A Literary Feast

An Evening of Frost & Food

with Vievee Francis and Gregory Pardlo

Special Event at Greenfield Village

  • September 13, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Robert Frost Home, Porches & Parlors Historic District

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Robert Frost was the most celebrated American poet in history.

Join The Henry Ford for an intimate evening of Frost’s work and his influence on modern poetry and literature.

Our second annual Robert Frost Poetry Feast will feature the works of and readings by award-winning poets Vievee Francis and Gregory Pardlo set against the beautiful backdrops of the Robert Frost home and Eagle Tavern in Greenfield Village. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Frost home where the famed poet wrote “Spring Pools” among other works and then a dinner of locally-sourced fare from Michigan farms and food purveyors at Eagle Tavern.

Featured Guests

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016) and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English (creative writing) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey. He is the author of Totem (2007), winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and Digest (2014), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The Pulitzer judges cited Pardlo’s “clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private.” In 2017, Pardlo was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

Pardlo’s poems, reviews, and translations have been widely published and are noted for “language simultaneously urban and highbrow… snapshots of a life that is so specific it becomes universal.” He is also the author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in American (2018). The book, which weaves together Pardlo’s family history—including his father’s role in the 1981 air traffic controller’s strike—with a larger exploration of Blackness and masculinity in American culture, was named to numerous top-ten lists, including the BBC, Vogue, the New Jersey Monthly, and the New York Times. Pardlo is poetry editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review and teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University, Camden. He lives in Brooklyn.

Ticket Prices

General Admission $65.00
Member $55.25

Call the Contact Center at 313-982-6001 for reservations.

Highlights from A Literary Feast 2017