Geneva, NY — A celebration of the life and the poetry of the late Hobart and William Smith Professor Toni Flores will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Houghton House, on the south end of the HWS campus. The celebration is held now in honor of the publication of In Place, a collection of Flores' poems, to be published shortly by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press. As part of the celebration, poems from In Place will be read by friends and colleagues of Flores, as will poems written by others in Flores’ memory, and Donna Davenport, of the HWS Department of Dance, will perform “From Them, I Am,” part of a suite of dances dedicated to Flores, most recently performed at Mulberry Street Theater in New York City. The event is free and open to the public.
An anthropologist with a special interest in folklore, folk art, and traditional life, particularly as experienced by women, Flores taught at the Colleges from 1971 until her death in 1997, and was treasured by generations of students.
Flores' poetry was often occasioned by her fieldwork, though in later years her poems turned increasingly inward. Her scholarly work was published widely in her lifetime and included research on humanistic anthropology, field poetry, ethnicity and gender, the birthing movement, ethnic cooking, Mexican folk artist Teodora Blanco, and 19th-century feminist Matilda Joslyn Gage. She was the influential poetry editor of the Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly.
Copies of In Place will be available for sale at the celebration on May 8, and will be available shortly at The College Store on St. Clair Street. All proceeds from the sale of In Place will benefit the Toni Flores Memorial Fund at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
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