Grolier Poetry Festival
A 90th Anniversary Celebration
HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL WHO PERFORMED IN OUR FESTIVAL ON Saturday, June 2, 2018, 12noon–8pm.
Lloyd Schwartz, Poet and Board Member, Grolier
Scene selections from "Romeo and Juliet," performed by the The Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company
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
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
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
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
Gloria Mindock • Steven Cramer • Elizabeth McKim • Joyce Peseroff • Tomas O’Leary, reading and playing his accordion • Carol Weston
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.