NEW YORK: 4th ANNUAL INTERNATION POE STUDIES CONFERENCE
by Staff, Poe Forevermore
February 26 to March 1, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
The Fourth Annual International Edgar Allan Poe Studies Association (PSA) will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. An international organization with about 250 members, hosted by the English Department of the Pennsylvania State University, previous conferences about Edgar Allan Poe conducted by the group have been held in Richmond, Virginia in 1999, Baltimore, Maryland in 2002 and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2009.
The 2015 conference in New York City will be attended by Poe scholars and students from 24 countries, who will present 152 papers about Poe’s life, his works, and his international significance. The Keynote speaker is J. Gerald Kennedy of Louisiana State University. His speech is called ‘Why Poe Matters Now”, arguing that interest in Poe increases during uncertain and troubled times.
Submission of papers to the 2015 conference is closed. Registration is still open and one can register for the conference on-site. For more information: http://www2.lv.psu.edu/PSA/conferences.html
For information about the venue, the Roosevelt Hotel, visit: http://www.theroosevelthotel.com/
POE IN NEW YORK
At the beginning of 1846, Edgar Allan Poe was living in New York, what is now The Bronx, in a small cottage, until his death in 1849.The National Historic Site, The Poe Cottage at Fordham, is open to the public. Before visiting, check their website to verify hours and tours, if any: http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/poecottage.html
Poe wrote “The Cask of Amontillado” at the Fordham Cottage, along with the poems “The Bells”, “Annabel Lee” (published posthumously), and his essay “Eureka”. It his at this cottage where Poe’s beloved wife Virginia died of tuberculosis in 1847.
The Bronx Historical society, which cares for The Poe Cottage, is celebrating their 6oth anniversary this year. Other places Poe lived in New York City include Greenwhich Village (130 Greenwich Street; although New York University tore the building down and moved the façade in the late 20th century.) Poe first moved to New York with his wife Virginia and mother-in-law Maria Clemm in 1844. While living at The Brennen Farmhouse (also no longer standing) at West 84th Street and Broadway, Poe wrote his most famous poem, “The Raven”.
Sources: Poe Forevermore, The Poe Studies Association and The Bronx Historical Society