Frank O’Hara Commemorative Plaque To Be Unveiled Today
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Today (June 10), The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and Two Boots will honor poet Frank O’Hara with a plaque outside his former residence at 441 East 9th Street at 6pm.
O’Hara—a longtime East Villager whose life was tragically cut short at age 40 after a car accident on Fire Island in 1966—resided at this location on the western edge of Tompkins Square Park from 1959 to 1963 with his on-and-off companion, Joe LeSueur, who penned the memoir, Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O’Hara.
Co-sponsored by the Poetry Project, this special celebration will also see fellow poets Tony Towle and Edmund Berrigan reciting some of his works. This is an open event, but RSVPs are requested at 212-475-9585 ext. 35 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While born in Baltimore, O’Hara called New York City home during his adult years, and its bustling and colorful landscape provided much inspiration for his work. He is highly regarded as a prominent figure among the “New York School,” an esteemed circle including the likes of John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler. The prolific writer and painter also served as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art.
Additionally, the Poetry Project will pay tribute to O’Hara and the 50th anniversary reissue of his book, Lunch Poems, on Wednesday (June 11) at 8pm.