Grace Paley—Feminist, Activist, Author, Vermont State Poet

October 3rd, 2006 by Adam

writerA prolific writer who calls herself a “somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist,” Vermont State Poet Grace Paley will be the lead-off reader in the 2006 – 2007 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State University. Paley will read at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth as the premier reader in 2006-2007 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series.

Actively involved in anti-war, feminist and anti-nuclear movements, Ms. Paley has been a member of the War Resisters’ League, Resist and Women’s Pentagon Action, and was a founder of the Greenwich Village Peace Center.

Paley published her first collection of short stories The Little Disturbances of Man (1959) followed by Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974) and Later the Same Day (1985). She is also the author of two books of poetry and one collection of poems and prose pieces, Long Walks and Intimate Talks.

Her Collected Stories was nominated for a National Book Award. She was the first recipient of the Edith Wharton Award, and received the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award for Literary Arts. In 1980 she was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Letters, in 1987 she was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature, and in 1989 Governor Mario Cuomo made her the first official New York State Writer.

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is named in honor of U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall, who lives at Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, a family homestead which has inspired much of his writing. This is the ninth season for the series, which is supported by a generous grant from Barnes & Noble PSU Bookstore. There is no charge for admission, but free tickets are recommended.

Contact the Silver Center Box Office at (603) 535-ARTS. Box office hours are noon–6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and before performances. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.