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

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Interest in Elizabeth Bishop stronger than ever -- and HAPPY BIRTHDAY EB!

On this day 113 years ago, Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, MA. Her stature as one of the most important American poets of the 20th century remains solid. Last fall, Vassar College mounted an exhibit, “Elizabeth Bishop’s Postcards,” that received glowing reviews in major literary journals. We understand that a number of venues have expressed interest in hosting this exhibit in the future. A full-dress biography is in the works by the American Merrill biographer Langdon Hammer. The Bishop-Lowell Studies, an academic journal dedicated to fostering scholarship about Bishop and Robert Lowell has been publishing for several years. And the Elizabeth Bishop Society in the U.S. continues to connect Bishop scholars around the world. The Elizabeth Bishop House in Key West is being restored and will be come the headquarters of the Key West Literary Seminar. This June will see a symposium about her taking place in Glasgow, Scotland

On a more local level, the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia turns 30 this year and there will be activities marking this milestone in Great Village in June. And the Elizabeth Bishop House in the village continues to welcome writers and artists as a place of retreat and a venue for readings and workshops.

As information about the EBSNS events unfold, we will post them here and on our other social media.



(Elizabeth Bishop circa 1916. Photograph by J.E. Sponagle.)