Established in 1972 as a nonprofit, educational organization, the Poe Studies Association (PSA) supports the scholarly and informal exchange of information on the life, works, times, and influence of Edgar Allan Poe. Current membership of approximately 300 includes scholars and Poe enthusiasts from the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and most countries in Europe.
Because of Poe's influence and reputation as a world author, the PSA seeks to foster a sense of community among Poe scholars. To achieve this goal, we publish and distribute a journal, The Edgar Allan Poe Review; organize gatherings of members and friends at meetings of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Literature Association (ALA); sponsor and co-sponsor conferences in the United States and abroad; and maintain a listserv that disseminates information on Poe-related events and provides members with a forum for the discussion of Poe-related research. The PSA holds its annual business meeting and sponsors two panels at the ALA conference in May. As an MLA-allied organization, the PSA has one guaranteed panel at MLA conferences and the ability to propose additional non-guaranteed panels.
Officers and Executive Committee: The PSA has a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and two members-at-large. The executive committee includes these officers as well as the immediate past president and journal editor as ex-officio members.
Current Officers and Executive Committee Members
President: Paul Lewis (Boston College)
Vice President: Amy Branam Armiento (Frostburg State University)
Secretary: Travis D. Montgomery (Oklahoma Christian University)
Treasurer: Carole Shaffer-Koros (Emerita, Kean University)
Member-at-Large: Emron Esplin (Brigham Young University)
Member-at-Large: Cristina Pérez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Editor of The Edgar Allan Poe Review: Barbara Cantalupo (Pennsylvania State University)
Immediate Past President: Philip Edward Phillips (Middle Tennessee State University)
Important Poe Sites: The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore website provides a rich archive of primary and secondary sources for research on Poe at every level. With "over 4,500 individual pages [it] is ... approaching, as an electronic library, what has and probably never will be achieved in print, namely a comprehensive collection of Poe’s writings" (from "A History of the Poe Website").
Other interesting sites include: The Edgar Allan Poe Museum of Richmond; Poe House Museum, Baltimore; Philadelphia Free Library collection of Poe materials; Poe Cottage; Boston Public Library collection of Poe materials; Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation; Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Pennsylvania; and Poe Returning to Boston statue.