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ALA Annual Conference in Boston, May 25-28, 2023

Greetings to Members of the Elizabeth Bishop Society,

The Elizabeth Bishop Society is calling for paper proposals for the American Literature Association conference on May 25-28, 2023 in Boston at the Westin Copley Place Hotel. The topic will be open.

We are looking for papers on any aspect of Elizabeth Bishop’s work. We are open to papers involving innovations in genre, connections with other writers, interdisciplinary approaches, and discussions of environmental, transnational, historical, geographical, archival, gender, queer, psychological, child development, and animal studies.

If interested, please email a proposed title and abstract of approximately 200 words by January 15, addressed to myself at and to Advisory Board members Bethany Hicok at and Angus Cleghorn at

Details about the conference, hotel reservations, a tentative conference schedule, and covid policies may be found at the ALA website at:


Thomas Travisano, President

Bishop-Lowell Studies!

A new journal entitled Bishop-Lowell Studies with Editor Ian Copestake will feature scholarly articles on Bishop, Lowell, and related 20th-century writing. Please see the website at

The last issue of The Elizabeth Bishop Bulletin was Fall 2019. Thanks to everyone in the Elizabeth Bishop Society for reading and contributing to the bulletin, as well as developing Bishop scholarship over the years! I will keep in touch as a member of the Bishop-Lowell Studies editorial board. Cheers,

Angus Cleghorn

The below ALA panel was postponed due to covid-19 and will occur at the next annual ALA conference:
San Diego, California — May 21-24, 2020

“One Art: Elizabeth Bishop and Friendship”

Chair: Thomas Travisano, Hartwick College
1. “Elizabeth Bishop and Rhoda Wheeler Sheehan,” Fiona Sheehan, Independent Scholar
2. “Elizabeth Bishop with Pablo Neruda and Marianne Moore,” Scott Challener, College of William and Mary
3. “Elizabeth Bishop with Anny Baumann and Dorothee Bowie,” David Hoak, Independent Scholar
The Elizabeth Bishop Phenomenon: Twenty-five Years Later”
Moderator: Scott Challener, College of William and Mary

Thomas Travisano, Hartwick College
Bethany Hicok, Williams College
…and two or three additional people.
Proposals expressing interest in participation can be sent to

New Books

Angus Cleghorn, ed. Elizabeth Bishop and the Music of Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Bethany Hicok, ed. Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive. Lever Press, 2020.

Anne-Marie Fyfe. No Far Shore: Charting Unknown Waters. Seren Books, 2019.


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