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Washington, DC Local Events: T.R. Hummer and Mike Mattison

Poet and musician T.R. Hummer spoke on the making of High Minded (2010)–an album by his band, AmeriCamera, that fuses poetry and music–at an ALSCW local meeting in Washington DC on February 8th. Hummer’s multi-media presentation was attended by an audience of over one-hundred, and hosted by Catholic University. Hummer is the author of fourteen books of poetry, two books of criticism, and is the former editor of the Kenyon Review and the Georgia Review. An accomplished saxophonist, Hummer was a member of the blues group Little Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, playing on their album, Young and Evil, which was released by Planetary Records in 2001.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/tr-hummer

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Two-time Grammy winner and author Mike Mattison lectured on Bob Dylan and blues verse composition at an ALSCW local meeting in Washington DC on February 22nd.  Over one-hundred attendees were treated to an evening of analysis and music. Mattison focused on Dylan’s work from Highway 61 Revisited (1965) to Self Portrait (1970), and discussed musical and poetic influences on the Nobel Prize winner’s art.  The event was hosted by Catholic University. Mattison is the co-curator of the feature “Hot Rocks: Songs and Verse” in Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, a member of the band Scrapomatic, and of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which was in DC to play three sold out shows at the Warner Theater.

http://www.mikemattison.com

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Washington DC Local Meeting, February 10, 2017

The ALSCW will be hosting a poetry reading on February 10th in Washington DC at the Catholic University of America. The event will feature Meena Alexander, Robin Becker, Michelle Boisseau, Marianne Boruch, Rosellen Brown, Heid Erdrich, Jan Freeman, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Thylias Moss, Alicia Ostriker, Rebecca Seiferle, Enid Shomer, Terese Svoboda, and Eleanor Wilner. Each poet will read one to two poems of her own, and one by a woman not present. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Caldwell Auditorium from 6 to 7:15 pm. A reception will follow.

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2016 Conference Program Now Available

The program for the Twentieth Annual ALSCW Conference to be held Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, October 30 at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC is now available at this link (click on the title if viewing from the home page then click on the link).

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2016 Invitation and Call for Papers: ALSCW Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 ALSCW Conference will take place from Thursday, October 27th to October 30h at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. You can find the detailed call for papers by clicking here.

We have a tremendous event in the making.  The exceptional quality of the sessions, performances, and special events we are assembling will help us reach that goal.  If you have a university or another institutional affiliation, feel free to share the CFP with your colleagues, including people in the departments of English, Creative Writing, Classics, and Modern Languages.

JOIN US AND HELP LITERATURE THRIVE!

 

 

Ernest Suarez

Vice President, ALSCW

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Call for Papers: CERCOP-conference, Aalborg University, Denmark

Invitation and call for papers

Key note speakers:

Marjorie Perloff, University of Southern California
Peter Dayan, University of Edinburgh
Unni Langås, University of Agder
Mats Jansson, University of Gothenburg

The conference takes place in Aalborg, Denmark, December 3rd to December 5th 2015 and is arranged by Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry (research cooperation between University of Aalborg and Aarhus, Denmark, and Hedmark University College, Norway).

Venue: Kroghstræde 3, Auditorium 1.104, Aalborg University

Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry: http://www.en.cgs.aau.dk/research/research-groups/cercop/
The Experiments in Contemporary Poetry is the fourth conference of CERCOP (Centre for Research in Contemporary Poetry) and the project “Contemporary Poetry between Genres, Art Forms and Media”, which was established in 2013 with a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (FKK). The project focuses on the explosive development with regard to the production, distribution and reception of poetry, which we have witnessed in recent decades. An orientation towards sound and performance has taken place, in which poetry, drama and music have entered into new constellations. We have seen more extensive sampling poetry and an orientation towards the narrative, as well as syntheses between poetry and visual artistic expressions. The technological development of the media has contributed to the development of new poetic forms of interaction on the Internet. The aim of the conference is to develop new interdisciplinary methods for reading contemporary poetry, and to discuss the literary-historical, art-historical, social and political implications of the expansion of poetry as a genre.

We invite all scholars and doctoral candidates to present papers that address the questions and issues mentioned above. Topics might include but are not restricted to:

· Intermediality: word, sound and image in the digital age
· Politics of space: poetry in digital or real public spaces
· Sensibilities: affects, atmospheres and materialities
· History: rethinking poetry (old or new) in respect to media (old or new)
· Conceptualism: challenges to the poiesis of poetry
· Translation: the local and the global
· Interventions: poetry outside of poetry, or reading the world poetically
· Autonomy vs. heteronomy: the borders of poetry
· Poetry now: close-readings of contemporary poetry
· Interfaces: between poetry and criticism
· Other arts: as in film and poetry

The time for paper presentations is strictly limited to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The official language of the conference is English. Please send your abstract (around 300 words) including a short CV as an attachment to Peter Stein Larsen (pstein@cgs.aau.dk) or Louise Mønster (louise@cgs.aau.dk).

The deadline for paper proposals is August 15th, 2015.

Please let us know if you wish to be registered as a participant without presenting a paper.

The conference fee will be 120 EUR including conference dinner. A preliminary conference program will be published November 1st at http://www.en.cgs.aau.dk/research/research-groups/cercop/

The conference is kindly hosted by Center for Research in Contemporary Poetry, Aalborg University and the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University.

Conference organizers: Peter Stein Larsen and Louise Mønster

Conference Committee: Peter Stein Larsen, Louise Mønster, Rasmus Dahl Vest and Jakob Schweppenhäuser, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University and members of CERCOP.

 

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The Inaugural Singapore Literature Festival, NYC, 2014

 

For the first time ever, 15 Singaporean writers will converge on New York City from October 10 to 12, 2014, for the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival. They will read from locally and globally inspired works in various locations around Manhattan, including 92nd Street Y, Book Culture, McNally Jackson, and NYU’s Lilian VernonCreative Writers House.

Organized by a group of book-loving volunteers, the Singapore Literature Festival aims to showcase and build awareness of Singaporean writing among readers, editors, and publishing professionals in New York. The festival provides a wonderful opportunity to hear and engage with the most distinctive voices coming out of the city-state, which celebrates its 50th year of independence next year.

Straddling vital trade routes in Southeast Asia, Singapore was brought under British control in 1819 and became independent in 1965. Its citizens speak and write in English (the lingua franca), Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, reflecting the legacies of British rule and the country’s four main ethnic communities—the Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Eurasians.

Like New York City, Singapore is an economic and cultural hub. The city is the fourth largest financial center and the third most densely populated country in the world. As a multicultural metropolis, Singapore has provided a stimulating environment for writers to explore universal themes in specific local contexts. An authentic literature has flourished, but it is mostly unknown in New York City—until now.

Nine Singaporean writers will fly to New York City from halfway across the world to join six other Singaporean writers based in the United States. Together, their work represents the Singaporean sensibility—local yet cosmopolitan. Some of the featured writers include:

Haresh Sharma has written more than a hundred plays that have been staged all over the world in cities such as London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Cairo. He is the first non-American to be named Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Wena Poon, the author of eight books, has had her works produced on the London stage and serialized on BBC Radio 4. She won the UK’s Willesden Herald Prize for best short fiction in 2010.

Alvin Pang’s poetry and fiction have been translated into over 15 languages. He represented Singapore at London’s Poetry Parnassus event alongside Kay Ryan, Seamus Heaney, and Wole Soyinka.

Alfian Sa’at’s award-winning poetry, plays, and fiction have been read and performed in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Melbourne as well as in Singapore and Malaysia.

Cyril Wong is the recipient of the Singapore Literature Prize, the country’s highest literary honor, for poetry. His poems have been anthologized in various publications all over the world.

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family (Hyperion, 2011). She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times.

Kirsten Chen’s debut novel, Soy Sauce for Beginners (New Harvest, 2014), was featured in USA Today’s “New Voices” and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo are the husband-and-wife team behind Dim Sum Warriors, a graphic novel series about kung fu-fighting dumpling that has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Time, The New York Times, and BBC. They also wrote and directed the international award-winning film Singapore Dreaming and authored the bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary.

The other featured writers are Christine ChiaJason Erik LundbergJoshua IpPooja NansiTania De Rozario, andVerena Tay. For more information about all fifteen authors, visit: http://www.singaporeliteraturefestival.com/authors/

SPONSORSHIP

The Singapore Literature Festival is funded wholly by well wishers. A Kickstarter campaign exceeded its target by raising $7,790, with the support of 103 generous backers. Other monetary gifts made up the festival’s income. In addition, other sponsors have offered donations in kind, including Ethos Books, BooksActually, Landmark Books, University of Hawai’i Press, Ma?noa Books, El Leo?n Literary Arts, artist Boedi Widjaja, Plain Productions, Rasa Restaurant and Tiger Beer. McNally Jackson and Book Culture, two beloved New York City bookstores, are donating their venues for festival events. The writers receive partial funding from Singapore’s National Arts Council for their airfare. The fund-raising was truly multilateral.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

The Singapore Literature Festival is conceived and planned by a group of Singaporean volunteers—writers and creatives—who are proud to call New York City home.

Co-Chairs: Paul Rozario-Falcone & Jee Leong Koh
Treasurer/Fund-raising: Damon Chua
Publicity: Kimberley Lim, Kenneth Lim & Kiat-Sing Teo
Graphics: Shellen TehVideo/Photography: Marcus Yi

Co-chairs Paul Rozario-Falcone and Jee Leong Koh believe that Singapore literature deserves international recognition and readership. As the publishing center of the English-speaking world, New York City cannot afford to overlook this vibrant literature. The festival hopes to deepen the dialogue between the two cities’ distinct, yet complementary, literary traditions.

For more information about the organizers, visit: http://www.singaporeliteraturefestival.com/about/

FESTIVAL PROGRAM & DETAILS

The three-day festival offers eight stimulating literary events from Friday to Sunday, October 10 – 12, 2014.

For full descriptions of the events, please consult the appendix below.

Five of the events are free. Of these five events, three are open to the public and two (the opening and closing parties) are by invitation only. Invitations may be requested by contacting info@singaporeliteraturefestival.com

The three ticketed events are held at 92nd Street Y on Saturday, October 11. Each ticket costs $10. The All Day Pass to all three events costs $25, with senior and student concession at $20.

Tickets to the 92nd Street Y events on October 11 can be purchased from the center’s box office at 212-415-5500 or on-line.

Rich Words / Poor Words at 2:00pm: http://www.92y.org/Event/rich-words-poor-words.aspx

The 21st Century Family at 3.30pm: http://www.92y.org/Event/The-21st-Century-Family.aspx

The Politics of Love at 5:00pm: http://www.92y.org/Event/The-Politics-of-Love.aspx

The All Day Pass to all three events: http://www.92y.org/subscriptions/series/detail.aspx?series=1509

CONTACT & LINKS

For press-related inquiries, please contact: Kimberley Lim, Publicity Chair info@singaporeliteraturefestival.com

Website: http://www.singaporeliteraturefestival.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/singaporeliteraturefestival
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SingLitFestNYC
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlTVsON_0U7qxA34YiVpTQ

2014 PROGRAM

Singapore Literature Festival Friday-Sunday, October 10 – 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

1. Singapore and Freedom of Expression: a Soapbox Series roundtable discussion at Adelphi University (Pre-Festival Event; Free and Open to All)

Alfian Sa’at, Colin Goh, Haresh Sharma, Tania De Rozario and Yen Yen Woo, moderated by Martha Cooley and Craig Carson

Thursday, October 9, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

2. Generations and Genres (Free and Open to All)

Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma and Verena Tay, introduced by April Heck

Since 1965, the year of national independence, Singapore literature has developed into a vibrant and diverse corpus of writings. In this reading, writers from different generations read from their work in drama, fiction and poetry, and discuss the growth of the literary tradition. The reading is followed by a book signing, and a reception hosted by Writers House.

Friday, October 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W 10th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY

3. The Local Cosmopolitan (Opening Party – by invitation only)

Alfian Sa’at, Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Kirstin Chen and Wena Poon, introduced by Jason Koo

Friday, October 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore, 536 W 112th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY

Can a writer be both cosmopolitan in outlook and local in orientation? Marking the official opening of the festival, this reading showcases work that travels between home and the world. The reading is followed by a book signing and a reception.

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Guest registration begins at 92nd Street Y

Saturday, October 11, 1:45 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

4. Rich Words, Poor Words (Ticketed)

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Joshua Ip and Wena Poon, introduced by Rohan Kamicheril

The growing divide between haves and have-nots is of concern around the world. How does language reinforce or bridge this divide? This reading explores the relationship between class, ethnicity and language. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Saturday, October 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

5. The Twenty-First Century Family (Ticketed)

Christine Chia, Colin Goh and Kirstin Chen, introduced by Monique Truong

From extended to nuclear to blended, the modern family is evolving in reaction to enormous social pressures and urgent individual needs. What will the twenty-first century family be like? The writers in this reading respond to the dynamics of this long revolution. The reading is followed by a book signing.

Saturday, October 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

6. The Politics of Love (Ticketed)

Cyril Wong, Pooja Nansi and Tania De Rozario, introduced by Don Weise

Be prepared to get hot under the collar. This reading introduces authors whose writings revolve around love, desire and relationships. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Saturday, October 11, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

7. Book Signing and Mingling (Entry by ticket to one of the 92Y events)

Alfian Sa’at, Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Christine Chia, Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Kirstin Chen, Ovidia Yu, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, Verena Tay and Wena Poon

Saturday, October 11, 6:00 – 6:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

8. Reading Culture (Free and Open to All)

Christine Chia, Joshua Ip, Jason Erik Lundberg, Verena Tay and Yen Yen Woo, introducer to be announced

Books are mostly read in private. The sharing of books, however, builds reading communities. Through reviewing, re-imagining and re-telling, we become citizens of a republic of letters. Reading itself becomes the focus of this reading by writers deeply concerned with this most solitary of social actions. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Sunday, October 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore, 536 W 112th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY

9. Encore (Closing Party – by invitation only)

Alfian Sa’at, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Christine Chia, Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, Verena Tay and Wena Poon, introducer to be announced

Literature has its roots in the oral tradition, in song, gossip, lullaby, and prayer. This reading returns the written word to its magical, hopeful and inspirational spoken origins. The reading is followed by a book signing and a reception.

Sunday, October 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street (bet. Lafayette and Mulberry Streets), New York, NY

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Three Talks by Christopher Ricks This Fall in Manhattan


Literature & All the Other Activities
Three Talks by Christopher Ricks

 

T. S. Eliot: “to exhibit the relations of literature—not to ‘life’ as something contrasted to literature, but to all the other activities, which, together with literature, are the components of life.”

7:30PM | THE KOSCIUSZKO FOUNDATION | 15 EAST 65th STREET, NYC

October 1  More than One Waste Land
October 8  The strength to force the moment to its crisis: Thomas Hardy and George Eliot
October 22  Just Like a Woman? Bob Dylan and the Charge of Misogyny

Christopher Ricks is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, of which he was president (2007-2008). Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University and Warren Professor of the Humanities, he was formerly a professor of English at the University of Bristol and at Cambridge. He was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-2009. His Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities were published by Yale in 2010 as True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound. With Lisa Nemrow and Julie Nemrow, he has edited Bob Dylan, The Lyrics: Since 1962 (to be published by Simon & Schuster in November this year), and with Jim McCue The Poems of T. S. Eliot (two vols., Faber & Faber, 2015).

SINGLE TICKETS: $20
Admission Free for ALSCW Members*

Doors open at 6:45 PM | Space is limited
Latecomers will not be seated. Please notify the office of the ALSCW if you will not be using your ticket.


* ALSCW members are entitled to one free ticket to each event. All who wish to attend should reserve tickets using the online form (available here), by mailing the printable form (available here), or by contacting the Boston office. First come, first served.

If you join the Association today at the first-year rate of $45, you will be eligible for free admission to all three events. To join, or learn more about the benefits of membership, click here.

If you are unsure of your ALSCW membership status, please contact the Boston office to confirm your membership. If you select tickets at the Member Rate but are not currently a member of the Association, we will be unable to process your reservation until membership registration has been submitted. Thank you!

 

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ALSCW and Literary Matters at the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair

We are pleased to announce that the ALSCW will be present at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference & Bookfair. The conference will be held at the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel on March 6 – 9, 2013. We will be sharing a table with Better: Culture & Literature (Table Z-11) on Thursday & Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday, 8 AM – 3 PM. We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Local Meeting at Barnard College

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers and Saskia Hamilton, co-editor of Literary Imagination, invite you to Fictions of Fiction, a literary evening featuring Morris Dickstein and Darryl Pinckney. Morris Dickstein will present “My Life in Fiction.” Darryl Pinckney will read a chapter from High Cotton “sort of about Barnard and Columbia.”

This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:00pm, at 302 Barnard Hall, Barnard College, New York City. Barnard Hall is located immediately upon entering through the main gate of the Barnard College campus at Broadway and 117th Street. Refreshments to follow

Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English and Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. His most recent books are Leopards in the Temple, a study of postwar American fiction, A Mirror in Roadway, a collection of literary essays, and Dancing in the Dark, a cultural history of the Depression era, which received the Ambassador Book Award in American Studies and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism.

Darryl Pinckney, a long time contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He is at work on a study of African American literature in the twentieth century.

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Two Local ALSCW Meetings at the BU Editorial Institute: 24 Oct: Kalotay and Tabatabai; 7 Nov: Scanlan. 5 pm.

This semester there will be two ALSCW local meetings of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. Those who are not members of the Association are likewise welcome.

To be held at the Editorial Institute Library, Second Floor, 143 Bay State Road, a few minutes from Kenmore Square. 5 p.m. – 6.45 p.m. Wine.

Please let us know, with about a week’s notice, if you will be coming. This, either to the ALSCW office, benmazer@aol.com, or to the Editorial Institute, kaevans@bu.edu.

Wednesday 24 October: A reading of her fiction by Daphne Kalotay and of his poems by Sassan Tabatabai, followed by a discussion.

Daphne Kalotay, who has taught at BU as well as at Middlebury and Skidmore, is the author of Calamity and Other Stories and of Russian Winter.

Sassan Tabatabai, who teaches at Boston College and at BU, is the author of the author of Father of Songs: Rudaki and his Poetry.

Wednesday 7 November: Robert Scanlan, The Need for Principles of Dramaturgy.

Robert Scanlan, who is Professor of the Practice of Theatre at Harvard, has directed productions across the world and been recognized by an award as Outstanding Director.

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