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The Boston Globe


 AUGUST 09, 2018

"Poetry can contain the whole world, but can it pay the rent? That’s the nagging question in local filmmaker Olivia Huang’s short documentary “Grolier Poetry Book Shop: The Last Sacred Place of Poetry” (Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.). Founded in 1927, the Grolier is the oldest bookstore dedicated solely to poetry — and may be the last. A one-room establishment packed with books in the heart of Harvard Square, it is a cultural landmark that has hosted such luminaries as E.E. Cummings , T.S. Eliot , Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, Marianne Moore, Robert Pinsky, Lloyd Schwartz, Adrienne Rich, Ruth Stone, and many others."

The Boston Globe

Film recounts Grolier story; playing catchup with Mass Book Awards 

By Nina MacLaughlin AUGUST 17, 2018

Focus on Grolier Poetry Book Shop The potent, diminutive Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square is the subject of a tender new documentary directed by Weiying “Olivia’’ Huang and Mengyuan Lin, which will screen as part of the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival this week. The Grolier, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, is the longest operating poetry-only bookshop in the country, and the storied space has been a gathering spot for some of poetry’s brightest luminaries — T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, E.E. Cummings, Jorge Luis Borges, William Carlos Williams. “The Last Sacred Place of Poetry,’’ filmed almost entirely within the store, features interviews with local poets like Ben Mazer, Patrick Sylvain, Susan Barba, Gloria Mindock, and owner Ifeanyi Menkiti and Carol Menkiti. It also examines the struggle to keep it operating. On a good day, sales could be $300-$400, explains Grolier employee Elizabeth Doran; a slow day means about five books are sold. Menkiti uses his own money to help keep the shop afloat. More than anything, it’s a portrait of an institution and the passionate community that wants to keep it alive. The film screens Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8 pm at the Arlington Regent Theatre.

The Somerville Times

Somerville’s Olivia Huang celebrates the Grolier Poetry Book Shop with a new documentary

On November 8, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Doug Holder

"Olivia Huang, a young filmmaker from Guandong China, (a southeast coastal city), who now resides in Somerville, has produced and directed her first documentary titled Grolier Poetry Book Shop: The Last Sacred Place of Poetry."

Podcast: From the Bloc 11 Cafe: Doug Holder interviews documentary filmmaker Olivia Huang


 Huang talks about the documentary she produced " Grolier Poetry Book Shop: The Last Sacred Place of Poetry," at the Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville, MA. with Doug Holder .   Podcast: The Grolier Poetry Book Shop: The Last Sacred Place of Poetry  link

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