Events & Calls for Papers

The American Literature Association Annual Conference Boston
May 25-28 2017
Percival Everett International Society call for papers

The Percival Everett International Society requests submissions for its panels at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. Submissions will present fresh perspectives on any aspect of Everett’s work, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, his earliest or most recent work.

Please submit brief proposals of no more than 250 words to Anne-Laure Tissut ( by January 6, 2017, so that they can be reviewed before the conference proposal deadline. Selections will be made by the end of January 2017.

2015 ALA Report

Six papers on Everett’s work were presented at the American Literature Association convention in May 2015 at sessions sponsored by the Percival Everett International Society. Graduate students Johannes Kohrs of the Freie University Berlin (“From Black Complexion to Black Complexity—A New Black Aesthetic in the Era of Post-Race: Percival Everett”) and Brittany Edwards of Princeton University (“ ‘I am not myself today’: Identity and the New Black Aesthetic in Percival Everett’s I Am Not Sidney Poitier”) joined senior scholar Robert Butler of Canisius College (“Percival Everett’s Signifying on Ralph Ellison in erasure”) on the first panel. And the second panel featured three established Everett critics: independent scholar Jonathan Dittman (“Whose Story Is It?: Dubious Identities and Generic Subversions in Percival Everett by Virgil Russell by Percival Everett”), SUNY-New Paltz’s Sarah Wyman (“A Semiotic Critique of Percival Everett’s Truth-Telling Fictions in Word and Image”), and Saint Louis University’s Joe Weixlmann (“Extremists, Extremism, and ‘the Slash’ in Percival Everett’s American Desert”). The Society’s bylaws were ratified at the business meeting, where an engaging discussion then occurred about all things Everett. We look forward to another lively get-together at the 2016 ALA meeting in San Francisco.