True Stories

For many years I was alone and I found that – but I am already putting it in past tense, please note.  So – for many years I’ve been alone and I find-what?-find that it doesn’t get any easier?  Find that I’m writing my way right into another cliché? Let’s try again. As follows: For… Continue Reading

BBF announcement

I will be participating in a panel about War and its Aftermath at the Boston Book festival on October 15th. I hope to see you there! Here is a link to the panel: http://sched.co/8I7h And here is a link to the whole festival: https://bostonbookfest.org/2016-festival/schedule/ Here, as well, is an interview with Dorothy Reno at the… Continue Reading

There Is A Word Or Several, Must Be

Breathe these words in all languages before they’re lost, thank you and mean it. The things we take for granted and now have abandoned us. Or will. Water, air, rich earth beneath the rubble, thank you for our daily breath. Give us this day. Exhale the little thank you words they’re quick, slip out our pores, clean hair. A shower.… Continue Reading

Boston Book Festival

I will be participating in a panel about War and its Aftermath at the Boston Book festival on October 15th. I hope to see you there! Here is a link to the panel: http://sched.co/8I7h And here is a link to the whole festival: https://bostonbookfest.org/2016-festival/schedule/ Here, as well, is an interview with Dorothy Reno at the… Continue Reading

“Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart”

A new memoir, a treasure: “Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart” is now available. If you walked the quais of Paris, if you told the river your dreams, if you were lonely and grand, your heart swelling under the lowering skies of the City, if at… Continue Reading

Authors Reading with Kathleen Spivack – Boston National Poetry Month

April 7th to 10th, 2016. An annual celebration of Boston poetry: its richness and diversity. There is poetry, music, open mikes & readers of all ages. This joyful festival takes place over four days. join me there! Kathleen and other read on Friday, April 8th, 2016, 1-5pm at the Boston Public Library.  Sponsors include Tapestry of… Continue Reading

Authors Reading from Unspeakable Things at Porter Square Books

Join me for a reading from my new book Unspeakable Things (Knopf, 2016) at Porter Square Books. If you missed this before, or even if you didn’t, please come to this welcoming book store, a recent recipient of a grant in recognition of their outreach to children. Monday, April 4th at 7:00pm Porter Square Books 25… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events

  Poetry Reading with Constellations – www.constellations-lit.com Somerville Public Library Sunday, April 3rd, 2-4pm Constellations, a journal of Poetry and Fiction, a recent very high quality literary magazine edited by writer Nina Alonso hosts a poetry reading. Refreshments will be served. Authors Reading with Kathleen Spivack – www.bostonnationalpoetry.org Boston National Poetry Month April 7th to… Continue Reading

Presentation, “Unspeakable Things” at Book Passage, Ca FEB 24,2016

Presented “Unspeakable Things” at a most wonderful Indie bookstore, Book Passage, in Corte Madera, Ca. on Feb, 24, 2016 What a gracious place to read. Whoever designs their book displays is so good at it, makes you want to buy many of these tempting and well presented books. ( as I and others did.) Such… Continue Reading

Launch of “Unspeakable Things”, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, January 26, 2016

The Launch– it took place at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge Ma on Jan. 31, 2016 to a full house and overflow standing-room audience.  I love this bookstore, and Jeff and the staff who maintain this intelligent erudite bookstore with its great windows and display tables, just across the street from Widener Library.   Special… Continue Reading

Launch of “Unspeakable Things, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, Jan 26, 2016

The Launch– it took place at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge Ma on Jan. 31, 2016 to a full house and overflow standing-room audience.  I love this bookstore, and Jeff and the staff who maintain this intelligent erudite bookstore with its great windows and display tables, just across the street from Widener Library.   Special… Continue Reading

New Novel by Kathleen Spivack, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, Alfred Knopf, pub.date. January 26, 2016

I am thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of Unspeakable Things. Have held back on saying anything until now: just couldn’t believe it would  actually happen.  Below is  a link to my first review of my first (published) novel.  It even got a star. I started crying when it was read aloud to me. So… Continue Reading

Boston Book Festival – Poets In the Asylum

Poets In the Asylum @ The Boston Book FestivalSaturday, October 251 pm, First Church Chapel, Berkeley & Marlborough St. “McLean Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Belmont, has been declared a national literary landmark because of the many creative geniuses who have been treated in its wards. This panel will discuss three noted McLean Hospital associated poets—Robert… Continue Reading

Developing Your Poetry Manuscript at the Cape Cod Writers Center Summer Conference, August 7-10 in Hyannis

Developing Your Poetry Manuscript  with Kathleen Spivack at the Cape Cod Writers Center Conference August 7-10, 2014, in Hyannis Personalized attention to developing your poetry manuscript. Intensive class and individual conferences devoted to you and your work. Small, personal, supportive and concentrated. Best for advanced writers, limited to twelve. Poets who work with Kathleen work… Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is this weekend!

I just want to make sure you all know about the Massachusetts Poetry Festival coming up this weekend in Salem. The Festival looks absolutely wonderful this year, and here’s the link: http://masspoetry2014.pathable.com/ It’s going to be a wonderful weekend! The workshop I’m teaching, “Conceal/Reveal: Writing About Relationships” on Friday, May 2, at 2:15 in the Essex… Continue Reading

Writers and New England: a Many-Sided Mad Affair

Porter Square Books, Tuesday, April 23rd, 7 p.m. “Writers and New England: a Many-Sided Mad Affair” A presentation from With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Othersby Kathleen Spivack This presentation is going to be fun–and relevant. I’m going to focus on New England (a major character… Continue Reading

Upcoming events: March – June

With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and OthersFull schedule of readings, conferences, and workshops: March – June, 2013(along with some other upcoming readings that might interest you!) Thursday, March 28: “Great Poets at Boston University,” 7 PM, Barnes & Noble @ Boston University, Boston, MA. “In 1959… Continue Reading

Reviews for With Robert Lowell and His Circle

Here are the various mentions and reviews over the past six months for With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others… Barnes & Noble Daybook The Elizabeth Bishop Blog The Boston Globe (full-page review!) GotPoetry Boston Globe’s Word on the Street Boston Area Small Press and Poetry… Continue Reading

AWP Conference Panel:Fierce Friendships, Raw Rivalries in Robert Lowell’s Circle. Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath.

I’ll be at the AWP conference in March and hope to see you there. Here’s a panel for your interest, and also a book signing with the University Press of New England.    AWP conference in Boston, Ma 2013 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 9th, room 203. Fierce Friendships, Raw Rivalries in Robert Lowell’s Circle.  Robert… Continue Reading

New Book, With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sexton, Plath, Bishop, Rich, Kunitz and others. University Press of New England. Fall 2012

click here to order or for more information My new book,With Robert  Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, & Others is available now from the University Press of New England. The book begins when I came to Boston in 1959 on a fellowship to study with Robert Lowell. He introduced me to the poets… Continue Reading

Part of chapter on Adrienne Rich from forthcoming “With Robert Lowell and His Circle” see below.

  Robert Lowell introduced me to Adrienne Rich in 1959.  Adrienne was the young woman poet whom Robert Lowell admired the most.  He held out her writing as an example to me of something to work toward. And he cared desperately about her good opinion of him, which she withheld in the later years of… Continue Reading

New Book. Memoir: With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others to be published this fall 2012 by The University Press of New England.

My new book, a personal memoir, With Robert Lowell and His Circle:  Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz  Stanley Kunitz  and Others  will be published this  fall 2012 by The University Press of New England. I came to Boston in 1959 to study with Robert Lowell in his “famous class.”  He introduced me… Continue Reading

A recent award for a poem and for a section of my novel.

A recent poem received the Knightville Poetry prize, The New Guard Review, judged by Charls Simic, and is a Pushcart nominee.  The issue of the New Guard Review,  edited by Shanna McNair ,winter 2011/2012,  contains a new short story by Ralph Ellison, never before in print, among other writings.  The Tolstoi Quartet’s Story a novella,… Continue Reading

Upcoming Writing Workshops, Paris France and Cambridge MA Spring 2012

   I am leading a Poetry Workshop at the PARIS Writers Workshop in late June 2012 in France.*Some very good poets have already signed up, and the goal is to support your journey ! Other terrific workshops are also being offered. Enhance your  “professional development” and have a great time too! It would be wonderful… Continue Reading

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