Dear Athenaeum members and friends and all poetry lovers:
Each spring since 1991, the Philbrick Poetry Project has brought nationally established and emerging New England poets to the Athenaeum for an evening of readings to showcase their work and promote the art of poetry in New England.
And each year the description of the Project has explained that it was created in honor of Charles Philbrick, a noted poet who taught at Brown University, and his wife Deborah, who served as a mentor to many young poets throughout her life.
But beyond those brief descriptions, who were Charles and Deborah Philbrick? This year we bring their memory to the forefront of the celebration and introduce them to a new generation of poets, poetry lovers, and Athenaeum members and friends.
On April 25th, at 7pm, three generations of Philbrick family members, along with friends, poetic heirs, and beneficiaries of Charles and Deborah Philbrick, as well as Athenaeum members and friends of all ages, will introduce, remember, and celebrate their voices, lives, and work.
Please join us for readings and reminiscences of these two remarkable people, who were born into a love of literature and poetry, created it anew during their own lives, and, through their legacy, continue to cultivate it in new generations today.
In addition to the spoken program, the evening will include an exhibit of photographs, books, and ephemera, along with celebratory refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. (Remember, no Salon that night.)
We hope to see you!