Saving the Planet: You and Your Literary Not-for-Profit - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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Convener: David Rothman (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Almost all of those who labor in the vineyards of the literary world will spend much of their professional lives as members of, or employed by, or helping to run non-profit corporations (such as the ALSC), yet relatively few of us study how such organizations work. If we are to make any progress in our advocacy for literary education and the literary imagination we must not only do the best possible work in our areas of expertise, but also strive to build the strongest possible organizations. This panel brings together a group of writers, editors, critics and scholars who also have extensive experience in running literary and educational non-profits to discuss crucial issues that are often invisible, viz. governance, management, fundraising, advocacy, and the planning that are necessary if such institutions are to thrive. Please send proposals to David Rothman at, with a CC to

Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the session by July 3. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of the panel or seminar and (2) the Association's office at On your e-mail's "subject" line, please give your name and other information in the following form: "ALSC 2009, [Name of Session] abstract by [First Name, Last Name]." For details regarding submission length, please refer to the individual instructions for each session.

If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice acknowledging receipt of your proposal.