ALSCW Symposium on Populism and the Arts
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.
The ALSCW works to foster and recognize excellence in the critically important area of student writing of analytical essays at the secondary school level. We invite submissions of analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12 dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine style, characterization, rhetorical technique, and structure, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works.
At Home In the World: Women Writers and Public Life
Maria DiBattista and Deborah Nord
5 pm, December 6th, 2017
(co-sponsored by Politics and Prose bookstore)
Deborah Nord, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature
The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
invites you to a reading and conversation with
J. Chester Johnson
Poet, Essayist, Translator
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The Culture Center
410 Columbus Avenue
(Between West 79th & West 80th Streets)
New York, NY 10024
Doors open at 6:30 pm | Talk begins at 7:00 pm
~ Refreshments before the reading & after ~
Focusing on his two books published in 2017, Chester Johnson will read selections from Now and Then, his new poetry collection, and discuss Auden, the Psalms, and Me, the story of his experience working with W. H. Auden on a retranslation of the Psalms.
Helen Pinkerton & Herman Melville: Civil War Poems
Dr John Baxter
Professor Emeritus of English, Dalhousie University
Helen Pinkerton, known for her devotional poems and poems on works of art, is also an astute commentator on crucial aspects of the American Civil War and especially on maintaining perspective in the heat of intense political debate. In her recently published collected poems, A Journey of the Mind, she examines some of these topics through the eyes of Herman Melville, one of America’s greatest writers and himself a major Civil War poet, testifying first-hand to the causes and consequences of the conflict.
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.
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.
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.