Literary Matters is an online literary journal that publishes original works of scholarship and criticism, poetry, fiction, literary translations, interviews, and memoirs. Recent issues have contained original works by U.S. Poets Laureate and by winners of the Nobel Prize, The Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award, The National Book Critics Circle Award, The Bollingen Prize, the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant, The Frost Medal, The American Book Award, the Poets’ Prize, and The Yale Younger Poets Prize, among many other honors. Previously the newsletter of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW), the new iteration of Literary Matters (beginning with issue 9.1) continues to publish news about ALSCW events and about recent books by ALSCW members, in addition to publishing original literary work.

Selected contributors to recent issues of Literary Matters include: Betty Adcock, Kim Addonizio, Derrick Austin, Willis Barnstone, Geoffrey Brock, David Bromwich, Fred Chappell, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Bonnie Costello, Morri Creech, Erica Dawson, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, David Ferry, Amy Gerstler, Rachel Hadas, Edward Hirsch, Mark Jarman, Rodney Jones, Maxine Hong Kingston, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ted Kooser, Brad Leithauser, Timothy Liu, Shane McCrae, Amit Majmudar, Maurice Manning, Charles Martin, Joshua Mehigan, Thylias Moss, Linda Pastan, Marjorie Perloff, Robert Pinsky, D.A. Powell, Christopher Ricks, Mary Jo Salter, Grace Schulman, Alan Shapiro, Charles Simic, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Dave Smith, Lisa Russ Spaar, A.E. Stallings, Jean Valentine, Alissa Valles, Rosanna Warren, C. Dale Young, and David Yezzi.

Located at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Literary Matters is published by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers three times per year, in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Currently, we are only accepting submissions from ALSCW members in good standing. For membership information, visit the ALSCW’s website (alscw.org).


Ryan Wilson, Catholic University

Editorial Board:
Clare Cavanagh, Northwestern University
Greg Delanty, St. Michael’s College
Jee Leong Koh, The Brearley School
A. E. Stallings, Poetry Program Director of the Athens Centre
Ernest Suarez, Catholic University
Rosanna Warren, University of Chicago
David Yezzi, The Johns Hopkins University

Previous Editors:
Samantha Madway: Issues 4:2-8:1 (2011-2015)
Leslie Harkema: Issues 3:2-4:1 (2010-2011)
Michael Gouin Hart: Issues 1:1-3:1 (Spring 1995-Winter 1997)

Jeffrey Peters