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Dear Andy,
No official plans since the MSA is not part of the EPS conference circuit.
BUT having said that, I don't see any impediment in crashing the  
party. If you have ideas for a paper/seminar/round table we could use  
the EPS mailing list to cobble a proposal together.
Participants have to be members of the MSA.
Here a link to the MSA conference website:  

Quoting Andy Trevathan <[log in to unmask]> on Sat, 22 Feb 2014  
21:29:29 -0600:

> What are the Society's plans, if any,  for MSA 2014? It's in Pittsburgh
> this coming November.
> *Deadline for Seminar Proposals and Thursday Workshop Proposals is February
> 28, 2014 *
> http://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/msa16/
> I'm trying to put together something, but don't remember hearing anything
> from my fellow Poundians.
> Best,
> AndyT.
> On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM, Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Dear Poundians,
>> As you all know, The Ezra Pound Society has the major mission of
>> organising conference sessions and panels so that Poundians can present
>> their work and projects to the scholarly community. Until now, the EPS has
>> had two slots at the MLA in January and two slots at the American
>> Literature Association Conference in May. Preparations for the MLA
>> participation were made in February this year: Demetres organised a session
>> on literature and technology for the MLA 2014.
>> The very good news is that our colleague Prof. Alan Golding, who has now
>> been appointed Director of the Louisville Conference, has offered the
>> society a regular slot for this prestigious annual event. The Louisville
>> Conference is dedicated to literature after 1900 and its connections with
>> the other arts: it has run for 41 years now and is attended on average by
>> 500 scholars.
>> Alan tells me people come gladly year after year (and not only for the
>> music, excellent restaurants and the bourbon!). Have a look at the
>> conference website here:       http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/
>> I asked Alan about how the Louisville conference compares to the MSA.
>> This is what he told me:
>> ?Compared to MSA, it's somewhat smaller (about 500 people), and we don't
>> use MSA's seminar structure. We have a somewhat smaller book exhibit, but
>> still a pretty good-size Scholar's Choice table, and the U of Iowa Press is
>> now a presence too. Creative writing is a much stronger presence here than
>> at MSA; we run creative and critical panels simultaneously, and of our four
>> featured speaker slots, two are devoted to creative writing. I'm in touch
>> with Colson Whitehead about coming in 2014, and we still need to book our
>> poet; our critical speakers, Lauren Berlant and Peter Nicholls (of obvious
>> interest to Poundians), are in place. ? There's the full range of
>> participants, from grad students to full profs and name chairs. ? this
>> would be an opportunity to gather for folks working on the MLA Approaches
>> to Teaching Pound, among other possibilities.?
>> It is for us to shape our session according to our interests and pursuits,
>> which gives us a much-needed freedom to study Pound in context and interact
>> with scholars engaged in all areas of modernism. Other author societies,
>> like the T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens ones, are regulars at the
>> Louisville Conference. I have taken up contact with the Eliot society UK,
>> which has started its own call for papers for Louisville  ? it is a modest
>> beginning but in due course we could have stable channels of cooperation
>> and organise joint sessions or other projects.
>> The deadline for submissions is October 1st 2013.
>> Please send a 300 word abstract and separate cover sheet to
>> [log in to unmask] to participate in this first session we organise
>> for the Louisville conference as a society.
>> The cover sheet should include:
>> ?       Name (as it will appear in the program)
>> ?       Address (preferably home address)
>> ?       E-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance)
>> ?       Telephone number
>> ?       Academic affiliation (if applicable)
>> ?       Title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program)
>> ?       National origin/genre of work discussed (please be specific)
>> ?       Personal biographical note (100-150 words
>> Depending on the nature of the work you submit, I will devise an inclusive
>> theme, rationale and title for our session.
>> To conclude:
>> Through our organisation we are fortunate to have what could be called a
>> stable ?conference season? running from January through May (MLA,
>> Louisville, ALA). Let us use it to present our work, discuss it with peers,
>> and establish contacts.
>> My promise to you at this point is that the participants in the Louisville
>> Conference will be the first to benefit from a website I plan to create for
>> the EPS. At present, most of us have to wait up to four years to see our
>> work published, or at least posted somewhere for public attention. As
>> people in my family used to say (a lot): ?This situation is intolerable. It
>> can?t and shouldn?t last!?
>> The least we can do is post the conference abstracts on the website, so
>> that we have a running record of what we work on. For those of you who have
>> a project ready and are willing to show it to peers, the society website
>> could be a working option, permanent or temporary, as you choose.
>> I am now preparing a white paper with proposals, so as to let you know
>> what such a website could be like. I hope to finish a draft by the end of
>> September and look forward to your input and ideas.
>> Please use the email address above to write to me on any concerns, queries
>> and proposals about the EPS you might have.
>> With all my best,
>> Roxana
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> --
> *Andy Trevathan*
> "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive
> characters are seared with scars." ~ Kahlil Gibran
> "We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy." ~
> Joseph Campbell

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