Lida Moser's photo of Muriel Rukeyser
A heart-stop moment in early September. The New York Times published the obituary of photographer Lida Moser. In 1997, Director Jan Freeman had the first Northampton, MA, reading for the new edition of The Life of Poetry by Muriel Rukeyser. After the event in Neilson Library at Smith College, a woman in her seventies came up to Jan and said she'd known Muriel in NYC and had a photo that she wanted to show her. The woman, photographer Lida Moser, was moving to Maryland that week, and asked Jan to visit the next day....
Alice Walker on Muriel Rukeyser
Alice Walker speaks about her teacher, Muriel Rukeyser, when she was a student at Sarah Lawrence College. She reads passages from Rukeyser's essays in The Life of Poetry and recites her poem "Islands." Alice Walker talks about poetry as an essential part of her identity and her life. Thanks to Myra Paci for producing this poignant film for Paris Press.
Galway Kinnell Recording
A recording of Galway Kinnell reading in Ashfield's Saint John's Church last summer. His grandchildren joined him for recitations of Yeats, Keats, and Shelley. Thanks to Dave Gold for recording this special occasion.
September 20, 2014
The Amherst Poetry Fest will include a program at The Evergreens at 12:00 p.m. on The Poetics of Loss, moderated by Jan Freeman with poets Martin Espada, Doug Anderson, and Rich Michelson.
At 1:30 p.m., at Sweetser Park (across from the Black Sheep) Jan Freeman will present a sampler of poetry published by Paris Press (Ruth Stone, Emily Dickinson, Adrian Oktenberg, Rita Dove, Grace Paley, etc.).
Paris Press will have a booth in Sweetser Park from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with Paris Press books available to buy, poetry mugs, and tee shirts. If you'd like to volunteer at the booth, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashfield Film Fest will present the Baby Cecil Awards (named for Cecil B. Demille, who was born in Ashfield on August 12, 1881). The Film Fest will take place Saturday evening in Ashfield Town Hall and in the Congregational Church across the street. Paris Press has submitted "Alice Walker on Muriel Rukeyser," which Myra Paci produced for Paris Press in honor of Muriel Rukeyser's 100th birthday. This short film will be included in Paris Press's work-in-progress, "Spiraling Into The Life of Poetry."
October 8, 2014
Director Jan Freeman will offer a presentation about Paris Press for the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club at 7:00 p.m. Members will offer short readings from Paris Press books.
October 11-12, 2014
Ashfield Fall Festival is a highlight of life in Western Massachusetts. People travel to Ashfield from all over the East Coast to attend this annual village fair. Paris Press is located on the first floor of Town Hall, between Gray's famous fried dough with maple cream and South Ashfield Library's apple pies and cheddar cheese. All of our books are on display and for sale at special Fall Festival prices, and visitors can meet Jane Lund, the acclaimed artist who created the "Sisters Dresses" collage featured on the cover of Sisters: An Anthology.
October 18, 2014
WriteAngles Conference will take place at the Willits-Hallowell Center on the Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Director Jan Freeman will join Nell Lake, Suzanne Strempek Shea, and Joanna Brown to discuss Narrative Medicine and the experiences of writers, editors, and publisher in this important new field.
April 8-11, 2015
The AWP Conference & Bookfair will take place at the Hilton Minneapolis and, as always, Paris Press will participate in the Bookfair and the panels. This year we will have a book signing with AWP-featured-participant Rita Charon, the founder of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, and the author of the extraordinary Afterword in Virginia Woolf's On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms by Julia Stephen, Woolf's mother. Jan Freeman will participate in a panel on Muriel Rukeyser in the Classroom with Renee Olander (author of PP's Teacher's Guide for The Life of Poetry which will be released at the Conference), Tim Seibles, Jennifer Benka, and Dennis Nurske. Check in for more details in 2015!
Muriel Rukeyser Centennial, presented by Poets House & The Academy of American Poets with director Jan Freeman, Jan Heller Levi, William L. Rukeyser, Alicia Ostriker, Joan Larkin, et
Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Celebration at NYU's Law School with psychologist Carol Gilligan, comedian Kate Clinton, poet Gerry Stern, & others!
Ashfield Fall Festival! Come join Paris Press at Ashfield's annual celebration! 10 a.m.-5 p.m.