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Spring 2019 will mark the North American Review’s 50th year at the University of Northern Iowa. To celebrate this milestone, the magazine will host a writing conference April 19-21, 2019 on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Writers, teachers, and scholars from all around the country will be invited to share their work and participate in generative writing workshops led by one of our prominent featured writers, including Molly Antopol, Taylor Brorby, Martín Espada, Adrianne Finlay, Kij Johnson, Joyelle McSweeney, Sophfronia Scott, and Joseph Scapellato

The conference will be launched with a keynote reading by NAR Contributing Editor Terry Tempest Williams, whose influential The Open Space of Democracy serves as the focus for the Spring 2019 issue of the NAR. (Read Williams's three essays here: "Commencement," "Engagement," and "Ground Truthing.")

The editors invite critical, creative, craft-based, pedagogical or hybrid proposals for presentation. Individual papers, pre-formed panels, or roundtable discussions are welcome. Students are especially encouraged to apply. 

  • Critical proposals may be submitted on any literary or cultural topic, theme, author, artwork, or text that has some connection (broadly conceived) to the North American Review or the work of literary magazines. Group society proposals are welcome. 
  • Creative, craft, and pedagogical proposals may include readings of your own creative work, explorations of the craft and theory of writing, and/or discussions of teaching creative writing, literary publishing, the professionalization of creative writing, or writing as a discipline and activity within or outside the university. 

Proposals should include 100-250 word summary of presentation, including any technology needs, and a brief biography. 

Visit northamericanreview.submittable.com/submit to upload your submission.

The entire North American Review archives can be accessed digitally via the JSTOR database (www.jstor.org); issues appearing from 1815 to 1899 can be searched or browsed at Cornell University’s Making of America Website (ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moa); and an index of authors and subjects in the North American Review from 1815 to 1877 is available through Google Books (bit.ly/1mGlg5A). 

Direct questions to editor Jeremy Schraffenberger at schraffj@uni.edu