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2012 Undergrad English Conference

MSU Denver English Conference: The Seen and the Unseen

Friday, April 12, 2019

Keynote: Fourth Wave Native American Authors

Noon – 2 pm, Plaza M204

Brandon Hobson

Brandon Hobson

Erika T. Wurth

Erika T. Wurth

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Join us for a one-day conference at MSU Denver on Friday, April 12, 2019

Three Ways You Can Participate

  • Present a paper focused on one of the following areas (15 minutes in length):
    • literature,
    • film and media studies,
    • linguistics,
    • rhetoric and composition, or
    • English education;
  • Read your creative writing (15 minutes in length);
  • Attend as audience member participant, learn about engaging topics, and meet new people. 

Want more info: Conference FAQ

English education students discuss lesson plans for young adult literature.
English education students discuss lesson plans for young adult literature.

Deadline to Submit

Deadline for proposals is Friday, March 8, 2019. Submissions will be selected by conference committee and presenters will be notified by email. You do not have to be a presenter to attend, but you must register. Conference registration is free.

Proposal Requirements

For panel consideration, please send the following to both Dr. Craig Svonkin ( and Dr. Cynthia Kuhn (

  • Name, university, department/major, and email;
  • Title of presentation;
  • Abstract (brief summary) of a scholarly paper OR short description of creative piece(s) appropriate for a 15-minute presentation (up to 500 words) connected to the conference theme--anything related to the concepts of "seen" and/or "unseen";
  • Brief biographical statement (1-2 sentences, up to 50 words).

While topics can be on anything related to our six featured areas of English studies, we are particularly interested in papers, research, and creative work that addresses the topic of diversity, be it centered on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, class, and more.


Brandon Hobson
Brandon Hobson is the author of the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction, longlisted for  the Reading the West Book Award, number one bestseller on Oklahoma’s Bestseller list, and on the 2018 best book lists for NPR’s Code SwitchKirkus Reviews, and Southern Living. Hobson’s other books include Desolation of Avenues Untold (2015), Deep Ellum (2014), andThe Levitationist (2006). He has won a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared in magazines such as The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, Conjunctions, NOON, and Post Road. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma. 
Erika T. Wurth
Erika T. Wurth’s published works include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend; two collections of poetry, Indian Trains and One Thousand Horses Out to Sea; and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wurth teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including BoulevardDrunken BoatThe Writer’s ChronicleWaxwing, and South Dakota Review. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation, is Associate Professor of Native American Studies and Political Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s an alumnus of VONA and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and is a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellow. He received the 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship. He’s the fiction editor for Anomaly, journal of international literature and arts, and has published in ShenandoahYellow Medicine ReviewTransmotionCriminal Class Review, and Tribal College Journal. His children’s book, Spotted Tail, will be released in 2019. He’s completed a novel titled Winter Counts, set on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. 



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