Apr
18
Sat
Writing Workshop: Visitations: Stanley Kunitz’s Strange Guests
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

-POSTPONED-

Visitations: Stanley Kunitz’s Strange Guests

A poem-generating workshop inspired by the poetry of Stanley Kunitz.

J.D. Scrimgeour

Examining Stanley Kunitz’s “The Darned Man” and “The Wellfleet Whale,” and other poems, J.D. Scrimgeour will explore the idea of “visitation” in poetry and will help participants write their own poems of visitations. Why does one get visited? How does that visit alter a household or landscape? How might that visit connect us to history, personal and communal? Discussion will focus on both uninvited and surprising visits to generate poems about unforeseen arrivals of those lost, longed-for, and unexpected.

Concert: Howard Paul Trio
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

-CANCELLED-

Apr
20
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations—Online
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This is an online version of the monthly group that traditionally meets at the Salem Athenaeum on second Mondays. Please register in advance to receive the login information for the online ZOOM session.

 

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Apr
21
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Apr 21 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Apr
22
Wed
Online Event: Books That Talk Back
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This new online conversation series hosted by Stephanie Buck and Diane Stern, (2019 Salem Literary Festival co-chairs), will feature live conversation with thoughtful readers about books that changed their lives. The discussion may feature books from any genre or era, books that altered the reader’s perspective and experience of the world, books that talk back. We are excited to announce that our first guest will be author Alena Dillon. Alena is the author of the new novel Mercy House and the humor collection I Thought We Agreed to Pee in the Ocean. Her work has appeared in publications including LitHub, River Teeth, Scary Mommy, Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, Bustle, and The Smart Set. She teaches creative writing at Endicott College and St. Joseph’s College.

Note: Unfortunately, Brunonia Barry is unable to join us for our debut on April 22, but she assures us that she will be on an upcoming session of Books That Talk Back very soon!

By sharing the books that “speak to us,” we can continue to share in a community of readers that has flourished at the Salem Athenaeum through centuries of both success and adversity. We hope you will join us for Books That Talk Back on April 22.

This event will be held on Zoom. Please sign up with the “Register” button above to receive the login information.

Free.

Apr
23
Thu
Memoir Writers Group
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Meets monthly on fourth Thursdays.

This group is for people who are writing, or wish to write, memoirs. It will not be a class, but rather an opportunity for participants to share and discuss each other’s work, and to offer guidance, advice, and companionship through the memoir-writing process.

Apr
28
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Apr 28 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM (new time as of May 2020)

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.