Several notable artists will gather February 10 in New York City for "Artists and Writers Celebrate Jane Mayhall," a public program honoring the Yaddo writer on the occasion of the publication of a new collection of her poems, Sleeping Late on Judgment Day, due out this month from Alfred A. Knopf.
Fellow Yaddo artists Allan Gurganus, Molly Peacock, and Ned Rorem will join Mary Frank, Deborah Garrison, Ned O'Gorman, and Jerry Thompson to read material from Ms. Mayhall's new book. Introductions will be offered by Leslie Daniels and Yaddo director Peter Kayafas and a reception will follow the program. The event will be held 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, New York
Most of the poems in Sleeping Late on Judgment Day are recent works completed in "an urgent outpouring" as Ms. Mayhall, now 85, reflects on the memories and imperfections of life, recalling her childhood, her early days in New York City, and her contemporaries - from Lincoln Kirstein to Theodore Roethke. Among her most cherished memories is her long "bohemian" marriage to the late Yaddo writer and publisher Leslie Katz, who is the object of a series of love poems in the book in which Ms. Mayhall describes how she copes with the grief of losing him but continues to greet life in its many facets.
Ms. Mayhall was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina. She has taught at the New School for Social Research, Hofstra University, Morehead State University, and the Summer Writers' Workshop at Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. Her fiction and poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Paris Review, The New Yorker - which in recent months included two poems from Sleeping Late on Judgment Day - and other publications. Ms. Mayhall began her long association with Yaddo in 1950 with the first of nine residencies.
Alfred A. Knopf, Eakins Press Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America are hosting the February 10 celebration. Admission is $12, or $8 for students and Poetry Society members. Reservations are suggested and may be made by contacting the Poetry Society of America by telephone, at 212.254.9628.