Itinerant Poetry Librarian Next Headed to Boston

For four years, Sara Wingate Gray has been traveling the globe carrying a library of “lost and forgotten poetry” with her wherever she goes, and this week she is bringing the books to Jamaica Plain.

Through a character known as “the itinerant poetry librarian” she has devoted most of her days to finding bars, parks, pizza parlors and coffee shops in diverse locales—Romania, Washington DC, the Czech Republic, San Francisco—where she can set up shop.

This week, Wingate Gray’s traveling library is open in the Greater Boston Area, including two upcoming dates in Jamaica Plain. On Wed., Sept. 1 she will be at Forest Hills Cemetery from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 3, she will be at the Brendan Behan Pub 378 Centre St. from 4p.m. to 7 p.m.

The selections at Forest Hills will be focused on the theme of “dead poets,” Wingate Gray told the Gazette in an Aug. 31 interview at the Jamaica Plain Gazette offices. She said she is not sure what the theme of the Behan library will be, “I can guess it will have something to do with drunkenness and rock & roll,” she said.

The poetry library “is a real library,” Wingate Gray said. “The point is to remind people of the importance of free public libraries.” For updates, including upcoming library dates, see