CFP: ALA panel on Adrienne Rich

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Jen Riley
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I invite proposals for the formation of a panel on Adrienne Rich for the upcoming American Literature Association (ALA) conference in May 2014 in Washington, D.C.

As we all know, American poet Adrienne Rich died on March 27, 2012. The response, nationally and international, to this loss was immediate and speaks to her place and import in American literature and culture. As Katha Pollit wrote, "The death of Adrienne Rich marks not only the end of a long and transcendent literary career—thirty books of poetry and prose, prizes beyond counting—but the end of a kind of poetry that mattered in the world beyond poetry." The Poetry Foundation claims Rich as "one of America's foremost public intellectuals," while the New York Times wrote that Rich was "a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century." For over 60 years, Adrienne Rich has mapped who we are and what we believe in five essay collections, sixteen poetry collections, and three editions of collected poems. Her volumes of writings address a diverse range of issues including, gender, class, sexuality, nationalism, poverty, violence, racism, and our individual and collective responsibilities to our local, national, and international communities.

Please contact me directly if you would like to join in on a panel that evaluates the impact of Rich's writings and her legacy.

The panel proposal is due to ALA by January 30th. For consideration, please send abstracts (250-600 words) by January 24th.


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