Memorial Service for Poet Lucille Clifton at SMCM April 10

SMCM is Collecting Written Remembrances of Clifton to Share at the Event

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. (March 23, 2010)— St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) will hold a memorial gathering to honor the life and work of former SMCM professor and poet Lucille Clifton Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Hall, Room 25, on the St. Mary’s College campus. The memorial is named “The Light that Still is Lucille,” and its theme will be “Remembering, Celebrating, Carrying Forward.” This event is free and open to the public. The college is collecting written remembrances of Clifton to share at the event. Remembrances will be posted on a “Memorial Wall” created for the occasion, as well as collected for the college’s archives. Some also will be printed in an upcoming River Gazette.

“Central to this event will be not only our remembrances, but also the sharing of the understandings and strength that so many of us gained from our interactions with Lucille,” said Michael Glaser, professor emeritus at SMCM and close friend of Clifton. “We hope the evening will help us not only remember, but also explore how we might keep Lucille’s insights, wisdom, and values alive in the world by carrying them forward, by embodying them in our daily lives, and bringing them into the circles of our various communities.”

Please send remembrances no later than March 25 to Glaser at msglaser(at) or by mail to The Lucille Clifton Memorial, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686-3001.

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