Wow, Roxana! Your letter to the EPS is wonderful, and I have already written to Sapiel to find out how to donate. The award for best article that you propose is EXCELLENT! I trust that this new award will definitely come about. You're the best. Best Regards, Grace
From: Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 1:37 PM
Subject: EPS Information Bulletin no.2 / September 24, 2013 ? The Society Awards
As you may know, The Ezra Pound Society gives an annual award for the best book in Pound studies published in the previous year. The time has come for us to decide what book receives the prize for 2012.
For those of you who do not know of this award, here is a retrospective:
The first winner was Alec Marsh for his book Money and Modernity (1999),
Leon Surette (Pound in Purgatory, 2000),
Walter Baumann (Roses in the Steel Dust, 2001),
Margaret Fisher (Ezra Pound's Radio Operas, 2004),
Peter Liebregts (Pound and Neoplatonism, 2005),
Mary De Rachewiltz together with David and Joanna Moody for their edition of correspondence Ezra Pound to his Parents, 2011.
As you see, this is a roll of honor and a beautiful tradition, which is now for us to continue. Please write to me to propose books for consideration.
The award is given at the MLA convention and the winner receives a cheque for $500.
I await your proposals until November 15, when I will write to let you know what books are being considered. That gives us time to decide on the book winner until the next MLA convention in January 2014.
I would like to take this opportunity to launch an initiative: I propose to you that the society also give an award for the best article in Pound studies published in the previous year. An article can be the vehicle for exciting new discoveries; it often makes a young scholar's career; it establishes or consolidates a reputation. I would like to give young Poundians the chance to compete with their elders and to win prestige and recognition among their peers for outstanding small-scale work.
The award of 2014 would honor an essay published in a journal or volume in 2012 and 2013. I propose that the society gives the winner a cheque for $100 and ensures that the article is promoted on our website (which we WILL have). We could have a small ceremony at the ALA conference in May 2014 to announce and celebrate the winner.
For the articles we can extend the submissions period until January 1st. Please don?t be shy to propose your own work ? all I ask is that the article has an abstract which clearly states the argument and shows in what way the article breaks new ground, makes a discovery, or is a departure from established practices and assumptions. In January I will let you know what article proposals I have received.
If you like this initiative, I would be deeply grateful for sponsorship ? at present the society does not receive any membership dues and any donation would help us ensure we continue to give the society awards and honour the bright ideas and the courageous research Poundians do. To donate, please write to [log in to unmask]
I look forward to your proposals ? I am now investigating possible channels for a society mailbox ? I hope to reach a decision before mid-November. A mailbox could be a temporary solution that would give more shape to the EPS; it would also give us the possibility to vote on the awards and provide storage space for our materials.
Until then, please write to me at [log in to unmask]
Al the very best,
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