Dear poets, bibliophiles, friends, colleagues, and Mass Poetry champions,
We just learned this truly stunning news, after hoping and waiting for months…
The City of Boston has selected GrubStreet to open a narrative arts center in Boston's Seaport District with Mass Poetry as a key partner and an anchor tenant!
Thank you to so many of you for backing this dream of a long-term home for Mass Poetry. Thousands of you signed our petition. Countless others placed calls and wrote letters of support. It worked!
Spearheaded by GrubStreet, the new narrative arts center will be a long-term home for writing and reading in Boston. It will come to life at 50 Liberty on Fan Pier. GrubStreet will oversee and operate 13,000 square-feet of cultural space featuring a literary stage, classrooms for writing workshops, podcast studio, and a bookstore and a café. And Mass Poetry will bring the poetry - from renowned poets featured on the literary stage to expanded workshop offerings and site-specific poetry installations such as Raining Poetry and more.
"It's our collective vision to lift up all voices and ensure that artistic education is available to everyone – especially those who have been marginalized," said Eve Bridburg, GrubStreet's executive director, about making the narrative arts center a home for all. "Mass Poetry couldn't be more excited to partner with GrubStreet, a pioneering organization that has transformed Boston's literary scene," added Michael Ansara, Mass Poetry's co-founder.
As sawdust begins to fly, Mass Poetry will be launching a strategic planning process, so we can dream together with our partners and backers about what having a long-term home in Boston's Seaport will mean for us. We will also be placing the Spring 2019 Massachusetts Poetry Festival on hold, as we do so. But don't worry; the festival will be back, bigger and better than ever!
Lastly, we would like to offer our own thanks to the Calderwood Foundation for supporting the creation of Boston's first narrative arts center with a $2,000,000 pledge to GrubStreet.
Thank you for backing Mass Poetry's work at every turn. We look forward to showing you our new home soon. And congratulations again to GrubStreet and to all writers and readers in Boston as we move forward together on this exciting collaboration!
With pride and excitement,
Daniel Johnson, Executive Director, Mass Poetry
Nicco Mele, Board Chair, Mass Poetry
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