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Regional Events

Participating in regional conferences and events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers.

If your chapter is contemplating hosting a regional event, your first step should be to contact your Regent for information about promotional, and possible financial, assistance. Note: In order not to conflict with Sigma Tau Delta's annual spring convention, regional events should only be planned for the fall.

As a service to its members, Sigma Tau Delta provides links to regional conferences and other non-Society-sponsored English events. If you wish to have a link to your conference or event on this web page, please complete the Event Posting Request Form.

Regional events will be posted on this page.

Sigma Tau Delta Eastern Regional Conference: The Work of an Artist

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD

This conference seeks to examine the concept of labor in all of its forms: intellectual, artistic, physical, and otherwise. Our conference theme rises out of Sigma Tau Delta's proposed common reading of the year, Tess Taylor's Work and Days.

This is, of course, a theme celebrated in literature through the ages. For instance, in Robert Frost's poem "The Death of the Hired Man," Silas, the hired man, works one summer beside Harold Wilson, a boy home from college. Silas believes if he could teach Harold to build a load of hay, "he'd be / some good perhaps to someone in the world. / He hates to see a boy the fool of books." This poem presents a tension between physical labor and intellectual labor.

In 1964, Richard Hofstadter won a Pulitzer for Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. A strain exists in American thought that looks askance at the labor of the mind as opposed to the labor of the hands. And this suspicion of intellectual labor has an extra spin for those in literary studies as every English major has had to answer the question, "Yes, but what are you going to do with an English major?"

Submission Requirements:
Please propose a paper or complete panel that takes a literary approach to the topic above. Presentations may be analytical papers or original creative writing. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Physical labor, intellectual labor, artistic labor
  • The works of individual artists
  • Gender and work
  • Work of the private sphere, work of the public sphere
  • Anti-intellectualism and anti-academic sentiment in our present times
  • Labor, as in child birth
  • The "good" of an English major and the Humanities in the age of STEM

Types of Submissions:
We invite conference participants to write about the theme of work, but we welcome paper and panel proposals that take a broader and more creative interpretation of the topic. Papers and creative writing produced in courses or independent studies are welcome. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes.

Any student who has a paper, panel, or work of creative writing that addresses the conference's theme. Members of Sigma Tau Delta and English majors and minors are especially encouraged to submit work.

Please submit abstracts of 200 words to

Submission Document Type: doc, docx, pdf

Submission Deadline: Saturday, August 31, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Email Questions to:
Dr. Sean Lewis,

Additional Information: Final registration information will be sent to participants whose work has been accepted for the conference.

Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Regional Conference: "'Uncertain Terrain':Negotiating Identities in the Global Community"

Co-Sponsored by the Phi Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Graduate Organization at Western Illinois University

Friday, October 18, 2019 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL

This co-sponsored conference serves all Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate and graduate students in the Midwestern Region. Cash prizes for best conference papers will be given separately to undergraduate and graduate students; see the end of this announcement for the submission instructions.

Call for Papers:
How do you find your place in society without losing parts of yourself? In “Chicana Artists: Exploring Nepantla, el Lugar de la Frontera,” Gloria Anzaldúa writes, “Nepantla is the Nahuatl word for an in-between state, that uncertain terrain one crosses when moving from one place to another when changing from one class, race, or gender position to another, when traveling from the present identity to a new identity.” We would like to note that the search for comfort in one’s skin is important and not just a passing wave. The means to define the self has long been a recurring theme in literary discourse. How do the limitations of language influence how we see ourselves? This conference invites us to explore the multiplicity of identities that construct humankind and the complexities of negotiating one’s gender, race, class, ethnicity, and other forms of personal identities as demonstrated through literature, film, television, and other cultural artifacts. We invite conference participants to write about the broad topic of identity construction, but we welcome paper and panel proposals on any subject in English Studies. We also welcome submissions of creative work.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Maria del Guadalupe Davidson is the author of Black Women, Agency, and the New Black Feminism (Routledge 2017). She will present “¿Qué es la Latinidad para Mi?/What is Latinidad to Me?” at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 in 109 Morgan Hall.

Propose a paper or a complete panel, critical or creative. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Latinx Studies
  • Border Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Gender Identities
  • Class Identities
  • Feminist Theory
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Multi Ethnic Representation
  • Politics of Identity
  • Inclusivity in Pedagogy
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Globalized Identies
  • Xenophobia, Nationalism, and Identity

Please send 250-word abstracts in Microsoft Word to by September 16, 2019. Questions about the conference should be directed to Midwestern Regent Dr. Timothy Helwig (

Registration Fee:

  • Undergraduate students: $10
  • Graduate students: $15
  • Faculty: $20

The registration fee includes breakfast fare and lunch, and can be paid at the conference in cash, credit card, check, or in advance by post to:

EGO/STD Conference
Department of English
124 Simpkins Hall
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455

Get additional information here

Directions for Undergraduate Conference Paper Awards:
Undergraduate members of Midwestern chapters of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society are eligible to apply for prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for the best three overall papers (critical or creative) and $50 for the best paper (critical or creative) responding to our common reader, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams, which are presented at the annual STD/EGO Regional Conference at Western Illinois University. To apply, students must send their complete work, as it will be presented, of no more than 10 double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font, as a Microsoft Word attachment to Dr. Timothy Helwig ( no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019. Winners, who will be announced at the end of the conference, must attend and present their papers at the conference on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Directions for the Graduate Conference Paper Awards, sponsored by the English Graduate Organization, will be forthcoming.

Additional Information:
The conference website, hosted by WIU’s English Graduate Organization, includes information about local hotels:

Get additional information here

Far Western Regional Conference - Finding Your Voice

Sposored by:
Saint Martin's University College of Arts & Sciences and the Kappa Upsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saint Martin's University, Lacey, WA

The conference theme is Finding Your Voice - encouraging writers to explore their talents and discover their favorite genre. Submissions do not need to adhere to the theme! This just provides us with a structure to follow and specific sessions to teach. Regional Conferences are a fantastic way to reach out to other chapters in nearby cities and/or states and may be easier to attend than the annual conventions. This is also a great way to work on public speaking, paper presentations, and look into graduate programs.

Submission Eligibility: Current Sigma Tau Delta Members of the Far Western Region

Submission Requirements:

Students are permitted to submit ONE (1) paper submission of up to 2,000 words (excluding title) and the work can be creative (poetry, short story, creative nonfiction) or a critical essay. Students will have until September 30 to submit their work. Students will be required to attend the conference if their submission is accepted.

Submit Papers to:

Papers Submission Link

Registration Fee: Registration is free as the event is only one day.

Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019
Email Questions to: Amanda Chappell at 


Annual International Convention

March 25 - 28, 2020
St. Louis, MO

Regional Events

Sep. 21
Eastern Region
Mount St. Mary's University
Emmitsburg, MD

Oct, 18
Midwestern Region

Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Nov. 9
Far Western Region
Saint Martin's University
Lacey, WA