11th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas
Department of English
California State University, Fresno
Conference: Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2020
University Business Center
Erika L. Sánchez and Ishmael Reed
The Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas was founded in 2010 to provide undergraduate students with a professional venue in which to present their research and to foreground the increasingly significant study of multiethnic literatures, particularly the interconnectedness of those literatures across cultures, nations, and languages.
Undergraduate students gain experience in writing abstracts, presenting papers, and engaging in scholarly debate and discussion. The presentation of their research also serves to enhance the curriculum of Fresno State’s English Department.
The conference is organized by the department’s graduate students and faculty advisers.
In 2017, the 8th annual UCMLA conference was dedicated to the memory of Mireyda "Mia" Barraza Martinez and opened with a tribute to her.
Mia was a beloved student, scholar, poet, and activist who believed deeply in the UCMLA mission. As an undergraduate, she presented papers on Wendy Rose (2013) and Andrés Montoya (2014). As a graduate student, she volunteered her time and talent to design the conference programs, and she served on the conference organizing committee in 2015 and 2016.
Mia died in a car accident in November 2016, one semester away from graduating with her MFA in creative writing. She was 29.
2019 — Maxine Hong Kingston and Elda María Román
2018 — Reyna Grande and Gary Y. Okihiro
2017 — Wendy Rose and Arturo Arias
2016 — Saïd Sayrafiezadeh and Michele Elam
2015 — Manuel Muñoz and Marilyn Chin
2014 — Roxane Gay
2013 — Samiya Bashir
2012 — Hayan Charara and Jorge Huerta
2011 — Cherrie Moraga