Jonathan Bayliss Society

Join us via Zoom on Friday, September 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. US Eastern Daylight Time for From Cats to Seagulls: A Bayliss Bestiary and Saturday, September 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT for Gloucester Quintet: Five Writers, Five Friends.  

The Friday session, moderated by Gloucester native Liz Sibley Fletcher, features George Angell, Jeff Gardiner, Marcella Henderson-Peal, Mark Kurlansky, Martha Oaks, and Kevin Taylor reading passages from Bayliss's novels about elephants, dogs, lions, seagulls, cats, and crows. 

On Saturday, after an introduction by Houghton Library curator Leslie Morris, five people - who knew the five writers well - will read from the prose or poetry of Anastas, Bayliss, Ferrini, Lansing, and Olson. The session, moderated by Gary Grieve-Carlson, will include readings by Derek Fenner, Owen Ferrini, Victoria Bayliss Mattingly, Charles Olson, and Judy Walcott, 

These programs are free - click to register here or visit Registrants will be emailed a new essay by professor and scholar Ammiel Alcalay relating to the Gloucester Quintet and an invitation to an eBay auction benefiting the Gloucester Writers Center and the Jonathan Bayliss Society. All are welcome.

Ongoing in 2020

We sponsor the Jonathan Bayliss reading group, which gathers for an hour every 3-4 weeks to discuss the novel Gloucestertide.  The group is currently meeting via Zoom. For more details, email

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. 

Email updates

. 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. 

Past Readings and Other Events

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

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