An overflow crowd packed Hypertext Bookstore Café this evening for the Loom Press Writers Reading event. Paul Marion, the proprietor of Loom Press which specializes in publishing poetry and prose from Lowell and the Merrimack Valley, recruited a great collection of writers to read from their work. The lineup included Eleni Zohdi, Jack Dacey, Steve O’Connor, Kate Hanson Foster, David Moloney, Walter Bacigalupo, and Kassie Dickinson Rubico.
Besides organizing the event, Paul also played Keith Lockhart to this literary orchestra and even shared some of his own poems, including one that transported us back forty years to the sidewalk right outside Hypertext (then Cherry & Webb) for a verbal reminder of what Lowell was like back then.
When Lowell arts and culture are considered, many of us think of the many visual artists, the great theatre, and the lively music scene, but we often forget the vibrant literary life that permeates the city. Tonight was a good reminder of that. If you were in the room, the spoken words of these talented writers really grabbed your attention and left you feeling upbeat and proud of your city.
And if you were not able to make it tonight and are still looking for your fix of Lowell literature, join us this Saturday morning at 10 am at the National Park Visitor Center (246 Market Street) for Sean Thibodeau’s “Literary Lowell” walk which is free and open to everyone.