Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil

Friday, June 21

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

A Daylong Celebration

Scholars, writers, poets, and an actress come together to celebrate poet Elizabeth Bishop’s life in Brazil, from 1951 to 1966, and her journeys there in subsequent years, exploring her central relationship to the brilliant, self-taught landscape architect Lota de Macedo Soares who worked with Roberto Burle Marx on her own landmark modernist masterpiece home, Samambaia, in Petrópolis, as well as the celebrated Parque do Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro.

Bishop’s friendships with key literary figures in Brazilian society, her adventures traveling in the Amazon and restoring an 18th-century home in Ouro Preto, and her sorrowful last experiences in Brazil following the death of Soares will be the subject of presentations and a panel discussion, which will include readings of Bishop’s poems by actress Maria Tucci. Moderated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America. A screening of the film Reaching for the Moon will follow at 2 p.m. in Ross Hall.

Event Schedule:

11 a.m.*–12:30 p.m. | Presentations and Readings | Stone Mill
2–4 p.m. | Film Screening: Reaching for the Moon | Ross Hall

*A tram will operate between 10:30 and 11 a.m. to shuttle guests from the Main Tram Stop to the Stone Mill.

Limited Seating. RSVP Recommended:
This event is free and included with Garden admission.


Presented by the Humanities Institute and the Poetry Society of America

Co-sponsored by The Academy of American Poets