Attending Entanglements

A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts

May 13-16, 2019

Baird, Matthew. “Joint States” (detail) 2018. Collage made with books. (Courtesy of the artist.)

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Attending the Conference

At a Glance…


We welcome your attendance to the open daytime sessions and other public events of the 2019 Reynolda Conference, Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts, at Wake Forest University. We especially welcome attendance from writers, scientists, artists, and scholars whose work engages with the conference’s themes. The conference has been organized as a National Endowment for the Humanities-style symposium, where 10 featured participants, special guests, and Wake Forest University faculty and staff panelists present in daytime sessions, and a literary and performing arts festival with public events focused on the 10 featured participants.

The open daytime sessions and evening performances welcome the public, including the university and local communities, as well as special guests and visiting attendees traveling to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the conference. The open sessions and public events include innovative sessions on the conference’s theme, a keynote scholarly lecture, a physics chat, video art, a daytime poetry reading and presentation, and two special event evening poetry readings and performances.

The public conference activities will be held at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art near the Graylyn International Conference Center, Reynolda Trails, Reynolda Gardens, and the restaurants and shops in Reynolda Village just next to the campus of Wake Forest University. Other attractions in the area include downtown Winston SalemOld Salem and the historic Blue Ridge Parkway. Cities within driving distance include Greensboro, Charlotte, and the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area. Asheville, home of the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, is two hours to the west in the mountains. The Outer Banks and other communities on the Atlantic coast are three to five hours to the east.

Open Daytime Sessions

In addition to open daytime sessions on the theme of the conference that feature presentations and talks by the 10 featured presenters, there is an open daytime session featuring presentations from Wake Forest University’s academic community and a session featuring special guests and others.

Due to the organization of the conference where the daytime sessions are modeled after a National Endowment for the Humanities-style symposium largely featuring the 10 featured participants, there is no general Call for Papers or Proposals that can include additional presenters in the daytime sessions outside of those already scheduled. However, attendance to the conference is welcome and carries no fee.

The daytime sessions are scheduled in one stream rather than in competing blocks of time as is often seen with traditional conferences in the humanities. The 2019 Reynolda Conference is designed around daytime sessions that include presentations, lectures, scholarly papers, performances, innovative contributions, and discussions largely by and with the 10 featured participants and faculty convener.

A Q&A with the participants will follow each open session. Visiting attendees and audience members will have opportunities to interact with the featured presenters, special guests, and others at the evening receptions and elsewhere.

Closed Daytime Session

The closed daytime session on Thursday morning, typical of National Endowment for the Humanities-style symposia, is an opportunity for the 10 featured participants, faculty convener, and others to discuss the primary themes of the conference in a smaller setting. All available space at the closed session has been filled.

Schedule of Open Daytime Sessions and Public Events

Please see the link above to see the schedule of events that are planned.

Travel Grants and Institutional Funding

No travel grants can be provided by the conference to visitors wishing to attend. However, for those with a strong interest in the conference and who want to attend with institutional or government funding, a letter of invitation may be provided. To request a letter of invitation, email Amy Catanzano at

Important Dates

Entanglements is being convened from Monday, May 13 to Thursday, May 16, 2019. To comfortably attend all three days of the conference (two full days and two half days), it is recommended that visiting attendees make hotel reservations for the nights of May 13, 14, and 15 and to arrive by 6 p.m. on May 13th and leave any time on May 16th. Those attending the last closed session should leave no earlier than 1 p.m. on May 16. Special guests, visiting attendees, and audience members may attend the entire conference or parts of the conference. The welcoming remarks and first open session will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14. The last public event is the evening of Wednesday, May 15. Both the evenings of Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15 will feature special events open to the public. Please see the above link to the complete conference schedule.


Entanglements departs from traditional academic conferences where attendees pay registration fees. There are no registration fees to attend the conference. However, we do request that visiting attendees from outside of the Piedmont/Triad region let the conference organizers know of their plans to attend the conference and provide contact information. For those traveling to the conference from outside the area, please inform the conference organizers by sending an email to Please include your name, institutional affiliation if applicable, mailing address, phone number, and email address.


Those traveling to Winston-Salem to attend Entanglements should make hotel reservations at the Graylyn International Conference Center, which is owned by Wake Forest University and located near the conference activities, as early as possible. The discounted room rate for attendees to Entanglements is $199 a night. A gourmet breakfast is included each morning at the hotel. Note that Graylyn is the only hotel within a comfortable walking distance to many of the conference activities, and we recommend booking accommodations early. To make a hotel reservation, call Graylyn at 1-800-472-9596 and reference the “REYNOLDA CONFERENCE” for the $199 a night room rate. Cancellations can be made up to 24 hours before arriving. A list of nearby hotels can be found here. The Holiday Inn Express at 110 Miller St. is a good option for an alternative hotel. It is across from Whole Foods and a few miles to the conference activities. A car or Lyft/Uber will be needed.

Air Travel

Attendees purchasing plane tickets should fly into and out of Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), 30 minutes east of Winston-Salem in Greensboro. We recommend attendees use Lyft/Uber to travel to and from the airport; the cost is approximately $40 each way. For visiting attendees staying at Graylyn, you have the option of making arrangements for hotel transportation to and from the airport for a fee of approximately $65 each way by calling the front desk. For visiting attendees who wish to rent a car, please see here for information on ground transportation.

Food, Amenities, Local Transportation

A handful of restaurants and shops can be found at Reynolda Village, which is within walking distance to the Graylyn International Conference Center (a 5-10 minute walk) and Wake Forest University campus (a 10-15 minute walk). Additional restaurants and amenities are nearby and in downtown Winston-Salem, which is a 10-15 minute drive from the conference activities.

Transportation to and from the Reynolda House Museum of American Art from Graylyn will be provided by Graylyn vans, which will drive a loop between the two buildings from 9-9:30 a.m. and 4:45-5:15 p.m. on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference. There is no charge to participants and attendees.

Any other activities requiring a vehicle should be arranged by visiting attendees using Lyft/Uber or another transportation option. Meals managed and funded by the conference can only be guaranteed for the 10 featured participants. Outside of the receptions at the public events, visiting attendees and others will be responsible for their meals at nearby restaurants or at the hotel.

Questions and Contact

Thank you for your interest in Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts. Please email Amy Catanzano at with any questions about attending the conference.