Grolier Legacy Fund

$4,641 of $100k goal

Raised by 80 people in 13 months
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
on behalf of Ifeanyi Menkiti
These are exciting times for poetry and we want to continue to serve you by hosting significant poetry events, celebrating the latest poetry books, and honoring new and established poets. 
Grolier Poetry Book Shop is the oldest all-poetry bookshop in America. We are coming up on our 90th anniversary!

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, Marianne 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. 

 We are launching a campaign to ensure that the legacy of the Grolier lives on. Your donations, both large and small, will help support operations and outreach. 

"We welcome all who enter this special place that overflows with the traditions of poetry."
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Update 19
Posted by Grolier Poetry Book Shop
10 days ago
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Dear Friends please help us to continue our reading series with great poets.
Gail Mazer reading at the Grolier
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Update 18
Posted by Grolier Poetry Book Shop
4 months ago
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The world would be a darker place without poetry.
The Grolier Poetry Book Shop celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. We have some new titles to celebrated New Directions 80th anniversary.
Ifeany Menkiti at The Grolier
Mary Maxwell and Vincent Katz read
The Envelope Poems New Directions
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Update 17
Posted by Grolier Poetry Book Shop
6 months ago
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Update 16
Posted by Grolier Poetry Book Shop
7 months ago
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Fanny Howe reads at the Grolier
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Dktor Gif
1 month ago

Please consider establishing a 503c - something along the lines of "Poetry Feeds the Soul" or "Words for Good" - so that we can donate in a tax-free way to keep these events going. Thank you!

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$4,641 of $100k goal

Raised by 80 people in 13 months
Created February 13, 2016
Grolier Poetry Book Shop  
on behalf of Ifeanyi Menkiti
$30
Mary Baine Campbell
10 days ago

I do think you'll get more donations if you start a 503 (c)! But maybe you can't?

TM
$30
Tim Mayo
10 days ago
$25
Nina Kamberos
27 days ago
SG
$25
Sheyna Gifford
1 month ago

Keep up the outstanding work!

DD
$100
Dennis Daly
1 month ago
JC
$20
John Cassell
2 months ago
OG
$15
Olga Gerasymiv
2 months ago
$40
Nina Kamberos
2 months ago
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AT
$25
aldo tambellini
4 months ago
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I am making this donation to honor Stanlye Barkham on his 80th birthday...Many wishes to him and to you Ifeanyl and the Grollier Book shop Aldo

VK
$50
Vasiliki Katsarou
7 months ago
1
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Dktor Gif
1 month ago

Please consider establishing a 503c - something along the lines of "Poetry Feeds the Soul" or "Words for Good" - so that we can donate in a tax-free way to keep these events going. Thank you!

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