The two-day 2018 War, Literature & the Arts Conference starts tomorrow at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The conference, sponsored by the USAFA’s Department of English & Fine Arts, will focus on the theme of “Representing and Remembering War.”
The two days are packed with a variety of presentations in literary criticism, journalism, cultural studies, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film, photography, painting, and music—some of which deals with the Vietnam War and Vietnam War veterans. That includes readings by Army veteran Bill McCloud, a poet and college history professor who will be reading from his book of poems, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969, and Air Force veteran Terence Harkin, reading from his novel The Big Buddha Bicycle Race.
The Keynote speakers are the playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and Robert Olen Butler, the novelist, short story writer, Florida State University writing professor, and Vietnam War veteran. Butler is best know for his book of linked short stories, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The conference is open to the public. To register email 2018WLAConference@gmail.com