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
I want to take a moment out of this day to thank supporters of p2g who have included this site on theirs, sending submissions its way. Already in 2016, poems2go has tripled its viewership.
Here’s a listing of their worthwhile websites. Check them out!
p2g welcomes poet Sarah Lain as one of its ambassadors. She will be supplying two venues in St. Petersburg, and Tampa to broaden p2g’s readership, and helping out as a reader for all the terrific submissions coming in everyday. Thank you Sarah, and thanks to all of the poets submitting work, considering p2g as a possible home for their poetry. We’re happy to be reading submissions from students to nonagenerians, from all over the world.
To welcome in 2016, we have five new featured poets and their poems. One is a local, another is a national, and three are global. p2g is thrilled to be reaching beyond its New England borders, bringing poetry from around the world, and bringing us all closer to our sense of universality and experience as a collective whole.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.
p2g is now listed on NewPages, the premiere listing sight for literary venues. NewPages is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.
Since its first publication in July 2015, p2g has expanded from a local poet venue to a nationwide venue and now an international venue. We’ve had more than 500 visitors and over 2000 views. This is only the online visibility. More than 1000 print copies of poems are distributed monthly.
We’re excited to keep it growing. Thank you for supporting this Witter Bynner Foundation of Poetry grant-funded project.