Frost Society News
Join scholars and distinguished poets in celebrating the 150th birthday of Robert Frost in San Diego from March 20-25. The event, organized by the Robert Frost Society and the Library Foundation San Diego, will feature Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, Ruth Lilly Prize Winner Allison Joseph, Pulitzer Price Finalist Bruce Weigl, and Guggenheim Fellowship winner Jay Parini, who will read their poems and discuss Frost in free public sessions. The conference is expected to attract an international cohort of poets, scholars, critics, and Frost enthusiasts to San Diego. Morning sessions will feature three days of poetry workshops, lectures, and roundtable discussions, free of charge to registered participants. Some events will be capped at 12 participants, who can register beginning on January 15 through the Robert Frost Society Sesquicenntenial webpage. Poetry readings will follow in the afternoon and evening, also free and open to the public.
Noted poets confirmed to attend the event include San Diego Poet Laureate Jason Magabo Perez, San Diego performance artist Karla Cordero, Poet’s Prize finalist David Yezzi, Ohio Poet Laureate Amit Majmudar, former NEA director and poet Dana Gioia, Literary Matters editor and poet Ryan Wilson, and Cave Canem Foundation Award winner Ruth Ellen Kocher. Frost scholars Donald G. Sheehy, Eliza New, Karen Kilcup, Jonathan Barron, and Henry Atmore are also scheduled to speak or lead breakout sessions about Frost’s poetry.
The Robert Frost Society, formed in 1978 to sustain Frost’s legacy and facilitate a broad appreciation for the humanities, established its permanent home at the San Diego Central Library in 2019. The project was initiated by San Diego poet Jim Hurley and co-led with Robert Bernard Hass. Initial supporters included San Diego philanthropic icon Malin Burnham and noted San Diego businessmen Mel Katz and Art Flaming. Subsequent leadership from Library Foundation CEO Patrick Stewart, San Diego educational leader Mary Walshok, commercial real estate expert Craig Evanco, and emerita Chancellor of San Diego Community Colleges Constance Carroll enabled the Frost Society to offer Sesquicentennial events to the public at no cost.
Learn more about the Frost Sesquicentennial celebration.
Conference registration is currently open at EventBrite.
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