- Spring 2009
Rose Styron is a poet, journalist and human rights activist. She has published three volumes of poetry (From Summer to Summer, Viking, 1965, Thieves’ Afternoon, Viking, 1972 and By Vineyard Light, Rizzoli, 1995) and collaborated in translations from Russian (Modern Russian Poetry and Poets on Street Corners both Viking Press.) Her poetry appears in a variety of publications. Her articles on human rights and foreign policy have been published in periodicals such as The New York Review of Books, The Nation, and The New Republic, her interviews, book reviews and essays in American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Ms. Magazine, Vogue, Holiday, Ramparts, The Los Angles Times, New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, etc. “Voice of America” produced Writer’s World, her international series of conversations with publicly-engaged novelists and poets. Selections were subsequently syndicated in New Perspectives Quarterly.
In the field of mental health, Styron contributed a chapter to “Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression,” edited by Nell Casey, (Harper Collins, 2002) and has spoken at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital about William Styron’s depression and its impact on the family.
In 1970, following an Afro-Asian writers conference in Moscow and Tashkent, Styron joined the founding group of Amnesty International USA and has since served on the board of many NGOs including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The Reebok Human Rights Foundation, The Lawyers Committee For Human Rights, Equality Now and the Project on Justice (based successively at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at Tufts University) traveling widely on their behalf in Latin America, the USSR, Central Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Her most recent involvements have been South Africa, Cuba, and Northern Ireland. Also, she has chaired PEN’s Freedom-to-Write Committee, AI USA’s National Advisory Council, and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards. Styron currently serves on the boards of the Academy of American Poets, the Association to Benefit Children, and The Brain and Creativity Institute at USC. Styron is an overseer for New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.