|Goldstein in his office (Photo courtesy of Michigan Quarterly Review)|
The conference begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Charles Baxter, adjunct professor of English. Throughout the day, panels will discuss a variety of themes, such as Communities of Print, The Art of Literary Publishing and Speaking to the Readers. An evening event, In Situ: Reading in Place, will allow conference participants to read a selection of poetry, fiction or prose that they feel shows the importance of the venue in which it was first published.
The theme of the conference, Making a Place for Literature, reflects the work that Goldstein has done during his term at MQR. When he first became editor, he worked to return to the original format established by former editor Sheridan Baker in 1962. Baker, Goldstein says, established it [MQR] as an interdisciplinary forum reflective of the diversity of fields at the University. Successor Radcliffe Squires, however, decided to redesign MQR as a pure literary journal. When Goldstein became editor in 1977, he reinstated Bakers vision. Today, the MQR continues to publish essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry and book reviews from a number of different fields, ranging from history, psychology, political science to anthropology and education.
As Goldstein plans for the future of MQR, he understands the important role of technology and the Internet. Making the best use of computer technology will be a significant topic in our office from here on out, in order to fulfill our mission of bringing the best that is being thought and said into the world, he explains. He already has collaborated with the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University Library to develop a Web site with archives of the past 40 years of MQR. Goldstein says, however, I am committed to staying in printthe title of my panel talkand publishing a print version of the journal with all the innovations I can imagine in the near future.
For more information on the conference Making a Place for Literature, call (734) 763-4139, visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~mqr/images/conference.pdf or send e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on MQR, visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~mqr. To view the MQR archives, which are now available online, visit the Web at www.hti.umich.edu/m/mqr.