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Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 17:11:08 -0400
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Dear Roxana,

I'm currently chin-deep marking final papers and exams, but I couldn't
resist checking in. Nicely done!

Perhaps we can have a real conversation at some point very soon --


On Sun, May 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM, Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Ezra Pound Society Bulletin no. 5, May 11, 2014
> Dear friends,
> Since I took over the running of this society of ours last year, I have
> been talking to you about the desirability of a website and a newsletter
> for our society.
> At some point I realized that the best thing would be to launch them
> together. They are ready now and the time has come to show you what I have
> been working on for the past few months.
> I must confess that I?ve been rather ambitious for our society ? other
> literary organisations have websites, but none, so far as I know, is
> interactive, like ours.
> All the other societies have newsletters, but none so far as I know, is
> multimedia. In fact, the quality of contributions I received for the first
> issue have prompted me to change its status to ?little magazine?. If you
> care to register on the site to read the little mag, I think you will agree
> with me. It is called Make It New.
> The magazine, as well as my proposals for society projects are closed to
> the wider public and open just to members. You will see that the table of
> contents of the little mag is open access. But in order to actually read
> it, you?ll have to register.
> At this point this website is our society home. It is a house with a lot
> of empty rooms waiting for your contributions and improvements. I have
> provided just the minimum content, or a few placeholders. Ideally it should
> become a place where we are comfortable to return ? to adorn and enrich it
> as every loving homeowner does.
> The society is now initiating another way of gaining and cultivating
> membership. In the past, members were the subscribers to Paideuma, a model
> common to other literary societies as well.
> While we would certainly urge Pound scholars to maintain their
> subscriptions to the journal, I think that another model, with a low-cost
> subscription would be an incentive for more people to become members. The
> society financial goals are as ever, to have a money foundation for the
> awards. Then, if there is anything left, the society could initiate and
> carry out a number of projects, which are described on the website. It
> could also ideally offer some help to deserving postgraduate students (a
> modest subvention of conference travel costs comes to mind in that respect).
> Finally
> Like anything that is new, the website might not always perform smoothly
> or be the same for everyone in every circumstance. We are now testing,
> experimenting. You have to make allowances for my new role as web designer/
> administrator. If you have problems or suggestions, don?t shoot, just drop
> me an email or simply offer your help, it will be welcome.
> As to the magazine ? when you see the pilot issue, you will have a better
> idea of what it can do for us. Justin Kishbaugh will run it as a managing
> editor and Barry Ahearn and I will be in the wings to look kindly over his
> shoulder. We plan to do more reviewing, especially the publications of the
> last two years. If you?d rather start smaller and provide a chapter or
> article summary, this is welcome too. Just get in touch.
> This is a cordial invitation to you all to become members of a changed
> Ezra Pound Society ? with new presence and visibility, improved means of
> communication, and a unique chance for us to work together.
> Just go to http://www.ezrapoundsociety.org
> With all my best,
> Roxana
> --
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