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VIRTUAL EVENT: Cameo Conversation: A Walk to the Next World

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Virtual Event: Cameo Conversation: A Walk to the Next World

with Megan Marshall

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall for an intimate reading from her late partner Scott Harney’s “The Blood of San Gennaro,” a collection of poems many of which were discovered after his death in May 2019.  Marshall will also tell the story of her astonishing recovery of Harney's richly imagined and exquisitely sculpted verse, the work of over three decades by this previously unknown Boston poet, one of Robert Lowell’s last students at Harvard.   

About "The Blood of San Gennaro":

Having kept his poetry largely to himself for forty years, Scott Harney on his death left behind an astonishing trove of richly imagined and exquisitely sculpted poems, collected here for the first time. One of Robert Lowell’s last students, Harney went on to develop a voice which sings steady and true, rendering unforgettable images from the streets of his youth in Charlestown, MA, to the intimate scenes in his adopted city of Naples, with wisdom and humor. The people and places in these poems feel so close you could reach out and touch them. Edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall (Harney’s Harvard classmate and partner), “The Blood of San Gennaro” will leave you wondering how such layered and echoing poems remained hidden for so long.

Megan Marshall is Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College. She is the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Memoir and the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction; The Peabody Sisters, winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006; and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, published in 2017.

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