“The New York School Society” Panels at the American Literature Association conference

Each year at the American Literature Association’s annual conference, “The New York School Society” hosts a panel or two devoted to recent scholarship on the topic of the New York School.  I always find it interesting to see what’s on offer, as it seems like a good way to get a sense of current directions in critical discussions of this group of poets. (I mentioned the offerings at last year’s ALA here).

This year’s ALA conference will be held in Washington, DC from tomorrow, May 22, through May 25.  This time around, the New York School Society has organized the following great-sounding panels — one that features recent critical takes on teaching poets of the New York School and one that brings together four terrific poets inspired by them:

Teaching the New York School
Chair: Ellen Levy, Pratt Institute

1. “The Ashbery Problem and Second-generation Feminism: Meditations on Teaching the New York School,” Ben Lee, University of Tennessee

2. “John Ashbery’s ‘Early Lessons’: Editing a Digital Edition of Some Trees,” Karin Roffman, West Point

3. “The “Do It Yourself’ Avant Garde: Teaching Women and the New York School,” Susan Rosenbaum, University of Georgia

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Creative Responses to the New York School: Four Poets
Chair: Ben Lee, University of Tennessee

1. Ange Mlinko, University of Houston, author of Marvelous Things Overheard (FSG)

2. Rod Smith, author of Deed; editor, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley

3. Marcella Durand, author of Traffic & Weather and AREA.

4. Mark Silverberg, Cape Breton University,author of Believing the Line and The New York School Poets and the Neo-Avant-Garde

There are several other papers listed in the program for this year’s ALA that will also be of interest:

“Frank O’Hara Drives Charles Olson’s Car,” Joel Duncan, University of Notre Dame

“John Ashbery, Dan Graham and the Aesthetics of the Interface,” Todd F. Tietchen, University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Janus-Faced Virtuosity: Frank O’Hara and Hart Crane,” Anne Lovering Rounds, Hostos Community College, City University of New York

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