Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Grey Gowrie, Tues., Nov. 5, 5:30 pm

A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Grey Gowrie

Tuesday, November 5 at 5:30 pm at Boston University’s Editorial Institute, 143 Bay State Road

Grey Gowrie was born in Dublin in 1939. He taught English and American literature at Harvard and University College London. He has been a cabinet minister, chairman of Sotheby’s, chairman of the Arts Council of England, and Provost of the Royal College of Art. Third Day: New and Selected Poems, was a UK Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a Book of the Year in the Guardian and the Observer. The American edition of his book, Third Day: New and Collected Poems, is published by Sheep Meadow Press. Gowrie “over and over again creates piercing beauty out of his circumstances, which become ours. The reverberant book of his life is thrilling to read” (Jonathan Galassi). “Gowrie, like Byron, is a wit” (Jon Stallworthy).

Gowrie will read from his poems and discuss Robert Lowell, Charles Olson, and Basil Bunting, among others.

RSVP to Lesley Moreau, lmoreau@bu.edu

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Call for Papers, 2014 ALSCW Conference, April 4-6

Please find the Call for Papers for the 2014 ALSCW Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, April 4-6, in .pdf below.

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Meringoff Matching Grant Met

Thank you and congratulations to all the donors whose contributions have helped us to meet Stephen J. Meringoff’s generous $13,500 Matching Challenge to the Association. We are deeply grateful for your generosity, and hope you will join us in immense thanks to Stephen J. Meringoff for his outstanding support of the ALSCW.

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Thomas Austenfeld on Robert Lowell at The Editorial Institute: Wednesday Oct. 30, 5:30

Memoir, not Autobiography: Lowell’s Self-Articulation Reexamined

Thomas Austenfeld (University of Fribourg)

Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30 pm at Boston University’s Editorial Institute, 143 Bay State Road

Thomas Austenfeld is a Professor of American Literature at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He holds MA and Ph.D. degrees in English and American Literature from the University of Virginia and taught at American Universities for twenty years before returning to Europe. Austenfeld is the author of American Women Writers and the Nazis: Ethics and Politics in Boyle, Porter, Stafford, and Hellman (2001) and the editor of Kay Boyle for the Twenty-First Century (2008) as well as co-editor of Writing American Women (2009, SPELL 23) and Terrorism and Narrative Practice (2011). His edited volume Critical Insights: Barbara Kingsolver appeared in 2010. He has published scholarly articles on authors as diverse as Lord Byron, Wallace Stevens, Katherine Anne Porter, Peter Taylor, Thomas Wolfe, Josef Pieper, Derek Walcott, Louise Erdich, Philip Roth, Frank Norris, Flannery O’Connor, and Robert Lowell, as well as autobiographic essays in the annual American Literary Scholarship. He is currently at work on a book about American poets’ memoirs. Since 2013, he has been serving as Secretary General of IAUPE. the International Association of University Professors of English. His talk, entitled “Memoir, not Autobiography: Lowell’s Self-Articulation Reexamined,” seeks to rethink the position of confessional poetry in American literary history in its reverberations into the present time, with close attention to the generic differences between “autobiography” and “memoir.”

RSVP to Lesley Moreau, lmoreau@bu.edu

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Michael Longley at BU: Monday, October 14; Tuesday, October 15th

Please join us for two events next week featuring Irish Poet Michael Longley at BU:

1. Seminar in Mugar Library, Rm 424 on Monday October 14, 4-6 p.m.

Longley will discuss the ways in which his poems have been influenced by Homer and Ovid. Talk will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments.

2. Poetry Reading: Michael Longley
Part of the IRISH VOICES series

Tuesday, October 15th at 6 p.m. Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue
One of the outstanding elegists and war poets of the last four decades, Michael Longley is also preoccupied with love – that ‘No Man’s Land’, as he calls it, ‘between one human being and another’ – and with the beauty (sometimes savagery) of the natural world. Those themes – as with such predecessors as Robert Graves and Edward Thomas – are entwined throughout his writings. Seamus Heaney calls him “a custodian of griefs and wonders.” Longley’s 1991 Gorse Fires won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Subsequently, The Weather in Japan (2000) won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Longley’s recent publications include Snow Water (2004), Collected Poems (2006) and A Hundred Doors (2011). In 2001 Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He divides his time between Belfast and County Mayo.

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