Poets and Critics Symposium 2022 : Alice Notley, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April, Université Gustave Eiffel

© Alice Notley

The next Poets and Critics Symposium will be devoted to the work of Alice Notley.

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2022.

9:45 am-5 pm, room 3V071, third floor, Bâtiment Copernic, Université Gustave Eiffel (Champs sur Marne), 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)



Poetry reading with Alice Notley and Pascale Petit

Thursday 21 April, 7pm,

Atelier Michael Woolworth

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.


Thus far, we have focused on the writer’s own (creative and critical) work on the first day of the P&C symposiums and on broader issues of poetics and practice-based criticism on the second day. But there’s no specific preconceived program for the 2 days of the symposium: as the previous sessions of the program have shown, it seems important to let the conversation take its own course.

Please note that the morning session of the first day is devoted to preparing the conversation with Alice Notley which will take place during the afternoon session and the second day.

Alice Notley will be joining the group at 2pm on Thursday 21 April.

As usual, we intend to address all aspects of our guest’s work as poet, prose writer, critic, and editor.

Please feel free to make suggestions as to particular books that you would like to discuss during the symposium.

Our Thursday afternoon session with Alice Notley will end at 5 pm, which will leave ample time for everybody to get to the poetry reading.


If you would like to attend the symposium and are not already in touch with us, please contact us and we will send you information, instructions about and directions to the symposium:



Alice Notley was born in Bisbee, Arizona in 1945 and grew up in Needles, California in the Mojave Desert.  She was educated in the Needles public schools, Barnard College, and The Writers Workshop, University of Iowa.  She has lived most extensively in Needles, in New York, and since 1992 in Paris, France.  She is the author of numerous books of poetry, and of essays and talks on poetry, and has edited and co-edited books by Ted Berrigan and Douglas Oliver.  She edited the magazine CHICAGO in the 70s and co-edited with Oliver the magazines SCARLET and Gare du Nord in the 90s.  She is the recipient of various prizes and awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Award (for Mysteries of Small Houses, which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), the Griffin Prize (for Disobedience), the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize (for Grave of Light, Selected Poems 1970-2005), and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize, a lifetime achievement award.  She is also a collagist and cover artist. Her most recent books are For the Ride and Eurynome’s Sandals. Forthcoming from Archway Editions is an artbook called Runes and Chords.



Publications by Alice Notley

Books  of  Poetry

Runes and Chords, New York: Archway Editions, Forthcoming.

Songs for the Unborn Second Baby, London: Distance No Object, 2021 (reissued).

At The Foot At The Belt Of The Raincoat: Five Hundred places, 2020.

For the Ride, New York: Penguin, 2020.

Eurynome’s Sandals, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France, Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2019.

Les Sandales d’Eurynome: Mont-Saint-Aignan, France: Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2019.

Undo, Ottawa: above/ground press, 2018.

Certain Magical Acts, New York,:Penguin, 2016.

Benediction, Tucson: Letter Machine Editions, 2015.

Manhattan Luck, Oakland: Heart’s Desire, 2014.

Negativity’s Kiss, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France : Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2014.

Le Baiser de la Négativité, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France, Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2014.

Secret I D, Iowa City, Walla Walla: The Catenary Press, 2013.

Songs and Stories of the Ghouls, Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2011.

Culture of One, New York: Penguin, 2011.

Reason and Other Women, Tucson:  Chax Press, 2010.

In the Pines, New York: Penguin, 2007.

Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2006.

Alma, or The Dead Women, New York: Granary Books, 2006.

City of, Minneapolis: Rain Taxi, 2006.

From the Beginning, Woodacre CA: The Owl Press, 2004.

Waltzing Matilda, Cambridge, MA:  Faux Press, 2003. (reissued)

Disobedience, New York: Penguin, 2001.

Byzantine Parables, Cambridge (England): Poetical Histories No 45, 1998.

Mysteries of Small Houses, New York: Penguin , 1998.

etruscan reader vii (with Wendy Mulford and Brian Coffey), Newcastle under Lyme: Etruscan Books, 1997.

The Descent of Alette, New York: Penguin, April, 1996.

Close to me & Closer. . . (The Language of Heaven) and Désamère, Oakland: O Books, 1995.

To Say You, Riverdale: Pyramid Atlantic, 1994.

Selected Poems of Alice Notley, Hoboken: Talisman House, 1993.

The Scarlet Cabinet (with Douglas Oliver), New York: Scarlet Editions, 1992.

Homer’s Art, Canton, New York: The Institute of Further Studies, 1990.

From A Work In Progress, New York: DIA Chapbook Series, 1989.

At Night the States, Chicago: Yellow Press, 1988.

Parts of a Wedding, New York: Unimproved Editions Press, 1986.

Margaret & Dusty, St. Paul: Coffee House, 1985.

Sorrento, Los Angeles: Sherwood Press, 1984.

Waltzing Matilda,  New York: Kulchur Press, 1981.

How Spring Comes, West Branch, Iowa: Toothpaste Press, 1981.

When I Was Alive, New York: Vehicle Editions, 1980.

Songs For the Unborn Second Baby, Lenox, MA: United Artists, 1979.

A Diamond Necklace, New York: Frontward Books, 1977.

For Frank O’Hara’s Birthday,  Cambridge, England: Street Editions, 1976.

Alice Ordered Me To Be Made, Chicago: The Yellow Press, 1976.

Incidentals in the Day World, New York: Angel Hair, 1973.

Phoebe Light, Bolinas: Big Sky, 1973.

165 Meeting House Lane, New York: ‘C’ Press, 1972.



Tell Me Again, Santa Barbara: Instant Editions, 1981.


Lectures/ Criticism

 Coming After: Essays on Poets and Poetry, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005.

Dr. Williams’ Heiresses, Berkeley: Tuumba Books, 1980.

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 : http://journals.openedition.org/transatlantica/13862 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/transatlantica.13862

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.