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Poetry, Coloring, and Cambridge History: Creative Mind Awareness Workshop (Free!)

Poetry, Coloring, and Cambridge History:  Creative Mind Awareness Workshop
Join us for an evening of poetry, coloring, and Cambridge history!  Poet Alan Feldman and artist Miriam Bucheli will offer a multidisciplinary workshop featuring Feldman’s poetry and Bucheli’s hand drawn designs.  Participants will listen to Feldman read his poetry while engaging in mindful coloring.  The workshop will end with a wrap up discussion.  Featured designs will include those from Bucheli’s 2017 publication, Amazing Cambridge, inspired by Cambridge’s history, architecture, and notable writers.  This experimental exercise is designed to encourage awareness, contemplate history, engage creative senses, and provoke thoughtful discussion.  Alan Feldman is the author of Immortality and the recipient of the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry.  Miriam Bucheli is an illustrator, scientist, and founder of MirelliBooks.  This program is sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Space is limited.  Registration is mandatory.

Dates & Times:
6:30pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Main Library, Community Room



Cambridge 2000 Records Are Now Available

A scrapbook page chronicling some of the events in 2000, available in the Cambridge 2000 Records.

We are pleased to announce that the Cambridge 2000 Records, 1999-2001 are now available for research in the Cambridge Room.

The Cambridge Arts Council coordinated a series of activities and events to celebrate the millennium in 2000. It held a series of four light celebrations created by Spectaire, a collaborative of light artists. The celebrations were The Beaconing (January 22, 2000), Light Parade (May 13, 2000), Skyward Light (September 23, 2000), and Illuminated Word (December 7, 2000). An additional event was “Curious Doings in Cambridge Crosswalks,” which featured performers from Behind the Mask Theatre and volunteers from city departments and sought to raise awareness about public safety. It produced a series of quarterly calendars under the title “2 thousand things to do in Cambridge in 2 thousand.”

Collection Overview
The collection consists of calendars, images, magnets, media coverage, slides of words and poetry used as outdoor library wall projections in the “Illuminated Word” event, T-shirts and other promotional materials, the City’s 2000 Annual Report featuring the celebration, and a cassette tape of two interviews of light artists that appeared on WBUR and WRK

William Corbett Papers Now Available

Poster for poetry reading celebrating John Wieners, representing many from the Cambridge poetry community, William Corbett Papers (068).

The Cambridge Room is pleased to announce that the William Corbett Papers, 1993-2004 are now available to research.

William Corbett–a poet, professor, and central figure in Boston’s literary scene–was born on October 11, 1942. He grew up in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and developed an interest in literature in his youth. He studied literature and history at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1964. Corbett and his wife, Beverly Mitchell, lived in Boston, Massachusetts, from the 1960s-2012. During their time in Boston, their home at 9 Columbus Square in the South End served as a valuable salon for Boston’s literary scene. The couple welcomed both established and emerging writers into their home, frequently hosting dinners where writers could read poetry and connect with other artists.

Corbett has published collections of poetry and prose, as well as editing books and journals. His poetry bears the influence of modernist poetry and the Black Mountain College community; it is also influenced by the landscapes of New England and the people in Corbett’s life. In 1999 Corbett, along with Daniel Bouchard and Joseph Torra, founded Pressed Wafer. Originally based at 9 Columbus Square, Pressed Wafer publishes poetry, art, and fiction and nonfiction writing. He taught writing at institutions such as Harvard University, Emerson College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a professor for over twenty years. In 2012, the Corbetts relocated to Brooklyn, New York, to be nearer their children and grandchildren.

Collection Overview
This collection contains broadsides printed by Pressed Wafer, many of which commemorate poetry readings at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutions in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Some of these broadsides have been signed by the poet. The collection also includes several posters advertising poetry readings in Boston and Cambridge.

Michael Shapiro Papers Now Available

Broadside by Michael Shaprio with poem by Mary Buchinger from the Michael Shapiro Papers, 1981-2016 (042).

The Cambridge Room is pleased to announce that the Michael Shapiro Papers, 1981-2016 are now available to research.

Michael Shapiro was born in 1948 in New York City and grew up in Woodside, Queens. He earned a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1983, a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1988, and a M.E. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2000.  Shapiro grew up in a leftist Jewish household and came of age during the 1960s, participating in the counter culture revolution.  He has lived for many years in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His is married to Mary Kerins.

Collection Overview
This collection contains the broadsides, cartoons, publications, and poetry of Michael Shapiro. His particular interest is American Yiddish poets from the early twentieth century.  These poets include Anna Margolin (b. Rosa Lebensboym), Rachel Korn, Celia Dropkin, and Moishe-Leib Halpern.  English translations of the poets are included with the artwork.  “Don’t Think I’ve Changed,” by Margolin is from Drunk From the Bitter Truth, translated by Shirley Kumove.  “On the Other Side of the Poem,” by Rachel Korn is from An Anthology of Modern Yiddish Poetry, bilingual edition, selected and translated by Ruth Whitman, originally published by Workmen’s Circle and later by Wayne State University Press. Shapiro translated “Who Is?,” “Evening,” and “A Shikse by the Sea” by Halpern, “To Lucifer” and “My Hands” by Dropkin, and “Darkened Room” and “Slowly and Luminously” by Anna Margolin.  On the Halpern broadside, the drawing of the man is based on a self-portrait by Halpern.

Shapiro has collaborated with local, national, and international poets to create signed, limited edition broadsides.  These broadsides were created for poetry festivals as well as readings, many of which took place at the Cambridge Public Library.  The poem “Romance of the Romances,” is by Cambridge Public Library employee Daniel Wuenschel, inspired by his shelving of romance novels. Shapiro collaborated with Wuenschel on the chapbook, Leviathan, in the collection under publications.

Included in the collection is Shapiro’s illustration of the Ern Malley poems. Ernest Lalor “Ern” Malley was a fictitious poet and the central figure in Australia’s most celebrated literary hoax. Malley and his entire body of work were created in one day in 1943 by writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart to prank Max Harris and Angry Penguins, the modernist magazine Harris had founded and edited.

The collection includes three of Shapiro’s plays. The 1981 “A Set of Skits and Songs for Street Theatre” comes with instructions for production.   Shapiro wrote the skit, Milton Friedman as Witch Doctor, for “Perverse, Immoral, and Profane” (1981) performed by the Newbury Street Theater.  Shapiro was also in the play.  “I Tell you These Things are Real,” was performed off Broadway at the Producers Club in New York City on March 22 and 23, 2002.

The underground publication, A House United Against Itself, is a zine founded by the Reverend Crowbar (also known as David Nestle and David Crowbar; his real name was David Molinar and has since become a woman and goes by Susan Poe), who also published Popular Reality one of the largest anarchist zines in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A House United Against Itself was published between 1988 and 1994 and was affiliated with other zines published at the time, which were referred to as the United Front Ministries and was connected to the Church of the SubGenius.  During this time, there was a subculture of people who took pseudonyms, gave themselves titles, purchased P.O. Boxes, and published zines, which they traded among themselves.  The catalyst for this trading was Factsheet Five, which was published as a zine directory.  Shapiro, whose pseudonym was the Rev. Etc. with the title Minister of Propaganda, later took over A House United Against.  Numbers and issues do not correlate to any real chronology of publication.  The number on the back of each publication corresponds to the order in which they were published.

Shapiro creates all his artwork digitally.