S181. A Tribute to Jane Kenyon

Room 208 A&B, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Almost twenty years after Jane Kenyon’s untimely passing, her influence remains widely felt and her work widely appreciated. Kenyon's voice as an influential translator of Akhmatova; as a poet of place and the natural world (first in Michigan and then in rural New Hampshire); as a spiritual poet and a poet of depression persists and remains pertinent. This panel is a celebration of Kenyon’s influence into the present and will include readings and reflection on her life and work.



Amy Katherine Cannon is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of California, Irvine, and on the English faculty at Biola University. Her work has appeared in publications including McSweeney’s, Crab Creek Review, H_NGM_N, and Californios. She is an artist with the Life Writers Collaborative.  

Tree Swenson is executive director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. She was previously executive director of the Academy of American Poets. A former AWP board president, her work in the literary arts began with co-founding Copper Canyon Press, where she was the publisher and director for twenty years.

Paul Breslin is professor of English, emeritus, at Northwestern University. His most recent books are Between My Eye and the Light: Poems and, with Rachel Ney, a translation of Aimé Césaire's La tragédie du roi Christophe.

Joyce Peseroff's recent books are Eastern Mountain Time and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. Know Thyself, her fifth book of poems, is forthcoming.

Alice Mattison’s sixth novel, When We Argued All Night, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice in 2012. The Kite and the String: On Writing, Especially Fiction will appear next year. She teaches fiction in the Bennington Writing Seminars. 


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