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This festschrift was first presented at “Centennial Celebration of William Meredith: His Legacy of Writing at Connecticut College” April 12, 2019 by the William Meredith Foundation and Poets’ Choice. Important essays included as well as numerous archival photos of William Meredith and the 2019 William Meredith Award for Poetry. Memorial Moment by Janet Gezari, Just a Few Influences on William Meredith, J. Scott Price, The Language of the Tribe by Michael Collier, ENABLING LOVE, Tom Kirlin, MEREDITH POEMS, ETCHINGS BY STOIMEN STOILOV,Hundredth Anniversary by Krassin Himmirski, A Tribute, by Richard Harteis, A Love Song for William Meredith, Julia Alvarez
Bridge of Light
Artistic Illumination from the Balkans

June 21 through August 28, 2015, the Slater Memorial Museum
presented Bridge of Light, tracing the important artistic bridge first
begun by William Meredith decades ago when he served as US
Poet Laureate. The bridge became a major part of Meredith's
legacy as a teacher, poet and friend to artists. For more
information please visit the following links:

An Opening Reception took place June 21, 2015:

Praise for Elisavietta Ritchie’s Work:

“Elisavietta Ritchie’s 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 vivid life.”
Josephine Jacobsen
US Poet Laureate, 1971-73

“Witty, sharp, sensual, possessed of a scientist’s 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 storyteller’s gift and a generosity of spirit that delights
as it informs.”
Colette Inez

“Elisavietta Ritchie’s poetry combines a Byzantine elegance with straightforward
plain style honesty. The extraordinary range of her interests: work,
love, sensuality, and man’s plight in a forlorn civilization—is reinforced by
her exquisite regard for language and lively fascination with the possibilities
of form.”

William Packard
Recently published books presented at the Bulgarian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

We are pleased to announce the publication of CONGREGATION as the 2014 William Meredith Award for Poetry given to US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey. Individual copies can be purchased at this Pay Pal donate button, for $12.95 (with free shipping.) Book Store DISCOUNTS for bulk sales available by contacting: or telelphone 860-961-5138

CONGREGATION will soon be available on Amazon at the following link:

The William Meredith Foundation is honored to present the 2014 award for poetry to Natasha Trethewey. Beyond the fact that both poets served at the Library of Congress, the award recognizes a shared aesthetic and level of achievement.

When Meredith was writing poems, his goal was that they be "useful," that they speak to audiences "In the heart's duress, on the heart's behalf." For Meredith, poetry is essentially an act of communication in the language of the human tribe, not an exercise in intellectual posturing or exhibitionism. His work is accessible and deceptively simple. He speaks to us with a moral authority and finally, like Trethewey, feels impelled "to offer somebody/uncomprehending, impudent thanks." Congregation is such a document, a "love letter to the Gulf Coast, a praise song, a dirge, invocation and benediction, a requiem for the Gulf Coast."

Here are the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Katrina, speaking to her with the folk wisdom, and faith, of the survivor. "Without faith, we is victims," one church marquee proclaims, and another, with a different kind of eloquence, "God is not/ the author of fear." A pilgrim, she returns to the Gulf Coast and her people, but finds home to be "but a cradle of the past." She cannot enter the church service, "standing at the vestibule - neither in, nor out," and can only watch, her face against the glass, attempting to face the things that confront her. By the end of the cycle, however, she has earned the Whitmanesque final line of the poems, "native daughter: I am the Gulf Coast."

William Meredith
Natasha Trethewey
new and selected poems by
Lyubomir Levchev
($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 little kids
who will be born 400 years from now and they are poems of profound joy
and swift sorrow…" ~ William Saroyan
Green-Winged Horse features a great number of new poems, uniquely translated
by Valentin Krustev, one of William’s 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 sponsored
by the Union of Bulgarian Writers over the decades..
Here once again, history and talent come together in friendly synchronicity.
Peter Curman, Dora Boneva, Lyubomir Levchev and Jack Hart at the 100th anniversary of the Union of Bulgarian Writers, Sofia, September 9/21/2013
by William Meredith
($29.95, (8.5" x 11") Little Red Tree; Hardback, 60 pages)

A wonderful collection of poems by William Meredith, US Poet Laureate
winner of every major award for US poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize;
with French translations by Marc Albert, and Serigraphs by Sooky Maniquant.

Click here to go to page.
by David Fisher
($24.95, (7" x 10") Little Red Tree; Paperback, 260 pages)

Winner of the first William Meredith Award for Poetry, 2012. This exciting book
features new and collected poems from David Fisher, plus 35 wonderful full-color
paintings by Rita Dawley and photographs by Stella Monday, plus
many other illustrations.

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