Corresponding Poets

15th November 2010 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
A fabulous event that celebrated the life and works of two of the most influential North American poets of the 20th Century, acknowledged as seminal influences by many of our contemporary poets, including Seamus Heaney. Although very different in their style, approach and outlook, Bishop and Lowell were good friends and corresponded with each for a period of over 30 years.

This important celebration of American poetry was presented by Professor Mark Ford from UCL who has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, American, and French literature, and featured:

Lord Grey Gowrie, former Minister for the Arts and Arts Council chairman, he is also a distinguished poet. His most recent collection, The Domino Hymn, was published in 2005. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2003. Grey Gowrie was a close friend and colleague of Robert Lowell, and also knew Elizabeth Bishop;

Anne Stevenson, a distinguished American- British poet and writer, is the author of fourteen poetry collections, the latest of which, Stone Milk was published in 2007. Her acclaimed works of criticism include Five Looks at Elizabeth Bishop, republished by Bloodaxe in 2006.

Poems by Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, and extracts of their letters to one another, were read by the distinguished actors Ruth Rosen and Peter Forbes.
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