Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The New American Poetry: Call for Work

Essays are sought for a collection of critical essays on Donald Allen’s 1960 seminal anthology, “The New American Poetry,” an anthology that Marjorie Perloff called in a 1995 essay, “[…] the fountainhead of radical American poetics.” Such an edition should be very well received and will add greatly to poetry scholarship today due to the monumental influence the original collection has had. Allen’s anthology was the first to widely distribute the poetry and theoretical positions of poets such as Charles Olson and Allen Ginsberg and the Beats, and it was the first to categorize these poets by the schools (Black Mountain, New York, San Francisco, etc.) by which we know them today.

As you may have recognized, Allen’s anthology is approaching its fiftieth anniversary. This collection, The New American Poetry: Fifty Years Later, will seek a variety of scholars and artists to speak of the influence of Allen’s text in the literary and academic world as it reaches this landmark date. This anniversary provides a unique time for reflection; this volume will generate great interest in renewed study of the American avant-garde, past and present, by literary scholars and historians of American culture.

Though the book has not yet been contracted, it is believed a major (university) press will sponsor this anthology. Query letters are in the process of being considered.

Completed essays will range from 7,000 to 10,000 words, though provisions may be made for longer essays. The aim is to
complete the manuscript by early 2009 for 2010 publication.

Interested authors are to submit a 500-word abstract, as well as a current CV, in MS Word format by May 15, 2008.

For submission of proposals and/or inquiries, please contact:

Dr. John R. Woznicki, Associate Professor of English, Georgian Court University:

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