The first celebration in Pennsylvania of Dead Poets Remembrance Day took place in the sanctuary of the historic Christ Church, on Sunday night, October 5th. A big THANK YOU to all who came out to read or listened.
This event was in special remembrance of Daniel Hoffman, a former US Poet Laureate, prolific poet, and long-time fixture in Philadelphia. It was the inaugural celebration of Dead Poets Remembrance Day in Philadelphia.
A gathering of Hoffman's friends, students, and former colleagues took part in the program, reading works from throughout his career. Some of these were: Lee Slonimsky, Kim Bridgford, Carol Shloss, Helen McKenna-Uff, Prof. Nathalie F. Anderson, and Dr. Emily Wallace.
In addition to celebrating Hoffman, the work of two Colonial-era poets who are buried on the grounds of Christ Church were discussed by the Neil Ronk, the church historian. These were Nathaniel Evans and Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson.
Dead Poets Remembrance Day is a national literary holiday started in 2010 by 13 State Poets Laureate in cooperation with the Dead Poets Society of America and it has grown in popularity since then.
The "official" date for the holiday is October 7th, if that falls on a weekend, or the first Sunday in October. It is a time for people who love our past poets to gather in small or large groups at the graves of poets or churches, or bookstores to read and remember their favorite local or regional poets.