Literary Matters 13.2 is now available.

Recommended Reading

ALSCW President Lee Oser is once again gobsmacked by the genius of a new Greg Delanty book, No More Time (LSU Press). The book’s great formal dexterity — its luminously woven terza rima, for instance — matching the supreme dexterity of animals in their environmental niches, Delanty memorializes the pathos of their extinction with plangent and truth-obsessed wit. His vision might be described as Dante meets the biosphere; the unifying architecture of the book is brilliantly conceived.

“Honor Moore’s Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury, is a moving, subtle blend of memoir and biography. Moore compassionately narrates her mother’s life and intimate family tensions, and at the same time records the turbulent reform movements of the 1960s: the civil rights movement, protests against the Vietnam War, and the emergence of women’s liberation.” – Rosanna Warren

ALSCW President Lee Oser highly recommends Joshua Hren’s In the Wine Press: Short Stories, describing the book as “a unique visionary baroque that defies the positive and negative clichés about religion and the contemporary short story.”

ALSCW Executive Director Ernest Suarez highly recommends Joan Romano Shifflett’s Warren, Jarrell, and Lowell: Collaboration in the Reshaping of American Poetry.

ALSCW President Lee Oser highly recommends Daniel Tobin’s On Serious Earth: Poetry & Transcendence.

ALSCW Executive Director Ernest Suarez highly recommends Mark Edmundson’s Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals.

ALSCW Executive Director Ernest Suarez highly recommends Kate Daniel’s Three Syllables Describing Addiction.

David Mura’s “A Stranger’s Journey” is a new kind of literary criticism—personal, postcolonial, analytic and dramatic—his insights into the situation of the writer of color amidst centrist assumptions and prohibitions open a new field of critical and creative thinking woven together in a book that could have been called “Castiglione’s The Courtier Meets Sun-tzu’s Art of War.” — Garrett Hongo, ALSCW Council member

ALSCW Executive Director Ernest Suarez highly recommends Frederick Seidel’s new book Peaches Goes It Alone: Poems and Mark Edmundson’s new book, The Heart of the Humanities: Reading, Writing, Teaching.

At Women’s Voices for Change, Rebecca Foust introduces and explicates A.E. Stallings’ poem, “Empathy,” first published in Literary Matters 9.1.

The Wholehearted Poet: A Conversation about Margaret Avison” by Barbara Nickel and Elise Partridge.

Bracing for Impact: Trauma, Triggers & the Saving Power of Literature” by Cassandra Nelson in Commonweal Magazine.

Recent News

Meringoff Writing Awards

The Meringoff Writing Awards have deadlines of February 1, 2021. Everyone who enters the Meringoff Writing Awards competition must be a member of the ALSCW or sponsored ...
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An incursion into the oppressor’s mind that led to writing a novel-in-verse

Carmen Bugan discusses working with Cold War surveillance family archives and the process of creating literary characters from secret police transcripts, in order to understand ...
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ALSCW Zoom Series: American Classics, American Crisis

We are delighted to invite you to the first installment of the ALSCW's fall Zoom series. We are deeply grateful to our participants and to all of you ...
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Recommended Viewing

ALSCW Zoom Series: American Classics, American Crisis
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Past President John Briggs interviewed on Leisurely Conversations with Rob Jackson

“Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize”: a Keynote Address by Christopher Ricks