Join Us June 10 for Unveiling of Plaque Honoring Frank O’Hara
We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. as we unveil the latest installment in GVSHP and Two Boots’s historic plaque program. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 441 East 9th Street, just west of Avenue A, the residence of great American poet Frank O'Hara from 1959 to 1963.
O’Hara (1926-1966), a leader of the “New York School” of poets, lived in several locations downtown, but it was here, on the edge of Tompkins Square Park, that he “probably reached the high point in his writing, both in productivity and quality,” wrote Joe LeSueur, who lived with him.
O’Hara was born in Baltimore and grew up in Massachusetts, but the place he is most associated with is New York City. His two dozen volumes of poetry, prose and plays are suffused with the city — as well as with art and artists, as O’Hara was also an art critic and a curator at the Museum of Modern Art.
We will celebrate the poet and his association with the neighborhood with readings by poets Tony Towle, who knew O’Hara, and Edmund Berrigan, plus other festivities.
We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful event, the latest in a series of plaque installations by GVSHP and the Two Boots Foundation. The event is also co-sponsored by the Poetry Project. RSVPs are requested; please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email us.
We hope to see you on June 10th at 6 p.m.