Why We're Hosting Boston's First Write-In
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 feel the need to share this promise more broadly.
It’s no accident that almost everyone on our staff is either an immigrant or a first generation American. Many of us were first drawn to books and writing because we sought common threads, the universal truths that bridge cultures and celebrate difference. Given the climate of rising hate and intolerance in the world today, it’s important to bring the narrative arts out into the public square and to stand in solidarity with recent immigrants and refugees who are under attack and at risk. From our work in our classrooms, we know first-hand the power of individual stories to help us recognize our equal humanity and our common dignity.
With this in mind, we’re hosting a Write-In on May 19th in partnership with the Boston Public Library and Facing History and Ourselves. Much like sit-ins, where people take up public space to protest and make the case for change, the Boston Write-In will bring together people of all backgrounds for an afternoon of writing and storytelling to honor recent immigrants and all people in Boston. Facing History and Ourselves will be bringing nearly fifty students, mostly refugees and immigrants, from Boston Public Schools to take part in the event.
We hope you’ll join us to share an immigration, migration, or refugee story of your own, or of someone you know, and add your thoughts about what we could do locally to write a better future for all people in Boston. Or, simply come in solidarity and spend some time with us. We’d love to see you there.
With Gratitude and love,
Check out the Write-In event page for more details, and to share with friends!
Eve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet. Under her leadership, the organization has grown into a national literary powerhouse by expanding offerings to better educate and equip writers in the digital age, launching new, innovative programming for advanced students, and significantly expanding scholarship opportunities to ensure access. Eve curated GrubStreet’s NEA-funded Publish it Forward lecture series and our innovative Launch Lab, led GrubStreet’s Diversity Task force, laying the foundation for GrubStreet’s next chapter, and was the driving force behind establishing the country’s first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston. Eve’s work has been recognized by Boston Magazine, who named her one of Boston’s 50 most powerful women in 2010, and by BostInno Magazine who gave her their 2014 Arts and Entertainment Award for driving innovation in Boston. 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 publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous conferences, including AWP, O’Reilly’s Tools of Change, GrubStreet’s own The Muse and the Marketplace, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and Writers at Work. 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 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