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27th Ezra Pound International Conference

Kislak Center, VanPelt-Dietrich Library, SixthFloor

3420 Walnut Street, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Sunday, 18 June - Sunday, 25 June, 2017


Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius, and Modern American Poetry:

William Carlos Williams, Hilda Doolittle, and Marianne Moore


The conveners of the 27thEzra Pound International Conference, scheduled for University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 18-23 June 2017, welcome you to start planning your trip and to register. We are looking forward to your participation. This meeting promises to be a ground-breaking conference in Pound studies in a spectacular setting to engage in this city of fundamental importance not only to Ezra Pound’s life and development, as well as those of his contemporaries H.D., William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore, but to the birth of modernism itself in literature and the other arts. 

In addition to papers and talks on Pound’s works, life, influence and legacy, the 27thEPIC will offer new approaches and studies on other modernist poets associated with Philadelphia, including H.D., William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore, as well as some extraordinary special events.

The Kislak Center, located on the 6thFloor of Penn’s Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, is centrally located on the Penn campus with fine views of the campus and the city, with easy access to Center City, Philadelphia, and a host of important monuments and museums, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Franklin Institute, the Betsy Ross House, and countless other significant sites.


EPIC Registration Form is to be mailed or emailed with your registration fee according to the directions on the form.


However, for the 27thEPIC, you also have the option of registering online and paying your registration and optional events fees by credit card (additional fee). To explore travel options, to survey hotels close to the Penn campus that offer a conference discount, and/or to download the Registration Form or Register online and pay by credit card, please visit the 27thEPIC website:         


A draft of the program details for the 27th Ezra Pound International Conference, Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius, and Modern American Poetry: William Carlos Williams, Hilda Doolittle, and Marianne Moore, scheduled for University of Pennsylvania campus on 18-23 June 2017, will soon be posted on the EPIC website. I will also send you a draft of the program by email for your perusal in advance of the conference. The 27th EPIC website can be found at


The deadline for “Early Registration” is being extended until Friday, 5 May.


Accommodations: The Conference organizers have reserved rooms at several hotels at special rates. These rates are in effect at the Sheraton University Hotel until May 19th and the Sonesta Hotel until May 30th. For more information, please visit:  Also visit this website to survey other hotels close to the Penn campus, as well as to choose dormitory options for lodging on the Penn campus.


Special Events: See the EPIC website to learn more information about the conference special events and excursions (, as well as to explore travel options and to learn about Philadelphia restaurants:

For five days in and around the Kislak Center, the 27thEPIC will offer papers, presentations, readings, discussions, and music, much of which will explore Pound’s and other modernist poets’ early thought and work, in thinking about its relation to the growth of modernism. In addition to such dynamic sessions as “Pound’s Philadelphia,” “Ezra Pound’s Education,” Pound, H.D., and Greek Drama,” “Pound and Williams,” “Pound, Moore, and Stevens,” “Pound and Charles Bernstein,” “The Roots of the Imagism,” “Ezra Pound in South America and Russia,” the conference will feature outstanding papers and plenaries by a diverse range of acclaimed scholars and critics from around the world, including Barry Ahearn, Michael Alexander, Walter Baumann, Charles Bernstein, Ron Bush, Mark Byron, Sasha Colby, Anne Conover, Kathy Foster, Edith Hall, Yoshiko Kita, Linda Leavell, Peter Liebregts, Alec Marsh, Ira Nadel, Akitoshi Nagahata, Rong Ou, William Pratt, Roxana Preda, Tim Redman, Caterina Ricciardi, Joe Rishek, Richard Swigg, Miho Takahashi, Demetres Tryphonopoulas, Emily Mitchell Wallace, Stephen Wilson, and many others.

In addition to the sessions and plenary addresses, an exciting range of extra events are in the process of being planned for the week of the EPIC: Before the meetings begin (Tuesday, 20 June), those who arrive in Philadelphia early may wish to join an informal gathering on Sunday, 18 June. Then on Monday, 19 June, participants can sign up for two different tours – a walking tour of the Pound’s Penn campus (sites familiar to him while a student between 1902 and 1907) and a visit to the Rosenbach Library to see Marianne Moore’s bedroom there.

On Tuesday, 20 June, after the opening day of plenaries and sessions, the distinguished Classicist Edith Hall will deliver a lecture onEuripides’sIphigenia among the Taurians, in which Pound performed as a chorus member at the Philadelphia Academy of Music in 1903. Poundians will then have the option of enjoying a Greek dinner at the famed Estia Restaurant.

On Wednesday, 21 June, in addition to sessions at the Kislak Center, an late afternoon excursion will be offered to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to hear talks on its extensive European and American Modernist art collection from two of the PMA’s senior curators,Kathy Foster and Joe Rishel, followed by ample time to visit the modernist galleries during special evening hours.

A highlight of the conference will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, 22 June, with a bus tour of early Pound homes in Philadelphia, capped by a visit to Wyncote to see the exterior of the house at 166 Fernbrook Avenue, where Pound spent sixteen years of his youth and his parents resided for forty years. The stop in Wyncote will include a reception and talk by eminent Poundian Tim Redman at the nearby Calvary Presbyterian Church of Wyncote, to which the Pounds were closely tied and where Homer Pound taught Sunday school. This tour will return to the Penn campus where the semi-annual Pound Poetry Reading will take place Thursday evening.

Friday, 23 June, following final sessions, plenaries, and the EPIC business meeting, the ever-popular EPIC banquet will be held on the Penn campus.

Finally, on Saturday-Sunday, 24-25 June, Poundians and others will have the rare opportunity to join an overnight literary excursion to historic sites and towns important to Pound’s modernist companions: Still in the planning stage, the trip will definitely include a Saturday morning visit to the acclaimed Bryn Mawr College Library on Philadelphia’s Main Line to learn about both Marianne Moore’s and Hilda Doolittle’s student days, followed by a lunch and reception. That afternoon, participants will then enjoy a bus ride to H.D.’s Bethlehem, to include a visit to the Lehigh University library, a chance to pay homage to H.D.’s gravesite, and a stroll through the center of town. On Sunday the group will visit William Carlos Williams’s Rutherford, New Jersey, to have a guided tour of his home town and to visit his gravesite.

This Pound conference will undoubtedly be one for the books.


The 27th EPIC Co-Conveners and staff

look forward to seeing you at Penn in June!



Walter Baumann

John Gery

David McKnight

Emily Mitchell Wallace



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