Starting in 2020, the kidlit@hollins Symposium is a biennial, even-year gathering hosted by the Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. The format of this event allows an interdisciplinary group of scholars, authors, artists, publishers, librarians, and others in the field to engage in productive dialogue around an important theme or issue.

The 1st biennial kidlit@hollins Symposium, co-chaired by Dhonielle Clayton and Lisa Rowe Fraustino, will focus on the theme of “Own and Other Voices.”

Invited keynoters include:

  • Grace Lin, author and illustrator of children’s books that have been awarded honors for the Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and National Book Award
  • Philip Deloria, Professor of History at Harvard University and author of Playing Indian
  • Sara Lissa Paulson, New York City school librarian, translator, and scholar of international children’s books in translation

Conference dates: Thursday – Sunday July 9-12, 2020
Location: Hollins University, Roanoke Virginia
Proposal Submission Deadline: February 14, 2020

Proposals of no more than 500 words are welcome for 20-minute paper presentations by publishing practitioners and scholars in any discipline and from any ethnic, gender, or abled identity. The organizers expect that an edited collection of essays will emerge from the Symposium. See for more details and a list of possible topics.

Submit Proposal

  1. Click Submit Proposal.
  2. Create a Digital Commons Account.
  3. Fill in the proposal form and click on Submit.

Your proposal will undergo a blind review process, and you will receive notification of the decision regarding your proposal by the end of March.