Principles of Excellence in Poetry – September 28, 2012

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers announces a panel
and reception entitled Principles of Excellence in Poetry, which will take
place at Poets House in New York City on September 28, 2012 at 7:00pm.
The event will be free and open to the public. A reception hosted by ALSCW
member William Louis-Dreyfus will follow.

The panel, moderated by Edward Mendelson, will include three panelists
(each speaking for ten minutes): Christopher Ricks will discuss John Crowe
Ransom’s critique of Thomas Hardy’s poetry, Jill Rosser will speak on the
poetry of John Donne, and Paul Keegan will discuss Samuel Beckett’s French
and English poems. A discussion with the audience will follow the panelists’ brief

Boston Local Meeting – November 16, 2011

Please join us for a prose – and poetry – reading. The prose, Kasia Buczkowska; the poetry, Marcia Karp. Each will read for half an hour, with half an hour then for joint discussion.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Boston office ( or or to Katy Evans of the Editorial Institute ( by Monday, Nov. 14.

This event will take place at the Editorial Institute – 143 Bay State Road / Boston, MA 02215


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.

ALSC Celebrates Lincoln’s 200th

ALSC celebrates the memory of arguably the greatest American president. We invite our members and Website visitors to view streaming video from the seminar “Masters of English Prose: Johnson, Lincoln, Churchill,” which ALSC co-sponsored in July of 2007 with the National Endowment for the Humanities and Boston University. The video features a lecture by ALSC Past President Jim Engell of Harvard University. The seminar was directed by long-time ALSC member John C. Briggs (University of California, Riverside)–author of Lincoln’s Speeches Reconsidered (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005), a uniquely extensive close reading of Lincoln’s pre-presidential and presidential speeches—and co-directed by fellow ALSC members Paul Alkon (University of Southern California) and Bruce Redford (Boston University). Members will also know Dr. Briggs’ work from the inaugural issue of ALSC’s special-topics journal Forum, “Writing Without Reading: The Decline of Literature in the Composition Classroom.”

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Free Copies of POETRY

A reprint of a press release of interest from the Poetry Foundation.

You supply the readers, we’ll supply the poems!

A limited number of free copies of the April 2009 issue of Poetry will be given to book discussion groups that request them by March 1. You’ll be able to consider the thought-provoking commentary and poems—or simply read them aloud. All we ask in return is that you send us a brief account of your discussion.