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Poets House Tribute to Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008)

By Catherine Halley

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I was so happy to see that Poets House in New York is holding a tribute to poet, critic, teacher, and former Harriet blogger Reginald Shepherd tomorrow night, Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 pm.
Those of you in New York might want to go.
If you can’t get to Poets House, you can read his Harriet blog posts, a few of his poems, and a short bio here.

Comments (4)

  • On March 11, 2009 at 11:58 pm Alan Contreras wrote:

    I am glad to hear about the Shepherd tribute. I have funded a prize bearing his name at the University of Oregon, where he was scheduled to speak before the terminal stages of his illness prevented it. The prize will be for undergraduates and will alternate annually between poetry and criticism. Anyone interested in how this prize will work may contact Dr. Karen Ford at the University of Oregon English Department, fordk@uoregon.edu.
    He was an extraordinary and truly original voice. My parting words about him appeared in Inside Higher Education on October 16, 2008.

  • On March 12, 2009 at 12:57 am Camille Dungy wrote:

    Reginald Shepherd’s voice and poems and eye and essays and poems and wisdom and spirit and poems will be deeply missed.
    Tomorrow will be a charged and marvelous night.
    –Camille Dungy

  • On March 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm Don Share wrote:

    You can read Kevin Prufer’s appreciation of Reginald’s Orpheus in the Bronx, finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s prize in criticism, by clicking here. Winners announced tonight!

  • On March 13, 2009 at 10:05 pm Brett Ortler wrote:

    I’m an editor at a literary magazine and Mr. Shepherd had just sent our magazine poems. We accepted one, and a day or so later I read that he had died. It was a damn shock, as I he was one of those writers that I was really looking forward to get to know. I’m happy to report that we just ran the poem “White Noise” in our second issue (it was the last poem in the issue), and it’s a fine piece.
    For what’s it worth, we named our poetry contest after him, but even that gesture doesn’t feel like much.
    http://www.knockout.org/rsprize.htm
    http://www.knockoutlit.org/blog.html


Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 by Catherine Halley.