Boston Write-In

Thank you to all who joined us for Boston’s first Write-In!

On May 19, 2017, GrubStreet, in partnership with Boston Public Library and Facing History, hosted the city’s first Write-In.

Much like sit-ins, where people take up public space to protest and make the case for change, the Boston Write-In brought together people of all backgrounds for an afternoon of writing and storytelling in support of recent immigrants and refugees.


Video produced and edited by Desmond Hall

Thank you to our partners, co-sponsors, and program speakers for helping make this event possible!

Partners: Boston Public Library and Facing History and Ourselves

Co-sponsors: The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston, the City of Boston’s Office of Immigrant Advancement and Office of Arts & Culture, WriteBoston, The Drum Literary Magazine and the International Institute of New England

Program Speakers: Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor-at-Large; Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston; Eve Bridburg, founder and executive director of GrubStreet; Boyah Farah, a Somali refugee and writer; and Gazmend Kapllani, an Albanian-born journalist and author of A Short Border Handbook.