|The Sedgwick Estate, Beverly, Massachusetts|
Ellery Sedgwick Spring Workshops May 2012:
Friday Evening Reception: May 11, 2012
Speaker: Poet Bruce Guernsey: “The Ax, the Scythe, and the Pen: Work and
Leisure in the Poetry of Robert Frost”
The nationally-known and award-winning poet, Bruce Guernsey, comes to the Sedgwick
Estate Friday evening, May 11. His presentation, titled “The Ax, the Scythe, and the
Pen: Work and Leisure in the Poetry of Robert Frost,” highlights the poetry of Frost
(whose career was launched by Ellery Sedgwick) and its similarity to the cutting tools of
the garden. Guernsey will also read selections from his upcoming book, From Rain:
Poems, 1970 - 2010 (Ecco Qua Press), which will be released in May.
The author will have books available for purchase and author signing.
A native New Englander, Bruce Guernsey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at
Eastern Illinois University where he taught for twenty-five years. He has also taught
at William and Mary, Johns Hopkins, and Virginia Wesleyan where he was Poet in
Residence for four years.
The recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Illinois Arts Council, Guernsey has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Poetry in Portugal and Greece. He has also twice sailed around the world as a faculty member with Semester at Sea.