It is 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.
But it 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.
diplomat, smile on me again:
Translate me at the end of my own days.
The faults will be obvious enough.
I rely 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
from the President
We have had some wonderful events take place during National Poetry
Month this April and will continue to focus on poetry and readings
for this years Meredith Awardee for Poetry, Gray Jacobik.
Her book, THE BANQUET
was launched during a beautiful reading and reception at the Bulgarian
Embassy in Washington, on April 15th.
Mayor Michael Passero
Proclaimed April 22nd as William Meredith Day in the City of New
London. On that day, Gray gave a beautiful reading at Connecticut
College with introductions by me and Ct. Poet Laureate, Rennie
McQuilkin. Valentin Krustev conducted an extensive interview with
me on the Meredith celebrations which can be found at the following
link in the Archive section of the website. Here is a photo of
the Mayors proclamation on the 18th.
This summer, we continue
to celebrate the 2016 Meredith winner at readings at the Courtyard
Gallery in Mystic, July 11, the Savoy Book Store in Westerly,
R.I. on August 17th, and the Writers Center in Bethesda along
with Michael Collier on September 11th. Ill be sending more
detailed information shortly on these events.
Meanwhile, we wish you
all the pleasures of summer and hope that poetry will be high
on the list.
Best regards, Richard
Richard Harteis and New London Mayor Michael
2014 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY PRESENTED TO POET
2013 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY PRESENTED TO POET
new and selected poems by
($24.95 (7" X 10") Little Red Tree; 254 pages,
with 41 color and black & white paintings,
illustrations and photos)
Art Work by Stoimen Stoilov
Translations from Bulgarian by Valentin Krustev
Edited by Richard Harteis
"Lyubomir Levchev, the poems you write
are written by the sky
and the street and the old people who died 400 years ago and the
who will be born 400 years from now and they are poems of profound
and swift sorrow " ~ William Saroyan
Green-Winged Horse features a great number of
new poems, uniquely translated
by Valentin Krustev, one of Williams oldest friends who
was one of the
very first translators assigned to William when he first began
attending Peace the Hope of the Planet, the writers' conferences
by the Union of Bulgarian Writers over the decades..
Here once again, history and talent come together in friendly
2012 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY PRESENTED TO POET
Sacramento, CA - David Lincoln Fisher, 72, award winning poet,
died Feb. 2, 2015.
Fisher graduated summa cum laude from Duke University on an
Angier B. Duke scholarship and completed course work for a doctorate
at Yale University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He had further
studies at the University of Tubingen and the Sorbonne.
Born March 16, 1942, Fisher taught college courses in poetry
in the California Bay Area for many years. He published several
books of his poetry and received two National Foundation for
the Arts fellowships. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
for "The Book of Madness" and won the first annual
Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams award for
the best book of poetry in America (1978) for his book "Teachings".
Fisher's last work, "I Hear Always the Dogs on the Hospital
Roof", a collection of his poetry, was published in 2012
by the William Meredith Foundation.
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.