This year's conference was at the much harder to get to Columbia, Missourah, Missouree, Mizou, where the hotel had no restaurant, but had plenty of bears and moose to keep us company.
My second function was presenting another segment of my continuing work on Amiri Baraka's recording history, as part pf a panel on Music, film and literature. My fellow panelists were Robin Williams, Jurgen Grandt and Derek Smith, and we were chaired by UNC Greensboro's Tara Green.
This year's keynoter was Jamaica Kincaid, who read from her frighteningly hilarious tales of freak family and freakier time, See Now Then. Kincaid was pleased that this audience of professors got the Shirley Jackson house joke. (It's quite a house; I can't imagine living in it, let alone writing in it.)