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Welcome to the Circle!

Through his life, as poet, writer, critic, scholar, teacher and friend, Robert Penn Warren, the only person to ever win a Pulitzer in both fiction and poetry (and actually, he won two such prizes for poetry), influenced many writers and readers of literature. The Robert Penn Warren Circle was founded shortly after Warren's death in 1989 by Victor Strandberg, Allen Shepherd and James "Bo" Grimshaw to honor his legacy.

We are a national organization devoted to the publication, dissemination, discussion, and interpretation of scholarship and research concerning the works of Robert Penn Warren and his "circle" ~ those writers and scholars with whom Warren interacted in his lifetime and also those influenced by him. Our membership, international in representation, is open to any one who is interested in the works of Robert Penn Warren and his circle.

We meet annually each spring near Warren's birthplace of Guthrie, Kentucky, and field panels at a number of other conferences sponsored by other organizations such as

  • The American Literature Association (ALA)
  • The Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
  • The Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
  • The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

Calls for Papers are published on the CFP page. If you would like to submit a CFP for publication on this page, please email the Circle and include your Call in the body of the message or as an attachment in MS Word.

To join the Circle, visit our Members page.

Details about the annual meeting, including the program when it becomes available, travel details and registration forms, will be published on the Circle Meeting page.