From The Grub Archive: Amanda Palmer on Art in the Age of the Internet [VIDEO]

To help keep our spirits up and our words flowing, we're sharing special videos from GrubStreet's past. In this post, GrubStreet's Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg introduces Amanda Palmer's "Publish It Forward" talk from 2013. In addition to her talk, Palmer also performed two lovely songs for us that evening: "Ukulele Song" and “The Thing About Things."

Just after the tragic marathon bombing in Boston in 2013, musican and artist Amanda Palmer spoke at our Muse & Marketplace Conference as part of our NEA-funded “Publish it Forward” series. In that moment, Boston was feeling much of what we’re feeling right now: grief, fear, loss, and vulnerability. Lately, I’ve been thinking again about her beautiful talk on the role of writers and artists in the age of the internet because it speaks directly to this moment.

Throughout this pandemic, I’m finding that what’s getting me through is hearing the voices of writers and musicians reading and singing directly to me. As Amanda says in her talk: this is the time for metaphor and this is the time for art and this is the time for art about you because you and me and them we’re all the same.

"Connecting The Dots" - Amanda Palmer talks art & controversy @ Grub Muse conference from GrubStreet on Vimeo.

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Under Eve’s (she/her/hers) leadership, GrubStreet 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.

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