Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Galway and Sharon

I came across this photo in a box of old pictures from the 1990s. This is a photo I took of poets Galway Kinnell and Sharon Olds back in 1996 at the Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA.

One of the perks of the NYU graduate creative writing program was that the administration arranged a weekend workshop at this inn that claims to be the only poetry inn in the U.S. I was a first-year student at the time, and to have the chance to work so closely and intimately with them is something I'll never forget.

Galway and Sharon have always been close, as you can see in this picture. Along with Phil Levine, they were my example of how to live in this world as a poet. I admired (and still admire) their dedication to craft, as well as their respect for fellow poets. They were generous with their time, and patient with all of us who wanted their attention.

Galway is 80 now and no longer teaching at NYU, but Sharon still teaches there; although, I don't think they still do this weekend retreat. (Twelve college students spending the we together--I don't think so.) I'm just grateful to have this memory, and to be able to share this experience with you.


LJCohen said...

That must have been an amazing weekend! Thank you for posting the photo.


(ps--I tried to comment on your NEWS blog, but I don't think it came through--I'd be interested in reading.)

polka dot witch said...

this is amazing. what a terrific memory that must be! now send one of them you mss and get out there and be famous, too. :)

January said...

Thanks Carolee.

BTW, your postcard came in the mail yestreday. What a treat! Will post it this week.

January said...

Lisa, we'd love to have you read. I'll follow up on e-mail tonight.

Bug said...

What a lovely memory for you to have!

chiefbiscuit said...

Thanks for that - very interesting. Other writers (poets esp.) are always fascinating creatures! Loved hearing about the tribute to your friend too. It sounds special and fitting.

poet with a day job said...

I love Galway, and Sharon too, but Galway is really a funny, strange, wonderful guy. So cool you rocked the poetry B&B with them! I was born and raised out in that direction!


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