CFP MLA 2014

February 13, 2013

New Directions in Williams Studies

Contemporary approaches to Williams in “lightning talk” PechaKucha format to encourage substantial discussion and dialogue amongst participants & audience members. Possible topics might include: medicine/embodiment; technology; transnationalism; ecocriticism; Williams and/in archives. 200 word abstracts & CV to by March 22.

MLA 2014 will be held in Chicago, IL from 9-12 January.


CFP: Edited Collection

January 23, 2013

William Carlos Williams and the Visual Arts: A Hundred Years after the Armory Show

Original work is sought for a collection of critical essays on William Carlos Williams and the visual arts.  As evident in his friendships with artists and his commentary about art, William Carlos Williams thought deeply about the relation of art and his poetics.  “I might easily have become a painter,” he memorably recounts in I Wanted to Write a Poem, “… except that the articulate art of poetry gave a more immediate opportunity for the attack” (3).  The 1913 Armory Show centennial provides a unique time for new study of the ways visual arts influenced Williams’s thoughts and writings; it is our hope that this volume will generate renewed interest among literary scholars and art historians about this dynamic aspect of Williams’s legacy.  By showcasing new ways of thinking about Williams’s association with the visual arts, this edition will contribute greatly to the rich history of Williams scholarship on this topic.

Though the book has not yet been contracted, it is believed an academic press will sponsor this collection. 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 late 2013 for 2014 publication.
Interested authors are to submit a 500-word abstract, as well as a current CV, in MS Word format by April 15, 2013.

For submission of proposals and/or inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Dan Morris, Professor of English, Purdue University:
Dr. Paul Cappucci, Professor of English, Georgian Court University:

The Louis Martz Prize for 2009 has been awarded to Andrew J. Krivak, for his editing of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912 (Farleigh Dickinson UP).

From Amazon:

This book recovers the earliest epistolary activity of one of America’s most innovative and influential modernist poets. From 1902 to 1912, William Carlos Williams wrote more than 300 letters to his younger brother Edgar, an accomplished architect with whom Williams shared the desire to become ‘a great artist’. This collection of 200 letters sheds new light on the aesthetic thoughts and practices with which Williams was engaged for a full decade before his unique voice emerged in the forerunner to Paterson, ‘The Wanderer’ (1914). Providing a comprehensive introduction, exhaustive annotation, images of poetry and artwork, and hundreds of letters never before seen by scholars, this critical edition provides substantially new material on Williams and will be an important addition to the study of early American modernism.

The Williams Society and its membership would like to thank the efforts of both sets of judges for their cooperation and dedication in assessing the year’s work, and we would also like to offer our collective thanks to Scott Peterson for making the existence of these prizes possible.