St. Francis Writers’ Conference

2021 marks the 30th Annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference!

Date: Saturday, November 13th at USF

2021 marks the 30th year for the St. Francis Writers’ Conference. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Tobias Wolff, Eavan Boland, Mary Gordon, Tillie Olsen, and Li Young Lee, among others, have read and discussed their work with students at USF’s annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference (formerly known as the English Language and Literatures Conference). Students from institutions such as Lewis, Trinity Christian, Bradley, Knox, and Alverno as well as USF have participated in this conference, where undergraduates annually present their own scholarship to an audience of peers and professors.

The conference is an opportunity for students to hone their writing and presentation skills. Their work falls into categories including literature, translation, comparative literature, critical theory, film, creative writing, teaching English, history & politics, philosophy & theology, science writing, business writing, and ecocriticism. Nearly 30 presentations are given each year.

Keynote Speaker: Naoko Fujimoto

Naoko Fujimoto

Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, and The Arkansas International. She is the author of Glyph:Graphic Poetry=Trans. Sensory (Tupelo Press, 2021), Where I Was Born (Willow Publishing, 2019), and three chapbooks. She is an associate & outreach translation editor at RHINO Poetry, and senior translation editor at Tupelo Quarterly

Interested in presenting?

Undergraduate students should submit abstracts for 10-15 min. presentations by Oct. 15th to

Categories include:

  • Art & Design
  • Business Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Theory
  • Ecocriticism
  • History & Politics
  • Journalism
  • Literature and Film
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Theology
  • Science Writing
  • Teaching English
  • Translation


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