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117th Annual Conference - San Diego

Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Co-hosted by the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University, Palomar College, and the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature


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Our 2019 PAMLA Conference will take place at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside beginning on Thursday, November 14 and ending on Sunday, November 17.

Our 2019 Tentative Conference Schedule is now available:

If you have any questions or concerns about the conference schedule, or need to cancel (we hope not!), please contact PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: 626-354-7526 or

For information about sessions annd presiding officers please check out our CFP list here.

The theme for the 117th Annual PAMLA Conference at Wyndham San Diego Bayside is “Send in the Clowns.” Not all sessions will engage with the theme.

To join or rejoin PAMLA for the 2019 year, you will first need to Create a User Account or log in with your user account here:

PAMLA Membership Payments: Due in July. Please pay now, if you haven't yet done so!

Late Conference Payment Fees: After Tuesday, October 1

Final Deadline for Conference Payments: Tuesday, October 15

PAMLA's online Registration/Membership dues and Conference fees payment system is now available.

To help our members to better plan for their conference experience, and to allow for more session options, we now offer multiple Session Formats and sessions are searchable via Subject Area (such as American, Asian, Film and Media Studies, and German). Our Conference Theme is "Send in the Clowns," but papers and panels will cover a wide array of subjects. 

Should you have any questions about our conference or proposal system, please email or call PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin ( or 626-354-7526), PAMLA Assistant Director David John Boyd (, or PAMLA Communications Officer Russell McDermott (

News and Announcements

18 Unsolicited Pieces of Advice for Novice
PAMLA Conference Attendees/Presenters 

  1. Go to other folks’ sessions, and during the Q&A at the end, ask a real, thoughtful question or two (don’t make a speech disguised as a question). Doing so will be good for you, and good for the presenter and the entire session. Good listeners and thoughtful, polite questioners make a conference more successful.
  2. Go to as many other sessions as you can. Don’t just give your paper and leave. The karma you generate as a result of attending other sessions will mean more people will attend your session in turn. If everyone followed this rule, no one would have to complain about the size of their own session’s audience.
  3. Read through (out loud) and time your presentation a few times before you present, both to make sure you will not go over your allotted time and to be sure your paper reads well and is clear. ...
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The time has come for our annual PAMLA elections for new officers of our Executive Committee. If you are current with your PAMLA membership, in the next few days you will receive an emailed ballot to vote for new officers. Your PAMLA Executive Committee is the body that makes major decisions regarding PAMLA on a day-to-day basis. They help to plan the association’s future so that we may continue to serve our members’ needs. We require your assistance in choosing the best officers possible. Happily, the Nominating Committee, led by its chair Katherine Kinney, has come up with an impressive slate of potential officers. Please take a moment to read through the candidates’ statements and then cast your vote. You will vote for one candidate for Second Vice President, and two for Executive Committee member. The Second Vice President moves up automatically to First Vice President and then to President in consecutive years. And the two Executive Committee members who...

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Five PAMLA Warm Up Acts

When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 11:20 AM - 12:50 PM

Come join us for one of our five fantastic Warm Up sessions that we are premiering on the first day of the conference! All are welcome to these free sessions, but please sign up for them at our Registration and Membership page:!

1. Creative Writing: A Poetry Reading

Where: Pacific A Ballroom

Four talented poets will read a variety of their poems written in a variety of poetic forms. Free to all--invite your friends. But do please make a reservation.

2. Gender-Neutral and Gender-Inclusive Instruction

Where: Pacific C Ballroom

Please join us for this 90-minute conference...

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PAMLA Welcome Event: Send in the Clowns

When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

Where: Pacific D Ballroom

This fascinating "PAMLA Welcome Event: Send in the Clowns" is the opening event of the 2019 PAMLA conference, so do not miss it! Our welcome event presenters will speak on the PAMLA 2019 special theme, "Send in the Clowns." Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout will read recent poems and discuss the topic of folly, apprehension and misapprehension, how we are fooled, and how we fool ourselves. Suzanne Lummis, one of the avatars of “Stand-Up Poetry,” a Los Angeles-based movement of the 1980s, will read from her poetry and discuss humor and politics in contemporary poetry. And AJ Knox, Artistic Director of Carlsbad Playreaders and sometimes clown, will speak about clowning in theater, and elsewhere. All are welcome to this free event, so sign up today at...

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