Creating the Seagull
Kenward Elmslie (1929- ) is a poet, editor and librettist who has facilitated numerous collaborations and connections among members of what is known as the New York School of Poets. The grandchild of Joseph Pulitzer, Elmslie received his undergraduate…
Kenward Elmslie (1929- ) is a poet, editor and librettist who has facilitated numerous collaborations and connections among members of what is known as the New York School of Poets. The grandchild of Joseph Pulitzer, Elmslie received his undergraduate degree from Harvard before moving to New York City. Among other pursuits, he edited Z Magazine, which published works by poets such as John Ashbery and Elmslie’s longtime partner Joe Brainard, and corresponded with innumerable artists, writers and thinkers including Lucia Berlin and Maxine Chernoff. One of his many gifts to the world is his ability to see other people’s talents and shine a light on their creativity. His poetry is noted for its intersections with art and theatre, and has won numerous awards including the PIP Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative Poetry.
In 2002, Sophie Constantinou, Bill Weir and Walker Weir interviewed Elmslie about his life and works, specifically his friendships and collaborations with the New York School of Poets. As the catalyst for this short film project, Elmslie hoped to illustrate the artistic spirit of and collaborations among American writers, poets and artists from the late 50s to today.
The Seagull was crafted into an opera that debuted at the Houston Grand Opera in 1972. The opera was composed by 28 year old Thomas Pasatieri with the libretto by Kenward Elmslie after the play by Anton Chekov. In 2002 The Manhattan School of Music premiered The Seagull under the stage direction of Mark Harrison and conducted by David Gilbert.
Executive Producer: Kenward Elmslie
Producers: William Blackburn Weir, Margaret Weir, Sophie Constantinou
Director/Director of Photography: Sophie Constantinou
Editor: Mike Fuller
A production of Citizen Film Inc.
c. 2016 Kenward Gray Elmslie Revokable Trust