Poet Rosanna Warren will deliver the inaugural Mark Strand Memorial Reading on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 4pm at the Beinecke Library. This event is free and open to all.
The Strand Memorial Readings are endowed by Dr. Jeffrey V. Ravetch ’73. As a Yale undergraduate double majoring in English and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Dr. Ravetch interacted with the Beinecke Library collections, developing a life-long passion for 20th Century American poetry. Throughout his career in medical research, Dr. Ravetch has maintained his interest in American poetry and has become an avid collector of books in this field.
Dr. Ravetch’s gift honors his friend and fellow Yale graduate, poet and visual artist Mark Strand ’59 BFA. Strand was the author of numerous books and poetry collections including Blizzard of One, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Dark Harbor, The Story of Our Lives, and Reasons for Moving among many others. His many honors include Yale University’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bobbit Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Shortly before he passed away in 2014, Mark Strand gave a reading at Beinecke Library, a recording of which can be found on the Library’s website: Mark Strand Reading, 11/2014.
A temporary exhibition of materials from Dr. Ravetch’s extraordinary collection of Mark Strand’s work will be on view; Dr. Ravetch donated his collection to the Beinecke in 2017.
The Beinecke Library is a national center for the living art of American poetry. For more information about poetry in the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Library, visit us online: Poetry at Beinecke Library.