2018 CLA Convention in Chicago, Illinois

Native Sons/Daughters and Immigrants in the Black Metropolis

The 78th Annual CLA Convention is April 4-7, 2018 and will be hosted by DePaul University. The Convention Hotel is the Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza River North, 350 W. Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60654. The CLA Convention Rate is $149/night through March 15, 2018, and you may book online (Convention Group Code: A8L) or by calling 312-836-5000. Register for the Convention and Reserve your hotel room TODAY!

2018 CLA Convention Program

CLA President’s 2018 Winter Mailing

Online 2018 Renewal and Convention Purchase

Paper 2018 Renewal and Convention Purchase

Interested in Being a Vendor at the 2018 CLA Convention? There are a limited number of COMPLIMENTARY Vendor Tables. Please read, complete, and submit our CLA VENDOR REGISTRATION FORM 2018 to be considered for one of these limited spots. These vendor tables are not for individual/author book sales. A separate opportunity will be provided for CLA Members to sell/display their books.


Online 2018 CLA Convention Submissions are Due October 15, 2017 – Deadline EXTENDED to October 25, 2017.

Submit proposals in the area of English Language/ Literature to
https://goo.gl/forms/vRpWRbRaOOkMLsmJ3 and address any questions to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones, English Area Representative, [email protected]

Submit proposals in the area of World Languages/ Literature, to https://goo.gl/forms/iYyrw2BCNip4dxhX2 and address any questions to Dr. Matthew Pettway, World Languages Area Representative, [email protected]

Only the Special Sessions, i.e. those from the Standing CLA Committees and the Allied Organizations, will be submitted to https://goo.gl/forms/1K7oqiHud5Dzw0Rj1 with any questions addressed to Dr. Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper, Vice President and Program Chair, [email protected]

If you have technical issues with our new electronic submission form, please contact our new CLA Public Relations Director, Dr. Jervette R. Ward, [email protected] See you in Chicago, April 4-7!!

Convention Summer Mailing

See archives of previous CLA conventions.