NORTH ANDOVER – Smolak Farms will celebrate the birthday of one of New England’s most distinguished and America’s first female poet, Anne Bradstreet.
Four hundred years ago, Anne Bradstreet was born, and would go on to be the first published, female poet in North America. Her inspiring poetry is considered to be a documentation of her Puritan New England colonial life during the 17th century, which was a constant struggle.
From her difficult adaptation to a new land to her constant battle with illness, Bradstreet passed away at age 60 in North Andover, Massachusetts. Her influence forever shaped the Merrimack Valley, which claims other literary luminaries as John Greenleaf Whittier and Robert Frost as one-time residents.
With support from the Friends of Anne Bradstreet Foundation and funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Smolak Farms is celebrating the woman who started it all and continuing the region’s rich history with a night of poetry and song to begin the New Year.
The event begins at 6PM on Sunday, January 1st, 2012. It is free and open to all! Don’t’ forget to bring your favorite poems to share and listen to readings of the works of Anne Bradstreet and Robert Frost by various attendees with a special reading by Smolak Farms Owner and Operator Michael Smolak.
For questions about the “Fire and Ice” event, please visit the Smolak Farms website. Smolak Farms is located at 315 South Bradford Street in North Andover, MA.