On Sunday, July 12th at 2pm, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are pleased to present an afternoon honoring poet Rose Styron, who will read from her work. Ms. Styron will be introduced by special guest Jorie Graham. This event is free, and refreshments will be served. The library will open at 1:30 pm for this event.
Rose Styron, poet and international human rights activist, has published three books of poetry: From
Summer to Summer (1965), Thieves’ Afternoon (1973), and By Vineyard Light (1995). She has collaborated on translations of two books of Russian poetry, and contributed a chapter to the book Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. In 2012, she edited a volume of the selected letters of her husband William Styron. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, the Yale Review, the Hopkins Review, and American Poetry Review among many other distinguished periodicals. In 2009 and 2010 Ms. Styron was a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and its Carr Center for Human Rights. She has chaired PEN’s Freedom To Write Committee and the RFK Human Rights Award, and serves on the board of the American Academy of Poets.
The Friends of the Library support a variety of programs for both adults and children throughout the year, including an annual summer event honoring a local author. Past honorees have included Geraldine Brooks, Art Buchwald, Stephen Carter, Phil Craig, Jules Feiffer, Lillian Hellman, John Hough, Jr., Ward Just, David McCullough, Cynthia Riggs, and William Styron. For more information contact the Vineyard Haven Public Library, (508) 696-4211.