Grolier Legacy Fund

$6,031 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 38 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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See the trailer for The Last Sacred Place of Poetry
A film by Weiying (Olivia) Huang and Editor Mengyuan Lin

https://bostonese.com/2018/09/the-last-sacred-place-of-poetry-draws-rave-reviews-at-miff/
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The Film The Last Sacred Place of Poetry a documentary by Weuying (Olivia Huang) & Mengyuatn Lin was an official selection of the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
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This is the 90th year of the Grolier. We have many exciting events coming up. Please continue to support us.
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Hello,

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.”

Documentary by Olivia Huang trailer
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Dktor Gif
26 months 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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Raised by 95 people in 38 months
Created February 13, 2016
Grolier Poetry Book Shop
on behalf of Ifeanyi Menkiti
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Dktor Gif
26 months 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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