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North Haven library, community center host Elizabeth Bishop symposium

Poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner's work discussed Aug. 14-15

Staff Writer
Posted 2015-07-06
Last Modified 2015-07-06

NORTH HAVEN — To commemorate the release of its publication Elizabeth Bishop: The North Haven Journal 1974-1979, the North Haven Library will host a symposium on the poet’s life and work at Waterman’s Community Center Aug. 14-15.

The symposium offers the opportunity to learn more about Elizabeth Bishop: poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and widely acclaimed 20th century poet.

The symposium begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 with an opening reception followed by a 7 p.m. screening of Barbara Hammer’s film about Bishop, Welcome to This House. The film, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in May 2015, analyzes Bishop’s work through the lens of her domestic and private life. 

On Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8:45 a.m. the symposium will continue with presentations on topics ranging from Bishop as a teacher to her relationship with poet Robert Lowell. Speaking at the symposium will be 2012 presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco; Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher at Farrar, Straus & Giroux; author and scholar Megan Marshall; novelist, short story writer and poet Susan Minot; Poetry Society of America Executive Director Alice Quinn; poet and scholar Lloyd Schwartz; and author and journalist Deborah Weisgall.  

Tickets for the symposium are available online at Those traveling from the mainland who do not wish to spend the night on North Haven may also purchase round trip boat transportation for the film screening, and one-way transportation for the Saturday morning symposium. The event will end in time for attendees to travel back to the mainland on the 12:30 p.m. ferry. 

Reception and film screening tickets are $25, and tickets for the Saturday morning presentations are $15. A combined ticket is available for $30. Friday’s round trip boat reservation is $30, and Saturday’s one way trip costs $20. Space aboard the boat is limited, so attendees are encouraged to reserve in advance.

For further information contact Waterman’s Community Center at 867-2100 or by email

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