Charles Olson/Black Mountain College Panel at ALA, May 24-27, 2012; deadline January 7, 2012

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Gary Grieve-Carlson / The Charles Olson Society
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Charles Olson began teaching at Black Mountain College as a visiting lecturer in October 1948, was appointed Rector in March 1951, and presided over the College's closing in 1956. During those years he wrote some of his most important essays and poems, including the first of "The Maximus Poems," and began his influential engagements with Cid Corman, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Ed Dorn, and many others. We are interested in papers on the work that Olson produced during this time, including poetry, prose, drama, and unpublished material (including lecture notes), as well as the influence (broadly construed) that he and Black Mountain exerted on other writers, including those who studied or taught at Black Mountain or were published in "The Black Mountain Review," but also the Beats, the Language poets, British poets, and others. Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent to Gary Grieve-Carlson at or to Jeffrey Gardiner at by January 7, 2012. Please include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), e-mail address, and audio-visual requirements (if any).