A Memorial Celebration of David Budbill
The program will include:
performances of poems of David's that have been set to music by composer Erik Neilsen
a performance by David's long-time friend and collaborator, avant-garde bassist William Parker
talks by old friends, poetry peers, mentees, and David's closest family members
an original song about David written and performed by Rusty Dewees
David Budbill (1940-2016) was the author of eight books of poems, seven plays, two novels, a collection of short stories, two picture books for children, and the libretto for an opera. During his prolific career David performed his work in many venues—from schools and prisons in Vermont to avant-garde performance spaces in New York City—often with William Parker and other musical collaborators. David was committed to issues of social justice and lived a humble, engaged, and passionate life in the green mountains of Vermont with his wife of 50 years, the painter Lois Eby.