Bibliography of Critical Writings on Alice Notley’s work

Bibliography in progress – if you wish to add / submit a title or titles, please email or use form below.


Arterian, Diana. “‘Spirit Flows From Pieces’: Alice Notley’s Collage Art.” The Poetry Foundation website. Originally Published: August 30th, 2019.

Bendall, Molly, and Alice Notley. The Antioch Review, vol. 55, no. 2, 1997, pp. 247–248.

Bloch, Julia. “Alice Notley’s Descent: Modernist Genealogies and Gendered Literary Inheritance.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 35, no. 3, 2012, pp. 1–24.

Dubois, Page. “‘An Especially Peculiar Undertaking’: Alice Notley’s Epic.” Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 2001, pp. 86–97.

DuCharme, Mark. “Interview: Alice Notley.” Onthebus, vol. 4–5, no. 2–1 [10–11], 1992, pp. 284–95.

Foster, Edward. “An Interview with Alice Notley.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, vol. 1, 1988, pp. 14–35.

Foster, Edward. “An Interview with Alice Notley.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, vol. 23–26, 2001, pp. 526–35.

Hinton, Laura. “Down in the Dump: The Abject in Alice Notley’s Culture of One.” Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, vol. 3, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 127–37.

Hix, H. L. “Alice Notley’s Mythic Descent/Dissent.” Interlitteraria, vol. 13, no. 2, 2008, pp. 329–43.

Irwin, Mark. “Machine’s Corpse: Within the City’s Body.” Denver Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 1–2, 1997, pp. 125–33.

Johnson, Eleanor. “Critical Poetics: A Meditation on Alternative Critical Vernaculars.” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, vol. 6, no. 4, 2015, pp. 375–84.

Keelan, Claudia, and Alice Notley. “A Conversation: September 2002-December 2003.” The American Poetry Review, vol. 33, no. 3, May 2004, pp. 15–19.

Keelan, Claudia. “I Find Out Everything I Believe Through Writing: An Interview with Alice Notley.” Quo Anima: Spirituality and Innovation in Contemporary Women’s Poetry, edited by Jennifer Phelps and Elizabeth Robinson, University of Akron Press, 2019, pp. 58–75.

Lamm, Kimberly. “On Alice Notley’s In the Pines.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, vol. 36–37, 2008, pp. 23–27.

Lipkin, Elline. “Resist, Reframe, Insist: Alice Notley’s Poetics of Inclusion.” North American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Beyond Lyric and Language, edited by Lisa Sewell and Kazim Ali, Wesleyan University Press, 2020, pp. 108–28.

Macari, Anne Marie. “I Invented the Arts to Stay Alive: ‘Alice Notley’s’ Culture of One.” The American Poetry Review, vol. 42, no. 3, 2013, pp. 42–43.

Mccabe, Susan. “Alice Notley’s Epic Entry: ‘An Ecstasy of Finding Another Way of Being.’” The Antioch Review, vol. 56, no. 3, 1998, pp. 273–280.

McCabe, Susan. “Alice Notley’s Experimental Epic: ‘An Ecstacy of Finding Another Way of Being.’” We Who Love to Be Astonished: Experimental Women’s Writing and Performance Poetics, edited by Laura Hinton et al., University of Alabama Press, 2002, pp. 41–53.

Nelson, Maggie. “Dear Dark Continent: Alice Notley’s Disobediences.” Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, University of Iowa Press, 2007.

Notley, Alice, and Robert Dewhurst. “Alice Notley.” Bomb, no. 133, 2015, pp. 96–102.

Notley, Alice. “Doublings.” The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood, edited by Patricia Dienstfrey et al., Wesleyan University Press, 2003, pp. 137–43.

David Reckford. “Interview of Alice Notley”Transatlantica [En ligne], 1 | 2019, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2020, consulté le 19 avril 2022URL : ; DOI :

Robbins, Amy. “Alice Notley’s Post-Confessional I: Toward a Poetics of Postmodern Witness.” Pacific Coast Philology, vol. 41, 2006, pp. 76–90.

Roman, Christopher. “The Owl of the System: Alice Notley’s Queer Poetics in The Descent of Alette.” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, 2015, pp. 211–23.

Sadoff, Ira. “Inside/Out.” The American Poetry Review, vol. 29, no. 2, Mar. 2000, pp. 9–12.

Scalapino, Leslie. “Pattern-and the ‘Simulacral.’” Artifice and Indeterminacy: An Anthology of New Poetics, edited by Christopher Beach, University of Alabama Press, 1998, pp. 130–39.

Selinger, Eric Murphy. “That Awkward Glance.” Parnassus: Poetry in Review, vol. 21, no. 1–2, 1995, pp. 298–324.

Shamma, Yasmine. Spatial Poetics: Second Generation New York School Poetry. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Sikelianos, Eleni. “Eleni Sikelianos on Alice Notley.” Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections, edited by Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker, University of Iowa Press, 2008, pp. 217–27.

Skoulding, Zoë. “Alice Notley’s Disobedient Cities.” Feminist Review, no. 96, 2010, pp. 89–105.

Sturm, Nick. “‘I make these collages and write.’ Alice Notley’s Visual Art.” Jacket 2, December 22, 2020.

Sturm, Nick. “Unceasing Museums: Alice Notley’s ‘Modern Americans in Their Place at Chicago Art Institute.'” ASAP Journal, March 12, 2019. [Includes Alice Notley’s republished 1975 essay]

Zultanski, Steven. Thirty-odd Functions of Voice in the Poetry of Alice Notley. New York: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020.

Zurawski, Magdalena. “Marxism for Single Mothers: Anne Boyer’s Garments against Women.” Polish Journal for American Studies: Yearbook of the Polish Association for American Studies, vol. 11, 2017, pp. 359–63.


Inaugural meeting of the Network for New York School Studies (NNYSS), Wednesday 20 April 2022, Université Gustave Eiffel

© Martin Spychal, 2019

Paris 2022: What We Talk About When We Talk About The New York School

The inaugural meeting of the Network for New York School Studies (NNYSS) will be held on Wednesday 20 April 2022 at Université Gustave Eiffel (Champs sur Marne). 9:45 am-5 pm, room 3V071, third floor, Bâtiment Copernic, 5 Bd Descartes, 77454 Champs-sur-Marne. 

How to get to Université Gustave Eiffel.

When you walk into the Copernic building, you can either take the elevators to the third floor (the elevators are located behind the staircase below) or take the stairs up to the third floor.

Room 3.071 will be on your right as you reach the third floor (if you take the stairs) or right in front of you (if you take the elevators)


The inaugural meeting of the NNYSS will conclude with a poetry reading at Michael Woolworth’s atelier, located off the Place de la Bastille, 2, rue de la Roquette, Cour Février, 75011 Paris, at 7:30 pm. How to get to Michael Woolworth’s atelier

The Alice Notley Poets & Critics Symposium will be held on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2022 at Université Gustave Eiffel.

What We Talk About When We Talk About The New York School

The inaugural symposium of the Network for New York School Studies ( will feature short talks, close-readings, interdisciplinary discussions, presentations of archival work, joint presentations, work-in-progress, artistic responses, and other conventional or unconventional responses to a variety of New York School poetry, art, and writing. Together, we will explore the place of New York School poetry, both in its emergent moment, and since:

  • how did New York School poetry define itself in its moment?
  • what has it come to mean?
  • who are its artists and poets?
  • what “schools” or movements has it influenced?
  • how did / does it sit within broader New York / American / global writing and culture (including film, music, and art)?
  • what can be said of 3rd and 4th generation New York School writing?
  • what do we talk about, now, when we talk about the New York School?

The event will be informal, inclusive, conversational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional. It will conclude with a poetry reading in the evening (poets TBC).

This event is organized by Rona Cran (University of Birmingham) and Yasmine Shamma (University of Reading) and hosted by Olivier Brossard (Université Gustave Eiffel.)

If you would like to attend, please email

2021.12.9 (2-5pm): Jennifer Scappettone, “Geopoetics of the Unbounded Metropolis: The City as Circulatory System and Waste Product”, Université Gustave Eiffel

On Thursday 9 December (2-5pm), I-Site Future Invited Professor Jennifer Scappettone (University of Chicago) will give a talk on the “Geopoetics of the Unbounded Metropolis: The City as Circulatory System and Waste Product,” in the working group Cité des Dames run by Caroline Trotot and Philippe Gambette (LISAA EA 4120), room 3V071 of  bâtiment Copernic (immediately to the left as you reach the top of the stairs).



Save the dates > 2022 Calendar: Symposiums and Conference

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the inaugural meeting of the Network for New York School Studies (NNYSS), the Alice Notley Poets & Critics Symposium, as well as the “North American Poetry 2000-2020/1: Poetics, Aesthetics, Politics” Conference are postponed to 2022.

The NNYSS symposium is rescheduled to Wednesday 20 April 2022 (Université Gustave Eiffel)

The Alice Notley Poets & Critics Symposium to Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2022 (Université Gustave Eiffel)

The North American Poetry 2000-2020/2 Conference will be held from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 1 July, 2022 in Paris (Institut Universitaire de France).

Details will be posted in due time on this website.

[PUBL.] Vincent Broqua, Malgré la ligne droite – L’écriture américaine de Josef Albers, presses du réel, 2021.

From the Presses du Réel website :

Cette étude de Vincent Broqua, qui révèle la place essentielle de l’écriture dans le travail de Josef Albers (1888-1976) et montre combien son art des mots a interagi avec son art plastique, constitue une véritable introduction à l’œuvre d’un artiste, peintre et pédagogue parmi les plus importants du XXe siècle, tout autant qu’un essai sur les écrits d’artiste.Connu pour ses Hommages au carré, Josef Albers devient écrivain aux États-Unis, où il s’est exilé avec sa femme Anni Albers en 1933. En apprenant l’anglais, il invente un nouvel idiome qui fait dialoguer mots et images.

Comment ce maître du Bauhaus, enseignant au Black Mountain College, devient-il écrivain dans une langue étrangère ? Par quel moyen L’interaction des couleurs, ce livre au retentissement international, conduit-il à une expérience physique de la couleur par les mots ? Pourquoi la nouvelle forme de vers élaborée dans ce livre est-elle la somme de recherches à la fois typographiques et poétiques ? Quels liens construit-il avec la poésie concrète et la poésie américaine ?

Ces questions sont l’enjeu de ce livre, véritable introduction à l’œuvre de Josef Albers, tout autant qu’essai sur les écrits d’artiste.