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The William Meredith Foundation and Center for the Arts
IN MEMORIAM

It is with great sadness that we note the death of recently-appointed Board member, Valentin Krustev who died suddenly of a heart attack on June 3, 2016, at his home in Sofia, Bulgaria. This gentle spirit and brilliant intellect was friend, collaborator and cicerone to William and me for decades. He was an essential bridge between the foundation and Bulgaria and is irreplaceable. Here is my tribute to this dear friend and artist.


The Translator

To Valentin

No word is too long until the word
comes that your are gone, and gone
now another world, another life
you brought me through translation.

Your art was like a window pane
Through which a reader met a poet
And his poem, with never a smudge
Of your own ego on the clear glass.

But it wasn’t only the meaning,
it was the thing itself you showed me:
It was never a question of right or
Wrong: This simply is how we raise
our children, how we eat our soup.

A brash American overly sure of
Himself and his culture, learned a bit
The subtlety of silence, the elegance
Produced by history, the need and skill
to work and live in the hive at peace.

Quiet, master diplomat, smile on me again:
Translate me at the end of my own days.
The faults will be obvious enough.

I rely on your constant goodness, your talent
to intuit what I may have done well and speak
on my behalf brother, even if, at times, you must
“cloud the pane between us and the stars.”



With Love from Richard

Valentin Krustev and William Meredith at Svetlana's beach in Waterford
Greetings from the President


We have had some wonderful events take place during National Poetry Month this April and will continue to focus on poetry and readings for this year’s Meredith Awardee for Poetry, Gray Jacobik.

Her book, THE BANQUET was launched during a beautiful reading and reception at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, on April 15th.

Mayor Michael Passero Proclaimed April 22nd as William Meredith Day in the City of New London. On that day, Gray gave a beautiful reading at Connecticut College with introductions by me and Ct. Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin. Valentin Krustev conducted an extensive interview with me on the Meredith celebrations which can be found at the following link in the Archive section of the website. Here is a photo of the Mayor’s proclamation on the 18th.

This summer, we continue to celebrate the 2016 Meredith winner at readings at the Courtyard Gallery in Mystic, July 11, the Savoy Book Store in Westerly, R.I. on August 17th, and the Writers Center in Bethesda along with Michael Collier on September 11th. I’ll be sending more detailed information shortly on these events.

Meanwhile, we wish you all the pleasures of summer and hope that poetry will be high on the list.

Best regards, Richard

Richard Harteis and New London Mayor Michael Passero
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LITERATURE
THE 2015 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY PRESENTED POSTHUMOUSLY TO POET
ANDREW OERKE

INCLUDING PUBLICATION OF HIS NEW AND SELECTED POEM, THE WALL
BY POETS CHOICE PUBLISHING.


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Andrew Oerke
 
THE 2014 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY PRESENTED TO POET
NATASHA TRETHEWEY
 
THE 2013 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY PRESENTED TO POET
LYUBOMIR LEVCHEV
GREEN-WINGED HORSE
new and selected poems by
Lyubomir Levchev
($24.95 (7" X 10") Little Red Tree; 254 pages,
with 41 color and black & white paintings,
illustrations and photos)


Art Work by Stoimen Stoilov

Translations from Bulgarian by Valentin Krustev
Edited by Richard Harteis
"Lyubomir Levchev, the poems you write are written by the sky
and the street and the old people who died 400 years ago and the little kids
who will be born 400 years from now and they are poems of profound joy
and swift sorrow…" ~ William Saroyan
Green-Winged Horse features a great number of new poems, uniquely translated
by Valentin Krustev, one of William’s oldest friends who was one of the
very first translators assigned to William when he first began
attending Peace the Hope of the Planet, the writers' conferences sponsored
by the Union of Bulgarian Writers over the decades..
Here once again, history and talent come together in friendly synchronicity.
THE 2012 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY PRESENTED TO POET
DAVID FISHER
 

David Fisher
Sacramento, CA - David Lincoln Fisher, 72, award winning poet, died Feb. 2, 2015.
Fisher graduated summa cum laude from Duke University on an Angier B. Duke scholarship and completed course work for a doctorate at Yale University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He had further studies at the University of Tubingen and the Sorbonne.
Born March 16, 1942, Fisher taught college courses in poetry in the California Bay Area for many years. He published several books of his poetry and received two National Foundation for the Arts fellowships. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for "The Book of Madness" and won the first annual Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams award for the best book of poetry in America (1978) for his book "Teachings".
Fisher's last work, "I Hear Always the Dogs on the Hospital Roof", a collection of his poetry, was published in 2012 by the William Meredith Foundation.

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ABOUT THE WILLIAM MEREDITH FOUNDATION
A visit to the Two Trees Garden where William's ashes lie.

The William Meredith Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the William Meredith Center for the Arts to remember and honor a great American spirit. Friends who have come together as a foundation wish never to forget this extraordinary human being and the impact he has had on so many lives. Poet, pilot, arborist, beloved teacher and friend, his legacy is a treasure we wish to pass on to future generations. The Meredith Center will keep the flame of generosity and artistic camaraderie burning at Riverrun, William's home on the Thames River in Connecticut where he lived and worked for 60 years and which has recently been added to the State Registry of Historic Landmarks.

The center sponsors educational programs during the year to provide cultural enrichment through a diverse selection of artistic programming. It fosters an appreciation for the work of local and regional artists and develops artist exchange programs internationally as well, particularly with the Republic of Bulgaria where Mr. Meredith was made a citizen by presidential decree for his work in the culture. Artists invited for residencies at the Meredith Center share their talents through art exhibitions, readings, publications and academic seminars. The center serves as a retreat where artists can create new works in the same spirit of peace, equality, and serious endeavor that characterized William's life and work at Riverrun.

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote a letter joining Connecticut College in a celebration of William's 80th birthday in which she says, "The arts have always been a unifying force in our world, bringing people together across vast cultural, social, economic and geographical divisions. Through his work, William Meredith both enhances and strengthens the American spirit. As you honor Mr. Meredith, you celebrate the timeless power of poetry and poets as our American memory, our purveyors of insight and culture, our eyes and ears who silence the white noise around us, and express the very heart of what connects us, plagues us, and makes us fully human."

The William Meredith Center for the Arts offers another window on the world through which we can enhance our spirit, a window through which artists may search their private worlds and speak for us as we make our slow progress as members of the human tribe. A short signature poem by William Meredith inspires us in our efforts to honor his memory as a model of courage, good will, civility and achievement:

A Major Work

Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love

But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear
And the great sloth heart will move.

Printable brochure for the William Meredith Foundation (pdf)

 


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