Writing the Rockies 2015

Exciting developments for the summer 2015 Writing the Rockies conference

As I expect many of you know, the West Chester University Poetry Conference is on hiatus this year. What some of you may not know is that well before that unfortunate cancellation had been announced, we at Western had already invited its Director, Kim Bridgford, to deliver our Poetry Keynote Address for the 2015 Writing the Rockies Conference (July 22 - 26). That invitation stands, and I have spoken with Kim about it. We're delighted to say she will be here.

In the last several weeks, I have also spoken with the Writing the Rockies Conference Director (and co-founder) Mark Todd, with all of the appropriate administration here at Western, with our own program's Advisory Board (which includes, among others, Dana Gioia, Dave Mason and Marilyn Taylor), with our own faculty (David Yezzi and Ernie Hilbert), with our donors, with the Founders of the West Chester Conference, with members of the West Chester administration, and with other key stakeholders, and everyone -- unanimously -- supports an expansion of our conference this summer to fill the gap left by the cancellation of this summer's West Chester event. We are honored to do this and particularly grateful that Kim will be our Poetry Keynote here.

I should add that this is not in any way an official replacement of West Chester's event -- it is entirely our own event, but given our similar missions (in particular our strong support for metrical practice and for the study of prosody and narrative in contemporary poetry, along with strong support for K12 English teachers) and the many connections between the two organizations, we hope many of you will want to attend.

Specific details will be forthcoming when we make the announcement fully public, probably in early November (by which time we will have an updated website -- it's not ready yet!). In brief, our goal is to offer panels, workshops, critical seminars and readings, in addition to the Symposium, along the lines of West Chester's. We will do everything we can to accommodate panels and other proposals that have already been accepted for next summer at West Chester although of course our carrying capacity will be smaller.

None of this has yet gone fully public, but you should feel free to spread the word. Everyone should feel free to be in touch with me before then if they wish. For now -- we hope you will all be involved in one way or another.

I should add that our goal at this point is simply to expand for this year -- beyond that, we will all have to wait and see what happens.

Thanks for your support over the years, both for West Chester and for Western State. Feel free to pepper me with questions....if you want more info, message me with your email address, or write to me at drothman@western.edu, and I'll send you the tentative schedule.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:45am