Feb
3
Sat
Dickens Fellowship
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Dickens Fellowship North of Boston Branch, Chartered Branch #204, is part of an international community celebrating Charles Dickens and promoting readership and appreciation of his works while educating about the ideas and social issues that were close to his heart.  The North of Boston Branch was founded in 2010 and meets monthly at the Salem Athenaeum.  Meetings involve book discussion as well as other Dickens-related programming and activities.  All are welcome to join the Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of Dickens or start anew.

Ekphrastic Writing Workshop
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The oldest meaning of the Greek-derived word “ekphrasis” is “out of speech” or “out of expression.” It is used to denote the age-old tradition of writing inspired from art. This workshop will focus on generating poetry at the intersection of writing and visual art by examining how various poets have responded to painting, sculpture, or photography. Examples of visual works of art will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a favorite piece. And then, we will write! You may want to draft work to be shared at the Quinton Jones exhibit on February 9.

 

Jennifer Martelli’s debut poetry collection, The Uncanny Valley, was published in 2016 by Big Table Publishing Company. She is also the author of After Bird from Grey Book Press. Her work has appeared in Thrush, [Pank], Glass Poetry Journal, Cleaver, The Heavy Feather Review, The Ekphrastic Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a book reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly as well as the co-curator for The Mom Egg VOX Folio.

Feb
6
Tue
Salem Writers’ Group
Feb 6 @ 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.

Feb
9
Fri
Ekphrastic Poetry
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. (definition courtesy of www.poetryfoundation.org)

Join us for an evening of poetry written in response to Quinton Oliver Jones’ paintings — the current art exhibit of works in the Reading Room and Wendt Room of the Athenaeum. Tonight’s readers will include local writers: M.P. Carver, Cathy Fahey, Liz Hutchinson, Kali Lightfoot, Kevin McCarthy, Peter Urkowitz, Clay Ventre, and Hannah Wagner.

Feb
10
Sat
Book Group
Feb 10 @ 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.

Feb
12
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Feb 12 @ 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!

Feb
13
Tue
La Tertulia
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Feb
20
Tue
Salem Writers’ Group
Feb 20 @ 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.

Feb
24
Sat
Writing Workshop: World Building
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
When writing fiction, particularly genre fiction, one of the greatest hurdles a new writer faces is developing the world in which their story takes place. Whether it mirrors the real world or is built from scratch, is grounded in history or has a timeline of its own, the writer must be their own architect of the setting their characters will exist in and that their readers will accompany them in exploring. Join us for a discussion on establishing your fictional world, from geography and history to physics and magic. Bring your questions, roadblocks, and challenges on fictional world-building.
Matthew Phillion is the author of the young adult adventure series, The Indestructibles. He writes in a variety of genres. His screenwriting and directing debut, the romantic comedy Certainly Never, premiered in 2013 at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, was nominated for five awards including best screenplay and best New England film. An active freelance writer, Phillion continues to write about both local issues and the medical industry as both a journalist and newspaper editor.
Feb
27
Tue
La Tertulia
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.