Read the press release prepared by the Cape Ann Museum and Gloucester Writers Center:
Annual Charles Olson Lecture
A Life of Olson, with Glyphs by Ed Sanders
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (October 11, 2018) – The Cape Ann Museum and Gloucester Writers Center are pleased to present the Annual Charles Olson Lecture featuring Ed Sanders on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum(27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester). This program is free and open to the public. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated.
The illustrated lecture, “A Life of Olson, with Glyphs,” will feature a sequence of projected color glyphs with text and comments on key points in Charles Olson’s life and times, including the personal interactions of Olson with Ed Sanders beginning in 1962 and continuing until Olson’s passing in early 1970. Included will be a tracing of Olson’s remarkable influence on poetry and writing, lasting into this era and beyond, plus Sanders’ attempt in 1968 to spur a relationship between Olson and Janis Joplin, and other incidents in Olson’s epoch-stirring life. Sanders will also do a signing of his new book “Broken Glory, the Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy.”
Poet and activist Ed Sanders grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri. He was educated at the University of Missouri and New York University and earned a BA in ancient Greek. After college Sanders remained in New York City, where he opened the Peace Eye Bookstore and started Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts. Deeply influenced by the work of Dylan Thomas, Ezra Pound, and Allen Ginsberg, Sanders helped bridge the concerns of Beat poetry and the countercultural movement of the 1960s. Sanders is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including Poem from Jail (1963), American Book Award winner Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century: Selected Poems 1961–1985 (1987), and Poems for New Orleans (2008). The author of the manifesto Investigative Poetry (1976), Sanders writes research-driven, investigative poetry and has composed several biographies in verse, including Chekhov (1995) and The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg (2000). In 1998 Sanders began work on America, A History in Verse, a long poem projected to include nine volumes and thousands of pages.
Sanders has written many books of prose, including the nonfiction book The Family (1971), which examines the Charles Manson murders; the four-volume fiction Tales of Beatnik Glory (1975); and Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side (2011). For eight years he published a biweekly newspaper, the Woodstock Journal. Sanders’ honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a founding member of the subversive, satirical folk-rock music group the Fugs.
Charles Olson was an acclaimed poet who lived in and wrote about Gloucester. He is considered one of the major poets of the 20th century, and had a profound influence on many contemporary poets, including Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, and Ed Dorn. Olson studies have continued into the 21st Century, with new discoveries and revised assessments by scholars in the Americas, Europe, and the Far East. The program on October 27 will be the ninth Annual Charles Olson Lecture held at the Cape Ann Museum in collaboration with the Gloucester Writers Center.
Image credits: Photo by J.M. Giordano. Glyphs by Ed Sanders.
About the Cape Ann Museum
The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections