Holiday Note from the President
on the 99th anniversary of William's birth,
January 9, 1918
here it is. The annual round robin, catch--up letter that
most people dread having to get through. So, Ill try to
keep it short (ha and ha.)
in West Palm. I had been scheduled to take a Writer-in-Residence
position at a university in Mexico, but after further dialog,
it became clear it was not for me. Long story. But I rented
my apartment as of Jan 15 with a view toward flying to Mexico
and so now I must leave early. I may be back in April or I may
just rent it for the year and continue on north. Ah, the gypsy
little press (Poets--choice.com) published ten books since
2016 (FIRST, DO NO HARM, TO START WITH, FEEL FORTUNATE, A WAY
TO HOME, New and Selected
Poems, REUNION, A Memoir ,THE BANQUET, CAFÉ SELECT, REFLECTIONS
: Paintings & Poems from a Poet's Gallery, BABUSHKAS
BEADS: A Geography of Genes, New and Selected Poems, HARBINGERS,
AFRICAN CAKEWALK) This included my own memoir REUNION which
describes the rise of Donald Trump and my travel to Bulgaria
to carry some of Williams ashes to the Rila Monastery.
This years William Meredith Award for Poetry will be announced
January 9th, the anniversary of his birth. We had readings in
different venues, and the new Bulgarian Ambassador announced
that the embassy would be our permanent home to announce future
began a capital campaign to keep the foundation (WilliamMeredithFoundation.org)
and continue activities for 2019 the Centenary of Williams
birth. Youll find lots of interesting archival information
there if you visit.
Thats about it, work wise. The screenplay Ive been
working on for several decades has won two internet competitions
and if I can finally find a producer, may end my perennial financial
challenges. I may need to sell one of my properties this spring.
Things change, runs the cliché. But so far,
Ive kept all the balls in the air and am happy. My friend
Nancy remains a big part of my life, Im looking after
my health, and my little dog Sydney continues to be a joy for
me. I miss the two dearest of the recently dead, my mother and
William. But they are still with me. How could they not be?
Love really does make the world go round. I hope it is sustaining
you too wherever you are, whatever your circumstances. Here
is some from me.
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1964 to 1987 William Morris Meredith served as Chancellor of
the Academy of American Poets.
He served as a fighter pilot in both the Pacific campaign in
World War II and in Korea. From, 1946 to 1950, he was
Instructor in English at Princeton University, as the Woodrow
Wilson Fellow in Writing, and Resident Fellow in
Creative Writing, then associate professor at the University
of Hawaii (195051). After the Korean War he was
associate then Full Professor of English at Connecticut College,
where he taught until 1983.
From 1978 to 1980, he was Consultant in Poetry to the Library
of Congress of the United States,
the position which in 1985 became the Poet Laureate Consultant
in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
on the image below to view the 2007 CT Governor's Lifetime
Achievement Award for William Meredith.
on the image below for a video tour of the William Meredith
William Meredith Foundation invites writers, reporters, and
lovers of poetry to celebrate the 2018 William Meredith Award
for Poetry. The award is presented to James Beall for his new
collection of poetry, ONYX MOON published by New Academia Press.
The prize is given in honor of William Meredith, former US Poet
Laureate who was a good friend and colleague of Mr. Beall particularly
at the Library of Congress when they organized a symposium on
science and literature.
Annapolis, MD, January 09, 2018 --(PR.com)-- The William Meredith
Foundation is proud to present the 2018 Award in Poetry to James
Beall, physicist, poet, and professor at St. John's College
in Annapolis. 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. A working association
with Meredith is not a pre-requisite for awardees, but in Jim
Bealls case, their history as colleagues makes this years
award particularly fitting and adds a particular glow to the
serendipitous decision on the part of the board of directors
in choosing Beall. The Meredith Award is only one of the artistic
projects supported by the foundation to continue the legacy
of this great American spirit, and in this case, recognizes
these brothers in the art.
1978, Beall approached William at a poetry reading at the Folger
Library while Jim was a Congressional Science Fellow at the
Office of Technology Assessment for the U.S. Congress. Their
collaboration led to The Science and Literature Symposium in
1981, with Beall as co-moderator. The program featured lectures
by the the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, George Wald, O.B. Hardison
(then director of the Folger Library), Sir Fred Hoyle, Gerry
Pournelle, and Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame, among many
Beall is an astrophysicist, poet, and author on issues related
to public policy and national defense. He holds the degrees
of B.A. , M.S., and Ph.D, all in physics. He is a member of
the faculty at St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland,
and a senior consultant to the U.S. Government. His first book,
HICKEY, THE DAYS was published in 1981 by Word Works, and his
second book, Republic was published by Toad Hall Press in 2010.
The Italian translation, Repubblica, translated by Sabine Pascarelli
was published by Toad Hall Press in 2013. Onyx Moon is his third
book published by New Academia Press, a very fine publisher
that can hang this title high on their wall of honor.
rain, volcanoes, jungles, and mountains, appear throughout his
poetry, and like Audubon he paints his subjects with exactitude
of color and precision of detail. Stars shine brilliantly throughout
ONYX MOON as one would expect from a physicist. In his poem,
The Fire on Magdalena Mountain, he recounts travel
to the large array of radio telescopes near Soccoro, New Mexico:
are like flowers tracking a dark sun.
Those distant instruments listen to the sibilant
stars, stars that mimic no human speech. It is a sound
similar to the wind blowing across old ruins,
a level just beneath hearing, that conjures
beyond our capacity to understand or comprehend.
Bealls work is at first an enigma. What to make of his
challenging vision, his unique voice, the round-about syntax,
his penchant for unfamiliar diction, his seemingly schizophrenic
take on the world. For here is a poet blessed with double vision,
a man who sees the world with both brain and heart, who is fully
at home in his bicameral mind, scientist and mystic at once.
we see both the careful scientific method of observation leading
to a thesis as well as the appreciation of synchronicity that
informs the reality of a Reike practitioner or a shaman. The
two chevrons, orange-red on a blackbirds wings at Gettysburg
mirror the late sun, the way the speeches of Pericles or Lincoln
help his imaginary listeners understand a cause.
Military Intelligence, soldiers digging a foxhole
will make of his or her small space/ a home of sorts,
as carefully in place/ as any nest or den the animals/or insects
in their pantomime of thought/ would take as ease. The
soldiers here imitate the creatures around them as do the creatures
and critics have sung Jim Bealls praises over the years,
but one thinks of Josephine Jacobsens poem, her shock
and pleasure when she comes across a real poet, or Emily Dickenson
who says you feel like the top of your head has been taken off
when you meet the real McCoy. Here he is. The Foundation is
so proud to celebrate this rising star, shining among us. As
Dr. Spock would say, live long and prosper James Beall.
of this award comes on January 9th, the ninety-ninth anniversary
of Merediths birth and 11 years after his death in 2007.
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www.WilliamMeredithFoundation.org and www.Poets-Choice.com
William Meredith Foundation is about to begin a fund raising
effort to celebrate the centennial
anniversary of William Meredith's birth in 2019.
Mysteries of Eastern
works by three European Masters
Stoimen Stoilov, Diana Stoilova, & Margarita Voinova
Exhibition: February 27 to April 12, 2018 10AM - 8PM daily
Stoimen Stoilov - "Woman and Bird"
etching 31" x 24"
Stoimen Stoilov - "Power"
etching 32" x 26 1/2"
STOILOV was born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1944 and is a graduate
of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. He
leads his visual articulations with a Surrealist nature, and
works in his studio in Vienna.
line is a justified dominating force, and his visions are
rich with symbolism and indigenous history. His poetic visions
encourage viewers to imagine mythic traditions and lore. He
spent time living among the Aborigines in Australia, one of
the many cultural influences in his work. His art has also
been influenced by the poetry of friends like Lyubomir Levchev
(b. 1935) Poet Laureate of Bulgaria, William Meredith (1919-2007)
Poet Laureate of the United States 1978-1980, and the poet
Richard Harteis (b.1946).
Stoimen Stoilov was awarded Gottfried Von Herder Prize by
The University of Vienna. His work resides in Museum of Graphic
Arts Albertine, Vienna; the National Museums of Art in Sofia,
Columbia, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland; the Pushkin Museum,
Moscow; the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; Yale
University; the NY Public Library, and the U.S. Library of
Congress, Washington. His most recent shows were a large 2015
retrospective, including two 8 foot wide murals at the Slater
Museum in Norwich, and exhibitions at UCONN Avery Point, Groton,
CT; New Haven, CT; and Westerly, RI.
Stoilov is a first-class engraver for in his recent work he
has attained a maturity of touch, an expressivity of line,
and a dynamism of the imaginaire which transcends not only
the frontiers of reality, but also those of forms. The work
of Stoilov is marked by a new vision which scrutinizes the
unequalled detail, the most obscure recesses of the body of
the being, of the animal, of nature and environment. The minutae
of details reveal, as under an X-ray, the articulations and
body language of all our living bodies. If at times human
beings and things appear in their skeletal elements, they
do not for that reason fail to acquire a lightness which makes
them float in space, a space overflowing the geometric forms
of a picture, a diptych or triptych, to let themselves go
freely in movement, in the conquest of new imaginary landscapes.
Voinova - "Dream Garden"
oil on board, 20" x 12"
Voinova - "Fairy Tale of Old"
oil on board, 20" x 12"
VOINOVA, younger sister of Stoimen Stoilov, was born in Varna,
Bulgaria, where she lives and works. Her hand woven tapestries
decorate many hotels, banks, restaurants and cultural clubs
in Bulgaria and abroad. Her paintings and watercolors are
in the possession of numerous galleries, museums, and private
collections in Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Finland, USA,
Australia and Lebanon. She finds in her works primary archaic
signs, created in a pristine naive world bound to the mythology
of Earth and Air. For the artist these signs, symbolizing
birds, fish and human beings embody the primary idea of the
Universe and the understanding among the formations of this
world. These symbols are tranquil, intense, simple, tangible
and understandable by all people. The artist finds these signs
in the traditions of the world civilizations and in her own
being. Her contact with the Australian aborigines and their
art has been a unique experience. The harmony of colour and
shape is striking, surprising, and after all, convincing:
through her works, the artist starts a journey back to ancient
civilizations, to a culture, shared by all people.
Diana Stoilova - "Fish"
oil on board, 18"h x 24"w
Diana Stoilova - "Window"
oil on board, 24"h x 18"h
daughter of Stoimen Stoilov, lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
She was among a small group of artists first shown at UCONN's
Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery at Avery Point in Groton, CT in
2000, when this exhibition was visited by the Vice President
she studied at the Academy of the Beaux Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria,
where she attended a Master Class for Pressure Graphics. In
1997, she studied at the Applied Arts in Vienna. Works of
the artist are in the collections of the Graphics Museum Carpenter,
Bath Steben, Germany, the Dialogue Foundation, Pris, France,
the Griffis Art Center, New London, CT, and in other private
Exhibition: February 27 to April 12, 2018
Katherine Blossom, Arts Director
Richard Harteis, President of the William
represnetative of the Stoilov's artwork in the United States.
event at the
September 16, 2017
celebrating a number of recently published poets by
Poets Choice Publishing (poets-choice.com)
including the 2017 awardee of The William Meredith Award for
to Florida Poet Laureate, Peter Meinke.
The event was free and open to the public.
by Johnes Ruta, WMF Board Member.
Ono and the Washington Sculpture Group
A 30 minute film covering the life of our friend Setsuko Ono
was aired by Nippon Television in Japan on August 3rd, 2016.
was taken by Nippon Television at WSG Sculpture Salon in June
Bulgaria TV News coverage of scattering of
William Meredith's ashes. September, 2016.
Letter from the President
I had the good fortune to return to Bulgaria through the generous
support of a classmate, Bob Storck. I had thought to take a
small portion of Williams ashes to the Rila Monastery
outside Blagoevgrad where we lived for two years during my Fulbright
at the American University. It was to have been a private moment,
but friends soon convinced me that this was a national
event given Williams work to establish a bridge between
our two countries when he was US Poet Laureate. And so the event
was covered extensively by the Bulgarian media including 24
Hours and Standartnews, among others:
as a Roman Catholic, however, proscribed such a division of
a persons cremains and I had to give some thought to what
I was about to do at the monastery. Here is what I wrote in
preparation for any media questions about the theological
legitimacy of what I intended to do. The question sometimes
comes up when a loved one has died and has made it clear what
they wished by way of burial. Here is how I addressed the question
in preparation for the ceremony at the Monastery September 21,
was young, I was taught that in marriage, it was the two people
marrying each other who performed the sacrament of marriage
and that the priest and assembled friends at the ceremony were
only witnesses of the love God expressed in the vow the couple
were making to each other. In death as in life, it may be true
too that a communal expression of the love felt toward the one
who has died, may also be blessed by God he certainly
can not be offended when the creatures he has created reach
out to Him for solace and hope for eternal life in a gesture
such as this, the formal recognition of dust to dust, letting
the spirit of the beloved ride the winds or as Mrs. Lemington
says in a poem by William Meredith, Id like to drift
as ashes over the fields, and give them that much back.
In another poem, Edward John Trelawney says that, The
waters may keep the dead, as the earth may, and fire and air.
But dream is my element. And in dream once, Baba Vanga
seemed to Answer the question if one day these mountains would
be a final resting place.
lay dying, I worried to the Episcopal priest that my education
held that ones cremains could not be partitioned but must
lie together in consecrated ground despite Williams desire
that his be delivered to the river where we lived. Ours
is a powerful God the priest told me with great sympathy,
and on the day of judgment he can surely reassemble us
for the final resurrection.
ashes only be a symbol of the spirit of a man whose courage,
and talent and humanity has touched so many of us and continues
to make its way through the chambers of our heart in America
and in his beloved second homeland, Bulgaria. We thank God for
such models of humanity, and pray that Christ take him in His
loving arms for all eternity.
with great sadness that we note the death of recently-appointed
Board member, Valentin Krustev who died suddenly of
a heart attack on June 3, 2016, at his home in Sofia, Bulgaria.
This gentle spirit and brilliant intellect was friend, collaborator
and cicerone to William and me for decades. He was an essential
bridge between the foundation and Bulgaria and is irreplaceable.
Here is my tribute to this dear friend and artist.
is too long until the word
comes that your are gone, and gone
now another world, another life
you brought me through translation.
was like a window pane
Through which a reader met a poet
And his poem, with never a smudge
Of your own ego on the clear glass.
wasnt only the meaning,
it was the thing itself you showed me:
It was never a question of right or
Wrong: This simply is how we raise
our children, how we eat our soup.
American overly sure of
Himself and his culture, learned a bit
The subtlety of silence, the elegance
Produced by history, the need and skill
to work and live in the hive at peace.
master diplomat, smile on me again:
Translate me at the end of my own days.
The faults will be obvious enough.
on your constant goodness, your talent
to intuit what I may have done well and speak
on my behalf brother, even if, at times, you must
cloud the pane between us and the stars.
With Love from Richard
Valentin Krustev and William Meredith at Svetlana's
beach in Waterford
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 and achievement:
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.