01 September 2010

Sylvia Plath to be inducted in Poets' Corner

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine’s Poet in Residence and Electors have chosen Sylvia Plath as the 2010 inductee to their Poets' Corner. Plath will join such poets as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, and Tennessee Williams, last year’s inductee. The Poet’s Corner was established in 1983, and each poet has a stone engraved with a line from her or his work.

The Cathedral will present a program celebrating Sylvia Plath on Thursday November 4th at 7:30 p.m.; the formal induction will take place on Sunday the 7th at the 4 p.m. Evensong.

At this time, the Cathedral staff are still putting the details of the two events together with Marilyn Nelson, the Cathedral’s Poet in Residence. Confirmed participants in the program include Carol Muske-Dukes; Annie Finch; and Karen V. Kukil. Additionally, several young poets connected with the louderARTS Project in lower Manhattan; former Poets in Residence; the Cathedral’s Electors; and many from the extended poetry community to attend.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10025. This is in the area of Columbia University, whose Rare Books and Manuscripts Library holds a respectable collection of Plath first and limited editions; including rarities such as Sculptor (an off-print from the Grecourt Review that many consider a separate, monographic publication) and About Sylvia by Diane Ackerman and Howls & Whispers by Ted Hughes.

The event is free and open to the public. More information will appear here as I learn of it.

5 comments :

Arlaina said...

WOW! This is huge! I love it there and love their poets corner. I hope I'm able to make it!

Anonymous said...

WooHoo! That is great news! I'm so pleased for Sylvia. She deserves it. What great news to start my day. :)

Amy

Kristina Zimbakova said...

This terrific news has made my day! Another big reason to visit NYC...one day if not during the event.

Julia said...

Yet another reason to get back east...

That's super-cool.

Peter K Steinberg said...

I agree with you all; this is great news indeed!! It's like the Hall of Fame of Poetry!

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