Jan
9
Sat
Book Group
Jan 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Jan
11
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month 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!

Writing Group: The Monday Group
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Group offers support and feedback for adult writers under 40 at the beginnings of their careers. Those interested should contact leader Blake Campbell (blakecampbell1919@gmail.com) to assess whether this group is right for you.

Jan
12
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jan 12 @ 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
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Jan
14
Thu
Megan Marshall and Lloyd Schwartz: Recovering the poems of Scott Harney, 1955-2019
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Biographer Megan Marshall and poet Lloyd Schwartz will discuss the poetry and prose of Scott Harney, published in 2020, a year after his death, in a volume titled The Blood of San Gennaro: Selected Poems of Scott Harney, edited and introduced by Harney’s partner Megan Marshall.

Megan Marshall is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of biographies of Elizabeth Bishop, Margaret Fuller, and the three Peabody sisters. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College where she teaches in the MFA creative writing program. Most recently she is the editor of her late partner Scott Harney’s posthumously published book of poems, The Blood of San Gennaro on which she will speak at this event.

 

Born in Brooklyn, poet and Elizabeth Bishop scholar Lloyd Schwartz earned a BA at Queens College CCNY and a PhD at Harvard University. His collections of poetry include Little Kisses (2017), Cairo Traffic (2000), Goodnight, Gracie (1992), and These People (1981). His poetry has also been featured in the anthologies Best American Poetry (1991, 1994, 2019), The Best of the Best American Poetry (2013), and Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud (2009). Schwartz is the editor of Prose: Elizabeth Bishop (2011) and co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art (1983) and of the Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters (2008).

Schwartz’s additional honors include a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2019 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. Schwartz has served on the executive board of PEN New England and is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he has served as director of the creative writing program. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he is poet laureate.

Jan
18
Mon
Skip Finley: Whaling Captains of Color
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Whaling was the first American industry to exhibit any diversity, and the proportion of men of color people who participated was amazingly high. A man got to be captain not because he was white or well connected, but because he knew how to kill a whale. Along the way he would also learn navigation and how to read and write. Whaling presented a tantalizing alternative to mainland life. Working with archival records at whaling museums, in libraries, from private archives and studying hundreds of books and thesis, author and historian Skip Finley culls the best stories from the lives of over 50 whaling captains of color to share the story of America’s First Meritocracy.

Skip Finley is a retired broadcaster who has written for, been featured, or quoted in most media industry trade publications. A well-known executive and station owner, he served as Vice Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters and Chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau. Skip’s career in media since 1971 included responsibility for 44 radio stations (5 that he owned) encompassing 18 markets.
Having attempted to retire since age 50, Skip keeps returning to communications, currently as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Vineyard Gazette Media Group on Martha’s Vineyard, where he has summered since 1955 and lived since 1999, when he decided to become a writer.
Skip has written articles for the Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, the Provincetown Banner, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum publications, The Intelligencer, MVM Quarterly, and Sea History Magazine, among others.
His book, Whaling Captains of Color – America’s First Meritocracy is available now, published by the Naval Institute Press.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held online via Zoom.

Registration closes 45 minutes prior to the program start time.

The link for the event will be sent to all registered participants 20 minutes prior to program start time.

Jan
19
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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.

Jan
25
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month 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!