I worked as fundraiser at a domestic violence shelter in Ulster County, NY, when I found out that Bill, who I’d long admired, had a home up there. He’d just published his book of poems and was doing a signing at a local grocery store (true!), so I went there, introduced myself, and asked if he’d be willing to do a reading/fundraiser for the shelter. I knew this wasn’t exactly his forte, so I was surprised and delighted when he graciously agreed to do it.
We held the event in a private home on a Sunday afternoon. About 50 people came; Bill read some of the poems from his book and told some wonderful anecdotes. I had written a poem for him in a similar style as his, and presented it to him framed with a sketch someone did of him. I was later told he hung it in his office. I have pictures from the event that I treasure. Whenever I think about him, I find myself smiling. He was a wonderful man.
I’m so looking forward to seeing the film.