Event | Mark Baumer (MFA ’11): A Celebration

On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Brown University Library will host Mark Baumer (MFA ’11): A Celebration in Sayles Hall. After the gathering in Sayles, attendees are invited to join members of Mark’s family, Library staff, and Literary Arts faculty, students, and alumni for a memorial tree planting in front of the Rockefeller Library.

Mark earned his MFA from Brown in 2011, where he made abiding friends while he pursued an unconventional and abundantly personal approach to writing, teaching, and living. Upon graduating from Brown, Mark began work providing communications for the Brown University Library, becoming, among other things, the voice of Josiah Carberry, long-beloved professor whose areas of study include psycho-ceramics. Taking an extended leave from the Library, Mark began a barefoot trek across the United States on October 13, 2016. From along the walk, he regularly posted video blog materials — http://thebaumer.com/ — chronicling the walk, his encounters, and his perception of the nation through which he was passing. In January 2017, he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

Festivities celebrating the many facets of Mark’s connection to the Library and Brown are slated to begin around 10 a.m. in Sayles Hall. Harriette Hemmasi, University Librarian, and Kevin Powell, one of Mark’s former colleagues at the Library, will announce the Mark Baumer Book Fund, established by the Library in 2017 to support the acquisition of experimental literature books and media. Following, Karen McAninch of the United Service & Allied Workers of Rhode Island will announce the Mark Baumer Scholarship for Rhode Island native or Rhode Island-based activism.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Literary Arts faculty and alumni-colleagues of Mark’s will share from his work and talk about how he helped to shape their time at Brown. Joining us will be alumni Darren Angle, Andrew Bourne, and Angela Ferraiolo; and faculty members John Cayley, Colin Channer, Joanna Howard, and Ada Smailbegovic.​

To donate to the Mark Baumer Book Fund:

  • Visit the Brown University Library Giving webpage
  • Type “Mark Baumer” into the “search for something specific” field
  • Check “Other” and type Mark Baumer Book Fund into the box
  • Click “Add Your Gift”
  • Proceed to Gift Amount & Details

You can also write a check to Brown University and name the Mark Baumer Book Fund in the memo field. Please mail the checks to:

Brown University Library
10 Prospect Street, Box A
Providence, RI 02912
Attn: Mark Baumer Book Fund

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Sayles Hall); 12:15 – 12:30 p.m. (In front of Rockefeller Library)
Location: Sayles Hall (81 Waterman Street, on the College Green); Rockefeller Library (10 Prospect Street)