Friday, October 8, 2010

Breaking Olson 100 News


led by Jonathan Skinner (poet and Olson scholar, editor of ecopoetics)
2:30 - 5 pm, Friday 8 October 2010

Walk from Gravelly Hill to Dogtown Square and back, with some side explorations. Readings of
selected passages from Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems at key Dogtown sites.

Meet at 2:30 pm at The Bookstore of Gloucester, 61 Main St.

Bring decent walking shoes and your favorite Olson Dogtown poems (if you wish). The walk
leader will have a copy of The Maximus Poems on hand to read from.

Free and open to the public. Questions? Call 207‐449‐7080

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday Night: Peter Anastas reads Peter Anastas & David Rich reads Jonathan Bayliss

Last night six poets -- Rufus Collinson, David Rich, Amanda Cook, Schuyler Hoffman, Kent Bowker, and James Cook -- gave the first reading in the new Gloucester Writers Center. Hoffman, the evening's host, remarked upon the range of the evening's work: translations from Scots Gaelic and neobaroque Spanish, a blogger's daybook, lyrics on Linda Crane and the San Francisco Renaissance, meditative free verse, ekphrastic lyric, and seriocomic hallucinatory drama.

Tonight the words of Olson's friends Peter Anastas and Jonathan Bayliss will be celebrated at the Sawyer Free Library at 7 p.m. Map here.

See you tonight.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Olson 100 events this weekend

Hello All,

I just wanted to remind you of three important events this coming

On Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Ellery House on 245 Washington
Street, State Senator Bruce Tarr will present a proclamation from Gov.
Duval Patrick naming October Arts and Humanities month. This event
coincides with the Charles Olson Centennial. I will be there and it
would be great to have some other members of the Olson Society present.
You will also have a chance to view the installations of Olson-inspired
art by painter Susan Erony and photographer Paul Cary Goldberg, who also
designed the Olson Centennial poster.

At 4 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum, on 27 Pleasant Street, there will
be a reading, reception and book signing for Dave Rich's new book,
"Charles Olson: Letters Home," a collection of letters from Olson to
various Gloucester residents. I've seen the book and it is marvelous.

At 7 p.m. Ammiel Alcalay will read from his new novel "Islanders" at
the Bookstore of Gloucester, 61 Main Street. This is an extraordinary
novel and I hope as many of us as possible can turn out to support
Ammiel, who has been an incredible help to us in planning and organizing
the Olson Centennial.