Friday, February 18, 2011

If You Live in Massachusetts and Love Music, Poetry, and Especially EB

Lloyd Schwartz describes himself as the one person who didn't want to finish his Ph.D. And who could blame him?

In 1975, Schwartz was at a dead end on his PhD thesis and realized he’d like to write about [Elizabeth] Bishop though he was afraid her shyness would make her reject his plea. But Schwartz says, “She was very generous. I seemed to tap into a maternal instinct. She felt young people ought to finish their degrees. She’d do anything to facilitate that.” In the following year the two met regularly to discuss her poems. “I was one of the few people who didn’t want to finish a dissertation.”

Join Lloyd Schwartz and musician Sebastien Jean for a fund raiser for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival Fund Raiser
Thursday, March 17, 7-9 p.m.
Suggested donation: $50
Register now!

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