It’s the 400th anniversary of the birth of Anne Bradstreet, America’s first poet. In celebration, the Friends of Anne Bradstreet will present a Saturday afternoon symposium “Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up Anew” exploring aspects of her life and work and a birthday concert featuring performances by many regional and local performers on Sunday, September 30. Both the symposium and performance are free and open to the public and will be held here at Merrimack College.
The symposium, held Saturday, September 29, 1 pm to 4 pm in Cascia Hall, will feature the following presenters and topics:
- Charlotte Gordon, Endicott College: “Anne Dudley Bradstreet: New World Woman”
- Mark Schorr, Cambridge College: “Comparison of Anne’s work with Germaine Greer and Wistawa Szymborska, 1996 Nobel Laureate”
- Debra Michals, Merrimack College: “The Economy/Economics of Women’s Writing: From the 17th Century to Today”
- Elisa New, Harvard University: “Reading Anne Bradstreet”
One Sunday, September 30, from 2 to 5 pm, a concert will be held in the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, featuring Bradstreet’s poetry set to music.
Performers include Cappella Clausura, an ensemble of voices and early music instruments; Essex Chamber Music Players; North Andover High School Scarlet and Black Singers; and the New England Classical Singers will perform music by composers Dorothy Lamb Crawford, Kenneth Seitz, Eric Sawyer, and David Bennett Thomas.