One of our venues,The Grolier Poetry Bookshop is reaching out for help, asking for donations to keep its doors open. Stepping into this bookshop is liking stepping into Poetry’s Akashic Records, rich in poet history, with a quiet, almost sacred energy. It is the oldest all-poetry bookshop in America, coming up on their 90th anniversary!
Grolier wants to continue to serve you by hosting significant poetry events, celebrating the latest poetry books, and honoring new and established poets.
“The book shop has been a home to many great poets, and poetry lovers from all over the world. Grolier has been home to many great poets, such as Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Creeley, ee cummings, TS Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara, Maryanne Moore, and Adrienne Rich. More recently, we have featured Frank Bidart, David Ferry, Michael McClure, Kimiko Hahn, Maxine Kumin, Robert Pinsky, Ariana Riens, and Franz Wright.
Ifeanyi Menkiti, a Nigerian-born poet and longtime philosophy professor at Wellesley College, purchased the store in 2006. Menkiti dips into his own pockets to replenish the store and keeps a very lean staff; but even with these efforts, there is no denying the struggle independent bookstores endure. Keeping poetry, and all of its richness, alive means the world to us. Through reading, writing, and sharing it, many of us have created and found homes. Providing a center to celebrate writing has always been our greatest joy, and though we continue to host events and readings, we would greatly appreciate your help to keep our ‘home’ going.”
Please go to the Go Fund website and search for Grolier Legacy in Cambridge MA