To celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, we’re hosting a big party, Forever Young, for our entire community over the Muse Conference weekend, and we’re planning for an all-star Lit-Up, our annual gala, in early October. But given the historical context we find ourselves in, celebrations alone don’t feel sufficient for marking this milestone. Last year, we announced a new mission, to foster meaningful stories by removing all barriers and developing voices of every type and talent, and we ...
April 28, 2017 | Eve Bridburg
Jeanne Blasberg’s debut, Eden, is a sweeping historical novel covering four generations of women in the Meister Fitzpatrick clan. Largely set in an exclusive beachside community, Eden explores what happens when affluence is lost and secrets are revealed. Blasberg gives readers a rare and fascinating multigenerational view of the patterns that are passed on from one generation to the next, revealing the traumas we can heal from and those we can’t
April 25, 2017 | Eve Bridburg
Julio the Pool Boy and 12 Other Lessons from the Field: How We're Building a More Inclusive Writing Center
About a year ago, GrubStreet staffers Jonathan Escoffery and Sarah Colwill-Brown held a focus group with six students of color to find out more about their experiences in Grub classrooms and within our community at large. The group met in the evening in our small conference room overlooking the Boston Common. A large poster created by a locally famous ad man hung above the table
March 15, 2017 | Eve Bridburg
Most nights, after a long day of work, I’m greeted first by my dog and then by my teenage son’s detritus – his backpack, sneakers, a sweater he’s shrugged off and let drop to the floor – littering the front hall and obstructing my path to the kitchen. Yelling at him doesn’t help nor does it feel good. Lately, I’ve taken to calmly opening the front door and tossing all of his things outside while remarking that I think a rainstorm might be coming
December 26, 2016 | Eve Bridburg
We at GrubStreet believe that the narrative arts are a sanctuary. No book has ever refused a reader. Great writing cannot exist if it is based on hate, fear, division, exclusion, scapegoating, or the worship of injustice and power. Writers cannot write if they are incapable of empathy, of imagining what it is that an other feels, thinks, and sees. Through reading and writing, through identifying with characters who are nothing like us, we who love words learn to love others.