Deadline Extended for Iota Short Prose Conference in August

Posted July 24, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.

Thursday, January 1 to Sunday, August 25, 2013; 12 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Roosevelt International Park, 459 Route 774, Welshpool, New Brunswick

Contact: Penny Guisinger; 207-733-2233


The deadline has been extended to apply for Iota, the Conference of Short Prose. The conference will take place at Roosevelt Campobello Park, summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on Campobello Island, near Lubec, Maine.

Iota celebrates and inspires an economy of words in a largesse of place. Spend time with skilled faculty and a community of writers focused on short forms.

“The miniature is mysterious,” writes Lia Purpura. In a world in which heft rules the day, Iota serves as a celebration of the small, the brief, the miniature. Short essays, flash fiction, short stories, personal narratives, and poems – short forms are worthy of a long weekend. Our faculty will guide participants through the crafting of short forms. Is a micro essay really a prose poem? Is a prose poem really a piece of flash fiction? Prepare to challenge your own assumptions.

“The short personal essay-pensee, epiphany-which keeps exposition to a minimum, and puts a high premium on compression, association, and rhythmic precision, is kin to both prose-poem and lyric poem,” writes renowned essayist and Iota faculty member Sven Birkerts.

The Iota conference features a distinguished faculty, including Sven Birkerts (essay), Arielle Greenberg (poetry) and Lewis Robinson (fiction).

Sven Birkerts is the author of nine books and editor of AGNI since July 2002. He has received grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was winner of the Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award from PEN for the best book of essays in 1990. He has reviewed regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Emerson College, Amherst College, and Mt. Holyoke College, and is director of the graduate Bennington Writing Seminars.

Arielle Greenberg is the author of the poetry collections My Kafka Century and Given, and the chapbooks Shake Her and Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials. She is also co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of the hybrid genre nonfiction book Home/Birth: A Poemic. Her poems have been included the 2004 and 2005 editions of Best American Poetry, and several anthologies specific to prose poems. In addition to her work on hybrid-genres, Arielle writes a regular column on contemporary poetics for the American Poetry Review. She serves on the MFA faculty at the University of Tampa.

Lewis Robinson is the author of the novel Water Dogs and the short story collection Officer Friendly, both published by Random House. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Buffalo and Maine, Lewis graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2001. He has received a Whiting Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is currently at work on a novel.

Iota is co-sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Cost for the conference is $650 for workshops, lodging and meals; $440 for workshops and meals and $375 for workshop and lunches only. For more information, call the CCLC 207-733-2233, email or visit