2004 M\MLA Annual Convention

November 4-7, St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, November 4, 2004

1. Walking Tour, arranged by the Women’s Caucus or the Modern Languages/Midwest

4:30 p.m. (meet at the hotel lobby’s Whispering Arch)

Join the WCML in exploring the trendy and historically significant University City Loop. Visit the city’s Walk of Fame, where 100 brass stars and plaques honor native sons and daughters. Pause at nightclubs like the Pageant and Blueberry Hill, linger in specialty shops and markets, stay for dinner with the Caucus, dine on your own at a café like Salvatore’s, take in an art film at the recently renovated Tivoli theatre, or return to the hotel via Metrolink. The event is physically accessible to all and free, save for the price of Metrolink tickets and whatever you care to splurge.

2. A Reading by Carl Phillips followed by Nightcaps Reception, both sponsored by Left Bank Books

8:00-10:00 p.m. (Regency Ballroom B)

Carl Phillips is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently The Rest of Love (FSG, 2004). Other books include Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (Graywolf, 2004) and a translation of Sophocles's Philoctetes (Oxford UP, 2003). A finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Phillips is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lambda Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress.

A poet drawn to the “human need, / to give to shapelessness / a form,” Phillips once wrote of just such a moment: “And you turn. And / on its axis—swift, / inexorable as luck—the dream, turning, / with you . . .” Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Phillips will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences during the fall of 2004, when he will also inaugurate this year’s M/MLA convention and the Nightcaps reception sponsored by Left Bank Books in his honor.