Frank O’Hara Symposium

“How am I to become a legend, my dear?”:

Reading Frank O’Hara

Frank O'Hara Picture

A symposium sponsored by the Centre for Modernist Studies

University of Sussex

The Meeting House

April 11th 2008


Panel One:

  • Will Rowe, Birkbeck: On O’Hara and speed
  • Keston Sutherland, Sussex: Close Writing
  • Andrea Brady, Queen Mary: Distraction and Absorption on Second Avenue


  • A film by O’Hara and film maker and artist Alfred Leslie


  • Daniel Kane, Sussex (film presenter) and John David Rhodes, Sussex

Panel Two:

Drew Milne, Cambridge: Performance over being: Frank O’Hara’s Artifice

Mark Ford, UCL

Closing Readings and Seminar:

Five-minute introductions of various O’Hara poems, followed by a group discussion with all symposium participants.


  • Lytle Shaw, NYU
  • Sam Ladkin, Cambridge
  • Geoff Gilbert, American University of Paris
  • Fiona Green, Cambridge (“Naphtha”)
  • Kasia Boddy, UCL

Event Director – Dr. Sara Crangle.