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AML Announces Annual Meeting

PROVO, UTAH -- The nonprofit Association for Mormon Letters is pleased to announce its Annual Meeting on March 2, 2002, "Walking the Cultural Tightrope: Mormon Writers and Their Audiences" as well as the Eugene England Memorial Issue of Irreantum.

"Walking the Cultural Tightrope: Mormon Writers and Their Audiences"
March 2, 2002
Gore Auditorium, Westminster College (approx. 1700 S. 1300 E., SLC)

(For those who don't preregister by mail [see order form below], at-the-door registration will be $15, with a limited number of luncheons available for an additional $15.)

9:00 Plenary Session: "Walking the Tightrope: Are Mormon Audiences Naive, or Are they Making Choices? Do They Need to Be Educated? If So, How?"
Moderator: Tyler Moulton
Panelists: Jerry Johnston, Richard Cracroft, Marilyn Arnold, Margaret Young

10:00 Plenary Session: "Walking the Tightrope: Balance Requires Academic Scrutiny"

  • A reading of the Sunstone Foundation's contest-winning essay honoring AML co-founder Eugene England
  • Neila Seshachari, "Terry Tempest Williams's Interrogation of Faith and Earthly Life in 'Leap'"
  • Gideon Burton, "The Critical Divide: Where and Why Mormon Literary Criticism Needs a National Audience"

11:00 Plenary Session: Doug Stewart, "'Saturday's Warrior': Satisfying the Popular Market"
Response: Noreen Astin, "'Saturday's Warrior': The Pioneering Art of the Mormon Ethos"

12:00 Awards luncheon in the Jewett Center

  • Administrative changes: Marilyn Brown
  • Awards presentation: Scott Parkin
  • Presidential address: Cherry Silver, "The Elegant Angst of Mormon Essays: How to Mine These Literary Gems"

2:30 Breakout sessions:
Option 1: Youth and Fantasy

  • Lael Littke, "Great Plots Leap Over Many a Tightrope"
  • Laurel Brady, "Communicating with the National Youth"
  • Ivan Wolfe, "Stuck Somewhere Before the Golden Age: The Two Mormon Science Fiction Markets"

Option 2: Unique Heritage
  • Peter Sorensen, "Mormoniad: The Book of Mormon as Proto-Epic"
  • Carolyn Campbell, "Strong Enough to Face the Dark"
  • Matthew Hansen, "Meanings and Inferences of LDS Missionary Clothes Burnings"

Option 3: Opposing Forces
  • John Charles Duffy, "Serpents in Our Midst: What 'Brigham City' Tells Us About Ourselves"
  • John Bennion, "Isolation and Community: Bennion's 'Maps'"
  • Gae Lyn Henderson, "Tension of the Opposites: John Bennion's 'Falling Toward Heaven'"

3:40 Plenary Session: Lawrence Flake, "What the Mormon Audience Wants:Telling our Story with Stories"

6:30 Readings from award-winning works and buffet
Home of Ann Edwards Cannon, 75 "O" Street, Salt Lake City

Now at the printer, Irreantum's first issue with a color cover is devoted to appreciating Mormon literature founding father Eugene England, who recently passed away. This 96-page issue of the AML's literary quarterly features editorials, essays, letters, and tributes from a variety of writers about England's contribution to the field of Mormon letters. In addition, this issue reprints four of England's most important essays and is leavened with photos of him at various times in his life. To order this special issue or subscribe to Irreantum, see the order form below.

Association for Mormon Letters
Order Form

The AML is not yet equipped to handle online or credit card orders.
Please print this order form, fill it out, and mail as instructed below.

AML Membership
Includes Irreantum magazine subscription, book-length AML Annual, and discounted preregistration to AML events. Options for annual dues include the following:
( ) Regular - $25 ( ) Contributing - $50
( ) Full-time student - $20 ( ) Sustaining - $100

AML Annual Meeting
"Walking the Tightrope: Mormon Writers and Their Audiences"
Saturday, March 2, 2002
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration desk opens at 8:30 a.m.)
Gore Auditorium, Westminster College, Salt Lake City
(Note: The following admission prices are for preregistration only. At-the-door admissions will be $15 for all parties, with only a limited number of luncheons available.)
( ) General public - $12
( ) AML member or full-time student - $9
( ) Awards luncheon - $15 additional

Irreantum Magazine
Please note that Irreantum is included with AML membership. Use this section of the order form only if you are subscribing to Irreantum without an AML membership.
( ) Sample copy (current issue) - $5
( ) One-year subscription (4 issues) - $16
( ) Back issues (prices include postage)
___ March 1999 ($3): Premiere issue
___ June 1999 ($3): Interview with Marvin Payne
___ Sept. 1999 ($3): Interview with Levi Peterson
___ Winter 1999-2000 ($3): Interview with Rachel Ann Nunes
___ Spring 2000 ($3): Interview with Margaret Young
___ Summer 2000 ($4): Interview with Dean Hughes
___ Autumn 2000 ($4): Interviews with Richard Dutcher, Robert Van Wagoner
___ Winter 2000-01 ($4): Interviews with Dave Wolverton, Mary Clyde
___ Spring 2001 ($4): Interview with Robert Kirby
___ Summer 2001 ($4): Interviews with Anne Perry, Brian Evenson
___ Autumn 2001 ($5): Eugene England Memorial Issue

The AML is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so donations are tax deductible. We seek donations for several purposes: improving the quality of Irreantum and our website, bringing more of the big names in Mormon letters to the annual meeting and the writers' conference, and creating an endowment to ensure the AML's future financial stability. Your donation of any size will help these endeavors.

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