Longman Cultural Editions

We are still energized by our last great conference, and we wonder, if you had a chance to visit the book exhibits, if you saw the offer by Pearson Longman to receive your requests for a Longman Cultural Edition (those major works on the rack with the gorgeous covers) or a  Longman Anthology of British Literature.  If you’d like an examination copy, and you don’t  have the paper form for this request, you may send your request to

Joyce Nilsen: <Joyce.Nilsen@Pearson.com>

If you need a refresher, you may visit the Longman site at

or for the Anthology

Foreign Language Programs in Academia

ALSCW member and MLA President Russell Berman has an important column in Inside Higher Education, responding to a keynote address by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fixture of the foreign policy establishment, delivered to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention in Boston on November 19.  Berman addresses Haass’ proposal to turn foreign language instruction into a merely instrumental education, with the entailment, as at SUNY Albany, of dismantling the degree programs.  Which as you may imagine, would be accompanied by the dismantling of the professoriate, and using part-time, low-paid, benefit impoverished, transient adjuncts to manage this instruction.

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.

Forum 4 Released

The ALSCW’s newly released study strongly suggests that two factors- a fragmented English curriculum and a neglect of close reading- may explain why the reading skills of American high school students have shown little or no improvement in several decades despite substantial increases in funds for elementary and secondary education by federal and state governments.

The report, entitled Literary Study in Grades 9, 10, And 11: A National Survey analyzes the responses of more than four hundred representative public school teachers who were asked what works of literature they assign in standard and honors courses, and what approaches they use for teaching students how to understand imaginative literature and literary non-fiction.

Oct 22 Boston Local Meeting: Al Basile

The New England sect of the ALSCW gathered at Boston University’s Editorial Institute for its second local meeting this fall on Wednesday, October 22nd.  Al Basile, accomplished musician and poet gave a presentation, “Words and Music, and the Music of Words: the Writing of Song Lyrics and Formal Poetry” touched upon the nebulous nature of writing.  After sharing a childhood anecdote about the timing of rhyming billboards on a drive to Florida, he discussed the challenge that  lyricists face in fitting language into the constraints of tempo and rhythm.  Additionally, he addressed such topics as the intuitive nature of his writing process, the relationship between the writer and his creation, and more.  He also presented two poems, two songs, and two encores.

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.

Sept 17 Local Meeting Baton Rouge: Windrush

On September 17th, the Louisiana State University PhD program in Comparative Literature hosted the second 2010 local meeting of the ALSCW in Baton Rouge, at the LSU Rural Life Museum’s Windrush Gardens. The event celebrated the collaboration between the ALSCW and LSU’s Comparative Literature program,  a partnership was instrumental in preventing the program’s possible elimination as a result of economic misfortune throughout the state of Louisiana.


On September 17, 2010, The ALSCW, together with co-sponsor Vermont Studio Center, held the first in a series of Literature in Translation forums at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.  A crowd of almost 100 people gathered at the VSC Lowe Lecture Hall for a presentation by poet Adam Zagajewski and translator and former ALSCW president, Claire Cavanaugh, which included poetry readings in both Polish and English, and discussion.  This inaugural presentation marks the addition of international writers and translators to the VSC residency community.

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.”

To read the full article, click here.

BRIGHT STAR Panel Discussion with Stuart Curran, Christopher Ricks, Timothy Corrigan and Susan Wolfson

A reprint of an announcement of interest.

Romantic Circles is very pleased to announce a new audio resource, a recording of the panel discussion about the new Jane Campion film Bright Star, which can be downloaded here:


or recieved as part of the (free) subscription to the RC Audio podcast by pasting the link below into the podcast aggregator of your choice (iTunes, etc.)


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