Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Denise Levertov Oral History

The inaugural Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard) Oral History Initiative was a conversation among panelist Mark Pawlak (me), Dick Lourie, and Donna Hollenberg. The focus was the period that Denise Levertov lived and taught in the Boston area (1969 through the late 1980s). I studied with Levertov at MIT. Afterward she became my friend and poetry mentor. Dick Louris was in her first poetry workshop in New York in 1965. Donna Hollenberg knew Levertov while a graduate student at Tufts University in the mid-70s. Donna's official biography of Levertov (the first) will be published by University of california Press in 2013. The audio recording of the oral history, which included comments from many members of the audience, who also knew Levertov in Boston, can be found at:

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