Farewell to 162 Boylston Street
Dear Fellow Grubbies,
I’m writing with an important update about GrubStreet’s headquarters at 162 Boylston Street. As most of you know, we are currently in the process of building a new home in the Seaport. We had been hoping to stay at 162 Boylston until our new creative writing center is complete. However, we have recently learned that the owners of 162 Boylston Street are planning to sell the building and are therefore no longer open to extending our lease on a month-to-month basis beyond June.
The logistical impact of this is minimized by our recent decision to continue operating remotely for the foreseeable future. But we will dearly miss our home of eight years: the red couches, the tiny elevator, the lending library in the hallway, and the theater in the basement (that we always suspected was haunted). Our community transformed 162 from rented space into a true home for writers with our poems, stories, and friendships.
As writers, this is not the first plot twist we’ve seen. But it’s not all bad news. Thankfully it clarifies the road ahead and adds further meaning to the task of building our new center. We’ll have triple the space, a community lounge — with new red couches — a podcast studio, a cafe and a stage. How sweet and profound it will be to gather there together as soon as we are able.
In the meantime, here are a few key updates:
- As planned, all upcoming classes will be held remotely via video conferencing and online. If you have access to the Internet, you can write with Grub from the comfort of your home until it’s safe for us all to meet in person again. This includes all adult classes and teen classes. The GrubStreet staff will also continue working remotely during this time. When Massachusetts decides that it’s safe for non-essential businesses to reopen, and when our community feels comfortable to meet in person, we will update you with new plans. Until then, stay tuned.
- Effective June 1st, GrubStreet will no longer be located at 162 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. All regular mail can be sent to PO Box 418, Arlington, MA 02476. At this time, we cannot accept mail or packages delivered to our PO Box via any service other than USPS (i.e. Fed Ex, UPS). For further questions, please contact [email protected].
- As soon as the restrictions on construction are lifted and it is safe to start the work, we will begin construction for our new center at 50 Liberty Drive. Everything is ready to go — we’re just waiting for the green light to get started. Though we are anticipating some delays, we’re still planning to move into our new space this fall and to host you there as soon as it’s safe to do so.
We’re thinking about creative ways to bid farewell to our space from afar. In the meantime, we are grateful as ever to every member of our wonderful community for taking the leap and showing up online with us. Stay safe and write on, dear Grubbies.
Eve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet. Under her leadership, the organization has grown into a national literary powerhouse known for artistic excellence, working to democratize the publishing pipeline and program innovation. An active partner to the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Eve was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston and securing chapter 91 space in the Seaport to build a creative writing center. The Barr Foundation recently named her a 2019 Barr Fellow in recognition of her leadership. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on the future of publishing, what it takes to build a literary arts center, and the intersection of arts and civics at numerous local and national conferences. Her essays and op-eds on publishing, the role of creative writing centers and the importance of the narrative arts have appeared in The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Writer's Digest and TinHouse. Eve serves on the Advisory Board of The Loop Lab, a new Cambridge-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing representation in the Media Arts. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers. Before starting GrubStreet, she attended Boston University’s Writing program on a teaching fellowship, farmed in Oregon, and ran an international bookstore in Prague.See other articles by Eve Bridburg