ALA 2023 (Boston) Lowell and Williams

This session is co-sponsored by the William Carlos Williams Society and the Robert Lowell Society.

The annual American Literature Association Conference (ALA) will be held at The Westin Copley Place, Boston May 25-28, 2023.

Lowell and Williams The publication of the volume Memoirs / Robert Lowell including Lowell’s retrospective meditation (1962) on his estimation of Williams opens the question of new perspectives on their relationship as writers in the post-WWII/Cold War era. Beyond the settled and superficial views that result from the repetition of a few well-worn quotes from Lowell about Williams, what can we learn from reading these two writers together now? Short papers for a panel exploring their relationship are invited to renew the conversation about their mutual concerns and evident differences in the middle of the twentieth century. 

Please submit a brief proposal (300 word abstract and 100 word bio) by January 10th 2023 to Mark C. Long at For information on the ALA and its 2023 meeting, please see the ALA website at