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Celebrating the life of Poet, Sam Cornish: Curator Talk and Opening Reception (O’Neill)

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Monday, July 8, 2019

O'Neill Branch
70 Rindge Ave.

Celebrate poet Sam Cornish at the Cambridge Public Library with the following events at our O’Neill and Central Square Branches:

  • Opening Exhibition Reception & Curator Talk (O’Neill), Monday, July 8, 6:30 PM, O'Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave.
  • Reading and Reception (O’Neill), Monday, July 22, 6:30 PM, O'Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave.
  • Opening Exhibition Reception & Curator Talk (Central Square), Thursday, August 8, 6:30 PM, Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St.
  • Reading and Reception (Central Square), Thursday, August 22, 6:30 PM, Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St.

Photographs from Cornish’s portfolio will be exhibited at the O’Neill Branch in July and in the Central Square Branch in August.

Sam Cornish was the inaugural poet of the City of Boston, from 2008 – 2014. Cornish was reputed for writing “where you are poems,’ which impacted his readers physically and emotionally as well as politically and spiritually. Cornish was born in Baltimore and graduated from Goddard College and Northwestern University. Cornish authored ten collections of poetry, including Dead Beats (Ibbetson Street Press, 2011), An Apron Full of Beans: New and Selected Poems (CavanKerry, 2008), and Folks Like Me (Zoland Books, 1993).

Cornish received much recognition for his work, including an NEA Award, the St. Botolph Society Foundation Award and the Somerville Arts/Ibbetson Press Lifetime Achievement Award. Cornish taught at many Massachusetts-based institutions, most notably at Emerson College, where he taught for over twenty years. Sam Cornish was also a prolific photographer of local scenes.