Uncategorized | April 12, 2005

The opening days of this month–this month when spring blossoms and baseball begins again (even this year in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.)–have been marked by the passing of three influential American writers–the Nobel-prize winning novelist, Saul Bellow; the Black Mountain poet Robert Creeley; and Frank Conroy, novelist, memoirist, and long-time director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Among the tributes written in recent days are the following: on Bellow, David Brooks, Edward Rothstein, Christopher Hitchens, and, Bellow’s former editor, Elisabeth Sifton; on Creeley, Ron Silliman, Charles Bernstein, and Jeff Miers; and, in a fashion befitting his role as teacher, from eyeshot.net, letters from Conroy’s students to Conroy.