The New American Poetry: 50th Anniversary Conference (May 1, '10 / October 23, '10)

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University of Warwick

The New American Poetry: 50th Anniversary Conference
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
October 23, 2010

2010 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Donald Allen's The New American Poetry: 1945-1960, arguably the most important anthology of English-language poetry published in the past century. Consisting largely of poets who were almost entirely unknown at the time of its publication, Allen's volume served as a prescient guide to the subsequent history of American poetry, featuring such widely studied and influential figures as John Ashbery, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), Jack Kerouac, Kenneth Koch, Denise Levertov, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, James Schuyler, and Jack Spicer. Due in part to its timing, The New American Poetry set the agenda for extra-academic, oppositional and experimental poetics for at least the next thirty years.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of The New American Poetry, the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick is hosting a one-day commemorative conference. We welcome papers on any aspect of The New American Poetry: the poets it featured, its editorial politics, its varied cultural contexts. We're especially interested in papers that address the anthology within an international or global frame, however construed. Topics of interest might include:

• The NAP and the mid-century anglophone poetic field
• countercultural poetics and the Cold War
• internationalism, translation and ambassadorial poetics of the postwar period
• gender politics, masculinity, performance
• the politics of 'open' form
• political and social dissidence: domestic and international
• poetic social formations: schools, communities, coteries
• queer poetics
• urban poetics
• collaboration, conflict and exchange
• The NAP within the history of anthologies and anthologization
• the international reception of The NAP

Keynote speaker: Peter Middleton, University of Southampton

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to both Nick Lawrence ( and Daniel Katz (

Deadline: 1 May 2010.