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Saturday, April 30 • 9:30am - 10:30am
'She was come back to her early sea-town home:' Sylvia Plath & the North Shore FILLING

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If we are culturally obsessed with Sylvia Plath, then we are more culturally obsessed with her death, and the famous "Ariel" poems of that time. But less is known, or discussed, about Plath's origins in Winthrop, Massachusetts, where she lived until she was 8 years old, and which occupied a permanent, and enormous, place in her poetic imagination. This panel discussion will examine the rich and complex role the landscape, mythology, and culture of Massachusetts' North Shore played in Plath's life, and life's work, with at least the partial intention of refocusing the cultural discussion from Plath's tragic death to her remarkable life. Panelists include Karen V. Kukil, the curator of the Smith College rare book room, and the editor of the acclaimed edition of Plath's Unabridged Journals.

Moderators
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Emily Van Duyne

Assistant Professor of Writing, Stockton University
I am assistant professor of Writing at Stockton University, where I am also affiliated faculty in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. I write regularly about poetry, feminist theory, single motherhood, and the plight of contingent faculty in academia. My work has appeared most recently in "So To Speak," and is forthcoming in "The Fem," and "The Chronicle of Higher Education." The panel we've put together for this year's Mass... Read More →

Speakers
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Kathleen Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That.  She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program based on the principle that reading and reflection can change lives. She conducts creative writing for... Read More →
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Karen V. Kukil

Karen V. Kukil curates the Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath collections at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She also teaches in the Archives Concentration program and is the editor of the Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (2000) and coeditor of the forthcoming Letters of Sylvia Plath (2017). Curated exhibitions include “No Other Appetite”: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Blood Jet of Poetry (Grolier Club, 2005) and... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Hawthorne Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970