Grolier Legacy Fund
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."
A film by Weiying (Olivia) Huang and Editor Mengyuan Lin
The Grolier is celebrating 90 years
promoting poetry. Help us make it to 100 years and beyond.
As Robert Creeley said:
"Poetry is our final human language and resource.
The Grolier is where poetry still lives, still talks,
still makes the only sense "that ever matters.”
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!