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Keynote speaker: Daniel Albright, Harvard University

1. CALL FOR PAPERS. The Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at the annual meeting in St. Louis. Clearly organized proposals of about 300 words, on any topic reasonably related to Eliot, along with biographical sketches, should be forwarded by June 15, 2012, to the President, David Chinitz, by email (

Papers given by graduate students and scholars receiving their doctoral degrees no more than two years before the date of the meeting will be considered for the Fathman Young Scholar Award. Those eligible for this award should mention the fact in their submission.

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Led by Lesley Wheeler, this MSA-style seminar will focus on the aural/oral aspects of Eliot's writing. Any approach is welcome but possible topics might include Eliot's engagement with the soundscapes of the period; his recordings; speech, music, and noise as tropes; the interplay of voices in his verse drama; or the sonic features of his poetry, including rhythm, rhyme, and other appeals to the mind's ear. Some of the questions we will discuss, depending on the interests of the participants, might be: How do Eliot's textual voices and voiced texts compare to other contemporary soundings? What ideas about poetic genres come into play? How does his handling of poetry's aural elements evolve over time?

Professor Wheeler is the author of Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present (Cornell, 2008), among other books. Her most recent poetry collection is Heterotopia, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize (2010). She has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other grantors, and won a 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. Her current research topics include virtual and transnational poetic communities; the role of rhyme in contemporary writing; and lyric poetry as speculative fiction.

The seminar is open to the first 15 registrants; registration will close July 1st. Seminarians will submit 4-5 page position papers by e-mail, no later than September 1st. To sign up, or for answers to questions, please write Frances Dickey (

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Conference Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Conference Starts: September 28, 2012
Conference Ends: September 30, 2012

CFP Submission Deadline: June 15, 2012

For more information, contact: David Chinitz