Stoddard Fest of Early American Poetry – October 24 and 25!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Roger E. Stoddard, Brown class of 1957, and former curator of the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays at Brown University Library, will be featured at a series of events on October 24 and 25 at the John Carter Brown Library and John Hay Library.

Lunch talk at John Carter Brown Library: At 12:30pm, on Wednesday, October 24, Stoddard will discuss his time at the John Carter Brown Library with the talk “The education of a bibliographer by Lawrence Wroth” as part of the JCB’s Wednesday Fellows’ Lunch Talk series.

Bibliography workshop at John Hay Library:  On Thursday, October 25, from 2-4pm in the Bopp Seminar Room at the John Hay Library, Stoddard will lead a bibliography workshop, focusing on early American imprints of poetry from the Library’s Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays. Workshop participation is limited to 20;  please sign up in advance by emailing

Evening lecture at John Hay Library: At 7pm on Thursday, October 25, in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library Stoddard will present “How I discovered that Brown is the University of books.” This talk will examine his research that contributed to his recently published descriptive bibliography of early American poetry, A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American verse Printed from 1610 Through 1820, which he began compiling forty years ago at the John Hay Library.

Exhibition: An exhibit of early American poetry, The Work of a Lifetime:  Roger Stoddard, Early American Poetry, and the Collections of the Libraries at Brown University, curated by Stoddard will be on view October 12 through December 14 in the John Hay Library’s Gammell Gallery and North Gallery exhibition rooms.

These events are free and open to the public.

Contact: Rosemary L. Cullen | 401-863-1514 |