I’m soon going to be in Los Angeles for three conferences in quick succession: conferences run by the Pacific Modern and Ancient Language Association, the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics, and the Modernist Studies Association. I’ll be chairing a panel on contemporary poetry on Friday, 11 November, at 10:20am; giving a talk on the Australian poets AJ Carruthers and Michael Dransfield on Saturday, 12 November, at 11:30am; giving another talk, on Anna Akhmatova and Robert Lowell, on Saturday, 19 November, at 3:30pm; and participating in a seminar on “The Poetics of Information Exchange” on Sunday, 20 November, at 10:30am, for which I’ve written an essay on Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Boots.” Should be a memorable ten days.
I have a short piece called “Stanisław Dróżdż: From Conceptual Poem to Concept-Shape” that’s now up over on Jacket2 as part of a feature on “Conceptual Writing (Plural and Global)” edited by Divya Victor.
I’ve just learned that I have been elected to the Executive Board of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Assocation (PAMLA). PAMLA is a regional association, more than a century old, that covers the West Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii; holds an annual conference with speakers from around the country and world; and publishes the journal Pacific Coast Philology. Congratulations to PAMLA and its Executive Director Craig Svonkin on a first-rate conference this past weekend in Portland, Oregon.
As of April 15th, the name of the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Washington has been officially changed to the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media. So my official academic title is now Professor of English and CLCM. That’s a mouthful!
I’ve just joined the Editorial Board of the journal Contemporary Literature. That’s on top of two other recent appointments, to the Editorial Board of the Poetics Research Journal, run by John Tranter out of Sydney, and to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Poetry and Poetics, a PRC-based publication associated with the Chinese/American Association for Poetry and Poetics.
I have a new essay up over at the online journal Amodern. It’s a special issue on the “poetry reading” as an object of literary analysis, and my piece is titled “Somewhere Bluebirds Fly: Jackson Mac Low Directs a Poetry Reading.”
I have a short piece up over at Jacket2 titled “Is You or Ain’t You My Poetry?” which is part of their new feature “Quick Question.” Katie Price is asking why the word “poetry” is still being used nowadays to refer to texts, performances, and artifacts that don’t seem especially poetic; other respondents include Amy Catanzano and Bob Perelman.
I’ll be participating tomorrow in the “Conversation with Marjorie Perloff” panel at the Pacific Modern and Ancient Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference in Riverside, California. It’s going to be in the Riverside Convention Center Room 4, 1:45-3:15pm. Come watch the conversational fireworks.