[Marxism] Come and Celebrate

George Snedeker george.snedeker at verizon.net
Sun Jun 1 14:02:48 MDT 2014

Dear Comrades, 

I would like to invite anyone who lives in the NYC area to attend a celebration of the life and work of D.H. Melhem: poet, novelist and scholar. D.H. Melhem also served as the Poetry Editor of Socialism and Democracy. Unfortunately, D.H. died last year. The following flyer describes the celebration for D.H. Melhem which will be held at the Poetry House next Saturday: 



Saturday, June 7, 2014


3-5pm with Reception to Follow




10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282





 The life of writer, poet, scholar and political activist D. H. Melhem will

be celebrated at a memorial celebration on June 7, 2014 at Poet's House in

New York City.



 The program will include tributes from writers, poets, performers and

social activists, including Dorothy Friedman August, Vinie Burrows,

Hannelore Hahn , Rashidah Ismaili, Donald Lev, Karen Malpede, Robert Roth,

Susan Sherman, Quincy Troupe, Victor Wallis and Steve Zeitlin.



 The tribute will run from 3-5pm, with a reception following. The public is

invited and there is no charge.



 *About D. H. Melhem*


Beloved New York writer and poet D. H. Melhem, who passed away June

15, 2013, published eight books of poetry spanning four decades. Of her

scholarly works,* Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice*, was the

first comprehensive study of the renowned American poet. *Heroism in the

New Black Poetry: Introductions and Interviews* focused on six leading

black poets of the 1970s and 1980s, and was honored with an American Book




 In addition, Melhem authored over 70 essays, edited two anthologies, and

wrote* Children of the House Afire*, a musical drama based on her poems

about Manhattan's West Side. Her *Notes on 94th Street *(1972; 1979) was

the first poetry book published in English by an Arab American woman.



 Melhem graduated cum laude with a B.A. from New York University, received

her master's degree in English at City College and her doctoral degree in

English and American literature at the Graduate Center of the City

University of New York. She was a longtime board member of the

International Women's Writing Guild, a member of Pen & Brush, PEN, and many

other organizations. She also served as poetry editor for the journal


& Democracy*. Information at *www.dhmelhem.com http://www.dhmelhem.com/*

D. H. Melhem was also the author of three novels: Blight, Stigma and The Cave. 

George Snedeker

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