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Date: April 9, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Robert Frost’s Granddaughter to Speak at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus in Honor of National Poetry Month

Author Lesley Lee Francis, the granddaughter of poet Robert Frost, will speak at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus on Thursday, April 26, in honor of National Poetry Month. Her talk, entitled “Robert Frost: Education by Poetry,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the second-floor cafeteria area of the Student Services Center, located at Fenton Street and New York Avenue in Takoma Park, Md.

Dr. Francis regularly visited her grandfather and corresponded with him until his death in 1963. In 1994, Dr. Francis published “The Frost Family’s Adventure in Poetry: Sheer Morning Gladness at the Brim”. This book, now available in paperback as “Robert Frost: An Adventure in Poetry, 1900-1918,” brings to life the family’s early years in Derry, New Hampshire. It also chronicles their years of living in England, where Frost first achieved recognition as a poet. Besides writing and lecturing about her grandfather, Lesley Francis is co-honorary trustee of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry and a member of the advisory board of “The Robert Frost Review.”

Her own life carried her on a journey into the world of Spanish history and literature. After receiving her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Duke University, she taught at colleges and universities in Virginia and Texas, as well as at the family-owned Escuela de la Tahona, a summer school for high school girls founded by her mother in La Granja, Spain. From 1974 to 1997, she served on the professional staff of the American Association of University Professors in Washington, DC. At Montgomery College, Francis teaches non-credit courses through the Workforce Development and Continuing Education program.

Dr. Francis’s talk is sponsored by the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College. For more information, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, Institute director, at 301-650-1385 or francine.jamin@ montgomerycollege.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, please be in touch at least two weeks prior to the event.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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