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Jean Valentine Wins 2017 Bollingen Prize!

ALSCW member Jean Valentine is the winner of Yale’s 2017 Bollingen Prize for Poetry. Jean read her verse at the ALSCW local meeting in New York City on November 28, 2016, at Barnard University.

“Jean Valentine is fearless when moving into charged territory and in her work we find mystery and surprise in abundance,” said the three-member judging committee. “Without compromising substance or sacrificing a reckoning with painful reality, inequity, and loss, there is solace and spirituality, and she radiates responsibility as a voice of clarity and compassion.” The prize honors Valentine’s most recent book, Shirt in Heaven, published by Copper Canyon Press.
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Congratulations to Many Distinguished Members!

Longtime member Kelly Cherry, who enjoyed a distinguished career teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award from her alma mater, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Younger member Ryan Wilson, who is the ALSCW Office Manager and a graduate student at Catholic University, has won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize from the West Chester University Poetry Center.  The prize includes a cash stipend and book publication of his manuscript.

A version of the seminar paper—“Correspondences: Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal and the Translation Tasks of Richard Howard and Walter Benjamin”– Mary Maxell gave at the 2016 annual conference will be published in the Yale Review.

ALSCW members Al Basile (the 2015 winner of the ALSCW Meringoff Poetry Prize), Luther Dickinson, and Mike Mattison of the Tedeschi Trucks Band have received nominations in multiple categories for the Blues Music Awards.

Congratulations to all!

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Winner of 2016 Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest

Dear ALSCW members and friends:

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest. The Meringoff Secondary School prizes are given annually for analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12 dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine style, characterization, rhetorical technique, or structure, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works. This year’s awards include a prize of $1,500 for the winning entry and publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers online journal, Literary Matters. The runners up each receive a prize of $250.

Congratulations to this year’s winners for their outstanding work!

Winners

Nicole

Nicole Woch

WINNER: Nicole Woch (Stanford Online High School) for “Melville, Anti-Transcendentalism, & Democracy: Moby Dick as a Cautionary Tale.”

Nicole is from Chicago, Illinois, and is currently a freshman at Colorado College, where she plans to study English. At Colorado College she hopes to get involved with the Outdoor Recreation Committee and become a writing tutor at the Writing Center, where she looks forward to building on her writing skills and helping others to do the same.

Nicole’s sponsor is Dr. Margaret Lamont of Stanford Online High School.

Margaret O. Comer

Margaret O. Comer

RUNNER-UP: Margaret O. Comer (Ridgefield High School) for “Fighting the Inevitable,” an essay on Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking.”

Margaret recently graduated Ridgefield High School and is currently attending Johns Hopkins University, where she is pursuing a major in neuroscience with a minor in English. She hopes to eventually attend medical school, specializing in infectious disease.

Margaret’s sponsors are Ms. Kimberly Benson and Mr. Kevin Higgins Ridgefield High School in Connecticut.

Isabel Griffith-Gorgati

Isabel Griffith-Gorgati

RUNNER-UP: Isabel Griffith-Gorgati (The Winsor School) for “The Bluest Eye: A False Innocence.”

Isabel Griffith-Gorgati is a senior at the Winsor School, where she has most enjoyed taking classes in English, History, and Spanish. As a dual citizen of Brazil and the United States and the head of Winsor’s Latina Affinity group, she is especially fascinated by the power of intellectual dialogue that crosses the boundaries of languages and cultures. This combination of interests will likely lead her to study Comparative Literature in college. She also hopes to continue to be involved in theater.

Her sponsor is Ms. Piya Kashyap of The Winsor School in Boston

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Announcing the 2016 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards, Deadline Oct. 15

Meringoff Awards 2014

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers is pleased to announce three awards of $2,000 each: one in poetry, one in fiction, and one in nonfiction. Each writer may submit only one entry. All entries must be previously unpublished and must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2016. The winners will be announced in December, and the winning entries will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. For current members of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, there is no entry fee; for everyone else, membership in the ALSCW is required. The necessary information for membership can be found by clicking on “Membership” at the top of our web page or by clicking on this link. All members of the ALSCW receive the annual three issues of our flagship journal, Literary Imagination, as well as access to our newsletter and the ability to attend our conferences and local gatherings.

• For the Meringoff Poetry Award, each entry can be one poem, or a group of poems that add up to no more than 150 lines.

• For the Meringoff Fiction Award, each entry should be one story, or a chapter of a longer work, totaling no more than 25 double-spaced pages.

• For the Meringoff Nonfiction Award, each entry should be one nonfiction piece, or a chapter of a longer work, totaling no more than 25 double-spaced pages.

All entries will be judged anonymously. Please include THREE COPIES of your entry with your name, email address, postal address and phone number ON ONLY ONE OF THEM. All submissions should be postmarked not later than October 15 , 2016 to:

Stephen J. Meringoff Writing Awards
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Marist Hall, The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington D.C. 20064

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Winners of 2015 Meringoff Writing Awards

Dear ALSCW members and friends:

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Meringoff Writing Awards. The awards include a prize of $2,000 each and the possibility of publication in the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers journal, Literary Imagination, or its newsletter, Literary Matters. The Meringoff Writing Awards are given annually for a poem, a work of fiction, and a work of creative nonfiction.

1) Non-Fiction (Judges, Vincent Kling and Matthew DeForrest)

Winner: John Koelsch for “Chapter 19 ~ Final Day (Excerpt)”  

In Vietnam, John received a Bronze Star w. “V” Device for Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, and a C.I.B. His publications include a book of Vietnam poetry If I Could Find A Way … in 2015. He’s the 2016 President of Valley Writers a Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

2) Fiction (Judge, Frank Blessington)

Winner: Helen Storey for “Gris, Gris” 

Helen Storey recently completed her first novel, Gris-Gris, while earning her PhD at Bath Spa University, U.K.  Her short stories and poetry have won several awards and have been published in national journals. She is currently writing a new novel and teaching writing at Pennsylvania State University. When not writing, reading, or teaching, Helen fills her time dancing, traveling, and collecting wayward dogs

3) Poetry (Judges, Mark Halliday and George Kalogeris)

Co-winners:

Al Basile for “A Straw in the Wind” 

Al Basile is best known in the blues community worldwide as a singer/songwriter/cornetist. He has been nominated five times by the Blues Foundation for a Blues Music Award as best horn player. The first recipient of a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Brown in 1970, he spent 25 years as a private school teacher; his poetry collection, A Lit House: 100 Poems 1975-2011 was published in 2012.

Robert B. Shaw for “Ferrying”

Robert B. Shaw is the Emily Dickinson Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.  He is the author of Blank Verse: A Guide to Its History and Use (Ohio University Press) and of six volumes of poetry.  A new collection of poems, A Late Spring, and After, is forthcoming from Pinyon Publishing in fall, 2016.

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Announcing the 2016 Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest, Deadline June 15

In accord with the wish of the ALSCW to foster and recognize
excellence in the critically important area of student writing of
analytical essays at the secondary school level, the ALSCW invites
submissions of analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12
dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine
style, characterization, rhetorical technique, structure, and so on,
and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or
essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works.

The judges value lucid and lively expression, conceptual maturity, and
argumentation that is developed from compelling and careful attention
to specific passages. They do not seek term/research papers, but hope
to receive carefully crafted interpretive and analytical essays of
1500 to 2500 words. Essays written in fulfillment of school
assignments are welcome.

The winning essay will be published in Literary Matters, the online
quarterly publication of the Association of Literary Scholars,
Critics, and Writers, and the winning contestant will receive an award
of $1,500.

To be eligible for the prize, students must be a member of the
ALSCW or be sponsored by a teacher or high school that is an ALSCW member. For information about joining the ALSCW, go to www.alscw.org.

Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2015. Three copies of each entry (only one with the student’s name on it) must be sent WITH THE DOWNLOADABLE ENTRY FORM (see below) to:

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers
Marist Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20064

The printable entry form may be found at http://www.alscw.org/ALSCW_Secondary_School_Essay_Competition.pdf

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Congratulations

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Samet, who spoke on the Literature and War panel at our 2011 Conference, for being named a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim fellow!

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Ricks to Receive Award at MLA

Christopher Ricks to receive distinguished scholar award from the Keats-Shelley Association of America, presented by former ALSCW president  Susan Wolfson at MLA.

The Keats-Shelley Association of America’s annual awards dinner (at MLA) will be held this year on Saturday January 8th 2011.  A cash bar opens at 5:30 pm and dinner begins at 7:00 pm, at the Standard Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 550 S. Flower at Sixth street.  You do not need to be a member of the MLA or a registrant at the convention in order to attend this event.

This year the Association will honor distinguished scholars Christopher Ricks and Julie Carlson. For reservations, send $60 to;

Steven Jones, Vice President KSAA – Loyala University Chicago

Department of English <www.luc.edu/depts/english>

Crown Center 421

1032 W. Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL 60660.

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Campion Receives Larry Levis Reading Prize

Literary Imagination Editor Peter Campion has won the thirteenth annual Larry Levis Reading prize given by Virginia Commonwealth University for the best first or second book of poetry published in that year.  The winning book, The Lions, was published by the University of Chicago Press. On September 24th at the Grace Street Theater in Richmond, VA, Peter read from his work at the final event of the Conference that celebrates the award and the legacy of the power Larry Levis.  The other keynote readers were Philip Levine and David St. John.  Participants included Claudia Emerson, Stanley Plumly, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Michael Collier, and many others.

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Gans Awarded ENDURING QUESTIONS Grant from NEH

Congratulations are in order to ALSC member Bruce Gans, who has been awarded a $15,000 Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Enduring Questions grant seeks to encourage both faculty and undergraduates to “grapple with the most fundamental concerns of the humanities.” Gans’ award was given in recognition of his proposed course on the Enduring Question “What is Freedom?” which will draw most of its material from amongst the Encyclopedia Britannica’s list of Great Books. Gans has been working for many years to integrate Great Books curricula into community colleges, and the NEH’s recognition of the viability of Gans’ methodology is encouraging to all Great Books advocates.

-Thom Plasse

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