Sunday, June 17, 2007

In Memoriam, Liam Rector, Poet, Educator, and Friend

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series sadly notes the passing of Liam Rector, poet and educator, on August 15. Liam published three volumes of poetry: The Sorrow of Architecture (Dragon Gate, 1984); American Prodigal (Story Line, 1994); and The Executive Director of the Fallen World (University of Chicago, 2006), in addition to editing The Day I Was Older: The Poetry of Donald Hall and co-editing with Tree Swenson, On the Poetry of Frank Bidart: Fastening the Voice to the Page. Along with teaching at Columbia University, the New School University, Emerson College and elsewhere, he founded the Bennington College Writing Seminars program in 1994 and served as its executive director until the time of his death. He touched thousands of lives through his teaching and writing and will be sorely missed.