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Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Celebration: A Life in Poetry
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A centenary tribute celebrating the long-overlooked poet Muriel Rukeyser.

This event will pivot on readings from Rukeyser’s work, especially The Life of Poetry, her groundbreaking and timely collection of essays about American culture and the necessity of living with the arts in our daily lives in order to be more sensate and compassionate human beings.

As reflected by the eclectic specialties of the participants, Rukeyser believed that boundaries between disciplines are false, and all are infused with poetry.

She stated that Americans’ fear of feeling contributes to a devaluation of the arts in the U.S. Following readings, participants will speak about Rukeyser’s impact on their work, and why her poetry and prose is essential today. 

With Kate Clinton, Carol Gilligan, Gerald Stern, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Jen Benka, Jan Freeman, and a surprise guest!

MURIEL RUKEYSER (1913-1980) is one of our country's most influential yet neglected writers. She published fifteen collections of poetry, plays, translations, children's books, and several works of nonfiction.

Her "toys of fame" include the Yale Younger Poets Award, the Copernicus Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Shelley Memorial Award. From 1975-1976, she served as president of P.E.N. American Center.

PARIS PRESS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) literary press based in the foothills of the Berkshires, which publishes groundbreaking work by women writers that has been overlooked by the independent and mainstream publishing worlds. Paris Press was founded in 1995 to bring back into print Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry.

Paris Press releases one to two books per year, and sponsors readings and educational-outreach programs throughout the country under their Eleanor Lazarus Educational Outreach Initiative. Paris Press values work that is daring in style and in its courage to speak truthfully about society, culture, history, and the human heart.