Poetry on the Page

Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities presents
2011 Art of the Book Program

Friday, September 30, 2011
7:30 pm
at Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, 15 Westminster Street, Providence, RI


Forrest Gander, 2011 Witter Bynner Poetry Fellow, and Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University, performs his poetry and explains his collaborations with visual artists and Spanish speaking poets.

introducers include  John Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and Robert Casper , from the Poetry and Literature Center in the Library of Congress an accompanying EXHIBIT in the Fleet Library of Forrest Gander’s books and Rhode Island School of Design student poetry books which explore the book form as well as content.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
2:30 pm
Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

LECTURE: “50 YEARS ON THE BURNING DECK” with Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop
Founded in 1961 by Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop, Burning Deck Press has been publishing experimentalpoetry and prose in Rhode Island for 50 years.

EXHIBIT : October 1 – November 13
POETRY ON THE PAGE  at the Athenaeum
An exhibition that illustrates the visual art of poetry on the page and explores the collaboration between poets, artists, and printers.  On display will be examples of works by poets including e e cummings and T.S. Eliot as well as poets Charles Philbrick and Forrest Gander.

EXHIBIT : October, 2011
The Newport Historical Society will hold an exhibit in the Newport Colony House. This exhibit will celebrate the history of the James Franklin Press. Location is the Old Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI.

On Sunday, October 16, 2011, NHS is hosting a traveling exhibit by Kylie Durrie, proprietor of Power and Light Press , “MOVEABLE TYPE ” . She will bring letterpress to the public through demonstrations , all from a mobile print shop.  Kylie will be printing a letterpress broadside of a poem by Forrest Gander.

PARTNERS  for the events are:
Rhode Island Center for the Book,  Center for the Book in the Library of Congress,  Rhode Island Council for the Humanities,  Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence Athenaeum, Newport Historical Society, American Printing History Association/NE Chapter, John Russell  Bartlett Society, Brown University Library

for more information,  contact Shea’la Finch at  sheala@rihumanities.org

April Lectures and Events

We would like to pass on information about some New England area lectures and events of interest to our readers…

April 1 (Fri) 4:30 PM
A Romp Through Five Centuries
Amherst, MA

Sam Ellenport will be giving a talk entitled A Romp Through Five Centuries of Bookbinding Design on Friday, April 1 at 4:30.  It will be given at the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College, sponsored by The Friends of the Robert Frost Library; it is free and open to all.


Final Watts Program events:

The Watts Program in the History and Culture of the Book at the John Carter Brown Library is presenting two public events in the month of April.  These will be the final events of the year for the Watts Program.  Please come and bring a friend.

April 4 (Mon) 5:30 PM   Moveable Books and Book Collecting 

Margaret B. Stillwell Prize Evening with Suzanne Karr Schmidt (Brown ’01) the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago who will give a talk on moveable books in the Renaissance with comparisons to books today. The Stillwell Prize evening is co-sponsored with the John Russell Bartlett Society. It is a prize awarded by the Bartlett Society to RI undergraduates for their book collections.  Ms. Karr Schmidt won the prize in 2001.  Open to all. Venue: John Carter Brown Library

April 27 (Wed) 6:00 PM Watts Pecha Kucha

The Book in My LIfe – An eclectic evening of very-short talks by professionals and students to close the Watts Program series on Transformations of the Book.

A wide variety of practitioners and students reveal their thoughts on “The Book in My Life” in a series of Pecha Kucha-style presentations. 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide – the clock is ticking. Expect tales of literature, shelving and entertaining reflections on the eccentricities of paper and ink. Ideal for anyone who’s ever liked a book a little more than they really should have. Moderated by Andrew Losowsky, Watts Program Provocateur-in-Residence.  Open to All. Venue: John Carter Brown Library.


April 28 (Thur) 6:00 PM
NBSS Bookbinding at 25
North Bennet Street School

Bookbinding Department Head, Jeffrey Altepeter, will give a short presentation about the bookbinding program at NBSS and invites attendees to bring a book or two along.  Jeff and his students will offer informal evaluations and offer suggestions about potential repairs or conservation treatments where appropriate… or just enjoy hearing about why it is a favorite book in your collection.

This event is open to the public but reservations and a $10 fee is requested.  Registration for this and many other workshops is available at www.nbss.edu or by contacting the director of continuing education, Megan Kenealy, at 617-227-0155 or mkenealy@nbss.edu.

Providential Adventures

Saturday, February 14, 2009 2 – 4 pm
Providence Public Library
Barnard Room, 3rd floor
150 Empire StreetProvidence, RI

Martin Hutner, author, collector, Past President of the American Printing History Association, and member of the Grolier Club, will give a lecture on the Merrymount Press and Hutner’s experiences in collecting the works of Daniel Berkeley Updike.  Featuring exhibitions of the Merrymount Press from the collections of the University of Rhode Island and Providence Public Library Special Collections.  Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the John Russell Bartlett Society and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library. www.ribook.org