“The Hard Work of Hope” poetry series was launched in May 2020, shortly after COVID-19’s arrival in our state. Mass Poetry put out a call for poems about this unprecedented moment, and our community rose to the challenge, with nearly 200 contributors helping us make a record of this pandemic life. This reading is a chance to come together after several years of isolation: to talk, grieve, heal, and celebrate the power of community and the spoken word.
Readers: Kathleen Aguero, Quintin Collins, JD Debris, Ezana Demissie, Margot Douaihy, Tamara Fricke, Gregory Glenn, Richard Hoffman, Cynthia Manick, Carolyn Oliver, Amanda Grace Shu, Julia Story, Myles Taylor, & Claudia Wilson.
Saturday, June 25th from 6:00-8:30 pm at GrubStreet’s Center for Creative Writing in Boston’s Seaport District (50 Liberty Drive, Suite 500).
6:00 pm – Community gathering near the harbor (short distance from GrubStreet) *
6:30 pm – Choral reading of a poem
7:00 pm – Reading on the Calderwood Stage, at GrubStreet’s Center for Creative Writing
*In case of rain, this portion will take place inside the Center for Creative Writing
Come for some, or all, of the evening. For the inside portion (beginning at 7), masks and pre-registration will be required. Registration is capped at 50, so please reserve your tickets today.
Making sure our events are accessible is a top priority: GrubStreet’s building, restrooms, and the event space are wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop available, and we will be using a mic and doing sound checks before the event for clarity. If you require closed captioning, ASL interpreters, or have other accessibility needs we might not have thought of, please reach out to [email protected]. We will do our best to accommodate any and all requests.