William Carlos Williams: Crossing Borders / Cruzando Fronteras

The Tenth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
February 15–18, 2024

The 2024 Biennial Conference in Mayagüez will focus on Williams’s Hispanic heritage, his indebtedness to the traditions of Puerto Rican, Peninsular and Colonial Spanish literatures, as well as issues of borders and translation in the broadest sense––linguistic, geographic, cultural. We are especially interested in transdisciplinary proposals for a session on Williams and the medical humanities, health, and culture.

The conference is free and open to the public and will include participation from local artists and writers, poetry readings in Spanish and English, as well as a post-conference tour of the city of Mayagüez—the birthplace of Williams’s mother, Raquel Héléna Rose Hoheb Williams, and the site of his uncle and namesake Carlos Hoheb’s medical practice.

The Biennial conference will include discussions, readings, and roundtable sessions designed for scholars to present their work, each in one-hour sessions, across two days of presentations. The format is designed to facilitate questions from the audience and fellow presenters and to explore potential resources and avenues for the study of Williams’s life and work.

Prospective contributors should submit a 500-word proposal or abstract for consideration, no later than October 1, to the President of the Society, Mark C. Long, at mlong@keene.edu. Questions, inquiries, and rough ideas are also welcome. Invited contributors will submit completed essays/papers by January 15 to be shared with conference participants to facilitate conversations at the time of presentation.

For more information, see:

William Carlos Williams: Crossing Borders / Cruzando Fronteras