Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen Songs, Puzzles Pittsburgh Poetry Patrons
Research on this poster led to me the discovery of a 1966 Poetry Forum gig by Judy Collins who played several selections from Leonard Cohen – and flopped. That story can be found at Collins Covers Cohen, Confounds Carnegie Culture Crowd
The International Poetry Forum was founded by Dr. Samuel Hazo “to demonstrate the relevance and centrality of poetry to the public through the oral presentation of poetry.” From 1966 to 2009, when the economic collapse made funding impossible, the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored more than 500 poetry recitals and related events in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. Performers have included Nobel Awardees, Pulitzer and National Book Award Winners, Academy and Tony Awardees plus numerous other significant poets such as Archibald MacLeish, Richard Wilbur, Robert Lowell, Robert Penn Warren, Billy Collins, Robert Pinsky, Muriel Rukeyser, Philip Levine, Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, Adam Zagajewski, and Seamus Heaney.