The Charles Olson Society, a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization, has received a $2500 grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation to assist in planning and organizing a series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned Gloucester poet, Charles Olson. The main events will take place in downtown
Events will include a Charles Olson study group for local citizens, led by writers James Cook and Peter Anastas, meeting at The Bookstore in Gloucester’s West End once a week for five weeks prior to Columbus Day weekend; nightly readings at venues throughout Gloucester in the week prior to the main events; symposia and panel discussions at the Cape Ann Museum; a marathon reading at the Independent Church on Middle Street on Friday, October 8; featured readers at the Independent Church on Saturday, October 9; an Olson walk with readings highlighting sites in “The Maximus Poems” on Sunday; a performance of Olson’s dance play, “Apollonius of Tyana” presented by Gloucester dancer and choreographer Sarah Slifer and Mark Wagner, director of Worcester’s Charles Olson Centenary, held on March 25-27, 2010 in the city of Olson’s birth; and music from Willie Alexander, whose raucous musical setting of Olson's "Gravelly Hill" can be heard at the end of Polis is This and whose "Mass Ave" is the signature song of early punk rock in Boston.
These events, and several others being discussed, will complement an Olson exhibit at the
According to Olson Society president, Schuyler Hoffman, the Olson centennial celebrations in
“The ways contemporary poets, artists, teachers, and activists are responding to Olson's work ‑‑ exploring, extending, critiquing, revising‑‑ will be at the core of the Gloucester events,” Hoffman says. “With help from contributors we can make
Tax-deductible contributions to help plan and organize the celebration may be sent to Olson Society treasurer, Kent Bowker,