Contests and Calls for Submissions


Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Whitman, Williams and Ginsberg:

A Literary Festival and Conference

Conference date: Saturday, June 4, 2017

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016

Notification of accepted proposals: Summer 2016

We ask that literary scholars and graduate students send abstracts for panel presentations (250 words) with biographical statement and contact information for each panelist to Smita Desai at For more information, call 973-684-6555

At the festival/conference, we plan to have several featured readers, who are major American poets, and offer a series of writing workshops. We are accepting proposals for scholarly/creative panels that explore the legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg or other American poets, who write in the same poetic tradition.  These poets can include but are not limited to: Gerald Stern, Amiri Baraka, CK Williams, Stephen Dunn, Alicia Ostriker, Patricia Smith, Marge Piercy, Lucille Clifton, Philip Levine, Toi Derricotte, Sharon Olds, and Diane di Prima.

Other possible panel topics, include:

  • Poetry and the people
  • The narrative tradition in poetry
  • Diverse voices in American poetry
  • Hip hop and spoken word
  • How to lift poetry off the page
  • Community outreach and poetry
  • New media and poetry
  • Poetry and social change
  • Building new audiences for poetry
  • The connection between American art and poetry
  • Poetry and another art form, such as music or dance

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