Lit Up Gala

Don’t miss GrubStreet’s annual literary showcase and fundraiser, Lit Up! Your participation in this online event will celebrate our multicultural community of writers and increase equitable access to writing and publishing opportunities. Join us online on September 29th at 7:30pm and you’ll get to enjoy:

  • A special appearance by Roxane Gay (below), best-selling author of Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger, and many others, and recipient of our 2021 Grubby Award.
  • Inspired 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.
  • The chance to bid on exciting items and experiences (full list coming soon!)

Host, Sponsor or Get Your Tickets

Your participation in and giving to 2021 Lit Up will help:

  • expand financial aid for teens and adults to take writing classes and attend the Muse and the Marketplace, GrubStreet’s annual writers’ conference. 
  • amplify the voices of Black writers and writers of color through increased networking events, retreats, and publishing resources for the Boston Writers of Color Group.
  • continue GrubStreet’s new teaching fellowships, which provide financial and professional development support to two self-identified Black writers interested to teach and deepen GrubStreet’s curriculum.

Read more about the impact you’ll have by supporting Lit Up. Thank you for your commitment and generosity to this community of writers.

Do you have a question about Lit Up?

Contact [email protected] for questions about hosting, [email protected] about sponsoring, [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
Kenneth Cohen & Kate Flora

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

Literary Advocate Sponsors
Jeanne & John Blasberg

Book Lovers Sponsors


Fanclub Sponsors
Virginia Pye & John Ravenal

Fangirl Sponsors
Laura Gross Literary Agency
Henriette Lazaridis
Strategy Matters

Book Worm Sponsors
Ellen Braaten
Judy Bolton-Fasman
Jennifer & Ryan Bouchard
Cameron Dryden
Jacqueline Fein-Zachary
Alexandra Marshall & James Carroll
Julia Rold
Wendy Sanford
Peter Simonds