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The Tenth Annual Renée May Lecture: Our Lives in Common


Saturday, September 10, 2011


02:00 PM–03:00 PM

The Tenth Annual Renée May Lecture: Our Lives in Common

Stuart Kestenbaum is a renowned poet and also the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Kestenbaum will share thoughts about loss, community and redemption. In this lecture, he will describe how his poetry is inspired by experiences that are directly and indirectly tied to his brother Howard's death on September 11. He will also talk about the Howard Kestenbaum/Vijay Paramsothy Fellowship that Haystack established to welcome art students from around the globe and foster greater understanding among people of diverse cultures.

"Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been give a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love."

— Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser

Kestenbaum is the author of three collections of poems: Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press),  House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions) and Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions). His poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, Maine Times, The Poetry Foundation Website and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer's Almanac.

This annual lecture is in honor of Renée May, the Walters Art Museum docent killed during the attacks on the United States in 2001.

Don’t miss the free concert at 1:00 p.m.

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