FUSE 2016: “Literary Citizenship” at Bowling Green University November 3-5


Thursday, November 3

8:30 am-11 am         Check-in and journal showcase setup

9:30-11 am                Welcome, business meeting, and elections

11 am-1 pm               Journal showcase and lunch

1-2:30 pm                  Session 1

2:30-4 pm                  Session 2

4-5:30 pm                  Session 3


5:30-7:30 pm                        Dinner on own

7:30-8:30                   Winter Wheat reading by Wendell Mayo in Prout Chapel


Friday, November 4


9-10:30 am                Session 4

This session will include break-out groups, roundtable style. We will have several particular topics of interest, problems to solve, etc., and students/advisors may select which roundtables they’d like to sit in on, enabling discussion and interactivity.


10:30-Noon               FUSE Citizenship Projects

Facilitated by Prairie Margins editors, FUSE participants will select a literary citizenship project of their choice in which to take part, including walk-in workshops, guerilla poetry posting, and making a community zine.

Noon-1 pm                 Lunch


1:00-2:00 pm            FUSE Keynote, Karen Craigo


2:00 pm-onward       FUSE participants are welcome to attend Winter Wheat events.


Saturday, November 5


9:30 am-onward       FUSE participants are welcome to attend Winter Wheat workshops and readings.


Where to Stay:

Hotels in Bowling Green include the Best Western Falcon Plaza (419-352-4671), Days Inn Bowling Green (419-352-1520), the Hampton Inn (419-353-3464), and Holiday Inn Express (419-353-5500). You can also choose to stay in Perrysburg, about a fifteen-minute drive from Bowling Green. The newest hotel there is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (419-931-9999), which is located in the outdoor shopping district of Levis Commons. 

Where to Eat:

Bowling Green is home to many great eateries, such as Pisanello’s Pizza, Sunset Bistro, Sam B’s, Easy Street, Stone’s Throw, El Zarape, and Naslada Bistro. There are also several restaurants in the food court of BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union, where Winter Wheat takes place.  More information on the town can be found at theBowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau.


To locate parking on BGSU’s campus, please see our campus map.

On Thursday and Friday, guests may use the pay lots near the Union or the Visitor lots near the stadium and Stroh Center. We will also have limited parking passes available for one of the nearby campus lots; please contact us if you will need a pass.

On the Saturday, guests will be able to park in Lot E’s unmarked spaces for free. (Lot E is across Thurstin from the university).



Literary Citizenship

FUSE Conference at Bowling Green State University

November 3–5, 2016


This year’s conference theme is “Literary Citizenship.” Whether you are an editor or a writer, you are taking part in a community of other students interested in the editing and publishing field. Student editors build relationships with journals, other editors, and professors. But we are also citizens in a broader community of readers and potential readers. What constitutes literary citizenship? What makes a good literary citizen? How can we encourage ourselves and others to take part in the community? This year’s conference will seek to answer these and others questions.


For FUSE 2016, we’re interested in proposals about being a literary citizen and contributing to the literary community. Think global, regional, local, and personal. Here are some proposal possibilities:


  • Encouraging fellow student writers and literary expression
  • Mission statements that encourage leadership and vision
  • Editorial behavior and attitude, and effective communication with staff and writers
  • Defining a publication’s voice and aesthetic
  • Building a staff of committed editors
  • Educating writers on interactions with editors
  • Audience growth and distribution, on campus and beyond
  • Working with other publications and organizations on campus
  • Crafting activities and events that involve the community on campus and beyond
  • Web presences that allow interaction—blogs, social media, new media, etc.
  • Earning support from administration and funders
  • Diversity in reading and publishing choices


Please submit a proposal of no more than 150 words to prairie@bgsu.edu by Wednesday, September 21, 2016. In the subject line of your email, please write: FUSE 2016 Proposal. Proposals should include your name(s), institution, year(s) of graduation or faculty role, email address, and the title of your proposed presentation.


The presentations will follow a different format for 2016, with several running concurrently, and presentations of about a half an hour each. There will also be several roundtable discussions and participants are invited to take part in the first-ever FUSE literary citizenship project (project to be determined at the annual caucus). We are also accepting suggestions for roundtable subjects.









FUSE is a national network for student editors and writers founded by the Writers Institute of Susquehanna University. Its general goal is to foster visionary literary magazine work for undergraduate journals. FUSE has held a national caucus at AWP every year since 2002 and began holding annual conferences in 2012. The first was at Cabrini College in Philadelphia. In 2013, the conference took place at Davidson College in North Carolina. Bennington College in Vermont was the host for 2014. In 2015 the conference was held by Widener University in suburban Philadelphia. The 2016 conference will be held at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.


This year’s conference at BGSU will take place from November 3-5. FUSE will have student and faculty presentations, roundtable discussions, an open mic, and a journal showcase. We will also take part in a new literary citizenship project, which will be transferrable to students’ own literary communities.


In addition to the FUSE conference, students and faculty are encouraged to participate in Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing, which will also take place from November 3-5. FUSE will host a guest speaker in collaboration with Winter Wheat. There is no additional cost to attend Winter Wheat.


Please note: Bowling Green State University is able to accommodate about 150 participants for FUSE 2016.


Fees: Below is a breakdown of membership and registration fees. Please note that registration will cover two meals for each participant.

  • Institutional membership: $150
  • Member registration fee:  two free students per member institution; additional attendees at nonmember prices.
  • Nonmember registration fee: $40 for students, 75.00 for faculty.



Checks should be made out to FUSE National and sent (along with registration forms) to the following address:

FUSE National

ATTN: Abigail Cloud

Department of English

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green OH 43403


Deadlines: Please keep in mind the following dates:

  • Deadline for proposals: September 21, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: September 28, 2016
  • Deadline for registration: October 26, 2016



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