Jonathan Bayliss Society

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If you would like to be kept up-to-date about JBS activities, send your contact information in an email to and we will add you to the JBS email list. Not all events are listed here.

July 2021

The annual conference of the American Literature Association is scheduled to take place in Boston July 7-11, 2021. See scholarly research for information about the roundtable we are sponsoring. 

September 2021

We hope that an in-person annual conference will be feasible in 2021. If so, it will be in Gloucester on the weekend of September 11-12, 2021. For the most current information be sure to subscribe to JBS emails. 

2023: Gloucester 400 

2023 will be Gloucester's 400th anniversary, 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. The JBS is one of the partners of the Gloucester400 project. 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. 

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

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