The Charles Olson Society of Gloucester in collaboration with many local partners has organized more than a dozen events to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Charles Olson's birth. Contact the society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEEK BEFORE COLUMBUS DAY A special catalog and exhibition of rare, inscribed, and out-of-print books, letters, magazines and broadsides by Olson, sponsored and hosted by the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library (2 Dale Avenue) & curated by Greg Gibson of Ten Pound Island Book Company.
Related Exhibitions Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 Children's program, including Henry Ferrini reading Little Charlie Goes to Gloucester Saturday, October 10:00 a.m., Cape Ann Museum Moderated "Town Meeting" Discussion: "Remembering Olson" moderated by Peter Anastas Saturday, October 9, 10:30 a.m., Cape Ann Museum
Moderated "Town Meeting" Discussion: "Olson's Project" with Charles Stein, Kristin Prevallet, Fred Dewey, and Kate Tarlow Morgan moderated by Ammiel Alcalay Saturday, October 9, 1:00 p.m., Cape Ann Museum
Reading featuring Diane di Prima & Michael Rumaker* Saturday, October 9, 7 p.m., Independent Christian Church SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 Maximus Walk with readings Readers include Kevin Gallagher, David Rich, Henry Ferrini, Peter Anastas, Jim Cocola, Carol Weston, John Galloway Sunday, October 10, 11 a.m., Downtown Gloucester (meeting place Cape Ann Museum) Click here for route.
Olsonian Performances* Sunday, October 10, 3 p.m. Blackburn Performing Arts (Main Street) 3:00 p.m. Blue Suit, performed by Kate Tarlow Morgan and Ammiel Alcalay 3:30 p.m. Olson's Apollonius of Tyana, performed by Sarah Slifer, Mark Wagner, and others 4:15 p.m. Musical performance by Willie Alexander
Farewell party and reception Sunday, October 10, 5 p.m. Alchemy (3 Duncan Street)
All events free and open to the public. Donations of $5 are suggested for events marked with an asterisk*.
Completed Events THURSDAYS BETWEEN LABOR DAY & COLUMBUS DAY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 Contemporary Art Installation The Man Who Loved Gloucester by Susan Erony The Big O by Paul Cary Goldberg Saturday, October 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. White-Ellery House, 245 Washington Street
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 Charles Olson: Letters Home, Book Signing Reading and reception with the book's editor David Rich Sunday, October 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street Ammiel Alcalay reading from Islanders Sunday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. The Bookstore of Gloucester, 61 Main Street
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 "The Unusual Suspects": Rufus Collinson, Amanda Cook, Schuyler Hoffman, Kent Bowker, James Cook and others read their work at 7:00 p.m. Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main Street
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5 Peter Anastas reads his work & David Rich reads the fiction of Jonathan Bayliss at 7:00 p.m. Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 Celebration of the work of Vincent Ferrini and Linda Crane at 7:00 p.m. Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main Street
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 Gerrit Lansing & Charles Stein read poetry 8:00 p.m. (after the study group session) The Bookstore of Gloucester, 61 Main Street
Olson 100 Sponsors
Bruce J. Anderson Foundation Galen Gibson Scholarship Trust Ten Pound Island Book Company Gloucester Writers Center Toad Hall Bookstore Dogtown Book Shop Mystery Train Records The Bookstore of Gloucester Cape Ann Museum If you would like to become a sponsor of Olson 100 please contact The Charles Olson Society of Gloucester at email@example.com
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Gloucester Writers Center
Gloucester may soon be home to a new cultural and literary center. When Gloucester’s Poet Laureate Vincent Ferrini died on Christmas Eve 2007, many of his friends in Gloucester and around the world hoped his house could be purchased and turned into a center where artistic activities could be shared with the community. Today this idea is very close to becoming a reality.
Plans are progressing to establish The Vincent Ferrini Writers Center at 126 East Main Street, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This former home of Vincent Ferrini (1913-2007) lies across the harbor from Charles Olson’s (1910-1970) 28 Fort Square home. These two poets, known as the consciences of our city for over half a century, wrote about Gloucester with enlightened passion and energy. Organizers of this project believe it is only fitting that a place that honors their work and keeps their vision alive be established.
Since Ferrini’s death Paul Sawyer, an old friend of Vincent’s who lives in California, has been advocating for the purchase of the house. This spring, Sawyer, a Unitarian-Universalist Minister, called Vincent’s nephew filmmaker Henry Ferrini to report that he has Pancreatic Cancer and has been given a year to live. With that time he wanted to put his energy toward helping to create a Vincent Ferrini Writers Center at Vincent’s East Main Street studio. The poet’s nephew was moved by Paul’s decision.
“Paul’s decision has motivated so many people close to Vincent, Charles and Paul to work to make this a reality,” Ferrini said.
To date the group has raised $23,000 and hopes to raise ten times that amount during the upcoming year. This would enable the organization to own the house outright, repair the building and begin to develop programs for the site, including public readings, writing workshops and residencies for local and visiting writers.
According to Ferrini, the timing for this project could not be more perfect.
“This year is the Centenary of Charles Olson’s birth,” he says, “and attention is focused on the poet.”
The group hopes that by October when Gloucester celebrates Olson’s centenary the project will be up and running, presenting programs, providing a writer’s retreat and functioning as one of the most innovative educational and cultural organization in the city.
Tax-deductible contributions for the establishing of the Center can be made to the Charles Olson Society and sent to Henry Ferrini, 5 Wall Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.