Jun 15

Alumni College: Revisiting Carleton Miscellany

Michael Kowalewski, Professor of English and Environmental Studies, will reflect on the history and significance of Carleton Miscellany.

Friday, June 15th, 2018
1:15 – 2:15 pm / Olin Hall 141
The Carleton Miscellany was a nationally acclaimed literary magazine published quarterly at Carleton College from 1960-1980. It was founded by Reed Whittemore who taught at Carleton from 1947-1966. It became known for including a wide array of genres and its distinctive combination of social commentary and literate whimsy, as well as its trademark chimney sweep figure, later known as the "imp." At its zenith, the Carleton Miscellany was on par with the Kenyon Review, attracting at least twelve authors who later went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. Among them were Richard Eberhart, Justice, Carolyn Kizer, Maxine Kumin, R.W.B. Lewis, Howard Nemerov, Anne Sexton, Karl Shapiro, Mark Strand, Mona Van Duyn, C.K. Williams and Charles Wright. In this presentation, Michael Kowalewski, McBride Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Carleton, will reflect on the history and significance of Carleton Miscellany and talk about its role in Carleton's past, present, and future. In 2005 Mike taught a course based on the Carleton Miscellany and hopes to bring out an anthology of selections from the Miscellany in the near future.

Sponsored by Reunion 2018. Contact: Sarah Forster, x4206