ALSCW Symposium on Populism and the Arts

ALSCW Symposium on Populism and the Arts
August 16-18
Washington, DC
Catholic University

This symposium builds on one held in 2018 at the University of Goettingen on populism and poetry. It looks into questions about “the people” (das Volk) and about populist modes of politics (broadly construed) as they relate to poetry, fiction, drama, music, and other art forms. It follows two lines of inquiry.

The first concerns artists who have seen themselves as the voice of the people or of a people, as tribunes of some popular sentiment, feeling, grievance or aspiration, either as such or in relation to an alleged elite with which they are at odds. Such figures have appeared on both the political Left and the political Right.

Local Meeting: Poetry Reading by Elizabeth Spires, NYC, May 9

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
invites you to a reading and conversation with

Elizabeth Spires

Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Culture Center
410 Columbus Avenue
(Between West 79th & West 80th Streets)
New York, NY 10024

Doors open at 6:15 pm | Reading begins at 7:00 pm

~ Refreshments before & after ~

Elizabeth Spires will read from her recent collection, A Memory of the Future,

and other new poems. A conversation will follow her reading.

Winners of the 2018 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards

2018 ALSCW Meringoff Award for Poetry:

Bruce Bond, “Skull”; Deborah Warren, “Down-to-Earth”

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-three books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, SIU Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way, 2017), Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018), and Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse, 2018).

Five books are forthcoming including Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave).  Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.

Lecture by Peter McDonald, Chicago, March 19

The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, Creative Writing, and ALSCW (Assn. of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers)

announce a lecture

by

Peter McDonald

Professor of British and Irish Poetry,

University of Oxford

ʽAncient salt’: The preservation of W.B. Yeats”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

5:00pm in Foster 505

(1130 E. 59th  Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637)

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance please call Anne Gamboa in advance at 702-8427

 

 

Announcing the 2018 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards, Deadline Dec. 15th

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers announces three awards of $2,500 each in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Only one entry is accepted from each person. All entries must be previously unpublished. The winning entries will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. All entries must be postmarked no later than December 15th, 2018. The winners will be announced early in 2018. Members will be invited to read their work at the 2019 annual conference.

Tom Sleigh Wins Pushcart Prize!

Congratulations to Tom Sleigh, whose poem “Face” has been chosen for publication in The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses (2019 edition)!  “Face” was first published in the ALSCW’s flagship journal, Literary Imagination (Oxford UP, Vol. 19, Issue 2, 1 July 2017).

Tom Sleigh’s many books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa. A book of essays, The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing In an Age of Refugees, and of poems, House of Fact, House of Ruin, were published by Graywolf in Feb. 2018. Sleigh has published in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, VQRAPR, PoetryThreepenny, and elsewhere, as well being widely anthologized in publications such as The Best of the Best American Poetry, the Best American Poetry, and the Best American Travel Writing.