Mark Fulk on “Sarton as Poet and Secular Contemplative”

Mark Fulk, Lenora Blouin, Edith Schade

Dr. Mark K. Fulk, assistant professor of English at Buffalo State University of New York, presented a very interesting lecture at the May Sarton Centennial in May. He is the author of Understanding May Sarton, published by the University of South Carolina in 2001. I am pleased to include his talk “Sarton As a Poet and Secular Contemplative” in today’s Reflections.  For further information about him visit:

I was fortunate to have a chance to chat with Mark at the Poetry Celebration and Dinner the final evening of the Centennial. As we prepared to go into the informal meal, Linda Hedger snapped this picture of  Mark Fulk, Lenora Blouin (see my May 18, 2012 blog) and me.

Here is his lecture: [Read more…]


I’m still floating now over a week after the “Sarton-100” symposium in York, Maine, celebrating May Sarton’s 100th birth anniversary, May 3 – 6, 2012. People from all over the USA gathered to honor her, remember her, learn about her, share their stories about her. I had the feeling that May was smiling over this beautiful tribute to her.

The Sarton-100 committee, especially its chair Victoria Simon, worked over a period of about three years to bring together ten speakers about the writer and person, May Sarton. They arranged for three venues within walking distance of each other in the charming village of York, including a very interesting collection of Sarton books and memorabilia in the York Public Library. The event culminated for many of us on Saturday evening with a poetry celebration and dinner. I was not able to attend the service at South Church-Unitarian Universalist in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Sunday, the official end on the symposium.

In addition to attending the symposium and hearing other speakers, I had the honor and privilege of being one of the presenters. This gave me special opportunities to talk about the May whom I came to know in the process of creating From May Sarton’s Well: Writings of May Sarton. I also had a chance to chat with some of the other speakers. I have added the text of lectures by Leonora Blouin and Mark K. Fulk. I’m hoping to make this website “the place to go” if one wants information about May Sarton.