Attending Entanglements

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

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 Art, at Wake Forest University. While anyone is welcome to attend the conference, we especially welcome attendance from writers, scientists, artists, and literary scholars whose work engages with its theme. The conference has been uniquely organized as a National Endowment for the Humanities-style symposium, where 10 invited, featured participants come together for discussion in open and closed sessions, and a literary/arts festival with public events featuring the invited participants.

The open daytime sessions and evening events welcome the public, including the university and local communities, as well as visiting attendees traveling to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the conference. The open sessions and public events include sessions on the conference’s theme, the keynote scholarly lecture, a physics chat, an art installation, and two evening poetry readings, all of which largely feature the 10 invited conference participants.

The primary conference activities will be located near the Graylyn International Conference Center, Reynolda Trails, Reynolda Gardens, and the restaurants and shops in Reynolda Village. 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 invited participants, there will be one open daytime session featuring faculty presenters from Wake Forest University. Please see below for more information.

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 invited participants, there is no general Call for Papers or Proposals that can include additional presenters in the daytime sessions.

The daytime sessions will be scheduled in one stream or one block of time rather than in competing streams or blocks of time as is often seen with traditional conferences in the humanities. The daytime sessions will include presentations, lectures, scholarly papers, performances, innovative contributions, and discussions largely by and with the 10 invited conference participants and faculty convener.

A Q&A with the invited, featured participants; visiting attendees; and audience members will follow each open session. Additionally, visiting attendees and audience members will have opportunities to interact with the 10 invited, featured participants during the receptions for the open daytime sessions and at the public events.

Closed Daytime Sessions

The closed daytime sessions, typical of National Endowment for the Humanities-style symposia, are opportunities for the 10 invited, featured participants and faculty convener to discuss the primary themes of the conference in a smaller setting. Attendance to the closed sessions are by invitation only. To request attendance to the closed sessions, email Amy Catanzano, the conference convener, at Please provide a short note describing your interest in the conference and in attending the closed sessions.

Schedule of Open Daytime Sessions and Public Events

A complete schedule of the open daytime sessions and public events is forthcoming.

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, but is not guaranteed, to visiting attendees. To request a letter of invitation, email Amy Catanzano at

Wake Forest University Faculty Roundtable Session

We invite contributions from Wake Forest University faculty to participate in a Wake Forest University Faculty Roundtable Session. For faculty of Wake Forest who are interested in participating in a roundtable discussion on the conference’s theme in an open daytime session, contact Amy Catanzano at by December 1, 2018. Include a short description of your interest in the conference and your potential contribution to the roundtable discussion. Those with teaching, research, scholarly, and/or creative agendas that significantly relate to the conference will be given priority.

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, 2019. Visiting attendees and audience members may attend the entire conference or parts of the conference. The first open daytime session will be in the late morning of Tuesday, May 14. The conference will end in the early afternoon of Thursday, May 16. The evenings of Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15 will feature special events open to the public. A full schedule of the events is forthcoming.


Entanglements departs from many 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 Wake Forest University let the conference organizers know of their plans to attend the conference and provide contact information. For those traveling to the conference, 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 there 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. If another hotel must be booked, a list of nearby hotels can be found here.

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, attendees 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 within a few miles an in downtown Winston-Salem, which is a 10-15 minute drive from most of the conference activities. Transportation managed by the conference can only be guaranteed for the 10 invited, featured participants and faculty convener. Transportation to and from conference activities requiring a vehicle must 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 invited, featured participants and faculty convener. Outside of the receptions at the open daytime sessions and public events, visiting attendees 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 Art. Please email Amy Catanzano at with any questions about attending the conference.