Everyday Poetry – Weekly Radio Broadcast Set to Air and Seeking Submissions

A new weekly radio broadcast Everyday Poetry – Poetry for the People will begin airing Sundays from 11:00-12:00 Central Time and 12:00-1:00pm EST on WRFN-LPFM 107.1 and 103.7 as well as online here at this link, and via various mobile applications.

Originating in Pasquo, TN, the program will celebrate works that are accessible, rooted in work or place, and that of Americana and “Whitman-esque” reflections.  The host, Sandee Gertz, will be reading works of literature on the air, mixed with music and live author interviews.  Each Sunday’s show will include a theme: from the Appalachian coalfields, to steel mills, to pink collar work and white collar work, as well as Americana travel.

And they are seeking submission of poetry, books, and recordings. All submissions of material/books/recordings may be sent to Sandee Gertz, 1805 Cahal Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (snail mail) or to her email at sandeegertz@gmail.com. (She must have the author’s permission to broadcast rights to read their work on the air, which can be done with a simple email allowing a one-time reading use.)

Radio Free Nashville is a time-honored, grass-roots, independent station, nearing its 50th Anniversary of airing high-quality programming.

Final Call for 2016 WCSA Annual Award Submissions Deadline for Nominations: Friday, January 20th, 2017

Call for 2016 WCSA Annual Award Submissions 
Deadline for Nominations: Friday, January 20th, 2017
The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2016. Award categories are: 
v  Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
v  C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
v  Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
v  Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film
v  Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations
In all categories, we invite nominations of excellent work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements; addresses issues related to the working class; and highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people. 
To be eligible, works must have been published (in the case of books or articles) or completed (in the case of films and dissertations) between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies (submit books and dissertations on paper, other materials may be submitted on paper or in electronic form) with a cover letter, identifying the category in which you are nominating the work and a brief explanation of why you think the work deserves recognition. 
Nominations are due by January 20th 2017.
Submit electronic nominations to Tim Strangleman: t.strangleman@kent.ac.uk
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, Canterbury 
Kent CT2 7NF, UK 
Books nominations should be sent to: 
c/o Dr. Christie Launius, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sage Hall 3457, UW Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI  54901
For more information on the awards, contact Tim Strangleman, WCSA Past-President, at t.strangleman@kent.ac.uk
Winners will be announced at the 2017 Working Class Studies Association conference at, May 31 to June 3, 2017, on the campus of Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. Winners will receive free conference registration and a plaque.
Details of the awards and past winners can be found on the WCSA website:

CfP: Student Poster Session at 2017 WCSA Conference

We invite proposals for the Student Research Poster Session at the Working Class Studies Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 3, 2017 at IU-Bloomington. The poster session will highlight undergraduate and graduate research in working class studies organized around the broad conference theme of “Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution.” The conference Call for Papers is available here.

The Working Class Studies Association annual conference is a meeting for diversely situated workers including academics and practitioners interested in the working class and class struggle. This student research poster session is intended to create a dynamic and supportive space which invites students to share their work, discuss research with conference attendees, and become more involved in working class studies.

Interested students should propose their poster through the online conference proposal submission system here and note in the comment section of their submission is for the student poster session. Submissions are welcome until February 1, 2017.

New Journal of Working-Class Studies Now Online

The Working-Class Studies Association is pleased to announce The Journal of Working-Class StudiesJWCS is an online, open-access, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that brings together the work of scholars, writers, artists and activists who are committed to the study and representation of working-class life. We aim to publish writing about the global working class – a diverse group of people whose commonality is their position in classed societies.

The inaugural issue features an introduction by editors Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre; articles by leaders in the field of working-class studies such as Sherry Lee Linkon, John Russo, Jack Metzgar, and Michael Zweig; and work from emerging voices whose scholarship focuses on the many intersections of class. Also included are reviews of books by Tim Sheard, Michelle Tokarczyk and George Lakey.

We invite submissions that contribute significant knowledge to our understanding of who the global working class(es) are and have been, as well as what it means to ‘study’ class, conceptually and as a socio-economic reality. We especially encourage work that explores how class intersects with other vectors of identity and experience, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship status.  The journal reviews books that feature working-class people, communities, culture, history, politics, and/or experience as a crucial component of their scholarly or artistic vision. We also invite artists to submit short comics or excerpts of longer works. For further information about submissions, please visit our “Instructions for Authors” page.

Formed in 2003, the Working-Class Studies Association is an international organization which promotes the study of working-class people and their culture. The Working-Class Studies Association is made up of academics, activists, teachers, writers, poets, journalists, practitioners, students, artists and a wide range of others interested in developing the field of working-class studies. The organization holds an annual conference as well as other events to promote the field (including a variety of awards), and act as a discussion forum for working-class issues. The organization is based in North America and has members world-wide.

We hope you will enjoy the new Journal of Working-Class Studies!

To contact the founding editors, Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre, please email editorial@workingclassstudiesjournal.com.

The Journal of Working-Class Studies is published by the Working-Class Studies Association c/o The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074, USA.


Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor Now Available

Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor by Joan Maya Mazelis is now available from NYU Press. The book, “carefully examines the experiences of people living below the poverty level, looking in particular at the tension between social isolation and social ties among the poor.” You may read about the book and download the introduction here.