Friday, August 24, 2007

Grace Paley, 1922-2007

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists. --Franklin D. Roosevelt
Grace Paley, poet/story writer and a self-avowed "combative pacifist," passed away Wednesday at her home in Thetford Hill, VT. She was 84.
The literary world has lost a giant; I remember Ms. Paley when she was writer-in-residence during my time at Goddard College. She was a writer who seemed deeply interested in helping beginning writers. Although her residence at Goddard was only for a few days, she made a point of getting to know the names of all the MFA students.
Meeting Grace Paley was one of the high points of my professional career.



Nomi said...

The last time I went to the Bread and Puppet Domestic Resurrection Circus, I saw Grace Paley with children (I imagined to be her grandkids), and nervously approached her.

I thanked her for her poetry, stories and her activism. And we might have hugged; it felt that way. She conveyed great kindness...

If all writers held to her principles, there might be no !!

Bugzita said...

I edited the announcement and reposted a snippet of Spam Lit from my 8/23 post because it seemed especially fitting.

Best, Bugz