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"The Bight"
E.B. in Samambaia
Ralph Hamilton, 1995
Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Celebration 2011
Worcester, Massachusetts
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In all, just four of us braved the cold afternoon at Hope Cemetery on February 8, and we never made it anywhere near the Bishop headstone. We were ready with shovels and snowshoes but the Worcester winter trumped our shovels with a blistering wind. (And we were worried it would be too dark to read!) We managed a spirited reading of "The Bight" and called it a day.

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!
Tuesday, February 8
Birthday Reading
Hope Cemetery
Worcester, Massachusetts
A cheery birthday spread - poetry, prose and double chocolate mocha cake!The open reading featured selections of Bishop poetry.Venue host Anne Marie Lucci used her mother's recipe for double chocolate mocha cake. It was delicious!There was a lot of laughter on Thursday night - especially once the reading of "The Country Mouse" was under way.
Thursday, February 10
Participatory Reading of "The Country Mouse"
Street Beat
1 Ekman Street, Worcester
Saturday, February 26
Beth Sweeney Reads Elizabeth Bishop
Barnes & Noble Poetry Series
Lincoln Square, Worcester
Beth Sweeney reads selections from Elizabeth Bishop and her own poetry.
Michel Duncan Merle contacts Elizabeth Bishop on his "Shell Phone" during the "One Poem And..." open mic. Readers were invited to read a Bishop poem in addition to their own work.
Sunday, March  27
Visionary Women
Amy Belding Brown
Tuckerman Hall, Worcester

WCPA collaborated with Master Singers of Worcester and the Worcester Women's History Project in a Tuckerman Hall program of choral music based on the writings of famous New England women, including Elizabeth Bishop. Following a pre-concert lecture,
author Amy Belding Brown read the texts performed
during the concert.

Bob Cronin kicks off Worcester's year-long Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Celebration with a brief overview of Bishop's work and a presentation of several Bishop poems for discussion. Bob is editor of The Worcester Review Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Issue. (Fall 2011.)
Monday, January 3
Looking at Elizabeth Bishop
First Monday Poetry Series
First Unitarian Church, Worcester
Program CoverProgram page 2
Program page 3Program page 4Tuckerman Hall, lower levelCarle Johnson welcomes the audience on behalf of WCPA.Amy Belding Brown
Thursday, April 21
A Mirror on Which to Dwell: Elliot Carter’s Musical Settings of Elizabeth Bishop  Poems
ECCE, East  Coast Contemporary Ensemble
with Lloyd Scwhartz

TitltonHall, Clark University.
John AylwardLloyd SchwartzLloyd Schwartz, Jo Ellen Miller, Jeffrey MeansTilton Hall, Clark University
Wednesday, May 11
Mapping Elizabeth Bishop
A talk and slide show by Laura Menides & Carle Johnson on Bishop’s life and works,
with readings by Joyce Heon.

Shrewsbury Public Library
Carle JohnsonJoyce Heon reads Bishop prose and poetry.George Brown, Shrewsbury Public Library; Carle Johnson; Laura Menides; Joyce Heon.
Sunday, May 15
Elizabeth Bishop Suite

Chamber music (solo piano & voice) performance by composer JB Menides, with vocals by Victoria Nors: musical settings of six EB poems--The Wit, In the Waiting Room, Letter to NY, The Argument, One Art, & Anaphora.

First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury
George Brown welcomes the audience.Carle Johnson provides a brief overview of Elizabeth Bishop's work.Joyce Heon reads a selection of Bishop poems.JB Menides and Victory Nors perform.JB Menides and Victoria Nors .JB Menides performs during the reception following the chamber concert.George Brown and Victoria Nors.JB Menides with Byron and Laura Menides.
May 26-29
American Literature Association
Elizabeth Bishop Society Meetings
and Panel Discussions

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 13
Worcester Celebration of Poets

Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Charles Simic, US Poet Laureate 2007-2008
Robert Pinsky, US Poet Laureate 1997-2000
read Elizabeth Bishop poetry and their own work as part of the day-long Worcester Celebration of Poets.

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for additional photos

Wednesday, September 21
Ron Strauss, MD:
“Elizabeth Bishop, Poetry
and Graduate Medical Education”

UMass Medical School
Lamar Soutter Library Rare Book Room
Tuesday, September 13
Lloyd Schwartz
poet, critic and editor of Elizabeth Bishop Poems, Prose and Letters

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kennicutt Hall
Jim Cocola, Lloyd Schwartz, Laura MenidesLloyd Schwartz and WCPA president Jay Lavelle.Lloyd Schwartz continued to answer audience questions following his talk.WCPA member and others at the reception following the reading.Books were sold during the reception.WCPA members at the reception in Kennicutt Hall.
Laura Menides and Dr. Ron Strauss visit the Bishop family home site, now Our Lady of Angels Roman Catholic Church.The commemorative plaque placed by WPI students.The Bishop home is now the church rectory.Bishop AvenueOn the visit to Bishop's gravesite, we discovered a poetry anthology left by an admirer.  It had been out in the rain but was in pretty good shape. A Bishop poem was marked with a page holder. Several poems were read, including "The Bight".Ron Strauss and Laura Menides at Hope Cemetery.The reception at UMass Lamar Soutter Library.Ron Strauss with Dee O'Connor and Curt Curtin.Emily Ferrara, Ron Strauss, Carle Johnson, Lynda Johnson.The talk in the rare book room.Following the talk.Dr. Strauss found this copy of Mike True's book Worcester Poets on EBay. The volume had been inscribed to Elizabeth Bishop in 1972.Tucked into the book was a letter from WCPA founder Sam Bachrach to Elizabeth Bishop. Worcester Poets was the first WCPA publication.On one of the pages, Elizabeth Bishop had made some notations in a section about her relationship to Worcester.
Thursday, October 6

Hope Cemetery
Worcester, Massachusetts
Laura Menides and Carle Johnson visit Hope Cemetery, Worcester, on the anniversary of Elizabeth Bishop's death, October 6.
Monday, October 24
Ron Strauss, MD:
“Elizabeth Bishop & Robert Lowell”

Fitchburgh State University
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