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Recalling Kayak

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Saying the New York Quarterly was William Packard and the Paris Review was George Plimpton is debatable, but Kayak Magazine — which published postwar behemoths Raymond Carver, Anne Sexton, Donald Finkel and Albert Goldbarth (to name a small few) — really was George Hitchcock, who passed away last August. Hitchcock founded the magazine and ran it alone for twenty years, eschewing any outside influence and creating a legendary body of work and scores of friends, collaborators and students. See some of them at Kayak at the Confluence, a weekend-long national event celebrating Hitchcock's legacy. On Friday, March 18, St. Louis Actors' Studio presents a staged reading of Hitchcock's play Prometheus Found at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue). On Saturday, March 19, the Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road) hosts a full roster of writing seminars and workshops during the day, as well as an exhibition of every issue of Kayak. That same evening, a who's who of Kayak contributors read their poems beginning at 7 p.m.; scheduled readers include Albert Goldbarth, Nancy Willard, Willis Barnstone and Tom Finkel, who will be reading in honor of his late father, Donald. Tickets for the play reading are $10 to $15; tickets for the Saturday-night reading are $20 to $25, or you can opt for a $40 to $45 Saturday all-day pass. For more information on George Hitchcock and the event, visit www.kayakattheconfluence.org.
Sat., March 19, 2011

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