The 2016 William Meredith
Award for Poetry given to
The William Meredith Foundation invites writers, reporters,
and press advocates to celebrate the 2016 William Meredith Award
for Poetry presented to Gray Jacobik. The award has no application
process, but comes to the author unsolicited in the spirit of
generosity that informed Williams interactions with the
world of poetry when he judged competitions and supported new
talent. It carries a modest cash award along with the publication
of her new and selected collection of poetry, THE BANQUET, by
Poets Choice Publishing. The official launch of this collection
will take place at 4:00 on April 22 at the Shain Library at
Connecticut College. Ms. Jacobik will also be reading from THE
BANQUET at a number of venues in Connecticut, Washington, D.C.
and Massachusetts, during National Poetry Month.
James Tate has described Ms. Jacobik as a rare
poet, one not to be missed, and Dick Allen praises, A
lucid poetry, filled with crafted, amazing work. Wallace Stevens
walks with her. Another critic, Marilyn Chin calls the
poems, solid, well-built, masterful.... Jacobiks
love of detail recalls the best of Moore and Bishop, but with
a sensuality that is fresh and contemporary.
This award is being announced on the 97th anniversary
of Mr. Meredith's birth. Previous awardees have included David
Fisher, Lyubomir Levchev, US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey
and Andrew Oerke.
Gray Jacobik, a professor emeritus, is a poet, mentor, and painter
who lives in Deep River, Connecticut. Her poems have appeared
in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Best
American Poetry, American Poetry Now, The Autumn House
Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Poets Guide
to the Birds, and Poetry from Paradise Valley. Among other
honors, she has received The Yeats Prize, The Emily Dickinson
Prize, an NEA Fellowship, and served as the Frost Place Poet-in-Residence.
Her poem, The Skeptics Prayer, received the
2009 Third Coast Poetry Prize (Western Michigan University),
and in 2010 Paris, 1970 was a finalist in Narrative
Magazines Second Annual Poetry Contest. Her book, The
Double Task, received The Juniper Prize and was nominated for
The James Laughlin Award and The Poets Prize. The
Surface of Last Scattering was selected by X. J. Kennedy
as the winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Brave
Disguises received the AWP Poetry Series Award. Her most
recent book, Little Boy Blue: A Memoir in Verse, is published
by CavanKerry Press. Gray invites anyone interested in learning
more about her work to visit her website: http://grayjacobik.com.
Her blog, Come A Little Bit Closer Now Baby, is dedicated to
the art of close reading and appears on the Michigan Quarterly
AUTUMN AFTERNOON OF POETRY
BOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS AND READINGS
NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Meredith Foundation Board
Nancy Frankel (treasurer), Richard Harteis (President), Grace
Cavalieri, Johnes Ruta.
Frankel and sculpture
Sunil Freeman of the Bethesda Writers' Center
introduces Richard Harteis, President of the William Meredith
Foundation for a Poetry and book reading. November 22, 2015.
Readings: Tim Kirlin; Grace Cavalieri; Elisavietta Ritchie; Johnes
Ruta (no video);
Richard Harteis; Daniel Levanti, sung poetry; artist Katia Jarinkova;
sculptor Nancy Frankel.
Videos by: Johnes Ruta.
Poets-Choice.com is proud to announce the recent publications
GUY WIRES, Elisavietta Ritches 17th volume of poetry and
WMD, A Memoir by Richard Harteis, and CONGREGATION, the
2012 William Meredith Award for Poetry given to Natasha
Trethewey, former US Poet Laureate. The 2015 award for Poetry
will be presented posthumously to Andrew Oreke for THE WALL
during the opening reception for the Slater reception, June 21st.
Elisavietta Ritchies work is original, varied
and exciting, and has been growing steadily in scope and
control. The core of her poems is vitality.
Grim, joyous, exuberant or erotic, they have a strong and
US Poet Laureate, 1971-73
Witty, sharp, sensual, possessed of a scientists
eye for the precise detail, the memorable image. Elisavietta
Ritchie is in love with the natural world
of maggot, freezing bilge, the owl on unheard wings,
berries fed on ash and blood, branches
with lavender fire. She brings a tuned ear for the
music of language, a storytellers gift and a generosity
of spirit that delights as it informs.
Elisavietta Ritchies poetry combines a Byzantine
elegance with straightforward
plain style honesty. The extraordinary range of her interests:
love, sensuality, and mans plight in a forlorn civilizationis
her exquisite regard for language and lively fascination
with the possibilities
THE WILLIAM MEREDITH FOUNDATION
visit to the Two Trees Garden where William's ashes lie.
William Meredith Foundation is proud to announce the establishment
of the William Meredith Center for the Arts to remember and honor
a great American spirit. Friends who have come together as a foundation
wish never to forget this extraordinary human being and the impact
he has had on so many lives. Poet, pilot, arborist, beloved teacher
and friend, his legacy is a treasure we wish to pass on to future
generations. The Meredith Center will keep the flame of generosity
and artistic camaraderie burning at Riverrun, William's home on
the Thames River in Connecticut where he lived and worked for
60 years and which has recently been added to the State
Registry of Historic Landmarks.
center sponsors educational programs during the year to provide
cultural enrichment through a diverse selection of artistic programming.
It fosters an appreciation for the work of local and regional
artists and develops artist exchange programs internationally
as well, particularly with the Republic of Bulgaria where Mr.
Meredith was made a citizen by presidential decree for his work
in the culture. Artists invited for residencies at the Meredith
Center share their talents through art exhibitions, readings,
publications and academic seminars. The center serves as a retreat
where artists can create new works in the same spirit of peace,
equality, and serious endeavor that characterized William's life
and work at Riverrun.
Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote
a letter joining Connecticut College in a celebration of William's
80th birthday in which she says, "The arts have always been a
unifying force in our world, bringing people together across vast
cultural, social, economic and geographical divisions. Through
his work, William Meredith both enhances and strengthens the American
spirit. As you honor Mr. Meredith, you celebrate the timeless
power of poetry and poets as our American memory, our purveyors
of insight and culture, our eyes and ears who silence the white
noise around us, and express the very heart of what connects us,
plagues us, and makes us fully human."
William Meredith Center for the Arts offers another window on
the world through which we can enhance our spirit, a window through
which artists may search their private worlds and speak for us
as we make our slow progress as members of the human tribe. A
short signature poem by William Meredith inspires us in our efforts
to honor his memory as a model of courage, good will, civility
Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love
But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear
And the great sloth heart will move.