William Carlos Williams: Crossing Borders / Cruzando Fronteras

The Tenth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society
University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez 
February 15–17 2024

The 2024 Biennial Conference will convene at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez February 15–17 2024. The Biennial will focus on Williams’s Hispanic heritage, his indebtedness to the traditions of Puerto Rican, Peninsular and Colonial Spanish literatures, as well as issues of borders and translation in the broadest sense—linguistic, geographic, cultural—as well as Williams and the medical humanities, health, and culture.

Our keynote speakers will be Marta Aponte Alsina, author of La Muerte Feliz de William Carlos Williams, and Julio Marzan, author of The Spanish American Roots of William Carlos Williams. The conference, free and open to the public, will include participation from local artists and writers, poetry readings in Spanish and English, as well as a tour of the city of Mayagüez—the birthplace of Williams’s mother, Raquel Héléna Rose Hoheb Williams, and the site of his uncle and namesake Carlos Hoheb’s medical practice.

Prospective contributors should submit a 500-word proposal or abstract for consideration, no later than October 1, to the President of the Society, Mark C. Long, atmlong@keene.edu. Questions, inquiries, and ideas are also welcome. 

The conference will include discussions, readings, and roundtable sessions designed forscholars to present their work, each in one-hour sessions, across two days ofpresentations. The format is designed to facilitate questions from the audience and fellowpresenters and to explore potential resources and avenues for the study of Williams’s lifeand work. Invited contributors will submit completed essays/papers by January 15 to beshared with conference participants to facilitate conversations at the time ofpresentation.

The Biennial will be hosted by the Department of English and the Department ofHumanities, with support from the Mellon Foundation initiative, Nuevos Horizontes en Estudios Culturales y Humanísticos en Puerto Rico. We welcome your interest in the Biennial Conference and hope that you will submit an abstract or proposal by the October 1 deadline. More information on the 2024 Biennial will be made available this fall on the web site William Carlos Williams: Crossing Borders / Cruzando Fronteras