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Conference on the Sowell Collection

April 6-8, 2023


Programs from previous conferences
Conference on the Sowell Collection

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University is once again celebrating the Sowell Collection.  The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University is hosting a hybrid conference (digital and face-to-face sessions) in Lubbock, TX, April 6-8, 2023. We accept both creative and scholarly papers/panels. We prefer creative work grounded in the natural world and critical/scholarly papers dealing in some way with writers whose work is included in the Sowell Collection. However, we always take a very broad (and we hope welcoming) approach to thoughtful and thought provoking proposals. All events are free and open to the public.  

Panel and paper proposals accepted until March 1, 2023.

For individual submissions, please include a 250-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, contact information, and A/V requests. Proposals for panels (three presenters) must include an abstract and all the above information for all presenters.  Please specify if your proposal is for a virtual or a face-to-face session.

Sponsored by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

There is no registration fee required for presenters or members of our audiences.  We ask only that you make a donation to our Sowell Collection Endowment fund.  (Donate here. Funds in this endowment will be used to support our student essay contest, among other projects associated with the conference and the collection.

Submit proposals to Dr. Diane Warner ( and Kristin Loyd (

Sept. 27, 2022