Literary giants set for Bishop symposium

Jun 12, 2015

North Haven — To commemorate the release of its publication “Elizabeth Bishop: The North Haven Journal 1974-1979,” the North Haven Library will host a symposium on the poet’s life and work. The symposium will be held in August at Waterman’s Community Center.

With great interest in the book and, by coincidence, renewed attention to the poet herself, the symposium offers the opportunity to learn more about Elizabeth Bishop — Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and widely acclaimed 20th-century poet.

The event will begin Friday, Aug. 14, with a 6 p.m. opening reception followed by a 7 p.m. p.m. screening of Barbara Hammer’s “Welcome to This House, a Film on Elizabeth Bishop.” The film, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in May, analyzes Bishop’s work through the lens of her domestic and private life.

On Saturday, Aug. 15, at 8:45 a.m., the symposium will continue with presentations on topics ranging from Bishop as a teacher to her relationship with Robert Lowell. Speaking at the symposium will be Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco; Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux; author and scholar Megan Marshall; novelist, short story writer and poet Susan Minot; Poetry Society of America Executive Director Alice Quinn; poet and scholar Lloyd Schwartz; and author and journalist Deborah Weisgall.

People traveling from the mainland who do not wish to spend the night on North Haven may purchase round-trip boat transportation for the film screening; and one-way transportation for the Saturday morning symposium. The event will end in time for attendees to travel back to the mainland on the 12:30 p.m. ferry.

Reception and film screening tickets are $25, and tickets for the Saturday morning presentations are $15; a combined ticket is available for $30. Friday’s round-trip boat reservation is $30, and Saturday’s one-way trip costs $20. Space aboard the boat is limited, so attendees are encouraged to reserve in advance. Tickets for the symposium and the boat are available online at brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, visit eb.northhavenlibrary.org; contact John Storck, president of the North Haven Library Board of Trustees, at jsstorck@gmail.com; or call 867-4697.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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