General Announcements

CFP: plenary Milton panel, ALSCW conference

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) will hold its annual conference Oct. 27-30 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The conference will include a plenary panel on John Milton, for which papers are invited on any aspect of Milton’s work, including poetry, prose, religion, politics, reception, or connections between these subjects. Abstract and CV to Ernest Suarez ( by May 1st. For details about the conference see

Milton Society of America First Book Assistance (MSA FBA) Program announced. See here.

The Albert C. Labriola Award The Executive Committee of the MSA is pleased to announce a new award, the Albert C. Labriola Award recognizes a distinguished article on Milton by a graduate student published of forthcoming in a journal or in a multiauthor collection of essays. Competition is open to any currently enrolled graduate student, members and non-members alike. Graduate students can enter the competition directly. In addition, regular members are encouraged to submit the work of their students. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be submitted of one’s own work or of the work of others. To enter, by May 1st send one copy of a work with an imprint from the preceding year to Professor Ken Hiltner, Department of English, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (

A CD recording containing an orchestral fantasie composed by Sigismund Neukomm (1778-1858), based on passages from Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” was released on July 23. Entitled Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton’s Paradise Lost,” Neukomm has created a tone poem through his imaginative use of orchestral color and textures.  The world premiere recording of this most interesting and unusual composition, now performed for the first time in over 150 years, has been released on the CPO label and is performed by the Cologne Academy, conducted by Michael Alexander Willens. To hear excerpts from the CD,  please visit the Kölner Akademie’s website and click on shop. The CD is available to Milton Society members for the special price of $12.00 plus postage and handling.

The Milton Society’s Twitter account, @MiltonSociety, began tweeting February 4th, 2013.  For more information or to follow the feed, see @MiltonSociety under Links.

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