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Robert Polito: Poetry Reading at University of Chicago, Thurs. Dec. 4

Robert Polito: Poetry Reading

Thursday, December 4, 6 pm
The University of Chicago
Wieboldt Hall 408
1050 East 59th St

Robert Polito’s most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber. Hollywood & God was chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of the top five poetry books of 2010. Polito received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson. He is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and a study of Byron’s poetry. His poems and reviews, criticism, and essays on literature, film, and popular music have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Harpers, The Believer, Bookforum, The Poetry Foundation website, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and Best American Film Writing. The founding Director of the Graduate Writing Program at the New School in New York City, he is now President of the Poetry Foundation.

A Reception will follow.

The reading is sponsored by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) and the Committee on Social Thought.


Chris Walsh: The Execution of Private Slovik, The Film, and A Lecture, Dec. 8 and Dec. 10, BU Editorial Institute

Monday, December 8th, at 6 pm there will be a showing of the film The Execution of Private Slovik.
Wednesday, December 10th at 5 pm Chris Walsh will give a lecture on the film.

Both events will take place at the Editorial Institute, 143 Bay State Rd., Boston, 02215, and are free to the public.
RSVP Lesley Moreau at 617-358-1937 or

The Execution of Private Slovik

When The Execution of Private Slovik aired forty years ago it became, according to some sources, the most watched made-for-television movie in American history. It starred Martin Sheen, featured Gary Busey and Ned Beatty, and even brought us the screen debut of Sheen’s son Charlie. But casting does not explain why this harrowing film had such broad appeal in 1974—or why it’s largely forgotten now. On December 10 at 5 pm, Chris Walsh will discuss the film and the book on which it is based, as well as the historical episode that the book and film depict—the 1945 execution of Eddie Slovik for desertion, the only such execution by the United States military since the Civil War.  The film will be screened on December 8 at 6 pm.

Chris Walsh is acting director of the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program. His book Cowardice: A Brief History (Princeton University Press) was published this fall. His work has also appeared in Agni, Civil War History, Salon, the Times Higher Education magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.

Regional Meeting: THE SHORT STORY at LSU, November 21

The Short Story at LSU


New York Local Meeting: Peter Carey at the CUNY Graduate Center, November 21Peter Carey Reading


Fictions of Fiction featuring Morris Dickstein and Darryl Pinckney- December 13, 2012

"Thinking Transatlantic" from the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico - November 16, 2012

Third Annual Literature in Translation Forum - August 24, 2012

Vermont Studio Center 80 Pearl Street / Johnson, VT 05656

On Friday August 24, 2012, Vermont Studio Center and the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers will co-sponsor the third annual Literature in Translation Forum, presenting French poet Emmanuel Moses and his translator, poet Marilyn Hacker. The evening is open to the public and will include a talk, a joint bi-lingual reading, and a question and answer session.

From left: Antonello Borra, Greg Delanty, Geoffrey Brock, Gary Clark, Patrizia Cavalli, Annie Jacobs, 2011 LiT Forum, October 2011

Principles of Excellence in Poetry - September 28, 2012

Poets House 10 River Terrace / New York, NY 10282

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers announces a panel
and reception entitled Principles of Excellence in Poetry, which will take
place at Poets House in New York City on September 28, 2012 at 7:00pm.
The event will be free and open to the public. A reception hosted by ALSCW
member William Louis-Dreyfus will follow.

The panel, moderated by Edward Mendelson, will include three panelists
(each speaking for ten minutes): Christopher Ricks will discuss John Crowe
Ransom’s critique of Thomas Hardy’s poetry, Jill Rosser will speak on the
poetry of John Donne, and Paul Keegan will discuss Samuel Beckett's French
and English poems.  A discussion with the audience will follow the panelists’ brief

For further information, please contact the ALSCW Office at 617.358.1990 or

The Great ALSCW Reading - March 3, 2012

The Great Reading

Boston MA Local Meeting - November 16, 2011

Editorial Institute 143 Bay State Road / Boston, MA 02215

A prose – and poetry – reading. The prose, Kasia Buczkowska; the poetry, Marcia Karp. Each will read for half an hour, with half an hour then for joint discussion.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Boston office ( or or to Katy Evans of the Editorial Institute ( by Monday, Nov. 14.

New York NY Local Meeting - May 3, 2011

Barnard College 3009 Broadway / New York, NY at West 117th Street

Rosanna Warren will speak on Max Jacob—"Tracking Max Jacob: Radical Poetics and Anti-Semitism in 20th Century France"—and Christopher Ricks will be the respondent. Discussion and wine will follow the lecture.

Burlington, VT Local Meeting - April 28, 2011

St. Edmund's Hall, Farrell Room (St. Michael's College) 1 Winooski Park / Colchester, VT 05439

Join us for a reading of "The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation," the acclaimed 2010 book co-edited by poet and SMC Professor—and ALSCW President!—Greg Delanty.

Poets included in the anthology who will be reading include David Cavanagh, Greg Delanty, Major Jackson, Jay Parini, and Elizabeth Powell. SMC Associate Professor of English Kerry Shea will read Old English versions of poems.

Boston MA Local Meeting - April 27, 2011

The Editorial Institute (Boston University) 143 Bay State Road / Boston, MA 02215

James O'Brien (Ph.D. candidate at the Editorial Institute) will present his short film on Bob Dylan, "Long Ago Way: The Siggins Transcript" with comments from Scott Alarik (principal folk music critic/writer for the Boston Globe).

Baton Rouge LA Local Meeting - September 17, 2010

The Louisiana State University PhD program in Comparative Literature hosted the second 2010 local meeting of the ALSCW in Baton Rouge, at the LSU Rural Life Museum's Windrush Gardens. The event celebrated the collaboration between the ALSCW and LSU's Comparative Literature program, a partnership was instrumental in preventing the program's possible elimination as a result of economic misfortune throughout the state of Louisiana.