Symposium Abstract Deadline Extended & Keynote Speaker Announcement

The UF English Graduate Organization (EGO) invites abstract submissions to our First Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium, which is set to take place February 15-16, 2019. Its inaugural theme is “Developing an Academic Persona.” Please see the attached CfP for more details. We are extending the deadline for all abstract or proposal submissions to January 13, 2019.

EGO is further excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Professor Timtim gilmore Gilmore. Gilmore is an alumni of the University of Florida, where he holds a Ph.D. in English. He currently teaches Literature and Writing at Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he was awarded a 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville named Gilmore the 2018 Literary Artist of the Year. Also in 2018, Gilmore served on the Jacksonville City Council’s Civil Rights History Task Force.

Gilmore writes about the haunted South. He is the author of 17 books, including a historical novel about the founder of Jacksonville, The Book of Isaiah: A Vision of the Founder of a City, illustrated by his colleague Shep Shepard, and creative nonfiction such as Goat Island Hermit: The State of Florida vs. Rollians Christopher. Dramaworks will produce Gilmore’s The Repossession of James Edward Pough: Mass Shooting in Baymeadows in April, 2019. Repossession will be McCulough’s 50th production with FSCJ.

Gilmore is also the founder of JaxbyJax, a literary arts festival built on the theme of “Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville.” He’s the writer and creator of, a project that explores place and catalogues the Southern Gothic, telling the stories of nearly 500 locations in and around Jacksonville, Florida.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have questions or concerns.

All the best,

English Graduate Organization

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