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July 2021

The 32nd annual conference of the American Literature Association will take place at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston from July 7 to 10, 2021. The Jonathan Bayliss Society is sponsoring a roundtable, "Behold, I am doing a new thing: Form and Ritual in Modern Literature," scheduled for Saturday, July 10. It will include talks on Bayliss, Olson,  T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and others. For the complete schedule of the four-day conference, please visit

September 2021

The 2021 JBS annual meeting and conference will be held in Gloucester on the weekend of September 11-12. One of this year's themes will be Rocky Neck, the peninsula-island attached to East Gloucester via a causeway. Bayliss lived on Rocky Neck for more than twenty years and did much of his novel-writing there. The conference will include short talks, guided walks along Gloucester Harbor, and informal discussions over food and drink.  For the most current information be sure to subscribe to JBS emails. 

2023: Gloucester 400 

Glouester400logoGloucester's 400th anniversary will be celebrated in 2023, and many organizations are coming together to commemorate the 1623 landing of the Dorchester Company expedition on what is now Half Moon Beach in Stage Fort Park. Throughout the year, events will highlight Gloucester’s rich history, culture, and heritage which will showcase its diverse community,  extraordinary contributions to art and culture, remarkable industrial achievements, and wealth of natural resources. The Jonathan Bayliss Society is one of the many partners of  Gloucester400. Please visit for more information. 

Past Readings and Other Events

The September 2020 Zoom readings entitled "From Cats to Seagulls: A Bayliss Bestiary" and "Gloucester Quintet: Five Writers, Five Friends" are on YouTube

David Rich and Ken Riaf read passages from the novels Gloucestermas and Gloucesterbook relating to downtown "Dogtown" at the first annual conference in September 2019 - the videotapes are available here

A video of a September 2015 reading on labor-related themes in the novel Prologos is on YouTube, courtesy of the Gloucester Writers Center. Readers were David Adams, Peter Anastas, Thorpe Feidt, Henry Ferrini, Doug Guidry, Victoria Bayliss Mattingly, Martin Ray, Ken Riaf, and David Rich. 

On Bayliss's birthday, September 7, 2013, the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library sponsored "Dogtown's Acropolis," a reading with commentary by Peter Anastas and David Rich. See the video recording. 

A 1990 student production of Bayliss's stage play The Tower of Gilgamesh is available on the JBS YouTube channel.

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