“The Most Famous Photograph of Poets Ever Taken”

Erwin Tiongson’s Slate article (11 Dec. 2019), “The Most Famous Photograph of Poets Ever Taken,” features a 1948 photo published in Life Magazine. Although H.D. was not part of this group and indeed was convalescing in Switzerland at the time, the image features many members of her literary and personal circles.

Photo portrait of 16 poets, taken in 1948. The poets are arrayed in a group in front of the bookshelves of the Gotham Book Mart. Source: Slate Magazine.
Lisa Larsen/The Life Images Collection via Getty Images. Image links to the Slate Magazine article, “The Most Famous Photograph of Poets Ever Taken”

Nearly all of the 16 poets featured in the image contributed to Life and Letters Today, the magazine owned by Bryher from 1935-1950. The magazine was edited by Robert Herring, but correspondence between Herring and H.D. shows that she made hands-on, substantive contributions both to the content of the magazine and to the scope of contributors.

Of the poets pictured, the following were all Life and Letters Today contributors: Horace Gregory, Marya Zaturenska, Edith and Osbert Sitwell, Richard Eberhart, Charles Henri Ford, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, and Delmore Schwartz. Most of the rest were one degree of separation from those contributors.


CFP and new journal launch: Feminist Modernist Studies (4/15/17)

Photograph of H.D. in pants and a jacket leaning back, seated on a blanket on a rocky hill. Undated. From Beinecke Library, Digital Collections, H.D. Papers.The new journal Feminist Modernist Studies has launched, with many congratulations to Cassandra Laity, founding editor. Please see the call for papers for the first issue, a double issue, through the link, and feel free to circulate widely. The deadline is April 15:



CFP: “Feminist/Queer Temporality” panel at MSA, Amsterdam, Aug 10-13 (deadline 1/27/17)

Photo of H.D., Norman Holmes Pearson, and Bryher at Yale UniversityThe H.D. International Society invites paper submissions for the proposed panel it is organizing, “Feminist/Queer Temporality,” for the Modernist Studies Association conference in Amsterdam, August 10-13, 2017. In keeping with MSA 19’s main theme,  “Modernism Today,” and one of its subthemes, “Modernist Chronologies,” we seek papers that examine what modernist women writers do with history, deep time, plural vs. singular temporalities, speed, nostalgia, or futurity. How do modernist women writers (H.D. and/or her female modernist contemporaries) produce feminist or queer temporality?

Please send a 250 word paper abstract and a brief bio/CV to Rebecca Walsh at rawalsh@ncsu.edu by January 27, 2017.


MSA 2016 CFP: “The Pool Film Group and Beyond: Modernism’s Media” panel (abstracts due 4/12/16)

The H.D. International Society invites paper submissions for a proposed panel, “The Pool Film Group and Beyond: Modernism’s Media,” at the Modernist Studies Association conference, November 17-20, 2016, in Pasadena, CA. We are especially interested in work that considers Bryher, H.D., and/or Kenneth Macpherson’s involvement with the Pool  film group or that in other ways focuses on media technologies and/or media industries in relation to their circle. Please send a brief bio and 250 word abstract to Rebecca Walsh (rawalsh@ncsu.edu) and Celena Kusch (ckusch@uscupstate.edu) by April 12.

For more information about MSA 2016 in Pasadena, here is the conference link:



CFP: American Literature Assn, San Francisco, May 26-29, 2016 (abstracts due Jan 26, 2016)

We invite paper proposals for a panel the H.D. International Society is sponsoring at the American Literature Association conference, May 26-29, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, CA. The call for paper proposals is open ended, although we are particularly interested in projects that take advantage of the recent availability of H.D.’s later memoir writing and fiction. Please send a brief abstract (250 words) along with a 1 paragraph bio to Rebecca
Walsh, rawalsh@ncsu.edu, no later than January 26, 2016.

Here is a link to the ALA site for more information about the
upcoming convention: http://alaconf.org/


H.D. Receives Posthumous Honorary Degree from Lehigh University

H.D. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Perdita Schaffner and New Directions Publishing Corp. Photo portrait of H.D. facing left with velvet ribbon in her hair

H.D. was awarded a posthumous honorary Doctor of Letters at the Lehigh University commencement ceremony on 18 May 2015. Beth Wolle McKay, H.D.’s relative and one of the first women students at Lehigh University, accepted the degree on H.D.’s behalf.

Source: Honorary degree recipients named | News Article | Lehigh University


H.D.’s Circle of Correspondence at Spicy Nodes

Screen Shot of Node Map of H.D. Correspondents
Screen Shot of Node Map of H.D. Correspondents

Although H.D.’s circle extends beyond the people in her files of correspondence, it is possible to map her circle of friends, acquaintances, and correspondents, based on her archives. The map below shows all of her correspondents based on the finding aids in the Beinecke, Bryn Mawr, and several other special collections libraries (Go to SpicyNodes to see it in full screen). Any overlaps with Bryher’s files of correspondence are also indicated. Click any name to expand and explore further connections. Contacts are nested under the people who introduced H.D. to them. Created by Dr. Celena E. Kusch, co-chair H.D. International Society.


CFP: H.D. panel at the SAMLA conference, Nov 13-15, 2015 (abstracts due June 10)

We invite paper proposals for a panel called “H.D. and her Circle: New Directions” at this year’s South Atlantic MLA in Durham, NC, November 13-15, 2015.

Papers may focus on work by H.D. and/or those in her circle (Bryher, Kenneth MacPherson, Marianne Moore, Richard Aldington, John Cournos, Robert Herring, Ezra Pound, Paul and Eslanda Robeson, etc.), and the thematic focus of the panel is open to a range of new approaches. Given SAMLA 2015’s conference theme, “In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts,” papers that address connections to other art forms/media are welcome, although not necessary.

Please send 250-word abstracts, a brief bio, and A-V requests to rawalsh@ncsu.edu by June 10, 2015.

For more information about SAMLA 2015, please visit