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Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies but few people know her story. Now, actress Laura Keyes shares Mary's story in an entertaining and educational program entitled Mrs. Lincoln: The First "First Lady." Miss Keyes' meticulously researched performance at the Winneshiek Playhouse in Freeport, IL received wonderful reviews and is a show that should not be missed. The presentation is set on April 14th 1865 and focuses on the life and losses of Mary Lincoln.
Sunday, March 16, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Richard E. & Lucile Krug Rare Books Room
Laura Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master's Degree in Library
Studies, and is currently the Library Director at The Illinois Institute of Art -
Schaumburg. Laura's past roles on stage include Mary Todd Lincoln in Mrs.
Lincoln, Elizabeth in Frankenstein, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Claire in Fuddy
Meers, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and Titania in A Midsummer
Marya Alexandrovna Zaturenska, noted American poet, was born in Kiev, Russia on 12 September 1902. Her family migrated to New York City when she was very young. Though she dropped out of the New York public school system at age fourteen, Marya continued to write poetry while working during the day at bookshops, as a newspaper feature-writer, and as a seamstress. As some of her work was submitted to magazines and published, she made friends in literary circles. One such friend was Willa Cather, who helped Zaturenska obtain a scholarship at Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1922. Even though she had obtained the scholarship, Zaturenska was still expected to work, so she sought other arrangements.
The following year, sponsored by Harriet Monroe, Vachel Lindsay, and Willa Cather, Zaturenska was awarded the Zona Gale scholarship to the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The scholarship was awarded to a writer who has shown "special talent of an unusually high order." She won the John Reed Memorial Prize from Poetry in 1924. In 1925, she graduated from library school of University of Wisconsin - Madison. Within that same year, Zaturenska met and married poet Horace Victor Gregory, whose father, Dr. John Gregory, was the first city surveyor of Milwaukee and a founder of the University of Wisconsin. Horace Gregory was a University of Wisconsin graduate who was working in New York as a published writer. They had a mutual acquaintance, Kenneth Fearing, who introduced them.
Zaturenska published her first book, Threshold and Hearth, in 1934 and was a regular contributor to the Saturday Review of Literature between 1935 and 1941. Her work immediately garnered notice and she received the Shelley Award for poetry in 1935 and the Guarantor's Prize in 1936. Her next volume of work, Cold Morning Sky, was published in 1937 and won Zaturenska the Pulitzer Prize. Zaturenska remained a productive writer, publishing six more collections of her poetry while raising two children, Patrick and Johanna. In 1955, she was a finalist for the 1955 National Book Award. In 1973, she won the Jacob Gladstein Award from Poetry. Her last volume of poetry, The Hidden Waterfall, was published in 1974. She and Gregory received honorary degrees from their alma mater in 1977 and both were given Ingram Merrill Awards in 1979.
Her poetry was musical, often due to its meter rather than rhyme. She explored themes of poverty, spirituality, history, friendship, and childhood. Her use of phrase and imagery is described as lyrical and lovely; beautiful and intelligent.
Zaturenska died January 19, 1982 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, where the Gregorys had moved to be nearer to their son.
Milwaukee Public Library has a small manuscript collection of Zaturenska's poems and correspondence. Read the finding aid online in our Special Collections Finder database. Please contact the Humanities Department at 414-286-3061 to view these materials. Her books are available in CountyCat and more of her poems may be found in Poetry (Volume 43, pages 237-241 has some fine examples).
Historic and biographical details from The Diaries of Marya Zaturenska.
Submitted by Louise at Central
Take advantage of incredible book bargains! Browse through a great selection of books. Friends members may enter sales 30 minutes before the general public with a current membership card. Please use the 8th Street entrance and present your card. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. Proceeds from sales benefit Milwaukee Public Library.
WHEN: Saturday, March 15th from 9:00am to 4:00pm
WHERE: Meeting Room 1 at Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave
Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8th, 1593 to c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter known for her expressive works reminiscent of Caravaggio. Gentileschi learned to draw and paint from her father, a Mannerist artist well-recognized during the time. With her talent flourishing, a private tutor was hired to further develop Gentileschi's skills. Sadly, Gentileschi's tutor raped her, and she was subsequently tortured during the testimony to verify the truth. Vestiges of her mistreatment can be seen throughout her dramatic, poignant work.
Gentileschi's paintings center on strong female figures stemming from either mythological tales or the Bible. Violent in nature, one of Gentileschi's most commonplace themes is of Judith slaying Holofernes, a scene from the Old Testament Book of Judith. Expressive, evocative, and defiant, the heroines, like Judith, often resemble self-portraits of the artist herself.
Gentileschi was a well-renown painter during a period of time when women were not easily accepted in the arts. She was the first female accepted into the Accademia di Arte del Disegno, and was a court painter for the Medici family as well as Charles I of England. Due to her own personal strength and courage as well as the fortitude of her work, Gentileschi continues to be an inspiration to artists today.
To learn more about Artemisia Gentileschi, click here.
Hayley @ Central
Zablocki Library will be hosting another book club discussion this Friday, March 7th. This time the group will discuss the Edith Wharton classic Ethan Frome.
In this classic novel, a New England farmer must choose between his duty to care for his invalid wife and his love for her cousin. Zablocki Library's book club will continue to meet the first Friday of each month from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. No registration is required.
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
Join the Milwaukee Public Library and America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) for films and discussions on the past, present and future of civil rights in America. The Created Equal Film Series uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.
Join us Tuesday, March 11th at 5:15 p.m. at the Central Library for the a film screening of The Abolitionists followed by a discussion facilitated by Reggie Jackson of ABHM.
The Created Equal film series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative and in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.