20th Century American Prose and Poetry in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Saturday, September 12

2:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Lectures, Readings, Films

The Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester Writers Center, and Jonathan Bayliss Society invite you to join two one-hour online sessions featuring readings from 20th-century Gloucester writers. The program, which will be conducted through Zoom, is free and open to the public.

Registrants will be emailed a PDF program including information about the writers and presenters as well as Zoom details.


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From Cats to Seagulls: A Bayliss Bestiary

Friday, September 11
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Readers from across the U.S. as well as England and France will read passages from the novels of Gloucester writer Jonathan Bayliss about cats, crows, dogs, elephants, lions, and seagulls. The readers—George Angell, Jeff Gardiner, Marcella Henderson-Peal, Mark Kurlansky, Martha Oaks and Kevin Taylor—will be introduced by Gloucester native Liz Sibley Fletcher.


Gloucester Quintet: Five Writers, Five Friends

Saturday, September 12
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This program celebrates the friendship of five writers—Peter Anastas, Jonathan Bayliss, Vincent Ferrini, Gerrit Lansing and Charles Olson—who met in Gloucester and became friends in the late 1950s/early 1960s. After an introduction by Leslie Morris, curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Houghton Library, five people who knew these writers well will read from their writings: [Anastas] Judy Walcott, [Bayliss] Victoria Bayliss Mattingly, [Ferrini] Owen Ferrini, [Lansing] Derek Fenner, and [Olson] Charles P. Olson.



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