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City Guide

by Ifeanyi Menkiti


The city of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists has produced many prominent writers in its past, but it is also a city whose literary history is still in the making. Ifeanyi Menkiti, who was born in Onitsha, Nigeria, and moved to Massachusetts eventually becoming owner of the nation’s oldest poetry bookstore, tours the vast literary landscape of the greater Boston area.

Upcoming Events

120 Boylston Street
November 28, 2015 - 5:00am
449 Broadway
November 28, 2015 - 9:00am
1592 Tremont Street
November 30, 2015 - 1:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Brookline Booksmith
November 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
Blacksmith House
November 30, 2015 - 8:00pm


Conferences and Residencies

Amherst, Massachusetts
Hyannis, Massachusetts United States
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts United States


From Grants and Awards

Harvard University
Massachusetts Cultural Council


From the Directory of Writers

Cambridge, MA
Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer
Medford, MA
Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer
Bedford, MA


From the Magazine

by Staff

July/August 2013

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Off the Grid Press, which publishes books exclusively by poets over the age of sixty.

by John Stazinski

January/February 2012

The Grub Street literary center has created a long-form fiction class that might offer a cure for the novel-writing anxiety that the traditionally story-centric MFA workshop isn’t equipped to resolve.

by Staff

November/December 2011

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America.


Literary Places

Built in 1759 by a wealthy royalist, this house was occupied by Henry W. Longfellow from 1837 to 1882. Previously, the house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during...

Founded in 1961 as Paperback Booksmith, Brookline Booksmith is an independent bookstore that sells both new and used books. The store hosts regular author events, readings, and a Readers and...

Founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie, the original Grolier book shop stocked mainly private press books, some poetry, and a sampling of avant-garde literature. Today, Grolier...


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