Armen Davoudian has won the 2018 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship
Armen Davoudian is an English PhD candidate at Stanford and is writing a dissertation on the formal parameters and generic conventions defining the poetry book or volume in the 20th century. He is also completing an MFA in poetry at Johns Hopkins. His poetry and criticism have appeared in Blueline,The Berkeley McNair Research Journal, and The Folio. He is poetry editor at Mantis, assistant editor at The Hopkins Review, and former co-chair of the Stanford Poetry Out Loud recitation competition.Born in Esfahan, Iran, where he lived for 17 years, he is currently translating the poetry of Nima Yushij and Sohrab Sepehri.
Cole Swensen, 6 pm, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
915 East 60th St
Chicago IL 60637
Co-sponsored: ALSCW, The Committee on Social Thought, the Creative Writing Program
Cole Swensen is the author of 17 collections of poetry, most revolving around the visual arts and documentary; her most recent volume is On Walking On, and addresses the centuries-old connection between writing and walking. Also a translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism, she divides her time between Paris and Providence, RI,
where she is a professor in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University.
Literary Matters is proud to announce its nominees for The Pushcart Prize 2017. From issue 9:2, we’ve nominated Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “Las Muchachas” and Richie Hofmann’s “Shades.” From issue 9:3, we’ve nominated A.E. Stallings’ “Dyeing the Easter Eggs,” Catherine Tufariello’s “Clear Water,” and Jean Valentine’s “For a Friend Who Died Young.” And from issue 10.1, we’ve nominated Gregory Fraser’s “Nothing But a Few Bare Trees.”
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.
T.R. Hummer’s most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife (Acre Books) and the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press). Former editor in chief of The Kenyon Review, of The New England Review, and of The Georgia Review, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Artistic Excellence, and the Hanes Poetry Prize. He lives in Cold Spring, NY.
We are pleased to announce that Polina Whitehouse of the Brearley School has won The Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest. The Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest offers annual awards to students in grades 9 through 12 who have written superior analytical essays that deal with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine style, characterization, rhetorical technique, or structure, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works. This year’s awards include a prize of $2000 and publication in the Winter issue of Literary Matters, the online literary journal of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.
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.