(Lenox MA) The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home, will be hosting poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg for the annual Amy Clampitt Memorial Poetry Reading, sponsored by the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. The event starts at 5:00 pm, Friday September 18th, with a book signing and reception to follow. Tickets are $15.00 general admission, $12.00 for members of The Mount, and free for students.
Schnackenberg, a pillar of American poetry (Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times), was born in Tacoma, Washington. Her work has been described as “a gift of diction on scientific wonderments, the horrors of history, and on the religious and philosophical texts of the past,” (Publisher’s Weekly). Praised by The Yale Review, Slate Magazine, and The New York Times, Gjertrud’s poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s. She has written six previous collections and among her many honors, has received the 2011 Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Rome Prize in Creative Literature, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. With “strong, dense, and musical” verse “anchored in the pentameter even when it veers into irregularity,” (Adam Kirsch, The New York Times Book Review). Schnackenberg’s reading at The Mount is sure to be an engaging and enlightening evening you won’t want to miss.
Since 2004, The Mount has hosted the Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading, and has brought some of the finest American contemporary poets to the Berkshires, including Sharon Olds, Robert Pinsky, Mary Jo Salter, Rita Dove, and Kevin Young. “Edith Wharton had a lifelong passion for poetry,” says Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount. “Both her first published book, Verses, and her final one, of which she was co-editor, Eternal Passion in English Poetry, were volumes of poetry. We want to continue that legacy and connect serious, influential writers with earnest, thoughtful readers.”
About The Mount:
The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.
Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.
In recent years, The Mount has become the literary hub of the Berkshires, regularly hosting esteemed writers—including novelists, poets, biographers, scholars, and journalists—for readings and discussions. Writers who have appeared recently at The Mount include David McCullough, Nigel Hamilton, Matthew Pearl, Mark Strand, Sharon Olds, Andre Dubus, and Susan Orlean.
For more information, visit EdithWharton.org.