|Robert Frost in Bridgewater, N.H., courtesy Michael J. Spinelli Center for University Archives and Special Collections at PSU’s Lamson Library and Learning Commons|
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Plymouth, N.H.–The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State University will celebrate Robert Frost’s work with a public reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Former New Hampshire and United States Poet Laureate and recent National Medal of Art recipient Donald Hall will lead a group of readers sharing their favorite Frost Poems and anecdotes, including a story of Hall’s first meeting with Frost when Hall was 16 years old.
Frost taught and lived at the University, then Plymouth Normal School, for a short time in 1911. A statue of Frost commemorating his years on campus sits adjacent to Rounds Hall. The house where he lived is about a block away on the corner of School Street and Highland Avenue.
Additionally, the Spinelli Archives at Lamson Library and Learning Commons is home to the George H. Browne Frost Collection. Books, letters, manuscripts and other Frostiana collected by Browne compose the core of the collection.
Readers for the celebration include Professor Liz Ahl, poet and chair of the Department of English; PSU President Sara Jayne Steen; former president Don Wharton, who is a founder of the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series; Teri Bordanave, interim director of the Frost Place in Franconia; Kate Donahue, poet and Plymouth Regional High School teacher and Maudelle Driskell, new executive director of the Frost Place.
A display in the Silver lobby will include audio of Frost reading his poetry, a video, photos and memorabilia highlighting his time in the north country. The public is invited to peruse this display during a reception after the reading when books by Frost, Hall and Ahl will be available for purchase.
The authors’ series is named for Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, a family homestead that has inspired much of Donald Hall’s writing. Hall presented the inaugural reading in 1998 and is a cofounder of the series, which is presented by the Silver Center and supported by a generous grant from the Plymouth State University Bookstore and Follett Higher Education Group.
Free tickets for the reading are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Series readings frequently sell out. Note: The Box Office is closed for spring break 3/19/11 – 3/27/11.