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Memorial Service for Poet Lucille Clifton At SMCM April 10

SMCM is Collecting Written Remembrances of Clifton To Share at the Event
March 10, 2010
Press Release #10-063


St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) will hold a memorial gathering to honor the life and work of former SMCM professor and poet Lucille Clifton Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Hall, Room 25, on the St. Mary's College campus.  The memorial is named "The Light that Still is Lucille," and its theme will be "Remembering, Celebrating, Carrying Forward."  This event is free and open to the public.  The college is collecting written remembrances of Clifton to share at the event.  Remembrances will be posted on a "Memorial Wall" created for the occasion, as well as collected for the college's archives.  Some also will be printed in an upcoming River Gazette.

"Central to this event will be not only our remembrances, but also the sharing of the understandings and strength that so many of us gained from our interactions with Lucille," said Michael Glaser, professor emeritus at SMCM and close friend of Clifton.  "We hope the evening will help us not only remember, but also explore how we might keep Lucille's insights, wisdom, and values alive in the world by carrying them forward, by embodying them in our daily lives, and  bringing them into the circles of our various communities."

Please send remembrances no later than March 25 to Glaser at or by mail to The Lucille Clifton Memorial, Attn: Michael Glaser, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, MD  20686-3001. 

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.