45 - 2:45
Martin Espada, Poetry Reading
Joyelle McSweeney, Workshop/Craft Talk
Sophfronia Scott, Reading
Georgian Lounge Porch
3:00 - 5:00
Chris Johnson, Founder & Principal, The Milkweed Group
"Nourishing the Courage to Create in Anguished Times"
Thompson Commons, Bartlett 81
3:00 - 4:00
Lauren Schmidt, Workshop
"'I Sing the Body Electric': Using Concrete Imagery to Write the Body"
Adrianne Finlay, Workshop/Craft Talk
Joseph Scapellato, Fiction Reading from The Made-Up Man
4:15 - 5:15
Joyelle McSweeney, Reading
Georgian Lounge Porch
Adrianne Finlay, Fiction Reading from Your One & Only
Joseph Scapellato, Workshop/Craft Talk
7:30 - 8:30
"The River of Imaginion"
Sunday April 21
8:00 - 10:30
8:00 - 5:00
Registration, Bookfair, Poster Exhibit, and Book Signings
8:45 - 10:00
- A1 North, South, East, West: Regionalism in American Poetry, Bartlett 2000
Kimberly Burwick, Kevin Goodan, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Rachel Morgan
- A2 Writing Collaboratively: Why You Don’t Have to Go It Alone *, Bartlett 1060
Lucas Pingel, B.J. Love (moderator)
- A3 Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth Century Literature, Bartlett 2047
James Roberts, “The Eye of Polyphemus: Imaginative Fiction and Poetry in the NAR since 1900”
- A4 Critical Readings *, Bartlett 2089
Alexandra Bissell, “Writing Queer Immortality: The Poetry of Thom Gunn and the AIDS Archive”
Daniel Uncapher, “The Sentimental Ones: Hubert Creekmore and William Grant Still”
Frederic Will, "Labor and Writing"
N.T. McQueen, “Limitless Burden: Racial Definition and Parody in Percival Everett’s Erasure”
- A5 Fiction Reading, Bartlett 1129
Julianne Couch, "Turning Non-Fiction into Fiction Along the Sylvan Trail"
John Henry Fleming, "Xenophilia"
Nick Seifert, "Another Night of Recycling Cans"
- A6 Dialogue in Fiction *, Bartlett 34
Rod Martinez, "Dialogue: It Isn’t Just About Talk"
Jennifer Morales, "Hearing Voices"
Valerie Fioravanti, "Authentic Artifice"
- A7 Poetry Reading, Bartlett 1017
Stephen Haven, Rosa Lane, Owen Mordaunt, Peter Cooley
- A8 Creative Nonfiction Reading *, Bartlett 3021
Martin McGoey, "American Bison"
Kevin Koch, "The Thin Places: A Celtic Landscape from Ireland to the Driftless"
Michael William Palmer, "Mormon Country, A-Z"
- A9 Animalia Poetica, Bartlett 81
Claire Millikin, "State Fair Animals"
Matthew Murrey, "Run Wild: Letting the Real and Imaginary Animals Loose in Poems"
Anne Struthers, "The Kindness of Crocodiles and Other Creatures"
- A10 The Craft of Narrative Prose *, Bartlett 2055
Jenny O’Connell, "Sing it Loud: Looking to Music for Lessons on Embracing Vulnerability on the Page"
Kelly Daniels, "'I'm Nobody! Who Are You?': On Writing Because You Love It"
Gordon Mennenga, “Writing Under the Influence”
- A11 The Cyclical Imagination: Writing Inter-Linked Stories *, Bartlett 1039
Tim Bascom, Rebecca McKanna, K.L. Cook
- A12 The Narrative Mode in Fiction *, Bartlett 2129
Jody Hobbs Hesler, "Narrative Tension: The Promises Writers Make"
Emily Wortman-Wunder, "Resonant Frequencies: On the Uses of Information in Fiction"
Laura Herbst, "The Sun Was a Woman: On Not Knowing What Comes Next in Fiction"
10:00 - 11:15
- B1 Repressed Voies: A Reading and Discussion of Poetry from Syria and Haiti *, Bartlett 2055
Elizabeth Dodd, Scott Minar, Stephen Haven
B2 The Resurgent Sonnet: A Roundtable, Bartlett 1000
Michael White, Aliki Barnstone, Allison Joseph
- B3 Creative Nonfiction Reading *, Bartlett 1060
Kathleen Blackburn, "Daughter Tongue"
Jean Feraca, "Caves: Caves: How Donald Hall’s poetry writing seminar changed my life"
Jason Harper, "A Murmuration of Starlings"
- B4 Writing Through History, History Through Writing *, Bartlett 3021
Jess Bowers, “Productive Anachronisms: On Writing and Teaching Historical Fiction in the Internet Age”
Marci Bowden, “The North American Review as Historical Context in the Classroom”
- B5 Publishing Worlds *, Bartlett 2129
Kathy Flann, "Something About a Frying Pan and a Fire: Why I Gave Up a Tenured Position and Launched a Publishing Imprint"
Ted Morrissey, "Writing Too Good to Publish"
Sayeeda Ahmad, "To Publish or Not to Publish"
- B6 What We Write About When We Write About Environment, Bartlett 81
K. L. Cook (moderator), Debra Marquart, Charissa Menefee, David Zimmerman
- B7 Forty Years On: The Evolution and Impact of Tributaries, a Student-Produced Journal of Creative Arts *, Bartlett 17
Tanya Perkins, Brian Brodeur, Melissa Blankenship
- B8 Image and Poetry, Poetry as Image *, Bartlett 2089
Naoko Fujimoto, “Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory”
Vince Gotera, “Word Pictures: Concrete Poetry and Carmina Figurata”
Penny Wang, "Abstractness: From Poetry in Logographic Text to Fatacism Abstract Art"
- B9 NAR Poets Read, Bartlett 1017
Wyatt Townley, "Body as Poem"
Steve Wilson, "Lose to Find"
- B10 Fiction Reading *, Bartlett 34
Mary Louise Tabakow, “Stop the Music”
Laura Gabel-Hartman, “Moles, 2004”
Marcus A. Hennessy, “Bobby's Hair” & “The Need to Write”
- B11 Poetries of Unlikely Beauty *, Bartlett 1039
Seth Thill, “Masterpiece on the Mississippi: A Portrait of America’s Fourteenth Drunkest City”
Alberto Sveum, “Negotiating a Shared Space Between the Poetics of Joy and Black Metal”
11:15 - 12:30
- C1 Slang in America: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives on Whitman’s 1885 Essay *, Bartlett 2055
Hannah Carr-Murphy, Seth Thill, Kathryn Wohlpart
C2 A Space for Dissent: A Roundtable *, Bartlett 34
Susan Porterfield, John Bradley, Ric Amequita, Bonnie Amesquita
- C3 Literary Magazines in Theory and Practice, Bartlett 1017
Travis Kurowski, "Theory of Literary Magazines"
Peter Cooley, "Editing Poetry for NAR, 1970-2000"
Alexander Luft, "Newspapers, Literary Magazines and the Disappearing Public"
- C4 Creating Creative Communities *, Bartlett 2129
Rosalind Buckton-Tucker, “The Cultural Psychology of Creativity and the Writing Retreat: A Case Study”
Wade Geary, “Alternative Models: Reimagining the Structure of an Introductory Creative Writing Course”
Robyn Groth, “Quality Writing Instruction in the Community”
Erin Robertson, “Coyote Collaboration: Communal Writing with Unsuspecting Strangers”
- C5 Writing Character in Fiction *, Bartlett 1039
Rod Martinez, "Character Kickstart 2.0"
- C6 Sighted: A Literary and Letterpress Collaboration, Bartlett 1129
James D’Agostino, Karen Carcia
C7 Poetry Reading *, Bartlett 1060
David Wolf, Phil Tabakow, Sujash Purna
- C8 A Fiction Reading by NAR Writers, Bartlett 2000
Warren Jones, Roderick Townley, Julia Lynn Rubin
- C9 The Nature of Love in the Contemporary Lyric: Sensual and Spiritual Poems by Women *, Bartlett 2089
Patricia Clark, Alice Friman, Marilyn Kallet
- C10 A Deep Cut Through the Heartland: From the Bluff Country to the Delta, Vital Voices of Rural America, Bartlett 2047
Elijah Burrell, Greg Brownderville, Keith Lesmeister, Angela Mitchell
- C11 On (Non)Fiction *, Bartlett 3021
Christiana Langenberg, "Transgenre Prose: the Permeable Boundary Between Fiction and Nonfiction"
Nina Barragan, “When Fiction Becomes Memory”
12:30 - 1:45
- Lunch Workshop: Scared Violent like Horses: Interrogating Landscape and Region to Write the Perfect Simile *, Bartlett 34
- Lunch Workshop: The Coolest Month: A NaPoWriMo and Poem-a-Day Workshop, Bartlett 81
- Lunch Reading: NAR Fiction Writers, Bartlett 1017
Jack Smith, Valerie Fioravanti
1:45 - 3:00
- D1 Ecological Visions of Modernist Poets *, Bartlett 2055
Jim O’Loughlin, Catherine Daly, Skye Rozario
- D2 Forms, Traditions, Sources (*), Bartlett 17
Lee Bahan, “To Wrestle with the Angel: Periodicity in Petrarch’s 'Chapbook' of 1337”
Henry Finch, “Urmuz: An Obscured Source of Surrealism”
D3 Rethinking the Workshop, Revising the Curriculum, Bartlett 1017
Scott McMullen, “Content in Student Writing”
Autumn Stephens, “Against Pre-Scription: The Genuinely Generative Prompt”
Matthew Salesses, “There Is No Such Thing as ‘Pure’ Craft”
- D4 Fierce and Phenomenal Fiction: Multi-modal and Nonlinear Stories from ISU's “Write Like a Woman’ course *, Bartlett 1039
Christiana Langenberg, Moderator
- D5 Gender and the Craft of Fiction *, Bartlett 2089
Trudy Lewis, “Gender Craft: Writing Diversity”
Timothy DeLizza, “Writing Embodied Women”
Alia Afzal, "Bridging Transnational Feminism and Ecofeminism"
- D6 Starting a Fire: Tinderbox Editions Reading, Bartlett 1000
Athena Kildegaard, Molly Sutton Kiefer, Katherine Rauk
- D7 Writing to Save Your Life: Hospice, Prison, and Spirituality *, Bartlett 34
Alan Harris, "Hospice Bed Conversations"
Ellen Taylor, "Writing From the Outside In"
Susan Baller-Shepard, “Saving the Soul of Your Character: Sussing Out Spiritual Lives, Religious Rituals, and the Practice of Darshan in Character Development”
D8 Writing and Healing *, Bartlett 2129
Jessica Love, “Mental Health Hygiene for Writing Instructors”
Laura McCullough, “Wellness & Emotional Literacy in the Writing Workshop”
D9 Midwest Poetry Reading, Bartlett 2047
Tiffany Grayson, "Homes of our Foremothers: Poems Mourning the Great Lakes"
Jim Johnson, "Ecopoetry"
Dylan Loring, “Famous in Canada, and other poems"
- D10 The Writing Life *, Bartlett 3021
Ralph Moisa, "Does Jesus Hate Indians / Indians Love to Laugh"
- D11 Teacher & Writer: Finding Reciprocity *, Bartlett 1060
Dana Thomann, Ashley Wells
3:00 - 4:15
- E1 Re-Viewing the Past: A Student-Faculty Reading of Creative Work Inspired by Early American Texts, Bartlett 81
Anne Myles, Dylan Haase, Alizée Millot, Natalie Peterson
- E2 Speculative Writing *, Bartlett 2089
Danielle Dunagan, "When Monsters Take Over Memory: Theorizing the Speculative Memoir"
Ariadne Wolf, "My Speculative Memoir"
Trudy Lewis, "Medusa’s Ball"
- E3 Heresy and Empowerment: Inside and Outside Writing Classes *, Bartlett 34
Michael Fischer, “From Big House to Ivory Tower: One Writer's Insights on the Road from Prison to Grad School”
Margaux Griffith and Jenna Bazzell, “Empowering Narrative in a Composition Classroom”
- E4 Measuring Our Values: Placement Tests and Teaching, Bartlett 1129
Marcea Seible, Janice Neuleib
- E5 The Craft of Writing Place *, Bartlett 1039
Jennifer Case, “Writing Place in the Upper Midwest”
John Morgan, “Moving to Fairbanks: On Writing and Place”
- E7 NAR Poets Read, Bartlett 1017
Elijiah Burrell, "Troubler: A Rock Record of Form and Heartbreak"
Sandy Longhorn, "I (Re)Write the Songs"
Jess Williard, "Unmanly Grief"
- E8 Writing Healing *, Bartlett 1060
Kathryn Wohlpart, “The Bog is in Front of You”: Trauma Between Land and Body
Amy Nolan, “Searching for a Language that Heals: Writing from a Ruined Landscape”
- E9 Poetry Reading *, Bartlett 3021
Susan Porterfield, John Bradley, Ric Amesquita, Bonnie Amesquita
- E10 “'If I Knew Then What I Know Now': Becoming Editors" *, Bartlett 2129
Adrienne Lamberti, Vince Gotera, Jim O’Loughlin, Steve Semken
- E11 Faculty Writing Workshops: Creation, Engagement, and Kinship, Bartlett 2000
Andrew Jones, Matt Muilenburg, Dale Easley
* denotes room outfitted with technology