"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Sunday, July 10, 2011

“These Fine Mornings: Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker”

“These Fine Mornings: Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker

(written by Joelle Biele)

A Dramatic Reading of the letters between

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop

and her New Yorker editors

based on Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence (2011) edited by Joelle Biele

Readers: John Barnstead, Sandra Barry, Suzie LeBlanc and Harry Thurston

Thursday, 21 July 2011

St. James United Church, Great Village, N.S., 7:00 p.m.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Free will offering fund-raiser for the Colchester Adult Learning Association

An Elizabeth Bishop Centenary event

These Fine Mornings is a one-act play that tells the story of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker. It uses excerpts from letters between Bishop and editors Charles Pearce, Katharine White, and Howard Moss. Woven between their correspondence are letters Bishop wrote to friends, internal magazine documents, poems, and questions and answers that appear on proofs. Actors do more than one voice. The play was first read at the University of Chicago’s International House and hosted by the Program in Poetry and Poetics and the Poetry Founda-tion. These Fine Mornings is being read by contemporary poets at a number of venues as part of the celebration of the centenary of Bishop’s birth.


Joelle Biele will also be giving a talk about Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Room 254, Haley Institute Building, 58 River Road, at 1:30 p.m., 21 July 2011, as part of the NSAC Annual Open House.


Joelle Biele is the author of White Summer and the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence. A Fulbright scholar in Germany and Poland, she has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Poetry Society of America. Her essays and fiction appear in American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and New England Review. She has taught American literature and creative writing at the University of Maryland, Goucher College, the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and Jagiellonian University, Poland.


About Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker:

"Meticulously researched and comprehensively edited... Biele is a scrupulous and painstaking editor of the correspondence, tracking drafts and letters through archives far beyond the New York Public Library." —Fiona Green, Times Literary Supplement

"One of the pleasures of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker...is snooping around in the excellent footnotes and front matter for the wicked comments she made behind the magazine's back... There are thoseand, full disclosure, I am among themfor whom this kind of shop talk from an adored poet and her serious editors is uncut catnip." Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Bishop’s long and affectionate relationship with the magazine is thoroughly documented in Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence… Poets and New Yorker aficionados will find it irresistible.” —Dana Gioia, The Wall Street Journal


The Colchester Adult Learning Association is a charitable non-profit community-based organization and relies on funding and support from groups and individuals who share our belief that every adult should have an equal opportunity to an education. At CALA we believe no one should be left behind no matter what your race, age, or literacy level. The MISSION of the Colchester Adult Learning Association is to assist adults who want to develop skills for lifelong learning so they may participate more fully at home, in the workplace and in the community.

For more information contact Sandra Barry at slbarry@ns.sympatico.ca

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