Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
A Celebration of the Poetry of Anya Krugovoy Silver
Poetry reading of Anya Krugovoy Silver's poems by friends and fellow poets. Free admission. Held in the Library of the Historic Candler Mansion of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. An informal reception with free refreshments will follow the reading.
Poet Anya Silver, longtime Professor of English at Mercer University, died on August 6, 2018. She published four poetry collections, most recently Second Bloom (Cascade Books, 2017), and her poems appeared in dozens of publications, including The Southern Poetry Review, Anglican Theological Review, New Ohio Review, Witness, and Bellevue Literary Magazine. She was awarded the distinction of Georgia Author of the Year for Poetry in 2015, and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2018.
In her obituary appearing in The New York Times on August 10, 2018, Richard Sandomir writes: "Anya Krugovoy Silver, the poet who, after receiving a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer in 2004, wrote lyrical verse that gave readers an exquisite, intimate and sometimes angry account of her illness, died on Monday in Macon, Ga. She was 49....Ms. Silver was pregnant and teaching English literature at Mercer University in Macon when she learned that she had inflammatory breast cancer, a particularly rare and aggressive kind. She gave birth to her only child, Noah; had a mastectomy; and discovered the intensity with which cancer inspired her poetry. In often sensual poems, she wrote with unswerving candor about living under the threat of imminent death, her love for her son and husband, and the parallel world of advanced cancer."