Adrienne Rich is going to be speaking at the 92nd Street Y in New York on Monday, Sept. 21 at 8 pm, and the venue was gracious enough to give Feministing two free passes for a lucky reader. I’m sure most of you know about Rich, but just in case:
She was hand-picked by W.H. Auden as a poet to watch. She refused to accept the National Medal of Arts, offered to her by former President Clinton. And at age 80, she is still prolific – as evidenced by her recent book, A Human Eye: Essay on Art in Society (W.W. Norton, April 2009). She is none other than Adrienne Rich, and she will kick off the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center ‘s 71st season by reading select works from her vast poetry oeuvre. “…Rich is still uncannily curious and idealistic, someone who continues to struggle to understand love and life and politics and war and male aggression, and what drives us apart from one another,” wrote The Forward.
So, who wants to go? The first person to write the correct answer to this trivia question in comments is the big winner (and gets to bring a guest)…
When Rich won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1974, for her collection Diving Into the Wreck, she refused to accept it individually. What other two poets did she join with in accepting the award on behalf of “all silenced women?”