The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University is hosting a conference in Lubbock, TX, from April 19-21, 2018.  Keynote speaker is Barry Lopez.

We invite proposals for individual presentations and panels that engage with the work(s) of any of the writers whose work the collection holds.  Scholarly and creative submissions from multiple disciplines are also welcome.

Proceedings from the Sowell Conference 2018 will be included in the spring 2019 issue of Archivation Exploration, TTU Libraries’ open access journal.

For individual submissions, please include a 250-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, contact information, and A/V requests.  Proposals for panels (three presenters) must include an abstract and all the above information for all presenters.  The deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2018.

Submit abstracts to Diane Warner  at Diane dot Warner

In lieu of registration, we encourage participants to donate to the Sowell Collection endowment at

Room blocks are available at:

Staybridge Suites

2515 19th St., Lubbock, TX

Phone: 806-765-8900


Reservation Deadline: March 18

Overton Hotel 

2322 Mac Davis Ln., Lubbock, TX

Phone: 806-776-7000


Reservation Deadline: April 4