The seaside town of York, where May Sarton lived the last 22 years of her life, will commemorate her work as a poet, memoirist and novelist with a centennial symposium, May 3-6, 2012, support by a major grant from the Maine Humanities Council.
May Sarton wrote 16 books of poetry, 19 novels, 12 published journals and memoirs, and two children's books, as well as essays, articles, and thousands of letters to her friends and readers. She wrote about empathy and compassion, nature and spirituality; she engaged deeply with the ideas of the feminist struggle, of developing a sense of self, of marriage and friendship, and, later, of old age and the links between art and death. The Symposium will explore all of these facets of Sarton's work.
Information about the Symposium is available at maysarton100.org, where one can download the program, read about the speakers and presenters, listen to audio recordings of May Sarton reading her work, and print a poster about the event.