Waiting for the Light to Change: Poetry Reading and Book Party

Join local poet Scott Ruescher for an evening of poetry to celebrate the release of his latest book, Waiting for the Light to Change (Prolific Press, 2017)

6:30 PM | Welcome

6:45 PM | Reading & Discussion

7:30 PM | Signing and Reception


SCOTT RUESCHER has won recent annual-contest prizes from Able Muse, Poetry Quarterly, and the New England
Poetry Club. His chapbooks include Sidewalk Tectonics and Perfect Memory. For many years he has been
administrating the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and teaching part-time in the
Boston University Prison Education Program.


“Scott Ruescher goes back into the past like a man walking through walls and there finds the things that signify. The details, the atmospheres so full of our younger wanting. Had we but known. His long lines deliver the most bittersweet tones, playing the now against the then, and letting the implicit sadness of bygone lives throw a shadowy depth behind every new moment.” Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

“Scott Ruescher is an evangelist for reality, declaiming its glitzy multitudinosity in long cinematic sentences, with a mixture of love, wonder and disgust. Ruescher’s linguistic resourcefulness breaks like a storm across the page and we are borne along with recognition, amazement and dismay. Beneath their effervescent verbal surfaces these poems are sad and tender. Ruescher has a beautiful talent.” —Tony Hoagland, author of Unincorporated Personas in the Late Honda Dynasty; What Narcissism Means to Me; Donkey Gospel; and Sweet Ruin

“Scott Ruescher is a Baby Boom Whitman, a Rust Belt Ginsberg, whose long sentences echo ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ as much as those of his poetic forebears….Whether he is revisiting a youthful paradise of silken-tasseled cornfields now paved into a 40-acre parking lot of ticking meters, making a pilgrimage to the Lorraine Motel or visiting Graceland and Lincoln’s birthplace on days they turn out to be closed, the poet is always trying make sense of the trajectory of his own life, from the working-class Republican heartland of his childhood to the academic east coast where he now lives. Along the way, he also helps us better make sense of a country inhabited by icons as different as Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Elvis.” —Jennifer Rose, author of The Old Direction of Heaven and Hometown for an Hour

Passim Member Concert: Ian Foster

Newfoundland native Ian Foster comes from a place of stories, and he knows how to tell them. He’s a road worn troubadour who has been described as having a keen poetic sense and a searcher’s infinite wisdom in his writing, and yet can make you laugh between songs. He writes in a modern folk style and exudes a love of storytelling. CBC’s Bob Mersereau described him as being “a fine example of what a 21st century folk performer should be doing.”

Often likened to Canadian songwriting icon Bruce Cockburn in both writing and guitar style, Ian’s music has been described as thoughtful, introspective, cinematic, hopeful, atmospheric, and cathartic by critics and fans alike. He has numerous awards, nominations and co-writes to his credit, including SOCAN Songwriter of the year nominations, Lyric finalist for the International Songwriting Competition (Nashville, TN), and a co-write with Canadian songwriting legend Ron Hynes.

This concert is part of the Passim Member Concert Series. Passim member concerts are an exclusive member benefit and are free for members and their guests. To learn more about Passim or become a member click here.