New Voices 2014 is ON!

All –

In case you were in need of an update about conference happenings after snowpocalypse Atlanta, we ARE still hosting the conference. We unfortunately had to cancel the Thursday kick-off, but all other panels are happening as scheduled, with some modifications to account for people who couldn’t come.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please email us with any questions, problems, thoughts, or issues:

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Fund Raising is afoot with New Voices

Hey everyone!

Below are the meeting notes for the meeting we had today.

Items of note:

– we are pushing back the scary reading to Valentine’s next year. We’ll let you know more as it unfolds.

– Things are being ordered soon!

Next meeting is happening on December 11th at 1:30PM in the grad lounge – WE NEEd YOU! 

Here are the notes:


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Halloween Readings and Other Issues


Welcome to the latest installment of the New Voices Conference process. Below you will find the meeting notes from today’s meeting that will help you navigate the meeting. If you are interested in getting involved, please come to the next meeting, also listed below.

Things to note:

  • There will NOT be a Halloween reading, but it will instead be moved to become a Holiday reading. Details will be released as we know what they are.
  • Bags and folders are on the order – hopefully we’ll have live pictures of them soon.

Here are the notes:

October 22nd

Next meeting is happening:

Thursday November 14th @noon in the Grad Lounge

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October Meeting Notes

First off –


Jessica Temple shows off the baked goods.

Jessica Temple shows off the baked goods.

We doubled our efforts from last year – way to go team!!

Here are the meeting notes for today, in case you weren’t able to attend and wanted to.

October 1

And if you have submitted a proposal, be advised that we are reading them. You should hear from us soon.

Last – Please attend our next meeting on

Thursday October 22nd – 11:15AM – Grad Lounge

The topic of our meeting will focus on getting the Halloween Reading ready and accounted for.


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First Official New Voices Meeting of Fall 2013

To the New Voices blog followers –

Today we had our first official New Voices meeting. We were lucky enough to snag the conference room, which was really cool and nicely air conditioned.

We got some new people interested in being involved and on the committee. But if you couldn’t make it (we only had 3 new people, but we had 30 people interested o the list), please feel free to contact us and let us know of your interest in being involved. We need to replace most of our committee next year and we are excited to show any new people the ropes.

Below are the minutes from the meeting, so you can follow along. Enjoy!

New Voices Notes 11 September 2013

Next meeting we will need to talk again about Bags and things and start reading submissions.

The next meeting will happen on…

Tuesday October 1st @11:15AM – Location TBA

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Orientation Day Meeting Notes

So we don’t usually put our meeting minutes up here on the blog. Mostly that has to do with the fact that we have no secretary. New Grad students – wanna volunteer??

It is important to note however, that we are going to have a back to school bake sale at the end of September. We need people to get involved.

Also – our first official meeting of the semester, where YOU are invited to get involved as much or as little as you would like, is coming up.

September 11th – 10AM – in the Grad Lounge – 9th floor of Langdale Hall

Please contact us at if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments.

Fund Raising Meeting Notes_2

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Monsters CFP – For Last Year’s Presenters

Our Communication Liaison – Nick Scuillo, sent us this CFP he found – If you presented on monsters last year, you might want to check this out.


Current Call for Submissions

Volume 3, Number 2, Themed Issue on Monstrous Beauty and the Beauty of Monstrosity

Beauty, like Monstrosity, is a cultural construction framed by the fears, anxieties and aspirations of a particular time and place. Yet the configuration of both as tools of inclusion and/or exclusion position them more as sides of the same coin rather than Manichean opposites. This is clearly seen in the way that many monsters are often shown as beautiful, luring their victims into their dead embrace, just as Beauty itself is revealed as a cruel and thankless master/mistress, whose monstrous nature is hidden beneath a veneer of aesthetic perfection. Within this, of course, are also the ways that the Monster is itself shown to be beautiful, not necessarily for any exterior attributes, though this is sometimes the case, but for an inner, spiritual splendour that points to universal qualities beyond that of simple perception.
This special issue of the Monsters and the Monstrous journal will explore all facets of the ways that cultures, throughout time, have conflagrated the two concepts, to show the ways that the monstrous is truly beautiful and that beauty is the stuff of nightmares.

The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of articles, reviews, reports, stories, poems and art and/or visual pieces on the following or related themes:

-Monsters that use beauty as a lure or trap (vamps, sirens, lamias etc.)
-Monster as non-normative beauty, and the beauty of the non-normative
-The Sublime and beauty to monstrous excess
-Beauty that leads to monstrous obsessions/actions (i.e. Narcissus, Dorian Gray, Snow White’s Evil Queen, Countess Bathory)
-The monster as a form of perfection/beauty (i.e. in films such as Alien, poetry of William Blake)
-Beauty that hides a monstrous ideology (i.e. in political poetry of Yeats)
-Beauty and the Beast: contradictions in the outer manifestation of an inner state
-Beauty as a commodity used for monstrous ends
-Beauty as human/man-made creation: body modification/enhancement, cosmetic surgery and skin art
-Queering beauty and the monstrous: Cultural and social monsters as forms of non-normative beauty
-Didactic lessons on beauty via narratives on monstrosity (i.e. fairy tales, myths)
-Genderisation of monstrous beauty
-Death and beauty

Submissions for this Issue are required by Friday 6th September 2013 at the latest.
Contributions to the journal should be original and not under consideration for other publications at the same time as they are under consideration for this publication. Submissions are to be made electronically wherever possible using either Microsoft® Word or .rtf format.

We also invite submission to our review section on current fiolms and books and also our special feature on Non-English Language Book Reviews. Please mark entries for these topics with their respective headings.

All accepted articles, artworks and prose pieces will receive a free electronic version of the journal.

Length Requirements:
Articles – 5,000 – 7,000 words.
Reflections, reports and responses – 1,000 – 3,000 words.
Book reviews – 500 – 4,000 words.

Other forms of contributions such as artworks, photographs, poetry, prose and short stories are welcome.

In the case of visual work and images we ask that all copyrights to publication are either obtained or owned by the author/artist Submission Information:

Send submissions via e-mail using the following Subject Line: ‘Journal: Contribution Type (article/review/…): Author Surname’

Submissions E-Mail Address:

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2014 CFP

Happy Summer all!

We hope your summer is going well and it’s not too hot. It’s been kind of wonderful here in Atlanta – a little too rainy – but not hot.

Below is the latest CFP – this is the final version. Please feel free to print it off and pass it out to colleagues, or other parties of interest as you see fit. Remember you can email us with any questions at

NewVoices 2014 CFP_Final

** As always, we are looking for new hands to help in the New Voices conference. Please contact us if you would like to be a part of the committee.

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New Voices 2014 – Rolls Out!

Hey all you New Voices peeps (get it, peeps, Easter?)

We are happy to announce next year’s theme will be Authenticity – but – in order to give you all a voice, we would like you to help us decide how to spin it. Please visit the surveymonkey link below and let us know what you think.

And as always – if you want to help out with New Voices, please email us and let us know and we’ll be happy to initiate you into the fray.

Happy second half of the semester!

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New Year – New Voices

Hey all you New Voices people!

We will be holding our first meeting to talk about New Voices 2014 this coming Thursday February 21st at 2:20PM in the Kell Hall basement coffee shop.

Please feel free to come and give us some new ideas, new direction, new themes! We want to see you and get you involved!

See you there!

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