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 Up'date Coordinator Kate Fagan





The Paper

The Paper is a new British magazine which invites contributors to write on particular themes.  The magazine’s two issues to date have been notable for the prominence given to new work by women poets interested in innovation and experiment. Issue 1 (January 2001) - on the garden and the pastoral - included work by Australian poet Pam Brown and the British poets Geraldine Monk, Sarah Law and Harriet Tarlo. Issue 2 (September 2001)—on song and lyric—includes new work by Lisa Jarnot, Frances Presley, Donna Sennett and a broadsheet by Christine Kennedy entitled “Hiving The Sol: The Feminine Monarchie Revisited, or an Opera and Ballet notation concerning Bees, and the due ordering of them.”  The next issue—forthcoming March 2002—will be a substantial volume on the theme of poetry, performance and site specificity.  With contributions from Geraldine Monk, Carla Harryman, Frances Presley, Lee Ann Brown and Redell Olsen, it promises to make a significant contribution to ongoing debates about the liveness of poetry. Issues 1 & 2 cost £2.50/US$5.00 each or £4.00/US$9.00 the two. Contact: The Paper, 29 Vickers Road, Firth Park, Sheffield S5 6UY, UK or Cheques payable to ‘D G Kennedy’.


“makeup on empty space”: a celebration of Anne Waldman

March 13-15, 2002-02-18

Panel Discussions and Readings

Special Collections Library

7th Floor, Hatcher graduate library

University of Michigan Library, Michigan

Symposium participants include:

Anne Waldman Allan Kornblum
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge  Joanne Kyger
Maria Damon Ken Mikolowski
Andrei Codrescu Akilah Oliver
Laura Bardwell Jena Osman
Steven Clay    Ron Padgett
David Cope      Kristin Prevallet
Rachel Blau DuPlessis Eleni Sikelianos
Alan Gilbert  Heather Thomas
Anselm Hollo   Lorenzo Thomas
  Diane Wakoski  

Exhibit: material from the Waldman archives, February 11-May 25, 2002-02-18

Special Collections Library

For more information, email


Marjorie Welish Conference

Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

3417 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Free admission

Curated by Aaron Levy and Jean-Michel Rabaté

Participants include:

Thomas Zummer, Keith Tuma, Osvaldo Romberg, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Bob Perelman, Joseph Masheck, Aaron Levy, Norma Cole

Pre-conference participants include:

Chris Tysh, Frances Richard, Matthew Jelacic, Ron Janssen, Carla Harryman, Olivier Gourvil, Deborah Gans, Kenneth Baker

For more information, see


Poetry and Performance

April 5-6, 2002

Barnard College, New York

Time: 9am-8pm

Weekend performances: 8-10 pm

Place: Julius S. Held Lecture Hall, Barnard Hall

The Barnard Women Poets Series focuses on Gertrude Stein this semester.  On April 5-6, in conjunction with the Barnard Department of English, some of today’s most accomplished poets and performers will explore Stein’s legacy.  Discussions with and performances by artists such as Lee Ann Brown, Thalia Field, Anna Rabinowitz, Bevya Rosten, Leslie Scalapino and Susan Wheeler will help liberate words from the confines of the page, tap into their inherent dramatic power, and, in doing so, build some new and vital shapes.  Poet and playwright Brighde Mullins will provide the keynote address.


Modernist Studies Association Fourth Annual Conference

31 October-3 November, 2002-02-18

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Deadline for Seminar Proposals: February 15, 2002-02-18

Deadline for Panel Proposals: May 1, 2002-02-18

For further details:


Twentieth-Century Literature Conference
(21-24 February, 2002 at University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky)

Call for Papers Deadline: September 15, 2001

The Twentieth-Century Literature conference, now in its thirtieth year, has become an international event attracting more than six hundred participants annually.  Scholars in all languages and literatures are invited to submit proposals on any topic pertaining to literary works published since 1900.  The Conference also welcomes submissions by creative writers.  Reading committees select the best critical and creative works; the papers are then grouped for presentation at sectional meetings held on the campus of the University of Louisville.

Send submissions and correspondence to:

Danielle Day, Conference Director
Dept of Classical & Modern Languages
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292
Tel: 502 852 6686

We welcome inquiries by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail, but the conference will not accept electronic submissions.  Consult our website for additional conference information:


Lust for Life:
The Writings of Kathy Acker

(7-8 November, 2002 at New York University, New York)

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2001

We invite you to submit paper proposals for a conference on the writings of Kathy Acker, one of the most erudite, provocative, fearless, and influential writers of our time.  The conference will include scholars from various disciplines, including Catharine Stimpson, Eve Sedgwick, Gayatri Spivak, Andrew Ross, and Avital Ronell.  Panels will address these and other issues: the politics of appropriation, gender drifting and geo-eroticism, the intersection of literature and philosophy, violence and desire, queerness and feminism, language and representation, visual art and performance, and the role of pornography.

‘Lust for Life’ is planned in conjunction with the publication of Essential Acker: The Kathy Acker Reader, edited by Amy Scholder and Dennis Cooper, forthcoming from Grove Press; and an exhibition of Acker’s manuscripts and drawings from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture in Duke University’s Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library and the Fales Library at NYU.

The ‘Lust for Life’ committee—Amy Scholder, Carla Harryman, Avital Ronell, Marvin Taylor, Eric Zinner, Matias Viegener, Cristina Favretto—is working in conjunction with the Fales Library and New York University, where the conference will take place.  There will be a plenary session and panels, followed by a public reading from Kathy Acker’s writing.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length.  Please email your proposals to:

Marvin Taylor at

Or send to

Marvin J Taylor
Director, Fales Library and Special Collections
New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012



“Partly Writing” is a cross-institutional event in two inter-connected parts co-hosted by Dartington College of Arts (19-20 January 2002) and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Oxford Brookes University (early April 2002). Both parts are co-organised by Romana Huk, Research Fellow, Centre for Modern and Contemporary Poetry (Oxford Brookes) and Caroline Bergvall, Associate Fellow in Performance Writing, Centre for Research in Contemporary Performance Arts (Dartington).

Description (subject to further development by participants):

The main rationale for the two events of talks, discussions, presentations is to bring together an international group of poets, text-based practitioners, critics and arts organisations to think over the question of writing for public spaces and the various modes and cross-arts forms in which this takes place.  Both events aim to mark out current intellectual and practical strategies, to examine enquiries set up by lines of practice and to promote peer exchange in environments conducive to in-depth discussions and critical exchanges.  At the core of these two complementary events lies the need to question the effectiveness of textual interventions for the regeneration of cultural spaces and poetic discourses. Although the overall format for each event differs slightly, specific discussions will start from a few headings to show up and push on from some of the approaches taken up by writers as a response to changing communication patterns: emerging and compound literacies, bilingual investment, collaborative developments, translation as a practice of localisation.  The question running through these issues is the extent to which innovative text practices function increasingly as a complex set of negotiations (cultural, linguistic, institutional, interpersonal) that both feed off and exceed specialist literary traditions and test out new modes of intervening with language and written text in a range of environments. This can affect perceptions around the privacy of process and highlight some of the ways in which writers are contributing to mixed-media strategies and ephemeral works.

PARTLY WRITING 1: Writing as Negotiated Space.
Changing Literacies: Technological and contextual investments
(Dartington College of Arts, 19-20 January, 2001)

PARTLY WRITING invites participation in a number of differing modes. 

Its proceedings will issue in several stages to mark the ongoing process of the work; featured readings and initial- versus after-thoughts will appear on our website for all to follow, while various electronic and journal selections will precede our final volume of collected pieces published under Oxford Brookes’ developing imprint.  An open plenary discussion by way of follow-up is also being organized for the autumn.

The first part of the project, the seminar at Dartington College of Arts, will be the smaller of the two events, limiting its core participants to twenty-five and inviting ten auditors.  It will work from shared reading suggested by invited seminarians and posted on our website; its mini-interventions (five minutes per participant) will help to direct conversation generated out of the readings and will be loosely configured within four working sessions.  The invited participants involve an international range of poets, text-based practitioners, members of arts organizations and critics; there will also be up to seven spaces made available to others who might wish to apply to participate.  Auditors and applying participants will be given accommodations and selected meals in exchange for a seminar fee of sixty pounds made payable to Dartington College of Arts.  Selections of those additional participants will depend upon the relevance of their proposed interventions and history of writing completed to date.  An abstract, c.v. and photocopied samples of relevant past work should be sent by 30 September to Caroline Bergvall at

Inquiries welcomed by Caroline Bergvall

PARTLY WRITING 2: Collaborative Imperatives.

Translation Practices: Responsive Writings (Early April: date to be confirmed)

The second event to be held at Oxford Brookes University’s Centre for Modern and Contemporary Poetry will be open in terms of number of participants, all of whom (beyond invited practitioners) will be responsible for their own accommodations and meals in addition to the colloquium fee of 30 pounds (half-price concessions).  (Lists of inexpensive B&Bs are available from Simon Baalham, conference secretary at Brookes: )  Although its session headings will evolve in part out of conversations that take place in event one, the general program will be set by the end of the autumn and allowed to stretch to accommodate issues and problems that arise in the seminar.  One-page abstracts for strictly-timed twenty-minute presentations should be sent to Romana Huk at by 30 November. Inquiries welcomed by Romana Huk.


ACLA Annual Conference 2002
(11-14 April, 2002 at University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras)

Call For Papers:

Deadline for Seminar proposals: 1 August, 2001

Deadline for Individual Abstracts: 1 October, 2001

General Themes:

  1. Carribean Crossings: For centuries, the Carribean has been a particular locus of border crossings of many kinds—cultural, linguistic, ethnic, etc.  We invite panels or individual papers focused on border crossings within the Carribean or on relations of Carribean countries with the world at large.
  2. Translation issues: Both the act of translating from one language to another and the act of translating fromone culture or context to another are crucial to comparatists in a global context.  We invite panels or individual papers focused on translations, translation theory or translation as a metaphor.
  3. Diasporas: From antiquity to the present, the migration of peoples, languages and literatures into new worlds has created a fertile context for comparative work.  We invite panels or individual papers focused on diasporas of various kinds and on how such movements affect literary texts, motifs or theory.

Abstracts or proposals for seminars should be submitted either in hard copy or by email to:

Professor Kathleen L. Komar
Department of Comparative Literature
212 Royce Hall
Box 951536
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1536
USA (Please enter “ACLA 2002” on the subject line of your emails)

For further information, please consult the conference website at:



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