XIX Annual EMRS Conference

Conference Schedule

Parts of the following briefing were sent last fall--see post on the Society website (<emrsociety.com>). Some of the following information is updated; please read through carefully and proceed to the Registration section:

The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society is delighted to announce this exciting news about The XIX Annual Roberts Conference (April 21-24, 2017): we return to Shaker Village for our conference activities and lodging. In response to the desire of many Society members to have as home base (for part of the conference) a location quintessentially Kentuckian, an agrarian and historic venue rich with resonances of Roberts Country, we will spend the first two days of the conference at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Shaker Village is one of the most unique places not just in Kentucky, but in all the world—3,000 acres of history and rural delight and 40 miles of trails. (Visit their website <www.shakervillageky.org> to learn about the place.) Also in response to a longstanding desire of Society members to spend more time in Springfield, we will move our home base for the second half of the conference to Roberts’ hometown (the Springfield Inn, close to St. Catharine Motherhouse).

Thus we have redesigned the conference program, retaining all the beloved conference activities and venues, and introducing new features, all on a more convenient and less time-pressed schedule, requiring far less driving time to various special conference activities. Please review the tentative conference program as follows and send in your registration by February 27:

Friday April 21:

-- 2-3 pm: Arrival and check-in at Shaker Village

-- 4:30 pm: “Songs & Poems on the Dixie Belle” cruise and dinner on the Dixie Belle, Shaker Village’s paddle-wheel riverboat, passing through the numinous Kentucky River Palisades and High Bridge country

Saturday April 22:

Morning free to explore the historic buildings and luminous countryside of Shaker Village.

-- 1 - 5 pm: Opening Paper Sessions (Shaker Village)

-- 7 pm: Conference Banquet (Shaker Village) with keynote speaker(s) and award presentations

Sunday April 23:

-- 10:30 am: Check-out Shaker Village.

-- 11:30 am: Reception Roncevaux Farm.

-- 2:00-3:30 pm: Participation of Roberts Society in Kentucky Writers Day program at historic landmark Penn’s Store

-- 4:00 Check-in at Springfield Inn

-- 5:00 Fried Chicken/Barbecue Supper in honor of Roberts Society hosted by City of Springfield Main Street Renaissance and Mayor Wakefield

-- 6:30 Tour of Elenores—the Elizabeth Madox Roberts House, hosted by Joan Hamilton

 Monday April 24

-- 9 am - 5:30 pm: Paper sessions at Saint Catharine Motherhouse (Springfield)

-- 6 pm: Annual Graveside Roberts Memorial Reading—Springfield Cemetery

-- 8 pm: Annual Business Meeting of Roberts Society (Springfield Inn)

Tuesday April 25:

Morning departure


Lodging Briefing

1) For Friday and Saturday (two nights April 21-22) we will be at Shaker Village. Call Ann Voris, Group Services Manager at Shaker Village (859-734-1548) and book your room for these first two conference nights. To get our excellent conference rate, be sure to say you are with The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society.

2) For Sunday and Monday nights (April 23-24) we move to the Springfield Inn. Call The Springfield Inn (859-336-7550), Monday-Friday 8AM-4 PM, say you are with the EMR Conference and you will get the excellent conference rate. Book now.


Registration Form

Please enclose this form and mail with check (payable to “Tina Iraca”) to:
  Tina Iraca
  16 Montgomery St.
  Tivoli, NY 12583

The conference registration fee is $110 (plus $15 annual EMR Society dues, required of all participants in the Monday Academic Sessions).

Thus $125 includes three dinners, a boat ride on the Dixie Belle, all receptions and activities listed in schedule above. Many have remarked and experienced conference participants will recognize that this is an extraordinary bargain. Other conferences, with so many meals and events included in the registration fee, would charge $300 and up!

LATE FEE: A $10 late fee is required for registrations received after Feb 27.




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The Sparrow Memorial Award Grant: you are invited to apply for this award if you are a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student and have a paper accepted for the program:

I, _________________, wish to be considered for an award. The title of my paper accepted for this conference is _______________________________.

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“Please check here ___ if you wish to be considered for The Butterbean Award for work on the poetry of Elizabeth Madox Roberts. My paper on Roberts’ poetry has been accepted for presentation at the 2016 conference [signature]____________________.”

If this form is filled out and received with your paid registration by the February 27th deadline, your award application will be considered. Late applications will not be considered by the Awards Committee. Awards will be presented at the Opening Banquet at Shaker Village.

For questions about papers (remember the 15-minute-presentation length) or the academic program please contact Jessica Mackenzie Nickel, Dan Pizappi, and Amanda Capelli, Co-Program Chairs (see CFP on Society website). If you have any other questions about the conference, please feel free to e-mail both Matthew Nickel at mattcnickel@gmail.com and H. R. Stoneback at hrs714@gmail.com.

Call for Papers


The XIX Annual Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference:

April 21-24, 2017


Shaker Village—Pleasant Hill & St. Catharine College—Springfield, Kentucky


We welcome papers that deal intertextually with Roberts and other writers: especially Roberts and contemporary southern writers such as Earl Hamner, C. E. Morgan, and Chris Offut, as well as Roberts and modern southern writers such as William Faulkner, Caroline Gordon, Flannery O'Connnor, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, James Still, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Thomas Wolfe, Cormac McCarthy, and others; Roberts in the context of the Southern Renascence; Roberts viewed from regional and historical perspectives; Roberts and Modernism; Roberts and Southern history; Roberts and Religion, etc. First-time reader response papers or essays of discovery and celebration from new readers of Roberts are strongly encouraged. Conference directors also welcome papers on recently published works by Roberts. In 2012, the Reading Roberts Series published Roberts' unfinished novel Flood (ed. Vicki Barker), manuscript fragments and poems in Reading Roberts: Prospect and Retrospect (eds. William Boyle, H.R. Stoneback, and Matthew Nickel), and Daniel Boone variants in Kentucky: Poets of Place (ed. Matthew Nickel). In 2015, the Reading Roberts Series published Coming Home: A Vision of Elizabeth Madox Roberts by Gregg Neikirk. (Address inquiries about purchasing these books to Conference Co-Directors Nickel & Stoneback, e-mail addresses below.)

Titles and abstracts are due December 1, 2016. Papers should be no more than 15 minutes in oral presentation. Academic paper sessions will be held at Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill and St. Catharine College in Springfield.

E-mail title and abstract to all three of the Co-Program Chairs:

Jessica M. Nickel (Misericordia University), jesmackenzie@hotmail.com  

Daniel J. Pizappi (University of Tennessee), dpizappi@yahoo.com

Amanda Capelli (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) acapelli1984@gmail.com  

Direct all other conference inquiries to Conference Co-Directors: Matthew Nickel, mattcnickel@gmail.com (Dept. of English, Misericordia University) and H. R. Stoneback, hrs714@gmail.com (Dept. of English, SUNY New Paltz). Check the Society website <emrsociety.com> for conference updates and watch for e-mail announcements of exciting new conference locations and activities!