Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award: Call for nominations

ACETA solicits nominations for the 2018 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship.  This award is made annually to a living, outstanding literary scholar who is from Alabama or has worked primarily in Alabama or has focused mainly on Alabama writers …

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Calvert and Woodall Awards: Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the 2018 William J. Calvert Award for papers on any scholarly or theoretical topic in English studies;

and Call for Papers for the 2018 James Woodall Award for papers on any pedagogical topic in English studies.

Deadline (Postmark or Email): January 3, 2018

College English teachers and graduate students may submit papers for one or both of the competitions.  The writer’s name, along with the title of the essay and the writer’s institutional affiliation, should appear on a cover sheet but not on the paper itself.  Papers may not have been previously read or published …

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2018 ACETA Conference Program now available


Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy

Complete Conference Program 2018

Directions to Troy University

February 23–24, 2018
Troy University
Troy, Alabama

Sponsored by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama and Troy University

In an 1817 letter to Benjamin Bailey, Keats writes, “The Setting Sun will always set me to rights, or if a Sparrow come before my Window, I take part in its existence and pick about the gravel.” What he describes is the sympathetic imagination, how we acquire knowledge of the inner lives of others by extending the imagination …

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Get to know Eugene Walter October 26

Monroe County Museum, located in the Monroeville, literary capital of Alabama; and the Alabama Humanities Foundation will present a program titled “Getting to Know Eugene” on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in the famous courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum.  The program will explore the life and work of Eugene Walter, the highly acclaimed Mobile native who was a successful author, poet, artist, screenwriter, true all-around Renaissance man.

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The Light Winter 2017 newsletter is here!

Discover our latest The Light newsletter, which provides an overview of this year’s conference as well as upcoming events of interest!

There’s still time left to register via email if you would like to join us in Montgomery this weekend:

  • Just fill out the attached registration form;
  • Send it as an attachment in reply to this email; and
  • bring your payment with you to the conference.

Forms sent in by 11:59 p.m. on March 1st will get the early registration rate.

Please pass along any work your school is doing with English studies and with the teaching of writing and literature that you think our members would be interested in. We’d love to include it in our next newsletter!

Information should be sent to Rebecca Duncan, ACETA Vice-President and The Light editor, at

Read the Winter 2017 ACETA newsletter (PDF)

Registration and hotel information

Our annual conference to be held this year at Auburn University in Montgomery on March 3 and 4 is a little over a week away!

Hotel accommodations are available at either the Hampton Inn or Staybridge Suites. When you make your reservation, be sure to mention that you are attending the ACETA conference at AUM in order to receive a reduced rate.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration form with hotel conference information (PDF)