Sunday, Jan 18, 5:00pm
New York, NY
Mark Strand Memorial Event at American Academy of Arts and Letters
Participants in the memorial include U.S. Poets Laureate Charles Simic and Charles Wright, actor Mary Louise Parker, painter William H. Bailey, composer and pianist John Musto, playwright John Guarre, novelist Francine Prose, and others. Strand's family will also participate.
Mark Strand was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1934. He received a BA from Antioch College, a BFA from Yale and an MA from the University of Iowa. He was the author of 17 books of poems, including most recently "Collected Poems" (2014), as well as two books of prose, several volumes of translation (of works by Rafael Alberti and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, among others), several monographs on contemporary artists, and three books for children. He edited numerous anthologies as well, including "100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century" (2005), "The Best American Poetry 1991," and "Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers" (with Charles Simic, 1976).
Strand's honors included the Pulitzer Prize, the Bollingen Prize, a Rockefeller Foundation award, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award. He received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
Mark Strand died at eighty years old on November 29, 2014.
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Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets; The Writing Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts; Alfred A. Knopf; 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center; the Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress; the Poetry Foundation; the Poetry Society of America; Poets & Writers; and Poets House.
The event is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not needed.
American Academy of Arts and Letters
(entrance on 632 West 156th Street)
New York, NY