Lit Up Gala

Thank you for supporting GrubStreet’s 2021 literary showcase and fundraiser! Your participation celebrates our multicultural community of writers and increases equitable access to writing and publishing opportunities.

If you weren’t able to snag a ticket to see the event live on 9/29, don’t despair! You can still watch the video of the program and make your gift now to support Lit Up.

The Lit Up program features:

  • Inspiring remarks by Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger, and many others, and recipient of our 2021 Grubby Award.
  • Literary performances by GrubStreet community members Boyah Farah, Hassan Sharif, and Milo Todd.
  • A sneak peek at GrubStreet’s new center for creative writing in the Seaport.

View the Lit Up program booklet for more info.


The Impact You Have at GrubStreet

Your giving for Lit Up helps increase financial aid for teen and adult writers as well as programming and fellowships for Black writers and writers of color. Thank you for helping make this programming possible at GrubStreet’s new center for creative writing in Boston’s Seaport. Read more about the programming your giving to Lit Up supports.

Items for Bidding Available Online

You can also support these programs by bidding on items online! Don't miss your chance to win exciting experiences and literary items. Register to bid now through October 4th at

Do you have a question about Lit Up?

Contact [email protected] for questions about hosting, [email protected] about items for bidding, and [email protected] for questions about the overall event.

Thank you to this year’s Lit Up committee, hosts, and sponsors!

Lit Up Planning Committee
Patrick Connelly
Jennifer De Leon
Sondra Levenson
Deborah L. Plummer
Katherine Sherbrooke
Anri Wheeler
Rob Wilstein

Host Committee
Maren Anderson & Duke Collier
Jayne & Harvey Beker
Tina Cassidy
Kenneth Cohen & Kate Flora

Mary & Patrick Connelly
Sharissa Jones & Daniel Medwed
Jill Ellen Karp
Jamie Katz
Sondra & Norman Levenson
Pamela Mason
Novel Incubator Alumni Group
Deborah L. Plummer
Kathy & Patrick Sherbrooke
Colleen Shields
Marc Skvirsky & Mary Keber
Chrisann Taras
Sandra & Bob Taylor
Nicole Vecchiotti
Anri Wheeler
Rob Wilstein & Lorri Berenberg
Enrique & Ellen Zuniga

Literary Leader Sponsors

Literary Advocate Sponsors
Jeanne & John Blasberg

Book Lovers Sponsors


Fanclub Sponsors
Michael Ansara & Barbara Arnold
Boston Private
Elaine Construction
Virginia Pye & John Ravenal

Fangirl Sponsors
Linda Button & Peter Vicars
Laura Gross Literary Agency
Henriette Lazaridis
Strategy Matters

Book Worm Sponsors
Louise Berliner
Judy Bolton-Fasman
Jennifer & Ryan Bouchard
Ellen Braaten

Jennifer De Leon & Adam Stumacher
Cameron Dryden
Jacqueline Fein-Zachary
Richard Hendrie
Alexandra Marshall & James Carroll
William Oppenheimer
Tom Ready
Julia Rold
Wendy Sanford
Peter Simonds