Literature on the Lake: Adrienne Rich Tribute Anthology Reading

Authors and editors will read works inspired by the outspoken American poet.




7:00 pm


Lakeside Room, Aurora Inn

General Info

The Inns of Aurora will present another installment of the Literature on the Lake Series with a reading of poems from “Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 11th, in the Lakeside Room of the Aurora Inn. Among the readers will be the anthology’s editor, Katharyn Howd Machan, writers Eric Machan Howd, Tish Pearlman, Antonio DiRenzo, Bridget Meeds, and Wells College Professor Bruce Bennett. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be served.

Katharyn Howd Machan, a poet and professor of writing at Ithaca College as well as former poet laureate of Tompkins County, was inspired to create the tribute anthology in part to deal with her own sense of loss after Rich’s passing in the spring of 2012. Machan’s call for submissions of poetry directly influenced by Rich received hundreds of responses, and she selected contributions from 50 poets to include in the collection. Each is accompanied by a personal statement from the author. The anthology was published by Split Oak Press last fall; copies will be available at the reading.

Rich was widely known for her outspoken positions on sexual and national politics. She refused to accept the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Bill Clinton administration because she didn’t agree with Clinton’s stance on the military. According to Machan, Rich was able to bridge politics and poetry in a way few poets in America have.

Machan's editor’s note in the anthology reads: “This anthology was contributed to by women and men that celebrate the life and work of Adrienne Rich. The poems are either directly about her or because they have been directly inspired by her own literary political action. This anthology is not only a collection of good poems, but a weave of memories and thanks.”

For more information about this event, contact Wells College Professor of English Bruce Bennett, 315-364-3228, or email