MLA 2025 (New Orleans): 100 Years of In the American Grain and Williams and Jazz

The William Carlos Williams Society is sponsoring two sessions at the 2025 MLA convention in New Orleans (9–12 January).

William Carlos Williams and the Question of “America”: 100 Years of In the American Grain

In marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of In the American Grain, we seek papers that offer new readings of this work or consider Williams’s relationship to “Americanness” as a social, literary, or historical concept. Papers may also consider Williams and questions of national borders; national identity; the telling of American history; the American South; America’s literary tradition; or the troubled and violent history that permeates these concepts. Please submit proposals to Mark C. Long by March 15 2024 at

William Carlos Williams and Jazz

The William Carlos Williams Society solicits proposals and abstract for a panel on “William Carlos Williams and Jazz,” broadly conceived as allusion (e.g. Bunk Johnson Band, Mezz Mezzrow), imitation, influence, cultural or thematic appropriation or other forms of relation or notation, including musical adaptations, Please submit proposals to Stephen Hahn by March 15 2024 at