June 11th People

June 11th

06-11-1963 Diana Goetsch – Place of birth unknown, she grew up in Northport, Long Island, New York. She is an American poet and teacher. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Best Diana GoetschAmerican Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and other journals and anthologies. As she said in her blog on The American Scholar, “My life broke down at age 50, though it was broken all along. I seemed to be a well-functioning man named Douglas Goetsch: a teacher who’d taught at Stuyvesant High School and various universities, a poet with award-winning collections, a dedicated meditation practitioner, and an instructor. I was depressed and had been for decades. I longed daily to be a woman.” She is still transitioning and speaks candidly about her experience. “Most trans people are quite ordinary. Nobody wants to be trans—this can’t be emphasized enough—-so we’re also choiceless and brave. But most of all, we’re people.”

06-11-1862 – 12-21-1915   Violet Florence Martin – Born at Ross House, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. She was the youngest of sixteen children. Martin was an Irish author who co-wrote a series of novels with her second cousin, Edith Somerville. The women met on January 17, 1886, at Castletownshend and became lifelong companions and literary partners. In 1889, Violet adopted the pseudonym Martin Ross, which comprised her surname and the name of her ancestral home. The two authors were known as Somerville and Ross. Their works included The Real Charlotte (1889) and Some Reminiscences of an Irish R.M.  The television comedy-drama series The Irish R.M. is based on their novel and ran for 18 episodes in the 1980s. Violet was seriously injured in a riding accident in November 1898, from which she never fully recovered. This was a contributing factor to her death in 1915. Edith Somerville continued to write under their joint literary names, claiming that they were still in contact. The two women left thousands of letters and 116 volumes of diaries, detailing their lives, much still unpublished. Edith died in October 1949 and is buried alongside Violet at Saint Barrahane’s Church, Castletownsend, County Cork, Ireland.

06-11-1877 – 11-18-1909 Renée Vivien (born Pauline Mary Tarn) – Born in London, England to a wealthy British father and an American mother. She Renee Viviengrew up in Paris and London. She was a British poet who wrote in French. Vivien was lovers with Natalie Clifford Barney, Baroness Helene de Zuylen (one of the Paris Rothschild’s), and Romain Brooks. According to Wikipedia, “Her poetry has achieved greater appeal and a wider audience, as have the works of Natalie Clifford Barney, due to the contemporary rediscovery of the works of the ancient lesbian Greek poet Sappho.”

06-11-1951 Jan Franssen – Born in Hilversum, Netherlands. He is a Dutch politician. Franssen was a member of the House of Representatives from Jan Franssen1982 to 1994. In 1994 he became mayor of Zwolle. He is the current chairman of the Interprovincial Overage (IPO), that looks after provincial interest. He is openly gay.

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