24 April 2011 addition.
The 1994 Toronto MLA was my last. On 27 December 1994 at arrival I had rushed to the book displays to see how my article on diversity looked in the new Minnesota collection. Found the book but didn't see my piece. Looked again. Sick in stomach. Looked again very carefully. Not there. Oh, they would not let a part Indian say he did not like to see poems by part Indians put into anthologies merely because they were by part Indians no matter how conventional they were. Oh, they would not let me complain about the anthologizing of writings as if they were by Indians when in fact they were all or almost all by whites.
Then on 29 December the TENDER IS THE NIGHT session. This is from my diary, very slightly censored:
Stern an ideologue--utter fanatic--at end asked me to go off with him [to his room] and strip to the waist & go at him one on one--i[----]e--but Hostility of Audience to organic view of literature, [hostility] to talk of creative process--Really, farewell--I gave it a good long try. As I said in the session, attending MLA had become a moral issue. After the session ended I decided I had to act on principle, and never attended a MLA again.