Forward to the Past: Poets Respond to the Ancient World CELEBRATING CAMMY THOMAS’ NEW COLLECTION, ODYSSEUS’ DAUGHTER & FEATURING JENNIFER CLARVOE AND GEORGE KALOGERIS

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The Fiveash Legacy Lecture 

Three poets whose work engages with the ancient world will participate. Jennifer Clarvoe, whose book, Invisible Tender, received the Poets Out Loud Prize, will read poems responding to Ovid. George Kalogeris, whose most recent book, Winthropos, received the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Center, will read poems responding to the ancient and modern Greek worlds. And Cammy Thomas, whose most recent book received Poetry Honors from the Mass Book Awards, will be giving the first reading from her new book, Odysseus’ Daughter, which responds to the Odyssey, a book she taught for many years.

Cammy Thomas’ latest book, Tremors, received Poetry Honors from the 2022 Massachusetts Book Awards. Her first book, Cathedral of Wish, received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete her second, Inscriptions. All are published by Four Way Books. Poems have recently appeared in Lily Poetry Review, On the Seawall, Pangyrus, Sixth Finch, Solstice, and elsewhere. [Her poem, Far Past War, was the text for a choral work by her sister, composer Augusta Read Thomas, which premiered with the Cathedral Choral Society in 2022.] She taught The Odyssey for many years with pleasure. She lives in Bolton, Massachusetts and can be found at www.cammythomas.com.

George Kalogeris’s most recent book of poems is Winthropos, (Louisiana State University, 2021). He is also the author of Guide to Greece (LSU), a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos, and poems based on the notebooks of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets. His poems and translations have been anthologized in Joining Music with Reason, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser, 2010). He is the winner of the James Dickey Poetry Prize, the Stephen J. Meringoff Award, and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize.

 

Jennifer Clarvoe’s first book, Invisible Tender (Fordham, 2000), won the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2002-2003, a Rome Prize in Literature afforded her a year at the American Academy in Rome to work on writing her second book, Counter-Amores (University of Chicago, 2011). She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the James Merrill House. Recently retired from Kenyon College, where she taught creative writing and literature for almost thirty years, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is working on a third collection of poems, PIANO PIANO, focused on damage, loss, and restoration.

 

 

The Fiveash Legacy Lecture is intended to honor and keep vital the memory and teaching legacy of Dr. Michael Fiveash, a long time and much loved Lexington High School teacher. Dr. Fiveash taught Latin, Mythology and Classics for decades at LHS, and encouraged students in the love of literature and language; inspiring them to seek substance and depth by internalizing meaning found in the myths and wisdom storehouses of Classical literature. There are now two Lexington scholarships established in Michael’s name. The first is for students intending to study the Classics at the college level, and the second is for LHS teachers who inspire the hearts and minds of students in similar ways.

Start Date: 03/23/24, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Day of Week: Saturday
Location: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square (& on Zoom)
Instructor: Cammy Thomas, Jennifer Clarvoe & George Kalogeris
Status: Running/Openings