Poet Linda Pastan, a finalist for the National Book Award, will kick off the 2012-2013 season of the MBL Falmouth Forum with a reading of her work. The event will be held on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 PM in the MBL's Lillie Auditorium at 7 MBL Street in Woods Hole. Sponsored by the MBL Associates, it is free and open to the public. Pastan's books will be available for sale and signing after her reading.
In her senior year at Radcliffe College, Linda Pastan won the Mademoiselle poetry prize (Sylvia Plath was the runner-up). Since the early 1970s, Ms. Pastan has produced quiet lyrics that focus on themes like marriage, parenting, and grief. She is interested in the anxieties that exist under the surface of everyday life.
Ms. Pastan's many awards include the Dylan Thomas award, a Pushcart Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize. She served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991 to 1995 and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference for 20 years. She is the author of more than 12 books of poetry and essays. Her PM/AM: New and Selected Poems (1982) and Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968-1998 (1998) were finalists for the National Book Award; The Imperfect Paradise (1988) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her recent collections include The Last Uncle (2001), Queen of a Rainy Country (2006) and most recently Traveling Light (2011).
An optional buffet dinner precedes will precede the lecture at 6 PM at the MBL's Swope Center at 5 North Street. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office at 127 Water Street in Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Children's Books. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM today. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The remaining Falmouth Forums of the 2012-2013 season are listed below. All presentations will be held in the MBL's Lillie Auditorium at 7:30 PM. Free admission. Visit the Falmouth Forum web page at mbl.edu/events/falmouthforum/ for details and updated information.