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Since 1970, the University of North Dakota has hosted an annual writers conference, and some of the most influential writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have traveled to Grand Forks to participate. Nobel laureates Joseph Brodsky, Czeslaw Milosz, and Derek Walcott have appeared at the conference. Thirty-three Pulitzer Prize winners have also graced UND’s halls since 1970, including Tony Kushner, Art Spiegelman, Junot Diaz, N. Scott Momaday, Edward Albee, and Alice Walker, among others. Norman Mailer, William S. Burroughs, Maxine Hong Kingston, John Barth, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Ntozake Shange, Tim O’Brien, Eudora Welty, Sir Salman Rushdie, Dorothy Allison, and Roxane Gay are exemplary of our conference alumni.

The Chester Fritz Library Department of Special Collections plans to digitize the recorded readings, panel sessions, and lectures of these conferences. Currently, there are approximately 130 hours of footage online with more added as it becomes available.

The very earliest conferences (1970-1973) were recorded in audio only.

Please Note: All of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright. They are being made freely available here for scholarly, educational, and historical purposes only. They may not downloaded or distributed, in whole or in part, without the express written permission of the various copyright holders and the University of North Dakota. All recordings and transcripts are housed on UND servers, with this collection providing only metadata and streaming access. If you have questions concerning copyright or would like to use request additional use of the materials, please contact Dr. Crystal Alberts, Director, UND Writers Conference.

Browse the contents of UND Writers Conference:

48th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Citizen"
47th Annual UND Writers Conference: "The Art of Science"
46th Annual UND Writers Conference: "The Other Half"
45th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Imagine: A Literary Festival on the Prairie"
44th Annual UND Writers Conference: "A Portrait of an Artist"
43rd Annual UND Writers Conference: "Humanimal"
42nd Annual UND Writers Conference: "(Inter)National Affairs"
41st Annual UND Writers Conference: "Mind the Gap: Print, New Media, Art"
40th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Wit"
39th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Revolutions"
38th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Writing the Body"
37th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Border Crossing"
36th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Hope/Illusion"
35th Annual UND Writers Conference: "3:5"
34th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Art & Science"
33rd Annual UND Writers Conference: "Explorations"
32nd Annual UND Writers Conference: "Worklife/Lifework"
31st Annual UND Writers Conference: "Writing War"
30th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Expressing the Sacred"
29th Annual UND Writers Conference: "the use of [HISTORY]"
28th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Writing Nature: The Nature of Writing"
27th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Living in America"
26th Annual UND Writers Conference: "States of the Art"
25th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Homelands"
24th Annual UND Writers Conference: "La Literatura: Contemporary Latino/Latina Writing"
23rd Annual UND Writers Conference: "A Festival of Publishers and Writers"
22nd Annual UND Writers Conference: "The Literatures of Canada"
21st Annual UND Writers Conference: "The Literature of Immigration"
20th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Circle of Many Colors"
19th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Parent & Child"
18th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Writers of the Purple Sage"
17th Annual UND Writers Conference: "To Make a Praire"
16th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Narratives"
15th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Nineteen Eighty Four"
14th Annual UND Writers Conference: "The Centennial Year"
13th Annual UND Writers Conference: "International Writers"
12th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Voices"
11th Annual UND Writers Conference: "The Storytellers"
10th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Epitomes, Bombast & Climaxes: A Recurring Dithyramb"
9th Annual UND Writers Conference: "The Mirror and the Lamp"
8th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Literature and Film"
7th Annual UND Writers Conference: "New Journalism and the Novel"
6th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Spirit of Place"
5th Annual UND Writers Conference: "City Lights in North Dakota"
4th Annual UND Writers Conference: "Women in the Arts"
3rd Annual UND Writers Conference: "American Indian Writers Confrence"
2nd Annual UND Writers Conference: "Northern Plains Writers Conference"
1st Annual UND Writers Conference: "Southern Writers Conference on the Arts"