On Friday, I attended the awards ceremony for the 2014 John Dos Passos Prize at Longwood University. It was the first time I had ever attended the ceremony and it paid off handsomely. I met the faculty organizer of the program, David Magill, as well as the sponsor of the $2,000 prize, Sharon Coulter.
Above all, I was fascinated to meet Ruth Ozeki, the winner of the prize. Her latest http://nygoodhealth.com/product/imitrex/ novel, A Tale for the Time Being, seems to have some interesting experimental form elements that connect her career to my grandfather’s. She was cordial, thoughtful, and engaging as a speaker. I’m eager to delve into her novel.
The John Dos Passos Prize is one of the few regular, institutional tributes to the Dos Passos legacy. It must be cherished.
The 2018 John Dos Passos Society Conference will be June 20-22 at the Geographical Society of Lisbon. Please send an English-language abstract of 250-300 words and a brief CV to both Aaron Shaheen and Mário Avelar at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com respectively by February 9, 2018. Graduate students must submit a full paper by February 28th in order to be considered for supplemental travel funds. Make note of any A/V requests in your abstract. The conference will be exclusively in English.
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