2018 Symposium Update

SSC’s Eighth Annual Howlers & Yawpers Creativity Symposium Set for November 8-9, 2018

The submission form is available here: yawpers_submissionform_18-1. Deadline for submission is October 5, 2018.

The Language Arts and Humanities Division at Seminole State College is hosting the Eighth Annual “Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium: A Showcase of Oklahoma Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers, and Dancers” on Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9, 2018. The deadline for submissions is October 5, 2018.

The free Symposium will be held in the Jeff Johnston Fine Arts Center on the SSC campus. The event is open to the public, and area high schools and middle schools are welcome to bring their students to enjoy two days filled with an eclectic mix of varied musical performances, creative writings, dramatic readings, artistic presentations, and dances by both professional and emerging Oklahoma artists and scholars.


This year’s symposium features Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma Poet Laureate, as the Keynote Speaker, and Jason Poudrier, novelist, essayist, poet, and Purple Heart recipient of the Iraq War, as the Special Guest. Both featured presentations will be on Friday morning, November 9.

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish’s most recent books are What I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). Her 2009 poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible (West End Press) won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award, and the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Dr. Mish is also Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA @ Oklahoma City University where she also serves as advisor to Red Earth Review and as a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy, professional writing, and the craft of poetry. She is the 2017-18 Oklahoma State Poet Laureate.

       Jason Poudrier

Jason Poudrier is a novelist, essayist, poet, and Purple Heart recipient of the Iraq War. He is currently an instructor with Cameron University and serves as the director of events for Military Experience & the Arts. He is the award-winning author of two poetry collections, Red Fields (Mongrel Empire Press, 2012), and the chapbook In the Rubble at Our Feet (Rose Rock Press, 2011). His poems have recently appeared in World Literature Today and Blue Streak. His fiction has been listed as a finalist for the New Plains Review Sherman Chaddlesone Flash Fiction contest, semifinalist for American Short Fiction’s American Short(er) Fiction contest, and honorable mention for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 6.

The Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium was established by the faculty of the SSC Language Arts and Humanities Division in the Spring of 2011 as a free, fully accessible celebration of Oklahoma creative expression, in all of its diverse forms.  

“We hope this symposium will encourage all those who attend and participate to continue to find passion in their creative arts and appreciate the role the fine arts play in education and in Oklahoma culture,” said Jessica Isaacs, Symposium Director and Professor of Language Arts and Humanities at SSC.


High school and middle school teachers or counselors wishing to bring students to the event, or anyone wishing to bring large groups to enjoy the Symposium, should contact Jessica Isaacs for information about bus parking and other necessary arrangements at (405) 382-9209 or email at j.isaacs@sscok.edu.


The complete Symposium Schedule will be available on the website at http://yawpers.kellimcbride.com.