Thank you, Galway Kinnell (1927 –2014)

Paris Press is deeply grateful to Galway Kinnell — to his generosity, his poems, his teaching, his deeply meaningful life that changed so many of us. We mourn his death and in his unbearable absence we will do our best to celebrate his life. We send our deepest condolences to his family and to all who loved and admired him. It was an honor to host Galway and to have the opportunity to thank him for changing director Jan Freeman's life when he came to Ashfield last summer to read his poems in support of Paris Press. Galway was among the poets who praised the out of print Life of Poetry at an event at Poets House in 1986. This event led to the founding of Paris Press nine years later, to bring that extraordinary book by Muriel Rukeyser back into print. Galway Kinnell changed the course of Jan Freeman's life as a poet, and also as a publisher. He changed many lives through his poetry, his generosity, warmth, and humor, his teaching, and his wisdom. Rest in peace, Galway.

 

Galway Kinnell in Ashfield, MA, following his extraordinary poetry reading. Photo (c) Chelynn Tetrault Photography

Galway Kinnell in Ashfield, MA, following his extraordinary poetry reading. Photo (c) Chelynn Tetrault Photography