Marianne Moore




We are eager to post announcements of all international, English-language conferences generated by both writing and academic communities -- when those events pertain to modernist studies and contemporary innovate poetries & scholarship, particularly when focused on the works of women authors. This section will be continuously UPDATED between the September and February issues. Please send Call for Papers, dates, location, website information -- with plenty of lead time -- to Calendar Coordinator Arielle Greenberg



The Modernist Studies Association
"New Modernisms II"
12-15 October 2000
The University of Pennsylvania


"A return to modernism at the end of the millennium is not a farewell but a new beginning."
Susan Stanford Friedman

In its 1999 inaugural conference, described by The Chronicle of Higher Education as "giving new life for modernism," the Modernist Studies Association created a forum wherein scholars, poets, musicians and artists could contribute to this ongoing revitalization. Modernist studies is reemerging as a dynamic and complex field, hospitable to interdisciplinary, international and multicultural approaches and energized by recent work in race, class, gender and sexuality. "New Modernisms II" convenes at the University of Pennsylvania, and will incorporate the urban diversity of Philadelphia. Our plenary sessions will emphasize the arts, and performance, but our call for panel and seminar proposals remains open.

Proposal guidelines are available on the MSA website:

The MSA homepage can be visisted at:

Queries about seminar and panel proposals may be directed to:
Cassandra Laity: or Michael Coyle:

Completed proposals should be submitted to:
Professor Bob Perelman
Department of English
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104




:An Interdisciplinary Conference on Writing in the Academy
September 29-October 1, 2000
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference which aims to explore the divisions between craft and critique in academic institutions. Where and when are these divisions justified and useful, and when are they specious and harmful? How and where can they be broken down, and where should they be preserved? How do they function to construct both powerful positions and limited horizons? How should we understand and negotiate this divide, and how do we communicate across it? And finally, what is the role of craft and critique in relation to culture? What is the future of aesthetic analysis and production in the field of cultural studies? The goal of this conference is to provide a space to discuss and debate these questions. This conference invites scholars from a range of disciplines, including poets, writers, literary critics, teachers, non-fiction essayists, theorists, culturalists, art historians, as well as visual and performing artists. We welcome completed papers (15 page maximum), abstracts (200 words or less), or panel proposals which explore the complex and agonistic relationships between craft and critique. We also encourage brief proposals for performative and interactive panels that exceed or evade the familiar academic structures--including, but not limited to, dramatic or visual presentations, readings of original works of prose or poetry, interactive investigations, and short analyses related to the topics of the conference. In addition to these presentations, we will host a series of round-table discussions between professors, artists, and graduate students to investigate the way artists and critics communicate, collaborate, and coexist within the university; as well as the way artists read critics, the way critics read artists, and the ways in which we might more productively read one another. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* The role of aesthetic analysis in contemporary criticism and cultural studies
* Examining the craft, style, and performative aspects of critical theory
* Historicizing the poet-critic divide
* Critics representations of writers / writers characterizations of critics
* Parallel discourses in English departments and creative writing workshops
* Academic publishing: bridging academic and popular audiences
* The writer as genius versus the writer as assemblage
* Writing and identity * The pleasure of reading (in the academy?)
* Pedagogical issues: the role of aesthetic appreciation in the classroom

Selected papers will be published in the Iowa Review. Please submit papers, abstracts, or proposals by JUNE 15, 2000 to:
David Banash and Anthony Enns
Department of English
308 English-Philosophy Bldg.
University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242-1492

Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Erika Lin:




NEMLA (Northeast Modern Languages Association)
2001 Convention
March 30-31, 2001
Hartford, CT

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: September 15, 2000

The following are approved panel sessions for the upcoming NEMLA convention. Two-page abstracts for proposed papers should be sentdirectly to the session chair by September 15, 2000 along with a cover letter and any audio-visual requests. If your paper is accepted, you will be required to join the NEMLA.


Denise Levertov
Papers on any aspect of Denise Levertov's poetry,translations, prose and their political or intellectual contexts. Chair: Denise Elaine Lynch; Department of English; Central Connecticut State University; Stanley Street; New Britain, CT 06050; Phone: 860-832-2780; Email:; Home address: 80 Barksdale Road; West Hartford, CT 06117

The Politics of Poetic Form
Discussions of the political implications,uses, and interpretations of poetic form in American poetry. More interested in papers addressing prosodic and other formal features than in papers that are addressing genre. Chair: Michael Manson; English Department; Anna Maria College; 50 Sunset Lane; Paxton, MA 01612; Phone: 508-849-3481; Fax: 508-849-3362; Email:

Scene, School, Poet: Contemporary Links
This panel identifies and discusses potential links between the aesthetics of traditional and avante garde poetic schools and individual critics and poets.Chair: Heather White; Department of English; University of Rochester; 500 Wilson Boulevard; Rochester, NY 14627; Phone: 716-275-2160; Email:; Home address: 40 Rowley Street; Apt. #9; Rochester, NY 14607

The Small Press and Twentieth-Century American Literature
How the small press shapes authors conceptions of publishing and audiences; the role of the small press in literary culture. E-mail proposals preferred.Chair: Jim OLoughlin; English Department; Penn State University at Erie-Behrend College; Station Road; Erie, PA 16563; Phone: 814-898-6073; Fax: 814-898-6032; Email:; Home address: 556 West 8th Street; Erie, PA 16502

Twentieth-Century Surrealist Women Writers
Papers are welcome that examine the written works of surrealist women artists hailing from a variety of countries and decades.Chair: Kristin E. Zimmerman; French Department; The Pennsylvania State University; 325 South Burrows Bldg; University Park, PA 16802; Email:; Home address: 510 Toftrees Avenue; Apt #231; State College, PA 16803; Home email:





BELLADONNA* Reading Series presents Cecilia Vicuna (Cloud-Net, QUIPOem/The Precarious) & Letta Neely (Juba, When We Were Mud) & Tisa Bryant (Tzimmes) at 7 p.m., Friday, September 1, 2000 at Bluestockings Women's Bookstore, 172 Allen Street between Rivington and Stanton on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Contact: (212) 777-6028 for more information.





The e-zine Moria welcomes submissions for a soon to be added section on poetic theory. Theory submissions should deal with current issues in contemporary poetics, especially with issues relating to the language school and its inheritors. The essays do not need to follow any traditional notions of composition for academic essays. Submissions must be sent via e-mail to or to

big allis
Editors: Melanie Neilson & Deirdre Kovac

Issue 8 available now with new work by poets including: Heather Ramsdell, Juliana Spahr, Liz Waldner and many others. Special British and Irish feature. Guest editor: Fiona Templeton.

subscription inquiries:
     20 Douglass St.
     Brooklyn, NY 11231

a+bend press
editor Jill Stengel

3862 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

(all titles 1999)

SAYING NO. 3 by Jenna Roper Harmon
a s f a r a s by Jen Hofer
Genealogy by Kathy Lou Schultz
22 by Katherine Spelling
Spelt by Susan Gevirtz and Myung Mi Kim
Eve Doe: Prior to Landscape by Elizabeth Treadwell
definite articles by Sarah Anne Cox
Waltzing the Map byStandard Schaefer
extraneous roses by Lisa Kovaleski
Room by Dana Teen Lomax


C h a i n

Since 1993, Chain has been publishing a yearly issue of work.

Each issue features the work of around seventy people and is about 250
pages long.

Chain started with publishing mainly poetry. Now we publish photographs, essays, operas, performance transcripts, plays, sculptures, paintings, and other forms. Chain also emphasizes work by new or emerging artists and collaborative and mixed genre work.

Each issue focuses on a topic. Past topics have included gender and editing, documentary, mixed media and hybrid genres, processes and procedures, and different languages. The topic allows Chain's editors to switch the editorial question that they ask of each piece of work submitted--from "Is this a great piece of art?" to "Does this piece of art tell us something about the topic that we didn't otherwise know?". This makes Chain a little rougher around the edges, a little less aesthetically predictable.

Editors: Jena Osman and Juliana Spahr

Em Press
Editor/Printer: Dale Going
Poetry Pamphlet Series, 16 page books
letterpress printed on Italian and French mould-made papers
in signed limited editions of 100-150.

Currrently available:
Unseen Stream, Jaime Robles, ISBN 1-889589-01-2
Even the Smallest Act, Denise Liddell Lawson, ISBN 1-889589-02-0
Bowl, Carol Snow ISBN 1-889589-03-9

Due this Spring:
&O, Dale Going ISBN 1-889589-04-7
Human Forest, Denise Newman ISBN 1-889589-05-5

Series subscribers receive each book at $10 per copy. Individual titles are
available without subscription at $15. Subscription requests and single book requests:

Em Press
541 Ethel Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Ether Dome Press
Editors: Elizabeth Robinson and Colleen Lookingbill

Inquiries: c/o E. Robinson,
"A forum for new poetic voices." Goal: two chapbooks a year by women who have never published either a chapbook or a full-length collection. First book out, later this year: Brydie McPherson.

Kelsey St. Press: 25 years publishing women's innovative poetry

Kelsey St. Press publishes poetry by contemporary women writers that challenges traditional notions about form, content, and expression, and that offers readers insight into our diverse culture. In the mid-1980's Kelsey St. initiated a unique series of collaborations between visual artists and poets. Believing that poets and visual artists should talk to each other, the Press coordinates collaborations and then documents the results.Kelsey St. Press supports the work of innovative writers whose work has been disregarded by large, for-profit publishers. Just as New Directions championed early 20th century innovators Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, Kelsey St. Press has published late 20th century innovators Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Kathleen Fraser, Barbara Guest, Myung Mi Kim and Erica Hunt. A partial list of contemporary artist-collaborations include the work of Kiki Smith, Alison Saar, Richard Tuttle and Anne Dunn.

Kelsey Street Press
50 Northgate Avenue
Berkeley, CA. 94708
Visit the Kelsey St. Press website:
Information about our subscriber program is available upon request.

O Books
5729 Clover Dr.
Oakland, CA. 94618

for a catalog, go to:
Editor, Leslie Scalapino
[See "In Print", for individual titles]

Outlet Magazine & Double Lucy Books

PO Box 9013

Berkeley CA 94709 USA

Outlet Magazine

Outlet publishes poetry, fiction and criticism, loosely centered around a common theme. Themes have so far included fairy tales, ornament, and weather/maps. Please visit our website to view excerpts from current & previous issues, which include work by Franklin Bruno, Norma Cole, Malcolm de Chazal, Brenda Iijima, Lily James, Tan Lin, Pamela Lu, Yedda Morrison, Laura Moriarty, Michelle Murphy, Stephen Ratcliffe, Camille Roy, Linda Russo, Jocelyn Saidenberg, and many others.

[Sample copies: $5/ea. Subscriptions: $10/yr (2 issues). Checks to E. Treadwell]

Outlet (4/5) Weathermap -- due out Fall '99 -- will include new poetry and prose by Norma Cole, Gwyn McVay, Christopher Reiner, Kathy Lou Schultz, Liz Waldner & many others, plus an interview with Kathleen Fraser and a history of women publishers at the Poetry Project, NYC.


Outlet (6) Stars

Astronomy, astrology, celebrity, catastrophe, destiny, romance, navigation, wishes, fortune-telling, constellations. The passage of time. Hemispheres, seasons. Prophecy, heaven. Leonardo da Vinci/di Caprio. Submission postmark period: January 1-February 15, 2000.

Replies by: April 15, 2000. The issue will appear during Summer, 2000.





Raddle Moon
Editor: Susan Clark

please send correspondence to:
        350 East Second Ave., #58
        Vancouver, BC V5T4R8



Rooms is a quarterly publication-by-contribution created to provide a forum
and a consistent means of communication among women writers and artists interested in formal and visual experimentation. The journal has no editor; the work published in each edition depends on what individual Roomates wish to contribute. Poetry, essays, fiction, non-fiction and visual work will be included.


For New Contributors:
Send a sample of your work, a letter introducing yourself, and SASE to the
address below.

For Ongoing Contributors:
Send fifty photocopies of your piece and $10 (in a cash, stamps, or a check
made out to Dale Going) for binding and mailing to:

Rooms c/o Sari Broner, PO Box 12955
Berkeley, CA 94712

The deadlines for 2000 will be the 15 of March, September and December.

Second Story Books
Mary Burger, editor

85 Henry Street, #5
San Francisco, CA 94114

Second Story Books publishes works which navigate a relationship between narrative and lyric, interrogating implications of verbal consciousness as event and invoking fugitive conditions of place, time and subjectivity.

Titles from Second Story Books:

Not Right Now, Renee Gladman
A Summer Newsreel, Brenda Coultas
The Television Documentary, Lauren Gudath (forthcoming)
Confusion Comix, Jaques Debrot (forthcoming)


A Journal of experimental poetry with an emphasis on work from the Pacific

Editor: Susan M. Schultz

47-391 Hui Iwa, #3
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Look for on-line issues featuring work by poets including: Lyn Hejinian,
Eileen Myles, Susan Geviritz, Mary Burger, Carolyn Lei-lanilau, Ron
Silliman, Elizabeth Treadwell, Bill Luoma, Yi Sha, Juliana Spahr and many

tripwire: ajournal of poetics
edited by Yedda Morrison & David Buuck

PO Box 420936
San Francisco, CA 94142

tripwire3: Gender

featuring work by: Diane Ward, Carla Harryman & Lyn Hejinian, Norma Cole, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Linda Russo, Kristin Prevallet, Kevin Killian, Elizabeth Robinson and many others.



narrativity -- a critical journal of innovative narrative. Co-editors: Mary Burger, Robert Gluck, Camille Roy and Gail Scott.

Editor, Laura Moriarty

non, an electronic journal, emphasizes short essays, commentary, reviews, letters, journal extracts etc. and includes poetry and prose.

The next issue of non will be on the work of Leslie Scalapino. Future
issues of non are planned on song and on critical autobiography.

The headache non is the current issue. It includes writing in relation
to the usual writer and philosopher migraines, as well as work about or
generated by any on-going physical anguish.

Submissions and queries about submission are welcome.

An Invitation To Join A New Listserv About Women's Poetry:

The WOM-PO (Discussion of Women's Poetry) List is devoted to the
discussion of women poets of all periods, languages, aesthetics, and
ethnicities, and to their poetic and critical works.


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