Sowell Collection Conference

Deadline: March 17, 2017
Contact: Diane Warner

The deadline for submission is March 15, 2017.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University is hosting The 6th Sowell Collection Conference in Lubbock, TX, April 20-22, 2017. Featured guests include Barry Lopez, Barbara Ras, Toni Jensen, and Stephen Graham Jones.

We accept both creative and scholarly papers/panels. We prefer creative work grounded in the natural world and critical/scholarly papers dealing in some way with writers whose work is included in the Sowell Collection. However, we always take a very broad (and we hope welcoming) approach to thoughtful and thought-provoking proposals.

Our website is here:

For individual submissions, please include a 250-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, contact information, and A/V requests. Proposals for panels (three presenters) must include an abstract and all the above information for all presenters. There is no registration fee for presenters or attendees.

The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World is an archive of manuscripts, photographs, audio and video recordings of a fantastic group of writers. The collection includes Rick Bass, Max Crawford, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, Paul Hawken, Clyde Jones, William Kittredge, John Lane, Barry Lopez, Walter McDonald, Bill McKibben, Susan Brind Morrow, Gary Paul Nabhan, Doug Peacock, Andrea Peacock, Robert Michael Pyle, David Quammen, Marc Reisner, Pattiann Rogers, Sandra Scofield, Annick Smith, and Ro Wauer. Supporting collections include correspondence and manuscripts from Ed Abbey, Edward Hoagland, and Howard Norman and the papers of the Orion Society.

Submit abstracts to Diane Warner (

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Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Funding for the Sowell Conference is provided by SWC/SCL, the Office of the Provost, the Honors College and the Dept. of English.

Diane Warner, Ph.D.

Librarian for the Sowell Family Collection In Literature, Community and the Natural World

Posted on January 25, 2017