OREM — Actor, writer, songmaker and recording artist Marvin Payne and his son Sam, who is also an actor, writer and singer, will be the keynote speakers at the The Association for Mormon Letters' annual conference March 25-26 at Utah Valley University. Both Marvin and Sam Payne will speak about their art and perform at the conference.

The Association for Mormon Letters conference will be held jointly with the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. Both organizations will host and plan their own sessions, share some plenary speakers and host joint events.

Registration for the AML conference starts at 8 a.m. on March 25 and is free for AML members, Irreantum subscribers and students with student identification. Please register for tickets in advance for the awards luncheon on March 26 at 1 p.m.

The evening before the conferences, Dr. Phil Barlow, the Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, will speak at 7 p.m. on March 24 in the university's library auditorium on "To Mend a Fractured Reality: Joseph Smith's Project." Admission to the lecture is free.

AML membership is $25 and includes subscription to the literary journal Irreantum. For additional information about the conference, see www.aml-online.org/Events.aspx.