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In Collaboration with the Woodberry Poetry Room—Oral History Initiative: Grolier Poetry Book Shop Fanny Howe, Gail Mazur, Carol Menkiti, Robert Pinsky & John Yau Moderated by Lloyd Schwartz

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 |  FREE


April 15
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Grolier Poetry Bookshop
6 Plympton St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: On the Grolier Poetry Book Shop

Offsite @ The Forum Room, Lamont Library


The Woodberry Poetry Room welcomes you to celebrate the vital, timeless, bustling hub of literary and social activity–the Grolier Poetry Book Shop–through a lively, two-part event in its honor. The inaugural event on Monday, April 15, will feature an oral history conversation with Fanny Howe, Gail Mazur, Carol Menkiti, Robert Pinsky, and John Yau. Moderated by Lloyd Schwartz and guest curated by James Fraser.

The event will also feature archival recordings and photographs from the bookstore’s inimitable history. An informal reception and a pop-up installation of photographs, including some rare images by Elsa Dorfman, will take place at the Poetry Room after the event.
In-Person Attendance: Forum Room, Lamont Library, Harvard University. Free and open to the public. 

Online Attendance: Livestreaming available via the WPR YouTube Channel at 6:00pm (EST).

On Tuesday, April 16th, we invite you to join us for the second part of our festivities (The Community Megaphone Recording Sessions), which will take place at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop at 6 Plympton Street between 2:00-7:00PM. These sessions will offer you an opportunity to record your favorite stories about the Grolier and to add your voice and perspectives to Poetry Room’s archive. Reservations are required. 

REGISTRATION: To register for a 20-minute recording session, click here. For more information, please contact James Fraser at: grolierpoetrybookshop@gmail.com or reach out to the Poetry Room at poetryrm@fas.harvard.edu.