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Our New Office Manager

We are delighted to announce that Ryan Wilson is the new Office Manager of the ALSCW headquarters in Washington, D.C.  He will also assume the editorship of Literary Matters.

Ryan, who is currently a doctoral student at The Catholic University of America, earned an M.F.A. from Boston University and an M.F.A. from Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where he administered the program’s Graduate Reading Series.  At CUA he has organized the Crux Poetry festival and run two reading series. He has published more than fifty poems, articles, and translations from the Latin, Spanish, and French, and is finishing a dissertation on Dante’s and T.S. Eliot’s influences on Robert Penn Warren’s poetry. Ryan was awarded the Sankey Prize for Poetry at Johns Hopkins and he won the Traum Award for literary translation at Boston University. During the last calendar year he’s published four substantial articles, including an article on Donald Justice and the New Critics (originally presented at the 2013 ALSCW conference in Athens, Georgia) that appeared in The Sewanee Review, and was subsequently awarded the Walter Sullivan Prize for Promise in Criticism by that journal. Another article won the Eleanor Clark Award from The Robert Penn Warren Circle, and also appeared in The Sewanee Review. His poetry appears widely in journals, including 32 PoemsAble MuseThe Classical Outlook, First Things, The Hopkins Review, and Iron Horse Literary Review.  In the past few years, his poems have been finalists for the River Styx International Poetry Prize (2012), the Frost Farm Prize (2015), and the Morton Marr Prize from The Southwest Review (2014, 2015), and he was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He has twice been a finalist for the Vassar Miller Book Award (2014, 2015).

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Robert Schwab of The DENVER EXAMINER Writes About The 2009 ALSC Conference

Schwab writes, “[E]ven in the snow and cold, the confab was a good opportunity for Colorado’s literary crowd, led by Boulder poet David J. Rothman, a ALSC board member, to show off our city’s arts-friendly infrastructure to a pretty brainy group of mostly East Coast literary heavy-lifters.”

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The ALSC’s most recent issue of Forum, “The Latest Illiteracy,” has garnered a mention in Mark Bauerlein’s blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education Website. In his piece, Bauerlein assesses the latest debate over William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White’s The Elements of Style, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of its release. His focal point is the dialog between Geoffrey K. Pullum and Andrew Ferguson regarding EOS’s legitimacy as a pedagogical text. The findings presented in Forum are cited as further confirmation that a decline in the quality of the English language is a very real phenomenon, one that Elements of Style has for a half-century acted against as a minor but dependable force.

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Lennon Talks Mailer on NYRB Podcast

On February 16, the New York Review of Books featured a podcast with ALSC member J. Michael Lennon.  Lennon is currently working on an authorized biography of Norman Mailer, who was the guest speaker at the Eleventh Annual ALSC Conference in 2005.  In the interview, Lennon discusses Mailer’s fascination with uncovering “new pockets of American reality,” his relationships with other authors as a young man, and his tremendous ambition to write the Great American Novel.  Arguably more famous for his two Pulitzer-prize winning works of non-fiction, Mailer insisted that even those were works of fiction, reasoning that “there are no histories; we’re all just making it up.”

The podcast can be accessed for free at

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ALSC Officer Contributes to National Conversation on Workforce Reduction

New York Times reporter Matt Richtel has interviewed ALSC Secretary-Treasurer William Flesch for an article on alternatives to workforce reduction in the current economy. Speaking in his capacity as head of the faculty senate at Brandeis University, Flesch is quoted on his suggestion that the school’s faculty give up 1 percent of their pay. “What we are doing is a symbolic gesture that has real consequences — it can save a few jobs . . . It’s not painless, but it is relatively painless and it could help some people.”

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