<<< We're heading to Iowa for October 2020! Here's the entire CFP; summary below.

Call for Proposals: Creative Crossroads

We have an abundance of roads in Iowa. Paved, gravel, and dirt, these roads connect our communities, follow rivers and fields, and crisscross the landscape in all directions. With so many roads, it doesn’t take long for one to meet another, compelling drivers to make a choice: at the crossroads, go left, right, or straight?

As teachers, we face crossroads daily, intersections that require thoughtful decisiveness. Our choices are rarely as simple as left, right, or straight; instead, we struggle to respond to the unexpected in the classroom, to create curriculum that is relevant, rigorous, and accessible, to balance full personal lives with the needs of our students, and to maintain a sense of hope and unity in an anxious political time.

But where there is struggle, anxiety, and uncertainty, there is also creativity. We may have limited options on the road, but in life, crossroads expose new opportunities. Creativity not only allows us to push through difficult intersections, but also helps us find innovative solutions to crises and reminds us there can be joy and beauty even in the unknown.

Join us in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to explore these crossroads together and renew our commitment to creativity, in and out of the classroom.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Marilynne Robinson, will serve as our keynote for our 2020 conference at our college in a cornfield!

Marilynne Robinson was the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” In 2016 she was awarded the Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award in American Fiction, as well as the Dayton Peace Prize’s Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013, she was awarded South Korea’s Pak Kyong-ni Prize for her contribution to international literature. She is the author of Lila, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her novel Jack is forthcoming in 2020 (FSG). Robinson’s nonfiction books include the recently released What Are We Doing Here?, The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Robinson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for twenty-five years.

For more information regarding the #TYCAMW20 conference, email Shelby Myers: Shelby.Myers@kirkwood.edu