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Monday, 9 June 2008


Coeditors Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street solicit submissions for an international anthology of ecopoetry. We are looking for a wide and varied array of submissions. Our working definition of "ecopoetry" is flexible; it includes not only what might be called nature poetry, and not only poetry that focuses on environmental issues, but also experimental poetry--poetry that explores language in its relations with the other-than-human. We welcome work by emerging as well as established poets. We welcome serious poems, playful poems, poems in open or traditional forms. Depending on limitations of space, we will consider not only short poems but also poems of several pages. The anthology will include only living poets or poets who were alive as of July 2007, and will include only poems either written in English or already translated into English; for poems not written in English, both the original and the translation must be submitted, and if accepted, both will be published. We will consider work that has been previously published, but the poet (and/or translator) MUST control rights to the work.

The deadline for submissions is DECEMBER 15, 2008. Please send up to six poems to BOTH Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street. You may send them as email text or by snail mail. If they come as email text, make sure the spacing and lineation travel accurately. WE WILL NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS AT THIS TIME. Please also include a short bio and a cover letter, and an SASE for our reply.

Ann Fisher-Wirth
English Department
Bondurant C-135
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677

Laura-Gray Street
English Department
2500 Rivermont
Randolph College
Lynchburg, VA 24503

We look forward to reading your wonderful, very best work!

Sunday, 1 June 2008


Birkbeck, University of London
Saturday 21st June, 9.25am-6.30pm

Susan Howe is a unique figure in twentieth-century poetry. Her work came to prominence in the early 1990s in association with the American Language poets, but quickly set its own agenda outside these parameters. From her first career as an artist, Howe brought an intense sensitivity to the visual dimensions of the text, producing a diverse body of work that has continually probed the borders between poetry and other disciplines and media. In its unorthodox readings of the American canon, its obsessive interest in history and what the official narratives of history exclude, and, more recently, in her collaborations with the experimental musician, David Grubbs, Howe’s work is unrelenting in its capacity to surprise and stimulate us.

In this one-day symposium, we aim to recognize the impact Susan Howe’s writing has had on contemporary poetics, and to provide a focus for new critical approaches to her poetry.

The conference begins with the keynote lecture by Elizabeth Willis at 9.30am, followed by four panels of papers, and finishing with a drinks reception at 6.30pm. This event is free and open to all.

Keynote Lecture: Elizabeth Willis (Wesleyan University)

Papers by: Stephen Collis, Drew Milne, Will Montgomery, Redell Olsen, Tony Lopez, Nick Selby, Carol Watts, William Watkin, William Rowe, Catherine Martin, Jess Wilkinson, Susan Nurmi-Schomers, Anna Reckin, Mandy Bloomfield.

To see the full programme please visit the conference webpage:


John Tranter: edit@jacketmagazine.com