The Gathering has lost a wonderful friend:

We’re very sad to report that Nancy Willard died Feb. 19. Nancy was with us in 2010, along with Gregory Maguire (also a friend of Nancy’s) and Salman Rushdie. The world has given up a kind and generous teacher, a brilliant poet, and a great star.

  • Gregory Maguire

    Nancy was (as the British say) a one-off: she wasn’t like anyone else, and no one was like her. Her A VISIT TO WILLIAM BLAKE’S INN reminds me every time I read it of how brave you have to be to break rules–and how, if you’re inspired and work hard, you can create a lasting work of art that transcends its genre and form.