2024 Convention

2024 Convention Update

The Sigma Tau Delta 2024 Centennial Convention will be held April 3–6, 2024, at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, MO. Every spring, Sigma Tau Delta holds its annual convention, a unique event that allows hundreds of members and Chapter Advisors from around the United States and beyond to gather in one locale, share experiences and expertise, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in the official proceedings of the Society. The convention also provides opportunities to discover new ideas in English and English-related disciplines, while interacting with speakers, presenters, and texts that members might not otherwise encounter.

As Sigma Tau Delta approaches its centennial anniversary (1924-2024), its many facets reflect the state of English-related studies: in flux, in transition, flexible, fluid, evolving, tradition and convention absorbing influence and innovation. New subjects, authors and audiences, media, and concern are built upon a foundation of respect for history and the wisdom of predecessors while always in process of revising and renewing them for each succession of students and teachers. The Centennial Convention will be a good time to reflect on the changes in culture and higher education in particular over these decades.

Convention Schedule

The convention presentation schedule is now available! View the schedule to determine when you are presenting, moderating, or chairing a session, as well as to start selecting some of the sessions you hope to attend.

2024 Convention Schedule


Convention Registration is now open!

Late/On-Site Registration

February 2 – April 6
$144 for all participants
$25 additional for the Red & Black Convention Awards Luncheon

Pre-orders for convention T-shirts are now closed. If you have pre-ordered a T-shirt, you can pick it up at the Shop English pop-up store April 3-5. Only a limited quantity of T-shirts will be available for sale at the convention. Regular style short sleeve is available in sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL – $15.

You may also purchase your Awards Luncheon ticket when you register. The Awards Luncheon is the culminating, most exciting, and most special event of the convention, regularly getting top reviews in post-convention surveys. Join hundreds of attendees at this festive event, share stimulating conversations and laughter, and be present when thousands of dollars are awarded for the best convention presentations. Don’t miss this opportunity to sport your red and black while celebrating your membership in Sigma Tau Delta or Sigma Kappa Delta.

Convention registration fees do NOT include the Red & Black Convention Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 6 at 12:45 p.m. Your highly subsidized banquet fee is a separate $25.00 for each convention registrant and non-registered guest. Dinner guests may choose one of the following entrees:

  1. Chicken
  2. Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free

If you have dietary restrictions, complete the Dietary Restriction Requests form when you register for the convention.


The Convention Hotel Room Block is now open! Reserve your room early to ensure you have a room on-site. The hotel block will fill early, so book today (remember, you will not pay for your room until you check out, so you do not need to be prepared to pay the full amount of your hotel stay today).

Hotel Reservations

The Sigma Tau Delta Hotel Group Registration

Sigma Tau Delta’s special pre-tax group rate is $149/night for Single or Double bed rooms (single, double, triple, and quad occupancy). A Single or Double bed room with Concierge Access is $179/night.

These special rates will be available until March 10, 2024, or until the room block is full, whichever occurs first.

Overflow Hotel Block

Reservation availability within the Sigma Tau Delta block at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark will fluctuate daily between now and the start of the 2024 Convention. At this time, there are no longer rooms available in the block for the duration of our event. Sigma Tau Delta has established an overflow block at the nearby Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch.

Sigma Tau Delta’s special pre-tax group rate is $159/night for a King Deluxe (single or double occupancy). A two-room King Suite (sleeps up to five) is $189/night.

These special rates will be available until March 11, 2024, or until the room block is full, whichever occurs first.

Sigma Tau Delta Hotel Overflow Group Registration


The Centennial Convention will feature a collection of speakers including our Keynote Speakers, Workshop Presenters, and Special Guests.

Keynote Speakers

Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is the author of sixteen books of poetry, most recently, our 2024 Common Reader, Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2022, Carcanet 2022). His honors include the 2023 Pulitzer Prize, the 2021 Jackson Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Lambda Literary Award, the PEN/USA Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets.

Maryfrances Wagner

Missouri Poet Laureate for 2021-2023, Maryfrances Wagner is the author of nine books, including Solving for X (Spartan Press, 2022); Red Silk (BKMK Press, 2022), winner of the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence AwardThe Silence of Red Glass (Bob Woodley Memorial Press, 2018); The Immigrants’ New Camera (Spartan Press, 2018); Light Subtracts Itself (The Mid-America Press, Inc. 2008); and Salvatore’s Daughter (BKMK Press, 1995).  As poet laureate, Wagner created the Missouri Haiku Project to encourage the writing and dissemination of poetry throughout the state.


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