2017 Meringoff Prize Winners in Fiction & Poetry Announced

The ALSCW is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Meringoff Prizes in Fiction and Poetry. The co-winners in Fiction this year are Brian Buchanan for his story, “Wisdom Teeth,” and David Galef for his story, “Therapy.” The judge of the Fiction Prize was Brad Leithauser.

This year’s co-winners in Poetry are Brendan Rabon for his poem, “Gladstone,” and Daniel Tobin for “This Broken Symmetry.” Rachel Hadas judged the Poetry competition.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the participants and judges!


Armen Davoudian, 2018 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship Winner

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.

Local Meeting, Barnard College, May 9, Reading With Patricia Hampl

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

Patricia Hampl

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

302 Barnard Hall – 3RD Floor
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Barnard Hall is located immediately upon entering through the main gate
of the Barnard campus at Broadway and 117th Street

Doors open at 6:30 PM | Reading begins at 7:00 PM
~ Refreshments before & after ~

Poetry and Prose Reading Event at AWP Conference


The Hopkins Review & Literary Matters


Lunch Poems & Prose

at the
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference


Austin Allen, George David Clark, Moira Egan
Juliana Gray, Stephen Kampa
Ashley Anna McHugh, Chelsea Rathburn
Callie Siskel & Artress Bethany White

Ryan Wilson & David Yezzi, hosts

Friday, March 9, 2018

1 pm – 3 pm

American Social

601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, Florida

Order up some lunch! Two blocks from the Convention Center!

Local Meeting, University of Chicago, April 27, Poetry Reading With Cole Swensen

Local Meeting, University of Chicago, April 27

Poetry Reading

Cole Swensen, 6 pm, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Rm 801

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 Pushcart Prize Nominations

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.”

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

ALSCW Washington, DC Event featuring Deborah Nord and Maria Dibattista

At Home In the World: Women Writers and Public Life
Maria DiBattista and Deborah Nord
5 pm, December 6th, 2017
McGiveny Hall
(co-sponsored by Politics and Prose bookstore) 


Deborah Nord, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature

Invitation to event featuring J. Chester Johnson

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
7:00 pm

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.

Congratulations to ALSCW member Terry R. Hummer!

Congratulations to ALSCW member Terry R. Hummer, 2017 Recipient of Donald Justice Award for Poetry!

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.

Polina Whitehouse: 2017 Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest Winner

Polina Whitehouse

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.