This collection contains printed material, correspondence, broadsides, photographs, and VHS and DVDs of poetry readings that represent the history of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop under Louisa Solano’s ownership. Of interest are the series of folders titled “Envelopes” (under Correspondence in Series 1: Subject Files, 1973-2013) in which poets sent their latest releases to Solano with notes. The Grolier Poetry Prize program brochures (Series 1: Subject Files, 1973-2013) list the year’s winner with the poems printed often for the first time.
The collection also contains limited editions published by small, independent presses and signed trade copies that represent Cambridge’s poetry community during the latter half of the 20th Century. The author dedications show the poetry community’s praise for Solano’s support. Of interest to Cambridge history is the poem “Line Transmitter Installation – A Poem in the Environment” by Mark Mendel is published with photographs of Cambridge. Mendel’s publication is in Series 3: Independent Press Limited Editions, 1956-2012.
Below are listings of Cambridge poets as well as Cambridge (and other significant local) independent presses both of which are well represented in the collection. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
Kathleen Aguero, Catherine Anderson, Erin Belieu, Frank Bidart, Jessica Bozek, Julia Budenz, Elsa Dorfman, David Daniel, Diana Der-Hovanessian, Norma Farber, Richard Fein, David Ferry,
Kinereth Gensler, Celia Gilbert, John Hildebidle, Richard Hoffman, Louise Gluck, Jorie Graham, Cate Marvin (taught at Lesley University), Gail Mazur, Ifeayni Menkiti, Mark Pawlak, John Pijewski, Robert Pinsky, Deborah M. Priestly, David Rivard, Martin Robins (taught at Lesley University), Peter Sacks, May Sarton, Catherine Sasanov, Sue Standing, and Stephen Tapscott.
Cambridge Independent Presses:
Agni Review published the Falcon (located in Cambridge, Mass in 1979), Alice James Books, Arion’s Dolphin, Baka Press, Blacksmith Press, Dolphin Editions, Dromenon Press, Every Other Thursday Press, Faux Press, Ferguson Press, Flying Hippo & the Pallid Peacock Press, Grolier Poetry Press, Halty Ferguson Press, Identity Poetry, Imaginary Press, Pomegranate Press, Riverside Press, and Zoland Books.
Also represented in the collection are Somerville Independent Presses, including the following: Červená Barva, Ibbetson Street Press, Life Magazine, and Zephyr Press.