2017 Plenary Speaker Announcement: Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin is author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, praised by Janisse Ray as an “honest, gritty, transcendent” work. This Gladdening Light won the 2015 Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction and will be published by Mercer University Press this summer. Martin is also author of the poetry chapbooksMarcescenceEverything Turns Away, and A Conference of Birds. His work has appeared in publications across the country— including American Public Media’s On BeingMcSweeney’s, and Thrush Poetry Journal—and in several anthologies, most recently Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry, published by University of South Carolina Press this past year. Martin is a contributing editor at New Southerner and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He teaches English at Kennesaw State University, creative nonfiction at the Appalachian Young Writer Workshop, and serves on the board of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, where he founded and hosts the SHORE reading series. He founded and edited the literary journal Flycatcher through 2015. He lives in Acworth with his wife and their two young children, and is presently a stay-at-home parent. You can find him online at christopher-martin.net.


New Voices 2015 is just around the corner, and we have a great schedule of presentations for this year’s conference from start to end. To assist with participant preparations, we wanted to remind everyone about the details regarding registration.

Registration for the conference will be completed on-site beginning at 3PM on Thursday, February 5, and will run throughout the conference. The registration fees for this conference are as follows.

Georgia State Students: $25
Non-Georgia State Students: $30

Registration payments can be made using either cash or check. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the New Voices Planning Committee.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

2015 Conference Schedule Now Available

New Voices would like to thank everyone who submitted a panel or individual proposal for the 2015 Conference. Submissions for panel and individual presentations for the 2015 New Voices conference are now closed and all submissions have been notified of their acceptance status. We received some fantastic submissions and are really looking forward to the presentations at this year’s conference!

With the closing of submissions for panels and presentations, we are also excited to announce that the tentative 2015 Conference schedule is now available. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change as we finalize the schedule for all conference participants. All updates to the schedule will be posted to the new Schedule page of our website; therefore, we encourage attendees as participants to check back often.

Extended Submission Deadline for 2015 New Voices Conference

New Voices is excited to announce that we have received several outstanding submissions for the 2015 New Voices Conference. To help make this year’s conference even better, we are excited to announce that we are extending the deadline for individual and panel submissions to January 15, 2015. For more information, check out our updated CFP. Proposals can be submitted via our online forms on our Forms page.

Additionally, we are also happy to announce that the registration deadline for two of our inaugural creative writing workshops, “Death and Poetry” and “Death and Fiction,” as well as the annual Creative Writing Reading Night has also been extended to January 15, 2015. For more information, please see our updated CFP. Please note that space for participating in these three events is limited; therefore, we do encourage you to register as soon as possible. Registration for these events can be completed by submitting your registration via the respective online forms on our Forms page.

Creative Writing Workshops at New Voices 2015

The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that it will host four creative writing workshops at New Voices 2015 related to the conference theme: “Poetry and Death,” “Poetry and Humor,” “Fiction and Death,” and “Fiction and Humor.” During these workshops, participants will bring a creative piece related to the workshop topic to workshop with the group. For more information, please see the 2015 New Voices Creative Writing Workshops CFP.

Please note that space in these workshops is limited; therefore, we ask that you register by December 10, 2014, for these workshops via their respective online forms, which can all be found on our Forms page. Participants will be notified of acceptance via e-mail by December 19, 2014.

2015 CFP Deadline Extended to Dec. 10

New Voices is excited to announce that we are extending the deadline for paper and panel submission to December 10, 2014. By this deadline, please submit your 200-300 word paper proposals for the 2015 New Voices Conference via our online Proposal Submission form. You can also submit a panel proposal via our Panel Proposal form if you have a group of presenters and papers on a similar topic. For more information about the Conference and this year’s CFP, please see the Call for Papers page of our new website.

Holiday Cookbook Fundraiser: Call for Recipes

New Voices is excited to announce that we will be organizing a holiday cookbook as one of our Fall semester fundraisers. This cookbook will contain recipes from faculty, staff, and students from our represented departments of English, Modern and Classical Languages, and Communication. To help build the contents of this holiday cookbook, we are announcing a call for recipes.

a PDF of the New Voices Holiday Cookbook call for recipes

Download the New Voices Holiday Cookbook: Call for Recipes flyer.

By  November 21st, please submit your recipe and contact information either via our online submission form or in hard copy at the English Department front desk. We are currently accepting all varieties of recipes as submission; so, please send in your favorites!

If you have any questions or if you would like to pre-order a copy of this holiday cookbook, please feel free to contact the New Voices Planning Committee and check back often for more updates on this project.

We look forward to receiving your recipe submissions and making this event a successful fundraiser!