March 2, 2011

“Life along the Passaic River” The Fourth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society
Location: William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey
Date: Thursday June 16th – Saturday June 18th 2011.

Please submit proposals of one page to Ian Copestake at by Friday, April 1st, 2011.

Conference theme and details:

“In June 2011 (16th-18th) William Paterson University will host the Fourth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society on the theme of “Life along the Passaic River,” after the title of Williams’ 1938 volume of short stories, and focusing on his engagement with people in the region, his role as an obstetrician and pediatrician, and his innovations in both prose and poetry. The purpose of the conference is to provide information and insight into Williams’s writing, but also into the history and world of the people of the Passaic River Valley.”

The roundtable format of the conference means participants’ papers (15-20 pages) will be circulated shortly before the meeting to all registered as attending. Each speaker is allotted one hour and will give a short 10-15 minute introduction of their work leaving the rest of the hour free for questions and discussion from the floor. The presentations will take place on Friday 17th June and Saturday 18th June, with a reception and guest lecture to open proceedings on Thursday evening (16th June).

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be Professor Christopher MacGowan (The College of William & Mary), editor of The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Volume I (with A. Walton Litz) and Volume II, and the revised edition of Paterson.

An announcement regarding local arrangements and the nominal conference registration fee will be forthcoming from William Paterson University. The conference will include the option of a tour from the city of Paterson following the river via Bergen County Route 507(S), to Passaic and Wallington, and to Williams’s home in


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