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Grolier Poetry Festival
A 90th Anniversary Celebration


12 noon–12:55pm    

Lloyd Schwartz, Poet and Board Member, Grolier 

​Scene selections from "Romeo and Juliet," performed by the The Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company

12:35–12:55 pm           
Poetry Reading for Children, X.J. Kennedy reads his poems, and poems written by Grolier Poetry friends 
​X. J. Kennedy will talk about the importance of poetry to children, read his poems, and poems by the poet friends of the Grolier.

    WORKSHOP, off stage, 1–3pm: Susan Roney-O'Brien, poet & teacher; 
    writing workshop for children of all ages.  

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Ifeanyi Menkiti, Proprietor, Director, Grolier Poetry Book Shop

Poets Read
David Ferry • Kathleen Spivack • Lloyd Schwartz • Lillian Yvonne Bertram  • Gail Mazur

Michael Mack, Performs from Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues 

Jim Vrabel, performs from John Berryman’s The Dream Songs

Poets Read
Sajed Kamal, translating from Bengali to English • Harris Gardner • Patrick Sylvain • Ruth Lepson • Daniel Tobin • Monique-Adelle Callahan 
Cambridge Writer’s Workshop Group: Diana Norma Szokolyai, accompanied by Audrey Harrer, Harpist • Kevin McLellan 

    WORKSHOP, off stage, 3:35-4:15pm 
    Diana Norma Szokolyai will lead a workshop based on 
CREDO:  Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing that she and Rita Banerjee edited. This newly released book will be available for purchase. 

Ifeanyi Menkiti Reads
Ifeanyi reads from Of Altair, the Bright Light.

Grolier Poetry Press 
Ifeanyi Menkiti, Remarks on the Grolier Press,  including author Tino Villanueva who is on a book tour in Florence and Venice for the Italian translation of his Grolier Press book So Spoke Penelope. Faye George will read excerpts from So Spoke Penelope. Select Grolier Poetry Press poets will read. 
Grolier Poetry Press Poets: Keith O'Shaughnessy • X.J.Kennedy • Spring Berman • Fred Feirstein • Partridge Boswell  

Poets Read 
Gloria Mindock • Steven Cramer • Elizabeth McKim •  Joyce Peseroff  • Tomas O’Leary, reading and playing his accordion • Carol Weston 

Translation Poets
Beatriz Alba del Rio translating from Spanish to English• Jana Kiely translating from Czech to English 

Sounds in Bloom: Dennis Shafer, saxophone and woodwind player will perform while Diana Norma Szokolyai reads her poetry.

Dance and Poetry
Joe Burgio, Ensemble Inedit: Poetry, Song and Dance Dancers and musicians will perform to poems by the poets Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, and Todros Abulafia. Dancers: Katerine Gagnon, Ofri Rieger.  Musicians: John Voigt and Walter Wright.​

90 on 90: Presentation of Donald Hall’s book A Carnival of Losses: 
Notes Nearing Ninety
An homage to our dear and long-time friend, Donald Hall. Lloyd Schwartz and Joyce Peseroff will read excerpts from Donald Hall's essays and poems, and poems by his late wife Jane Kenyon. 

Concluding Remarks, Ifeanyi Menkiti

Our Final Act
We will leave you with a video presentation of a musical setting of Ifeanyi Menkiti's poem "Before a Common Soil," an original composition by George Emlen, Music Director of Revels for over 30 years, now retired, performed by the Revels chorus and musicians.

Whiskey Radish, who has worked at Ryles for over 20 years, will sketch and will take photographs throughout the day. ​

Thank you to all 
who participated in 
The Grolier Poetry Festival 
on June 2, 2018.  

Poets and performers, guests, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and contractors came together, outside on Plympton Street, to make our 90th anniversary celebration very special. Heartfelt thanks to all for staying with us through the sunshine, and the light rain.

Because of you, it was a magical day. 

In the words of our David Ferry, 
a long-time friend, poet, and translator:

"And now it's the poet Ifeanyi Menkiti and his wife Carol, Francine LaChance, and Elizabeth Doran with them, still fostering us who write and us who read in this legendary place, the Grolier Poetry Book Shop. Center of its world, historically and now. 
Being in the story you knew you, any poet, any reader, any who stopped by, is inside the legend. So you yourself are legendary. 

The legend of the Grolier must continue so that poets, readers, and any who stop by can continue to experience the center of its magic world, that world inside the walls of the Grolier."


We will announce future events with poets, artists, and performers, including:
2018 Poetry Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Bidart, 
David Ferry, Robert Pinsky, Peter Balakian, Robert Perkins, Lloyd Schwartz, and many more.