Dec
22
Tue
Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Dec 22 @ 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.

Dec
25
Fri
Winter Break
Dec 25 2020 – Jan 1 2021 all-day

The Salem Athenaeum is closed for winter break 12/25-1/1/20.

Dec
28
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Dec 28 @ 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!

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!

Jan
12
Tue
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
13
Wed
Megan Marshall and Lloyd Schwartz: Recovering the poems of Scott Harney, 1955-2019
Jan 13 @ 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
20
Wed
Reappraisal Reading Circle: Hamlin Garland
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The discussion at the September meeting will be about the works of Hamlin Garland (1860-1940). A Pulitzer-Prize winning American poet, novelist, essayist, and biographer with interest in psychic phenomena, Garland is known for his stories of hard-working American farmers.

Please register by clicking the green button above in order to receive the sign-in credentials to the Zoom meeting.

Re-appraisal Reading Circle meets bi-monthly on third Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

Upcoming Discussions:

Mar 17  Rumer Godden

May 19   Francis Brett Young

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!

Jan
26
Tue
La Tertulia
Jan 26 @ 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)