Poetics at New College of California: "The Roots and Routes of Making Poems"

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
panel at PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
contact email: 

The Poetics program at New College of California (ca. 1980-2000s) was a distinctly alien presence among graduate-level academic programs in North America. Focused solely upon the study of poetry, it offered a truly alternative approach to that found in more traditional academic settings. Throughout the program's history few of its faculty possessed much beyond an M.A. degree, if that, (indeed the longest serving core faculty member David Meltzer possessed no degree whatsoever) yet the vast majority—and all of its core faculty through the years—were published poets actively publishing and pursuing further opportunities outside of academia. An upcoming anthology gathering critical writings by faculty and alumni will appear this fall with Vernon press, see: https://vernonpress.com/book/867. The Table of Contents viewable on that page offers some idea of the topics and figures covered by the program. Proposals are welcome addressing aspects of the curriculum and/or correspondences between work of poets involved in the program over the years as well as the role played by the program in the Bay Area poetry scene and beyond.  See: call for papers to submit abstract. You must register an account though the pamla site. See conference site for more info: https://pamla.org/2020 Contact: pdunagan@gmail.com with any questions.