Monthly Archives: February 2014

(Tentative) Conference Schedule Now Available

A tentative schedule for the Twentieth Annual Conference of the ALSCW is now available.

If you plan to attend the conference, please be sure to book your hotel reservations post-haste: special ALSCW rates at Bloomington hotels expire early in March.

With thanks,
The Boston Office

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Advice for Travelers Flying to Indianapolis for the ALSCW Conference

Dear ALSCW Members Planning on Attending the 2014 Conference in Bloomington:

Please keep in mind that our conference rate for hotel rooms extends only to the end of February. Plan to make your motel reservations as soon as possible to take advantage of the lower rates.

Additional travel information is below.

For those planning to fly to Indianapolis:

Thursday is the best day to travel to the conference, especially if you travel during the day and join us for the 7:30 poetry readings. Landing in Indianapolis by 4:30 p.m. Thursday would enable you to attend the readings and settle in with plenty of time. The next day you would be ready for the conference’s first panels and seminars. Keep in mind that you will need two to three hours to travel from the Indianpolis airport to the conference. The last shuttle to Bloomington leaves the airport (a Star of America express bus) for Bloomington at 10:20 p.m., arriving a 11:55 p.m.

The express shuttle bus sites are noted in the hotel and transportation section of the ALSCW conference site. Two services (Star of America and GO Express) maintain every-other-hour service (both leaving roughly the same hour, half an hour apart). That means the wait for a bus ranges from zero to 30 to 90 minutes. The express ride to Bloomington is around ninety minutes. Both services stop at the Indiana Union (the Biddle Hotel), where the conference is taking place. If you are staying at one of the other hotels, check their website, or the shuttle websites, for the schedule that shows which of the two shuttle services will stop at your hotel.

If you decide to fly on Friday morning instead, remember that you will need two to three and a half hours to reach the conference. The Star of America leaves the airport every two hours starting at 6:20 a.m. GO Express leaves every two hours starting at 4:40 a.m. If you cannot travel on Thursday it is therefore desirable to arrive in Indianapolis by plane before 8:15. a.m. on Friday if you want to catch the late morning panel. If you land after 8:15 a.m. and cannot catch the 8:40 shuttle to Bloomington, the next available shuttle, a Star of America bus, leaves is at 10:20 a.m., arriving in Bloomington just before noon.

You will be in Bloomington in the first days of spring! Whenever you arrive, count on a conference full of interesting sessions, including a Saturday full to the brim, with a fancy (no-cost) luncheon and the annual banquet in the evening.

John Briggs
ALSCW President

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An Evening on Samuel Beckett, 27 March, BU Katzenberg Center

Thursday 27 March, 6 PM. The Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, CGS, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

Shadows of the Opus . . . Magnum

A panel with Cassandra Nelson (Harvard University), Christopher Ricks (Boston University), and Robert Scanlan (Harvard University) and a performance of Not I with Allison Vanouse (Boston University).

Beckett Evening

Free and open to the public.

Please contact Meg Tyler
with any questions.

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Owen Boynton on Christina Rossetti, 19 March, Editorial Institute

There will be a local meeting of the ALSCW on Wednesday 19 March at 5.30 p.m. at the Editorial Institute, 143 Bay State Road.

Owen Boynton (recently of Cornell, now of Holy Cross): “Questioning Christina G. Rossetti”.

There will be wine.

Please let Lesley Moreau
or Ben Mazer
know whether you will be coming.

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Ben Mazer reads in Paris, Weds. 26 Feb., 4 pm, École normale supérieure

Wednesday 26 February, 4 PM, salle Beckett, 45 rue d’Ulm, Paris 75005

A Poetry Reading by Ben Mazer

Ben Mazer is the author of Poems (Pen & Anvil Press, 2010), and, more recently, New Poems (Pen & Anvil Press, 2013). A graduate of Harvard University, where he studied with Seamus Heaney, and the Editorial Institute, where his advisors were Christopher Ricks and Archie Burnett, he has also edited Selected Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (Harvard U.P., 2010), Landis Everson’s Everything Preserved: Poems 1955-2005 (Graywolf Press, 2006, winner of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Foundation), and the Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom (forthcoming from Un-Gyve Press). He is the editor of the Battersea Review.

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Lee Oser’s New Novel

The Oracles Fell Silent by Lee Oser

“Oser’s book offers a captivating and witty picture of the features and failings of contemporary culture.”
—Michelle Anne Schingler, ForeWord Reviews

Dear Readers,

We are tremendously excited to note that on Friday, February 21, Wiseblood Books will release The Oracles Fell Silent, a novel by Lee Oser. Pre-order The Oracles Fell Silent directly from Wiseblood Books HERE for $12.00, through Amazon HERE, or as Wiseblood’s first Kindle e-book for only $6.00 HERE.

In this his second novel, Oser sharpens the civilizing satire that prompted prolific literary critic Jean-Michel Rabaté to consider him a “worthy debater,” and to say of his first novel, Out of What Chaos, “I enjoyed it fully.”
When the legendary Sir Ted Pop hires young Richard Bellman as his secretary, Bellman’s work on the great man’s memoir transforms his young life into a divine comedy—or is it a devilish farce? In a New York beach house in Southampton, Bellman treads the forbidden ground of Ted’s final hour with Johnny Donovan, his partner in fame, who “fell” from a London rooftop in 1969. Sir Ted battles false prophets and mad messiahs for control over his own story, but what rock’s biggest mystery reveals to Bellman is the unthinkable hand of God.
Real as this hand might be, as Glenn Arbery notes in his Dappled Things review, “There’s no triumphalism here, no relegation of souls to heaven or hell. Oser’s gift is making it deeply attractive to come back to the sanity of worshiping what deserves it.”

Learn more about The Oracles Fell Silent and Lee Oser HERE.

Thank you for reading,


Joshua Hren, Ph.D.
Wiseblood Books

Wiseblood Books

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ALICE OSWALD, Thursday Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Katzenberg Center, 3rd floor, CGS

ALICE OSWALD, Thursday Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Katzenberg Center, 3rd floor, CGS

Join us for a reading and conversation with British poet Alice Oswald, author of six acclaimed collections. Oswald’s first collection, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (1996), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her second volume, Dart (2002), won the T.S. Eliot prize and brought her work to prominence. It was followed by Woods etc. (2005), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize, A Sleepwalk on the Severn (2009), and, in collaboration with the artist Jessica Greenman, Weeds and Wild Flowers (2009). Her sixth and most recent volume, Memorial (2011) is a deeply moving concentration of the Iliad that preserves the deaths and lives of its soldiers alongside renderings of the epic’s similes. Moderated by Mary Pinard, Chair of the Arts & Humanities Division at Babson College.

Co-sponsored by the literary journal AGNI, the DTP FUND, and the Poetry Reading Series at the College of General Studies. Funded in part by the a grant to the Center for the Study of Europe from the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book-signing to follow.

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J.F. Powers, novelist and short story writer, Editorial Institute, 12 February

12 February 2014, at 5.15, Editorial Institute, Boston University, 143 Bay State Road:

J.F. Powers, novelist and short story writer

Katherine A. Powers—a writer, book reviewer, and former book columnist for the Boston Globe—will discuss her recent edition of her father’s letters, Suitable Accommodations: An Unwritten Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942–1963. Two editors with ties to the Powers family and the Editorial Institute will also share their thoughts: former Book Editor of the Boston Globe David Mehegan, who received his PhD from the institute in 2011, and Cassandra Nelson, who edited stories by J. F. Powers’ wife, Betty Wahl, for her MA thesis in 2007.

Rsvp Leslie Moreau at

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Twentieth Annual Conference Registration is Now Available

The registration form for the ALSCW’s twentieth annual conference is now available at Hotel and travel information can be found at All meetings will take place at Indiana University, in the Indiana Union (the Biddle Hotel and Conference Center).

The conference will begin relatively informally on Thursday evening, April 3rd, at 7:30 with refreshments and readings of poetry and prose. The panels and seminars will begin Friday morning at 9:00. The Association banquet will take place Saturday evening, after a second day of panels and seminars. The only function scheduled for Sunday is the meeting of Association officers and the Executive Council. A detailed schedule will become available in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you at Indiana University in Bloomington.

John Briggs, ALSCW President

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