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."
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.”
A lot is happening at the Grolier. We started a book share program see info on our website. Olivia Huang has made a beautiful documentary about our store And it is the 90th anniversary. Thank you so much for your continued support. Keep in touch with us sign up on our website we will have updated events for our 90th anniversary!
We are so grateful for your contributions. Every contribution helps us to keep poetry alive. We are living in a period where poetry is more important than ever. Please continue to support us and to forward the link.
The Grolier was given a gift of books from the estate of the Artist Harold Keller. In the collection there are "Poetry Magazines. One is Volume 86 #2
in it there is a letter to the Editors from Edith Sitwell. I quote it here.
"To the Editors
May I add my voice to those of Messrs. Eliot, Spender, MacLeish, Cummings and Stevens, in their plea to the public to help, by their financial backing, in this most important matter of keeping your magazine alive.
Poetry is on of the most powerful aids to spiritual life. Poetry is the great heritage of the English-speaking peoples. And to let poetry die, or to take from it a mouthpiece, such as your magazine, would be a sign of spiritual defeat.
Therefore, I join with those of my fellow- poets who have written already on this subject, in begging the public to send to this magazine such sums as they can afford -even if it is only the price of a subscription."
I am, Sirs,
I could not say it better. In this case what is needed is help to sustain the Grolier. Cummings and MacLeish and many of the poets published in Poetry were supporters of the Grolier. "Poetry Magazine" is now in 2017 thriving thanks to at least one generous donor. As I was writing this update the Grolier's copy of Poetry Magazine was brought in by the mailman.
To those of you who have already donated in some cases more than once we thank you for your generous contribution to keeping poetry alive.
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!