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Steepletop made literary landmark

Oct 25, 2016 12:05 am

Katie Kocijanski is reporting in the Register-Star Steepletop, the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, was named a literary landmark Sun., Oct. 23. The farmhouse on 500 acres in Austerlitz, was home to Millay for 25 years before her death in 1950. Millay was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The Empire State Center for the Book and United for Libraries partnered with the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society and the Friends of the Chatham Public Library to honor the poet for her contributions to literature. “I am so honored to be here today for the first time,” Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center, said. “Edna St. Vincent Millay was inducted into the New York Writer’s Hall of Fame in 2010 with the first class of writers.” The proposal to include Steepletop as a literary landmark was the idea of Chatham Public Library Executive Director Julie DeLisle. The Empire State Center for the Book was established in 2010. The center provides programs that highlight the state’s literary heritage and calls attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries. Read the full story in the Register-Star.