Born: January 9, 1919, New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 30, 2007, New London, Connecticut, United States
Education: Princeton University
Books: Love letter from an impossible land, more
Awards: United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, more
People also search for: Richard Harteis, Andre Larson, David Mermelstein
Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA, Plot: Bryn Mawr 321
William Meredith was an American poet and educator. He was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980. In 1988, Meredith was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a Los Angeles Times Book Award for Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems and in 1997, he won the National Book Award for Poetry for Effort at Speech. Meredith taught at Princeton University, the University of Hawaii and at Connecticut College from 1955 to 1983. In an inspired act of matchmaking, Maxine Kumin introduced Meredith and poet Richard Harteis around 1971, and despite the 28-year age difference William and Richard were devoted to each other for the rest of William’s life. In 1983, he suffered a stroke and was immobilized for two years. Because of the stroke, he suffered with expressive aphasia, which affected his ability to produce language. Meredith ended his teaching career and could not write poetry during this period. Meredith died in New London, Connecticut, near his home in Montville, where he lived with his partner of 36 years. A film about his life, Marathon, premiered on Nov. 19, 2008 in Mystic.
Together from 1971 to 2007: 36 years.
Richard Harteis (born 1946)
William Meredith (January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007)
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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West Laurel Hill Cemetery is a cemetery located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. West Laurel Hill was designed as a rural cemetery and is a "sister" institution to the Laurel Hill Cemetery nearby in Philadelphia.
Address: 215 Belmont Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, USA (40.01558, -75.22019)
Type: Cemetery (open to public)
Phone: +1 610-664-1591
National Register of Historic Places: 92000991, 1992
West Laurel Hill was the first cemetery to ever map its entire grounds on a smart phone device, enabling visitors to search and navigate to grave locations, and "access photos, video, text and other information." Visitors can also use the app to navigate through tours of the cemetery and visit the grave sites of interesting and famous persons.
Notable queer burials at West Laurel Hill Cemetery:
• Henrietta Cozens (1862-1940). Jessie Willcox Smith met Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley while studying at Drexel with whom she would share talent, mutual interests, and lifelong friendship. Green, Smith, and Oakley became known as "The Red Rose Girls" after the Red Rose Inn in Villanova, Pennsylvania where they lived and worked together for four years beginning in the early 1900s. They leased the inn where they were joined by Oakley's mother, Green's parents, and Henrietta Cozens, who managed the gardens and inn. When the artists lost the lease on the Red Rose Inn in 1904, a farmhouse was remodeled for them in West Mount Airy, Philadelphia by Frank Miles Day. They named their new shared home and workplace "Cogslea", drawn from the initials of their surnames and that of Smith's roommate, Henrietta Cozens. Later Smith had a 16-room house and studio that she called Cogshill built on property near Cogslea. She lived in what was her final home with Cozens, her aunt, and her brother. Never a travel enthusiast, Smith finally agreed to tour Europe in 1933 with the Isabel Crowder, who was Henrietta Cozens' niece, and a nurse. During her trip, her health became poorer and she died at age of 71 in her house at Cogshill in 1935.
• Henry Plumer McIlhenny (1910-1986), American connoisseur of art and antiques, world traveler, socialite, philanthropist and the chairman of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
• William Morris Meredith, Jr (January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007), American poet and educator. He was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980. Meredith died in New London, Connecticut, near his home in Montville, where he lived with his partner of 36 years, the poet and fiction writer Richard Harteis. A film about his life, “Marathon,” premiered on Nov. 19, 2008 in Mystic, Connecticut.
• Grace Nicholson (1877–1948), American art collector and art dealer, specializing in Native American and Chinese handicrafts. The space she originally designed for her shop is now home to the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California.
Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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