April 02, 2010
On April 1st, 2010, the Poetry Society held its 100th Annual Awards Ceremony in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club. In keeping with a century of tradition, 13 Awards were handed out to contemporary poets from across the country. Lucille Clifton was named the 2010 Frost Medalist. Her daughter, Alexia Clifton, accepted the award on behalf of her mother, who passed away on February 13th of this year. Below are a handful of photographs by Lawrence Schwartzwald that capture the tribute, ceremony, and joy.
"I don't want to mourn her anymore. I want to celebrate her," said Cornelius Eady, speaking of his joyful memories of Lucille Clifton.
Marie Ponsot listens with great intent during the ceremony's readings. Ponsot was a judge for The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award, which was given to Marlene Rosen Fine.
Lucille Clifton's daughters enjoy one another before the ceremony. Pictured from L-R: Gillian, Alexia, and Sidney.
Gerald Stern sits for a moment after the Awards ceremony. Earlier in the evening, Stern spoke of his friendship with Lucille and his admiration for her lifetime contribution to poetry.