Worcester Poet Laureate Gertrude Halstead
Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish

Sunday, July 20, 2008
2 to 3:30 pm

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Higgins House

An event to commemorate Gertrude Halstead's 92nd birthday
Reception following the readings.
The event is free and open to the public.
Program Coordiantor: Laura Menides

Assistant Program Coordinator: Felicia Misale

New York Public Library Lantern Slide/Online Digital Collection
Gertrude Halstead, Worcester's first Poet Laureate, grew up in Bensheim, Germany.  Surviving the Holocaust, Halstead traveled until she moved to the United States in 1941. Halstead published her first book of poetry, Memories     like Burrs, in 2006 with Adastra Press. Along with this publication, she has been a featured poet in the journal Diner, the subject of the documentary Memories    like Burrs (which also includes a song cycle inspired by her poetry), and the motivation behind Small Kite, a chapbook of poems in her honor.  Halstead was named Worcester’s first Poet Laureate in November of 2007.

Samuel Cornish, Boston's first Poet Laureate, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Sam Cornish moved to Massachusetts in the 1960s and later became a professor of Emerson College where he taught for 22 years. Many of his works-- including Generations, one of his most famous, which was published in 1971 by Beacon Press--give a first hand account of growing up in urban areas of the United States. Throughout his life, Cornish has published 13 books as well as poetry and essays. Cornish was named Boston's first Poet Laureate in January of 2008.

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