Kathleen Spivack

discusses

With Robert Lowell and His Circle:
Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz & Others

followed by a reception

This event includes a book signing

Date

Dec
2
Sunday
December 2, 2012
4:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and Grolier Poetry Bookshop are pleased to welcome poet KATHLEEN SPIVACK for a discussion of her new memoir, With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz & Others. The discussion will be followed by a joint reception at Harvard Book Store and Grolier Bookshop.

In 1959 Kathleen Spivack won a fellowship to study at Boston University with Robert Lowell. Her fellow students were Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, among others. Thus began a relationship with the famous poet and his circle that would last to the end of his life in 1977 and beyond. Spivack presents a lovingly rendered story of her time among some of the most esteemed artists of a generation. Part memoir, part loose collection of anecdotes, artistic considerations, and soulful yet clear-eyed reminiscences of a lost time and place, hers is an intimate portrait of the often suffering Lowell, the great and near great artists he attracted, his teaching methods, his private world, and the significant legacy he left to his students.

Through the story of a youthful artist finding her poetic voice among literary giants, Spivack thoughtfully considers how poets work. She looks at friendships, addiction, despair, perseverance and survival, and how social changes altered lives and circumstances. This is a portrait of friends who loved and lived words, and made great beauty together. 

Kathleen Spivack
Kathleen Spivack

Kathleen Spivack

Kathleen Spivack is the author of the poetry collection A History of Yearning, which won the Sows Ear International Poetry Prize 2010. Her book The Beds We Lie In was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and she is a recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, the Erica Mumford Award, and the Paumanok Award. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review and others. Spivack has been a visiting professor of American Literature and Creative Writing in France since 1990.

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