UPDATE: [General] The New American Poetry: Fifty Years Later [collection] (7/15/2008)

full name / name of organization: 
John R. Woznicki
contact email: 

Deadline Extended (note new email address):
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 to submit a 500-word abstract, as well as a current CV, in MS Word format by
July 15, 2008. 

For submission of proposals and/or inquiries, please contact:
Dr. John R. Woznicki, Associate Professor of English, Holy Family University: 


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