DAVID FERRY reads at the Louisa Solano Poetry Series

David Ferry is an acclaimed American poet and translator. Ferry’s translations, which include some of the world's major works of poetry including The Odes of Horace, and both The Eclogues and Georgics of Virgil, are known for their fluency and grace. In addition to his lauded translations, Ferry is also a prize-winning poet in his own right. His poetic works include Dwelling Places (1993) and Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations (1999), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Bingham Poetry Prize, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress, and was a finalist for the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award and the New Yorker Book Award. Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (2012), won the National Book Award for Poetry.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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In Fall 2013, the Cambridge Public Library launched a new poetry series in honor of Louisa Solano, owner of the Grolier Book Shop from 1974 to 2006 and patron of the poetry community.

Ms. Solano has made a significant donation to the Cambridge Room, the Cambridge Public Library’s Archives and Special Collections, including a substantial collection of signed first editions from members of the Cambridge poetry community as well as material related to the Grolier Book Shop. The Grolier Book Shop, founded in 1927, is the oldest continuously run bookstore devoted to selling poetry and poetry criticism. Under Solano’s ownership, the Grolier sponsored an annual national poetry contest, the Grolier Poetry Prize, launching the careers of new poets. During her tenure, Solano also founded a popular reading series at Harvard University’s Adams House. Solano’s knowledge of poetry and her philosophy of stocking the shelves with difficult-to-find publications and small, avant-garde presses made the Grolier a destination for established and emerging poets, and lovers of literature.

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