In recent years, our life at the PSA has been graced by the generosity and exuberance of the photographer, Lawrence Schwartzwald, who attends many of our events and sends us beautiful pictures the very next day.
Lawrence has compiled his own "Best of 2011," and we thought it might be fun at the close of this year to share a group of our favorites of his PSA photographs.
Our programming year began and ended with celebrations of Elizabeth Bishop in the centenary year of her birth. Lawrence's photographs from the New York City centennial celebration in the Great Hall at Cooper Union on her actual birthday, February 8th, launch this presentation.
He attended our annual awards ceremony in April. He was at the ready with his camera at the Brooklyn Book Festival for our Poets Laureate reading. He came to the tribute to Dorothea Tanning at the Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the publication of her second book of poems, Coming to That, and he was on hand at the Tibor de Nagy gallery this December for the exhibit of all the art of Bishop's which she kept along with the art she bought and inherited, including portraits of her mother and her Uncle Arty, and the painting "About the size of an old dollar bill…" by another uncle ("You know he was quite famous, an R.A. . . .), the painting that prompted her "Poem."
2012 beckons, and we have many superb programs in the works, including a special members only series Studio Visits: Conversations with Artists about poems that have inspired them.
Please stay tuned to our website, overseen by Brett Fletcher Lauer, our managing director and poetry co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival.