News of Rohana McCormack's funeral from JL Kato's blog.
Obituary in The Indianapolis Star (6-27-11): McCormack, Rohana J.,
Rohana Jeane Eagles McCormack was born December 23, 1926 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rohana graduated Duke with a BA and an MA. There she met her husband, Tom McCormack. She received an ABD in Literature and Creative Writing from Purdue. Many of her poems were published in local and national publications. She was an active member of Beth-El Zedeck and IHC Synagogues. Rohana was the loving mother of five children, Gigi Seay, Tom Hans McCormack, David McCormack, William McCormack and Henrietta McCormack. She was the loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Services will be held at the Aaron Ruben Nelson Mortuary.
Across the US the new literary holiday Dead Poets Remembrance Day is going to be celebrated in early October. The official day of the holiday -- so timed because it is the date of Poe's death -- is October 7th.
In Indiana, the recent Poet Laureate, Norbert Krapf, is going to celebrate the new holiday at his October 7th Renssealerreading sponsored by the Prairie Writer's Guild, which the public is hearily welcomed to attend. Krapf is one of 20 current or former State Poets Laureate to endorse Dead Poets Remembrance Day.
Krapf will be reading from his collection, Sweet Sister Moon, and at the beginning he'll mark the holiday by reading poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and a song lyric by Billie Holiday—and songs from the book about them.
The Indiana event details are: Oct. 7, 7:00, Carnegie Art Center, 301 North Van Rensselaer St., Renssealer, IN
In Boston, California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Colorado, Kansas, and other states people will be gathering to celebrate their state's dead poets. Some will have day-long celebrations, while others will be at individual readings.
The initial report of the historic Dead Poets Grand Tour 2010 is now online.
It chronicles all the places visited and the names of the poets read. From the Report:
started on Shakespeare’s birthday, in Portland, Maine, the 23rd
April, and we ended with a bang 6,500 miles later at the first Boston
Marathon, May 25th. During those 34 days, and with the cooperation of 13
current and former State Poets Laureate, we held a Dead Poets Bash in 19
different States and visited 43 cemeteries!
other readings and interviews we held at poets’ graves and houses were
great as well, including the Lorine Niedecker home, the Carl Sandburg
E.L. Masters home, the Sidney Lanier house, The Virginia Military
The Poe Museum, the Longfellow House and the Woodberry Poetry Room, at
totaled we visited the graves of 75 American poets, and heard the
of over 100 American poets read. Dedgar and the crew kept up a pace of just over 191.18
per day and 2 poets’ graves per day!
The historic Dead Poets Bash of Indiana turned out to be an amazing event. Not only were we blessed with the presence of 4 famous Indiana poets, we were also treated to period food and drink (minus the hootch; State dime).
We were so honored to have three of Etheridge Knight's sisters in attendance. Many, many thanks to Joyce Brinkman, and the other board members of Brick Street Poetry for putting on such a memorable and enjoyable event. Sorry, no pictures yet, we are on the way to Frankfort and 3 Dead Poets Bashes in a row.