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- 40th Anniversary Celebration
The Frost Place will celebrate its 40th anniversary July 21 — 23, 2017 with a series of poetry readings and community events. This summer also marks the centennial of the time Robert Frost lived with his family in the 19th century farmhouse on Ridge Road in Franconia. All events are FREE and open to the public! For planning purposes, we are asking people to register online if they plan to attend.
Highlights of the celebration include:
Charles Simic is widely recognized as one of the most visceral and unique poets writing today. Simic’s work has won numerous awards, among them the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and, simultaneously, the Wallace Stevens Award and appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate. Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina. The daughter of a lawyer and teacher, Finney’s parents were both active in the Civil Rights movement and her childhood was shaped by the turmoil and unrest of the South in the 1960s and ‘70s. In an interview with the Oxford American, Finney noted: “I've never been far away from the human-rights struggle black people have been involved with in the South. That has been one of the backdrops of my entire life.” Finney’s engagement with political activism has also influenced her trajectory as a poet. Carefully weaving the personal and political, Finney’s poetry is known for its graceful, heartfelt synthesis of the two
Poetry reading featuring former Frost Place Latin@ and Gregory Pardlo fellows Diana Delgado, Gerardo Pacheco Matus, William Palomo, Charif Shanahan, and Javier Zamora.
Emmy Award Winner Gordon Clapp brings Robert Frost to life. The poet lives and breathes in Clapp’s performance.” —Lowell Sun “When Clapp walks on to the…stage, he is fully Robert Frost.” —Nashua Telegraph “Anyone who cares about this great poet-or his work-will want to catch this memorable performance.” —Hub Review Drawn directly from Robert Frost’s lectures, interviews, and letters, This Verse Business is both an illuminating portrait of the man and an entertaining distillation of one poet’s body of work and his writing methods. Gordon Clapp brings Frost to life in this captivating testament to the intrinsic value of poetry and the arts. Audiences will leave moved and inspired. Perhaps the most widely read poet of the twentieth century in the United States, Robert Frost returns to the stage in A.M. Dolan’s, This Verse Business. Played by Emmy winning actor Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue’s Detective Greg Medavoy), Frost’s poetry is heard afresh; and his great wit witnessed once more in Clapp’s critically acclaimed performance. For fifty years, Robert Frost “barded” around the country giving “talks,” performing his poems, and sharing his beliefs and “wild surmises” on religion, science, conservatives, radicals, rhyme, free-verse-whatever was on his mind. This talent for talk only added to the unprecedented fame he achieved. The first poet ever to recite at a presidential inaugural (JFK’s), he quipped, “What began in obscurity is ending in a blaze of publicity.” Partly based on these public appearances, This Verse Business not only gives us Frost, the rascally wit of the platform, but also Frost at home, the private man alluding to his family and speaking about his relationship with art.
Audience members are invited to read Frost poems throughout the day with special guests reading each hour!