VIRTUAL EVENT: Presented as part of the free First Wednesdays Lecture Series with Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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As the first woman governor for the State of Vermont and the holder of other prestigious positions, Madeleine Kunin has inspired women and girls to discover their own voices as leaders. Governor Kunin will speak about her life in politics and read from her newest book of poetry, Red Kite, Blue Sky.
Free and open to the public.
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Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton.
Red Kite, Blue Sky, the debut poetry collection from Madeleine May Kunin, celebrates life and the natural world, occasioned by the birth of grand-children, the memories of friendship and past birthdays/Bar Mitzvahs, a gift of plum-colored gloves from the poet's daughter, the Sicilian sun which "melts my argument against myself," with sharp observations and humor. Like Emily Dickinson before her, Kunin does not shy away from death; rather she embraces the anticipation "before death drags me deep," the gap in her life when her beloved husband dies, the fear of immigration to America during World War II with "an H for Hebrew, I found out later," and the sadness of being isolated as an older woman living alone during the pandemic. For years Kunin was caught in the tempo of politics--as governor, as a federal official, and as an ambassador--but as she eased into retirement from public life, she found a door that opened for her to explore the multi-layered language of poetry.
In her memoir entitled Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties (available in hardcover or paperback), the topic is aging, but she looks well beyond the physical tolls and explores the emotional ones as well. And she has had an extraordinary life: governor, ambassador, feminist, wife, mother, professor, poet, and much, much more.
The event is presented by the following partners: Middlebury College and the Mellon Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes, and Statewide Underwriters The Vermont Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Vermont Humanities.