SAMLA 87 – In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts

SAMLA 87 Program Cover

Creative Plenary – Wyn Cooper & Madison Smartt Bell
In addition to “Fun,” the poem that developed into Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do,” Wyn Cooper has published four books of poetry, written lyrics for the musical collaboration Bell & Cooper, and worked as a teacher and editor. Award-winning novelist Madison Smartt Bell’s artistic endeavors include his novel trilogy on the Haitian revolution and his vocals on the two albums by Bell & Cooper, Forty Words for Fear (2003) and Postcards Out of the Blue (2008).

Critical Plenary – William Ferris
Folklorist and professor William Ferris has written extensively about Southern culture and blues music, most recently in his multimedia anthology The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists.

Featured Speaker – Wiley Cash
Wiley Cash, a novelist and professor from North Carolina, is the author of the bestsellers A Land More Kind than Home (2012) and This Dark Road to Mercy (2013). 

All participants will be required to have a conference year (2015–16) SAMLA membership and to register for the conference.  For membership and conference registration, see Quick Links above right. 

Conference Hotel

picture of Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

SAMLA single/double guestroom rate is $117 per night. In order to book, modify, or cancel a reservation, guests should visit SAMLA 87 at Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center (Stargroup website). The cut-off date for hotel reservations is October 21, 2015.