JOIN US

for a Night of Celebration and Support

to Benefit the Grolier Poetry Foundation and Forums Trust

Featuring a Reading, Discussion, and Book Signing

Followed by a Reception

with Delicious Hors d'oeuvres and a Cash Bar



WITH POETS PETER BALAKIAN AND SUSAN BARBA

Friday, January 25, 2019, AT 7PM*

IN THE MOUNT VERNON BALLROOM

at the

HISTORIC SHERATON COMMANDER

*Doors will open at 6:15pm so that our guests can enjoy
a drink and hors d'oeuvres before the reading.

Mount Vernon Ballroom, Sheraton Commander

Parking will be validated at the rate of $15.00.


PLEASE NOTE: Our event is less than one week away!
If you plan to attend this catered event, the earlier you purchase tickets, the better we can plan to accommodate you.

We hope to see you on January 25th!

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Read about our recent press in the Boston Globe !
PETER BALAKIAN
SUSAN BARBA
A MESSAGE FROM PETER AND SUSAN

We will read from our work, reflect on poetry and its relationship to trauma, collective memory and the poem’s engagement with history.

For us, as for so many poets, the Grolier has been a vital location, and, for nearly a hundred years, a temple to poetry and the most historically important bookstore of its kind. Because poetry is the cutting edge of language and a singular force in probing human experience, the Grolier remains essential to American life. Please come out and support the Grolier and its future. 

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet and Grolier Board Member Peter Balakian Peter is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Ozone Journal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, as well as Ziggurat (2010) and J une-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000 (2001), and more .

Peter is also the author of a book on the American poet Theodore Roethke and the
co translator of the Armenian poet Siamanto’s Bloody News From My Friend . He is the recipient of many awards and prizes including the Presidential Medal and the Moves Khoranatsi Medal from the Republic of Armenia, and more. He has appeared widely on national television and radio( 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, PBS, Charlie Rose, Fresh Air, etc) , and his work have appeared in a many languages including Armenian, Bulgarian, French, Dutch, Greek, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Turkish. He is Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Colgate University. Read more about Peter.

Poet and Senior Editor for New York Review Books Susan Barba Susan is the author of the poetry collection  Fair Sun  (2017), which was awarded the Anahid Literary Prize from Columbia University and the Minas & Kohar Tölölyan Prize. Her poems have appeared in  The New York Review of Books Poetry , The Hudson Review The Yale Review Antioch Review , Raritan , and elsewhere, and her translations from Armenian have appeared in  Words Without Borders and  Ararat . She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She works as a senior editor for New York Review Books . Read more about Susan .

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We have an exciting night planned,   a night that honors our legacy of bringing poets and those who love poetry together so as to explore ideas and experience the power of poetry's unifying voice to connect us ever more deeply. 

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THE FOLLOWING BOOKS BY PETER BALAKIAN
AND SUSAN BARBA ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT OUR BOOK SHOP!

Place your book order now! Authors will sign books at the event. Books are also available at the Book Shop, and will also be available for purchase at our event.

Can't attend our event? Purchase your books now, and if you'd like, we'll have them signed and ready for pick up at the Grolier, or ready to ship, after the event. Please email francine.lachance@grolierpoetrybookshop.org to arrange to have your books signed.

The following books were generously donated by:

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS
Books by Peter Balakian
Ozone Journal  $18.00 
Ziggurat  $15.00 
Vice and Shadow  $25.00

GODINE PRESS
Book by Susan Barba:
Fair Sun  $17.95




THE GROLIER GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES:


Event Sponsors

Venue Sponsor, discounted rates:
Michael Guleserian, General Manager of the Sheraton Commander
Both the Grolier and the Sheraton Commander were established in 1927. This is the beginning of a beautiful partnership between two long-time Cambridge organizations that together help preserve the history of Harvard Square.

Book Sponsors, donated books:
University of Chicago Press, Randolph Petilos, Poetry and Medieval Studies Editor
Publisher of scholarly and general interest books and journals since 1892, with more than eleven thousand books published since the Press was founded, and more than five thousand books currently in print, including such well-known works as  The Chicago Manual of Style , Thomas Kuhn’s  The Structure of Scientific Revolutions , F. A. Hayek’s  The Road to Serfdom , Norman Maclean’s  A River Runs Through It , and books by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Peter Balakian.

David R. Godine , Sue Berger Ramin, Associate Publisher
David R. Godine, Publisher is an independent publishing house based in Boston, Massachusetts, publishing hard and softcover, fiction and nonfiction, adults and children’s books. Godine, and its imprint Black Sparrow Press, also has an active and healthy poetry list.

Event Supporter:
Arrowsmith Press was founded by Askold Melnyczuk in 2006.Arrowsmith is named after the late William Arrowsmith, a renowned classics scholar, literary and film critic. Arrowsmith, who taught for years in Boston University's University Professors Program, championed not only the classics and the finest in contemporary literature, he was also passionate about the importance of recognizing the translator's role in bringing the original work to life in a new program. While Arrowsmith Press emphasizes literature in translation, it has also published new work by writers such as Maureen McLane, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Melissa Green.
 
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If you are unable to attend,
but would like to support us, please consider making a donation.

IN THE WORDS OF TWO OF OUR LONGTIME POET FRIENDS:

"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."
-David Ferry

"The Grolier Poetry Book Shop is the greatest poetry place in the universe. If we love poetry, the Grolier is our temple, agora, cottage, mansion, colosseum, and estate.
Support it! Support it!"
-Donald Hall (1928–2018)



The Grolier Poetry Foundation and Forums Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation, which serves as the anchor for the work of the Grolier, is the tax entity established to preserve our impressive legacy of cultural work. Originally formed as a private operating foundation, we are now transitioning to a public charity, and rely on fundraising activities like support from friends, donors, grants, and events to continue our mission. The Grolier Poetry Book Shop and the Grolier Poetry Press both support the Foundation's mission which is to keep poetry alive and to celebrate the unifying voice of poetry.


UPCOMING FOUNDATION EVENTS:

March 2019, Date TBD
Robert Pinsky will read from 
 An Explanation of America
April 2019, Date TBD
David Ferry will read from Ellery Street
A Grolier Poetry Press Book Celebration
May 4, 2019, 7pm
Arrowsmith Book Launch 

Upcoming Readings in the Grolier Winter/ Spring 2019 Series

Friday, February, 8th, 2019
7:00 P.M.
Ben Mazer 
and A.E. Stallings

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
George Kalogeris