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Friday, May 14 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Hand in Hand: The Poet, The Independent Bookstore, and The Place

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What would the poet be without the independent bookstore, and what the indie bookstore without its poets? Unlike a virtual bookstore—with "no there there"--what they are both grounded in is a particular place. But especially in a pandemic, in-store readings, browsings, and book signings that keep poet and store thriving may be impossible.

In this session, a conversation sprinkled with poetry and personal anecdotes, poets Hilde Weisert and Charles Coe will talk about their favorite indies from each end of the state (Hilde, The Bookstore in Lenox, and Charles, Porter Square Books in Cambridge) and what they have meant to their work. Bookstore owners Josh Cook (Porter Square Books) and Matt Tannenbaum (The Bookstore) will share their own experiences with poetry readings and favorite poetry books. Also, Josh and Matt will each select two of their favorite poetry books to be sent to people attending the session (online “drawing”). Hilde and Charles will read several “place” poems to illustrate the richness of the local, and the literary discovery that real bookstores afford.

We’ll end with some practical tips to help writers avoid the oft-assumed choice between Amazon ratings and supporting their local bookseller.

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/i8-pHL0VUjg0U0uauRJlWNCUbB-KJqrHRu2XtZpVmtiV0DzdP1w26FgbzYhLM146.GYJ2ndThkcj3wy2G


Josh Cook

Porter Square Books
Josh Cook is a co-owner, marketing director, and bookseller at Porter Square Books where he has worked since 2004. He participated in Mass Poetry's U35 Poetry reading series, hosted hundreds of poetry readings for Porter Square Books, and has published poetry and poetry reviews and... Read More →
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Hilde Weisert

Hilde Weisert is the author of The Scheme of Things (poetry), 2015, and co-editor of the anthology, Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People, 2012. Awards include the 2017 Gretchen Warren Award (New England Poetry Club), the 2016 Tiferet Journal Poetry Award, and 2009, 2016... Read More →
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Charles Coe

Writer and musician Charles Coe is the author of four books of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents, Picnic on the Moon, Memento Mori, and the recently released Purgatory Road, all published by Leapfrog Press. E. Ethelbert Miller, co-editor, Poet Lore Magazine says, “Coe writes... Read More →

Matt Tannenbaum

Owner, The Bookstore, Lenox, MA. bookstoreinlenox.com. Author of My Years at the Gotham Book Mart with Frances Steloff. Proprietor.

Friday May 14, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT